Sherman Gardens "Coral Reef" Succulent Bed
Shrubby silvery Crassula arborescens on the right, an Aloe in back, Bromeliads on the left, Senecio serpens (or mandraliscae) below:
Even at a dollar apiece, several hundred Echeverias can get pricey. So start planning and propagating now, and by the time you have 500 Echeverias ready to plant, the "coral reef" style will be long passe. No, seriously, it is beautiful. It's glorious, as a matter of fact.
Variegated Agave americana 'Medio Picta Alba' next to the trunk of an Aloe dichotoma, Senecio radicans cascading from the basket on the left, blue Senecio and Echeverias below:
Dasylirion wheelerii there on the right, on the left a few bromeliads, a blue river of Senecio serpens (mandraliscae?) below:
Echeveria subridigda and other species of Echeveria, Echeveria 'After Glow', Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg', with small hybrid Aloes at the center of the encircling Echeverias:I wish I had the budget to create this spectacle: Blue Curls Echeveria, lavender-grey Graptopetalum,
Although this bed looks recently planted, the very mild conditions near the ocean will keep these plants plumper, more luxuriant, and less sunburnt than they would be just a few miles inland:
The variegated Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' will eventually out grow this setting, but for now it is gorgeous, surrounded by bromileads, Graptopetalum superbum, Echeverias. Sedum morganianum spills from the container:
Even the rocks are beautiful:
Awesome Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta' there on the left, with a sparse (hard grown?) but blooming Aloe pilcatilis at the top center.
Pink and blue are not necessarily insipid.
5/17/2011 Update: some slight changes to this planter bed here
6/9/2015 Update: another succulent tapestry bed here.