On The Edge
From late August air, the faintest smell of autumn.
As time passes the slope I will plant in groups rather than one-of-eaches. The slope will look less random.
'Joe Hoak' looks enough like 'Bright Star'.
Another gift from Dolores: two of the 'Bright Star' are just about to bloom. They will not make it to the next Bloom Day--Yucca flowers are ephemeral--a week or so after they open, they fall.
That Agave marmorata, so gorgous... Oops! Sorry...got distracted.
Aloe 'Cynthia Gitty' is going strong, pairing orange with 'Bright Star's creamy yellow.
Delosperma 'Fire Spinner'--just planted it this spring. Maybe. It's very flat, but is it tough enough?
Aloe ellenbeckii...nice tight clump, tough, slow--maybe eventually I'll have enough plants to use as an edging. It's rather nondescript as Aloes go, but might work...eventually. Maybe best as an accent to the main edging. It creates a mass of soft curves.
Another Aloe, very common here, perhaps a hybrid. 2" (5 cm) tall, forming dense clumps eventually. Name: unsure. It looks messy until it fills in, that takes time. Too vigorous is bad, but too slow is--bad.
Cistanthe grandiflora, in dry spots, lacks vigor.
With adequate water, it's as vigorous as Senecio mandraliscae.
I have Aloe greatheadii in some spots. It would work. Not 100% satisfying.
Crassula pubescens ssp. radicans struggles if it is too dry, though it does turn a brilliant red. I'd need to add a drip line. That might be an option. I propagated a whole flat bowl full, which is waiting for me to decide what to do with it.
Aloe 'Roikoppe', there in front of 'Joe Hoak', blooms frequently. A possibility. A clump of Aloe ellenbeckii above and to the right of 'Joe'. 'Roikoppe' would not be dense, but it would be striking.
This group of Aloe brevifolia has been on the edge, under a rose, for quite a few years--more than five. It's slow, but dense. And tough--this one gets nothing except winter rain.
Arctotis? That would mean considerable maintenance, though if someone steps on it, it would recover quickly. Succulents would not. Might be tall enough to interfere with the sprinklers.
I was hoping to use Echeveria 'Imbricata' as the edging plant at one time. However, it doesn't hold up to heat without regular irrigation. This patch doesn't get much water, and even in partial shade it gets quite dried out by August.
Echeveria 'Imbricata' (on the left):
Gazania? The rabbits would love that.
Senecio serpens is a petite version of Senecio mandraliscae. I tried it out front. It couldn't handle the summer heat.
So that's what's up in the garden. The edge.