Monday, July 18, 2022

Front Garden Update

No gardening blog year would be complete (I know we did skip blogging a year or two) without us giving an update on our tiny front garden at least once. It all started in 2014 when we finally sorted out our front garden and several changes have happened since. Fast forward to now, the plants are much bigger and we have added more pots to the mix

Agave salmiana is the star of the bunch, for obvious reasons

The three nolinas have all done well but the one that remained in the smallest pot unsurprisingly had the slowest progress so we gave it a bigger pot earlier in the year and underplanted it with a few echeverias. We chose Echeverias that have done well and usually sail through winters in our garden unprotected and expect them to do even better at the front of the house which has the best microclimate for succulents.

Nolina parviflora in bondage

Pardon the bins on the background! Nolina parviflora and co.

There used to be only three pots in this group but we added another pot and planted a small Agave geminiflora. The echeverias we used for underplanting are Echeveria pulidonis, agavoides, and rosea.

Like all the other agaves at the front, they started out small like this Agave geminiflora

A more recent photo of this group

Trichocereus terscheckii with oxalis weeds that I can't get rid off so reduce every so often. And you can spot a weed fern too

Opposite this group on the other side of the door step are the big agave group. Not much recent changes here apart from the addition of a small blue pot with Echeveria pulidonis.

Echeveria pulidonis

Nolina nelsonii

A stressed and pot stunted Agave ovatifolia

L-R Agave ovatifolia, Agave salmiana, Agave montana, Agave parryi var. huachucensis Back Nolina nelsonii

On the other ide of the drive towards our neighbour is another group of succulents/xerics...

Nolina nelsonii at the back and above them all

Aloe polyphylla

Aloe polyphylla

Agave parryi var. truncata

Cactus NOID (Echinopsis sp.?)

Another Aloe polyphylla shot

And another group photo. Back Nolina nelsonii L-R Cactus NOID, Aloe polyphylla, Agave parryi var. truncata, Agave parryi var. neomexicana, Aloe polyphylla

Last but not the least are the group under the purple cherry tree Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra', underplanted with Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' and two pots of Nerium oleander and a pot of Echeveria rosea.

As it's the front of the house none of them gets extra protection during winter, they stay as they are all year round. The plants that are sited here are chosen for their tolerance of heat and drought, as well as benefit from the special microclimate of this spot. The area gets winter sun and radiant heat from the bricks and paving.

Mark :-)


  1. This looks soooo good. The blue pots really pull everything together.

  2. Everything looks great! I LOVE the Aloe polyphylla. Using pots in the same color pulls everything together. Nice top dressing with the blue-toned stone too.

    1. Thanks Kris, and glad you noticed the details too :)

  3. Wonderful! I would like to see a pulled back shot, how they all relate to each other and the front of your house.

    1. Good idea, and should have thought of it in the first place :) will take a pic and post

  4. I hope you and your plants made it through your heatpocalypse of a couple days ago. Even Agaves etc not used to 100F regularly might need protection.

    We were all concerned here--seeing fires in London on the news, and no air-conditioning. It must have been uncomfortable.

    Spiraling on your polyphylla--cool! Your A. salmiana is as big as mine is (growing in the ground). That is great care for a potted Agave. They are much more difficult to keep happy in a container.

    1. Thanks Gail! Yes that was a worrying heat wave, the country is not geared for such warm temperatures. Some plants at the back garden had some damage. Fortunately it didn't last


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