Laura Eubanks’ Succulent Garden Design Secrets


I started with a pretty much a blank
palette. It had some good bones with the large yuccas and some of the cacti and
this incredible view and that wonderful rock in the neighbor’s yard lots of
borrowed landscape and I had a wonderful elevation with which to work with
there’s a slight slope to the garden space it was covered in mostly mulch
mostly woodchips with a few scattered plants here and there but there was no
cohesion everything was rather hodgepodge these were scattered there’s
about a dozen or more of them and they were scattered all over the space so I
pulled them all out and I grouped them together
well this little vignette right here I’ve got about a dozen different plants
going and that is the secret to success it creates a mosaic look she gave me
things that were precious to her she’s got a couple of little concrete stepping
stones that her grandchildren made she has a little mermaid and a school bus
and some globes and things that meant something to her but she allowed me to
implement them as I saw fit into the landscape and that can be a little
tricky in and of itself too because you don’t want to overdo it with with the
interesting art pieces put something out enjoy it for a few months then change it
out with something else rocks are is important to a succulent
landscape as plants are a two inch to three inch layer of rock covering the
entire space you weave it all the way through the garden and end at the other
side so that creates an anchor I can have all these wonderful little pocket
vignettes but it all looks like what all comes together the eye follows the rock
and we have that wonderful sense of continuity throughout the whole space go
to your rock yard and pick up some free samples just like you would go to the
paint store and pick up paint samples or cards and come and take a look
throw a little down step back and determine for yourself if it’s
compatible some other small boulders scattered throughout I moved them into
into slightly different presentations they do look high-maintenance but
they’re not in a few months when things start to grow you’ll have a wonderful
cutting garden

8 thoughts on “Laura Eubanks’ Succulent Garden Design Secrets

  1. Hi Debra,funny thing is that the day you suggested I get your book when you sent me a reply last,was the same day I was at a great little shop in old town Temecula and the owner was looking at your book and told me I need to get it…lol. She is always using it as a reference and likes that it shows landscape pictures as the plants change over time. I was wondering in the video above if wood chip mulch could or should be used instead of rock in any of the landscape. I am trying to create a similar look to what you have in the video and live in an hoa community. As I am converting the sprinklers to a drip system,one of my dilemmas is how many to convert to drip with 8 tubing outlets and how many to cap. How do you decide and determine,any suggestions? Also when it comes to rock color and coordinating boulders,pavers and smaller rocks,how do you make it all work? I did buy some beautiful boulders with pinks reds and browns so does that mean I should also use the same colors in the smaller rocks? I also see that jagged edge rocks and mulch and river rocks and gravel are sometimes all placed into one landscape. Any suggestions on how best to achieve the look you have in terms of where to use which rocks and choose color? Lastly I see that you have some tall grass like the african iris and so far I have purchased several of these plants,and while they are not yet in the ground,they seem to wilt often and need a lot of water. Are they really a drought tolerant plant and once planted will they stand straight,or do they always droop and become full of dead brown stalks? If so what else can I use to create that softness but omit these issues,perhaps the thick rubbery patches of another type of grass plant which has purple flowers. I forget the name but see this plant thriving throughout the region where I live. I thought perhaps it could offer a place for my small dog to rest. Do you have a suggestion of a soft non thorny plan where a dog can sit since I removed all the grass on my property? Thanks again. Debbie

  2. Love this!! I just got a ton of succulents and for rocks I was really interested in using some red lava rocks too! do you know what kind of pebbles were used? they are so colorful and seem unique

  3. Stones bounce back the heat! Much better to plant trees for shade, like mulberries, false pepper, mimosa, tamarisk, jacaranda, catalpa, flame tree, etc. I think paths should be where the stones are, not the beds. Close planting and shade is key, IMHO. Oh, and hedges such as pittosporum, for its fragrant white flowers and its resistence to salt-laden air. I think a garden baked by the sun is impossible to enjoy for a good ten hours of the day in summer, which is a shame. I really do think in the first year planting trees should be the big priority, and deciduous trees to not have the light blocked out in the winter months.

  4. I just made my first small aeonium and succulent tapestry. I love videos because they gove great inspiration for my garden. Thanks for sharing😊👍❤.

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