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Pairing up succulents for springtime

Five fresh picks for succulent pairs

Spring is a time of "re-": rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation. New ideas. New looks. New loves. That spirit can be applied to our planted spaces. Above is a favorite recent pairing of ours: Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata and Senecio radicans (string of bananas). The pink, the green. Distinct foliage but not jarringly different. Dense mat-former vs. fast-growing trailer.
Four other pairs: Graptosedum 'California Sunset' w/ Echeveria 'Lime n' Chile', Echinocereus rigidissimus rubrispinus (rainbow hedgehog cactus) w/ Echeveria 'Lola', Aloe 'Delta Dawn' w/ Aloinopsis malherbeiEcheveria 'Black Prince' w/ Kalanchoe tomentosaWe bet you could come up with some great ones too, just by looking at your pots and yard. 
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Strike a pose in the garden with trendy spring colors

If you're like us, you have an incredibly acute sense for what's fashionable. Are we right? Ha, ha. So naturally you're familiar with the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report, the Pantone Color Institute's overview of the hottest colors for an upcoming season. We thought it would be fun to ID succulents that matched these trendy spring shades. The results: Meadowlark (Notocactus magnificus), Little Boy Blue (Pilosocereus azureus), Chili Oil (Aloe 'Oik'), Pink Lavender (Crassula marginalis rubra ‘Calico Kitten’), Blooming Dahlia (Aloe 'Delta Dawn'), Arcadia (Sedeveria 'Blue Elf'), Emperador (Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier'), Spring Crocus (Echeveria 'Afterglow') & Lime Punch (Sedeveria 'Letizia'). We could use help with Cherry Tomato, Ultra Violet, and Almost Mauve. If you're game, the color swatches can be viewed at the Pantone link above.
Photo of the Month
The pineapple-colored blooms of Parodia scopa.
— Karen, Facebook

Succulents recently added to our shop

Want some fresh faces for your landscape or patio? Below are three recent additions to our online retail shop.
Echeveria 'Blue Sky'
Forms large rosettes of broad, glaucous deep-blue leaves tipped in red. 

Gymnocalycium baldianum
Flowers can be white, light pink, red, hot pink, or even coral or salmon. 
Echeveria 'Dusty Rose'
Freely offsetting, with powdery violet rosettes and orange flowers.
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