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West Coast gardens are ideal for cultivating these beautiful, resilient and oh-so-alluring garden plants.

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Whether in the wild or in cultivation, Mojave prickly-pear (Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea) is a showy species in flower

Pacific Horticulture Society | Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada

Many of our regional cacti, agaves, and yuccas have proven themselves worthy of cultivation in a container or in a garden landscape and are sure to add drama and diversity to any plant collection. Their placement in a garden landscape requires planning......

Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada

Pacific Horticulture Society | Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada

Many of our regional cacti, agaves, and yuccas have proven themselves worthy of cultivation in a container or in a garden landscape and are sure to add drama and diversity to any plant collection. Their placement in a garden landscape requires planning......

The diminutive beehive cactus (Coryphantha vivipara) is a good choice for rock gardens or containers

Pacific Horticulture Society | Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada

Many of our regional cacti, agaves, and yuccas have proven themselves worthy of cultivation in a container or in a garden landscape and are sure to add drama and diversity to any plant collection. Their placement in a garden landscape requires planning......

Stacy Peralta’s front yard at his seaside cottage in Cayucos is home to his aloe collection along with other resilient and colorful succulents. Photo: Mary Dodder McCorkle

Pacific Horticulture Society | Something About Aloes

Stacy Peralta, the Emmy-winning documentary producer/director of “Dogtown and Z-Boys” fame, discovered his interest in succulents in the 1970s, and seriously began collecting about 25 years ago....

A lively variety of succulents are densely planted in the Peralta landscape, creating a colorful and resilient tapestry despite challenging drought conditions. Photo: Mary Dodder McCorkle

Pacific Horticulture Society | Something About Aloes

Stacy Peralta, the Emmy-winning documentary producer/director of “Dogtown and Z-Boys” fame, discovered his interest in succulents in the 1970s, and seriously began collecting about 25 years ago....

aloe dorothea on the left and a. vanbalenii behind red-edged flapjacks (kalanchoe thyrsiflora)

Pacific Horticulture Society | A Surprising Landscape at Pitzer

Never before had I seen a campus landscaped like Pitzer College, in Claremont, California. Its buildings are surrounded by the most sophisticated and artfully presented collection of succulents, desert plants, and mediterranean-climate plants outside of a botanical garden....

Among the earliest plantings on the Pitzer College campus, a multi-trunked specimen of Texas ebony (Pithecellobium flexicaule) dominates the center of a bed, surrounded by pipe organ cactus (Pachycereus marginatus) and Agave datylio vexans on the left, a silvery century plant (Agave americana) in front center, and Cylindropuntia cholla and Euphorbia rigida on the right. Photographs by author, except as noted.

Pacific Horticulture Society | A Surprising Landscape at Pitzer

Never before had I seen a campus landscaped like Pitzer College, in Claremont, California. Its buildings are surrounded by the most sophisticated and artfully presented collection of succulents, desert plants, and mediterranean-climate plants outside of a botanical garden....

A plastic coral fish adds realism to a vignette of sea-grass-like ponytail palm (Beaucarnia recurvata) against volcanic rock

Pacific Horticulture Society | An Undersea Garden

The underseas world of exotic coral reefs is a dazzling spectacle that has long fascinated divers and snorkelers. Shoals of bright fish weave among colorful coral outcrops, while an array of marine life in a variety of forms, patterns, and hues inhabits the sea floor. Corals, sponges, and sea anemones so resemble plants that coral reefs look like underwater cultivated gardens....

Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’

Pacific Horticulture Society | The Madagascar Spiny Forest at Los Angeles County Arboretum

The success of the LA County Arboretum’s Spiny Forest will, we hope, encourage more plant enthusiasts to experiment with some of these plants from Madagascar in their own gardens and will inspire plant lovers everywhere to help the flora of Madagascar survive the onslaught of forces that are currently devastating the vegetation of that island nation. ...

Photo: Tom Hessel

Pacific Horticulture Society | Changing Times, Changing Gardens: San Luis Obispo

Join Pacific Horticulture Society, a lively gathering of eco-thought leaders and designers, and other like-minded gardeners, for an inspiring and...

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A purple, silvery-edged terrestrial bromeliad (Dyckia cultivar)

Pacific Horticulture Society | A Succulent Oasis at Sherman Library & Gardens

A complete renovation of the succulent section at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, California was undertaken in 2006. Succulent enthusiast Matthew Maggio orchestrated the entire process, from soil preparation and rock placement to the selection of succulents, creating an inspiring demonstration of the beauty of succulents in the landscape....

One of the common names for Dudleya is “liveforever,” which speaks volumes about this western North American genus that thrives on neglect. This genus contains a number of California’s most rewarding succulents for use in horticulture. Its numerous species offer a dizzying array of leaf shapes, sizes, habits, and flower colors for the garden....

Pacific Horticulture Society | California Native Plants for the Garden: Dudleyas

One of the common names for Dudleya is “liveforever,” which speaks volumes about this western North American genus that thrives on neglect. This genus contains a number of California’s most rewarding succulents for use in horticulture. Its numerous species offer a dizzying array of leaf shapes, sizes, habits, and flower colors for the garden....

alanchoe beharensis Photo: Billy Goodnick

Pacific Horticulture Society | The Collector

What seduced you into the world of plants? A spectacular 12-inch ‘Mango Madness’ dinner plate dahlia peeking over your neighbor’s...

Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) with young pups of Agave americana ‘Variegata’ peeking out

Pacific Horticulture Society | Relishing the Light: Dexter Cannon's Garden

For almost a decade, artist and industrial designer Dexter Cannon has gardened a steep slope in a canyon nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains in Sherman Oaks. The topography and the walnut woodland both affect the light that infuses the garden. ...

A stone staircase of Utah Sunrise flagstone with cactus and a ‘Valencia’ orange

Pacific Horticulture Society | Relishing the Light: Dexter Cannon's Garden

For almost a decade, artist and industrial designer Dexter Cannon has gardened a steep slope in a canyon nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains in Sherman Oaks. The topography and the walnut woodland both affect the light that infuses the garden. ...