Saturday, March 31, 2012

A DRY CORNER GARDEN

The soap aloe, Aloe saponaria, blooms against the wall of the house. Sometimes it comes as a surprise to find it in bloom.


That's because the pot sits on a large stone outside the garden walls.


There is only one plant in the ground in this area, a small sharkskin agave. The rest are cactus and agave in pots. It is a good spot for them to spend the summer months and adds interest to a rather bare area. The massive drystone wall was built by David to retain the slope that remained after the house was built. I would love to have plants growing from the wall but I think a lush wall planting here would look inappropriate.

7 comments:

  1. That dry stack wall is a work of art - too beautiful to cover up or even accent. It makes a sufficient statement all its own, imo. I've seen good, bad, and ugly dry stack. This is one of the best I've seen. Kudos to David. And the pots are exactly right to my eyes.

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  2. Wonderful color against that bare wall. Another plant that is calling to me... will have to find room for it somewhere!

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  3. That is a beautiful wall. And, it's in the outside garden, right? Deer country?
    I was thinking deer would leave aloe alone. This one is really pretty.

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  4. Nice masonry work David. You should hire out. lol. Agreed on the planting of the wall. Maybe some isolated low plant to transition between the gravel and wall. Not that I'm an expert...

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  5. That aloe looks like a piece of art against the wall! How beautiful. It also looks like a group of tall skinny people with their arms raised shaking pom-poms :-) (cheering for your garden, no doubt!)

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  6. David does beautiful stone work. Love the pops of orange.

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  7. I have a few aloe indoors as houseplants. I don't know if they bloom in their normal environment or not, but your variety has beautiful blooms. The color is lovely. I also like how they reach up and then petal out...so very nice.

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