Some details from Jud’s garden. It was this beet red crassula and Coppertone Stonecrop (Sedum nussbaumerianum) that first drew my attention to this bit of detailed planting. The crassula looks like C. pubescens ssp. radicans.
The longer I looked, the more apparent the garden maker’s intentions became. A golden barrel cactus picks up the gleam of the Coppertone Stonecrop. This is also a fine example of how rocks are simultaneously used to create flow through the garden and also to highlight specific plants.
Playing with texture and color, the garden maker starts a dialogue with the viewer. When you begin to hear it, as if by magic the vignette enlarges, expands, and ripples outward. Sedum, barrel cactus, and now playing along, I noted the biscuit-colored blooms of the crassula. Nearby are the saw-toothed, lance-shaped bursts of deep green Agave lophantha.
I trace the lines of another pale-colored cactus arching over the Agave lophantha
Whose long arms playfully frame shifting views.
A coral-colored aloe comes into focus.
Step back, and the details become the whole.