succulent container with ocotillo

Running errands in Orange County yesterday, I popped into the new Rolling Greens again to see if their selection of outdoor plants had arrived. Yes, a good range of succulents was in, including this fabulous variegated beaucarnia or Pony Tail Palm.


There were also some striking succulent containers planted up and added to the display.

This has to be a first — I don’t think I’ve seen ocotillo used in containers before. But why not? Just don’t forget the gloves.


The ocotillo’s strong pattern is marvelous when viewed against a backdrop, reflective or otherwise.


Interesting horizontal, topographic effect obtained by mossing up and planting salvaged industrial metal trays and other low-slung containers.



And I just happen to have one of those metal trays hanging around here someplace…

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8 Responses to succulent container with ocotillo

  1. Hoov says:

    Well I need to get there ASAP, I see that. Many thanks for the prod.

    I’m thinking though Alluadia procera, not Fouquieria splendens?

  2. Denise says:

    Hoov, you think the Madagascar ocotillo? I’ll add that name to the tags.

  3. Denise says:

    Hoov, the links work great — just still can’t tell the difference!

  4. ks says:

    Crap.. That variegated Beaucarnia.. B.’s were all the rage in the mid-70’s, at Nurseryland we had them from 4″ to 5g. If I see that variegated number I’ll bee all over it !

  5. Deanne says:

    Holy wow, those are all gorgeous! I’m planning on spending a day with a friend next week making hypertufa troughs so we can assemble succulent gardens. This is such eye candy!!!! I absolutely adore that Ocotillo in the arrangement

  6. Michelle says:

    Love, love, love the rusty box, the metal tray and the wire basket. Thanks for the inspiration Denise.

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