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Garden Tours: Kensington Succulent Garden SD
Common name: Variegated Century Plant
Botanical name: Agave americana 'Variegata'
This Agave has a creamy yellow margins around the edge of the leaves. It will grow 6'-10' tall by up to 13' wide. It is native to Mexico. It has a very open growth habit, with leaves that recurve along their length.
Common name: Dark Leaf Aeonium
Botanical name: Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'
Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' is a succulent perennial that is used for accenting effect. Aeonium arboreum grows 3' tall and wide. Each branch has a 6"-8 " wide rosette of dark green, fleshy leaves.The flowers are yellow in clusters.
Common name: Kleinia
Botanical name: Senecio mandraliscae
Kleinia is a spreading succulent and ground cover that grows to about 6" to 18" tall with florescent blue green foliage. The ice plant like leaves are long and slender.It is from South Africa and works well in Mediterranean gardens. It is good in most sun conditions and can take very little watering or regular garden watering making it very adaptable for garden design. It performs best with full sun and regular water. Once it is established it is very drought tolerant. It is easy to propagate as are many succulents. Any section of the plant broken off and dug into the soil will reroot.
Common name: Jade Plant
Botanical name: Crassula ovata
Crassula ovata is an evergreen shrub that grows to 3'-10' tall and 3'-6' wide with gray green, oval, glossy, leathery leaves with red margins (more red appears with more sun). During the winter and spring, small pale pink, fragrant flowers cover the plant. It likes afternoon shade, low watering, and will live in any type of well drained soil. It can be grown as a houseplant but will not bloom. Trunk and branches are thick and gnarled. Flowers attract bees, wasps, butterflies, flies and beetles. Looks great in containers.
Common name: Kentia Palm, Paradise Palm
Botanical name: Howea forsteriana
This palm will reach about 40' tall and 10' wide. It has long, drooping leaflets that are slender and deep green. Leaves can be 7' long. Trunk may be swollen at base. Juvenile tree trunks are green, turning brown with age. This single trunk receives scars from the fronds that have shed. Kentia palm prefers partial shade or full shade. It does best with regular watering. Be careful not to overwater during winter. It can tolerate some salt spray but not high humidity or too much rain. It does best in well draining, loamy soil. Kentia does flower if located in full sun (3.5' long white flowers in winter). Fruit will appear after about 15 years; it is a dull red color, oval and 3" in diameter. Kentia is grown in containers for indoor use where there is bright light. It tolerates wind.
Common name: Variegated Japanese Silver Grass
Botanical name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'
This tall, mounding grass will grow to about 6' high and has seasonally deciduous, greenish white, variegated leaves. Tall grasses are highly combustible.
Common name: Pork And Beans
Botanical name: Sedum X rubrotinctum
This groundcover will grow less than 1' tall and spread about 1'. This succulent has small, thick, green leaves with tips that turn red in full sun. Yellow flowers bloom in winter on top of stems, making a bold contrast to red tipped leaves. This reliable succulent looks great in containers, in crevices, with rocks, small spaces. It does best with well draining soil. It becomes drought tolerant, needing little water once it's established. Additional images courtesy of Billy Goodnick.