Bonnie Helander began her love of gardening while living and working in San Diego. After retirement, she moved back home to Georgia with husband, Dan, and now resides and gardens in Peachtree City (Zone 8a) where she is a member of the Peachtree City Garden Club. Bonnie is the gardening writer and blogger for Fayette Woman magazine and also blogs and writes for Georgia Gardening Magazine. Besides gardening, Bonnie loves nature and hiking and is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and avid supporter of the Bulldog nation.


More Sizzling Succulents
by Bonnie Helander - posted 09/18/12

It seems that the whole country is crazy for cactus and sizzling succulents! Recently Dan and I visited the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis on our way to see the Georgia Bulldogs beat up on the Missouri Tigers in Missouri’s first SEC match-up.  Welcome to the SEC!  By the way, the fans in Columbia were cordial and very welcoming. We sure enjoyed our time in Missouri, especially since the Dawgs came away with a victory.

The visit to the botanical gardens was a real highlight of our trip. I was surprised to see how the garden featured so many different succulents in the design schemes. I think of the long, cold winters in the Midwest as a reason to avoid those heat-loving plants but they take center stage at the Linnean House - the oldest, continuously operating public greenhouse west of the Mississippi and housed at the botanical garden. The Victorian Garden also had some wonderful succulent displays. I got so many ideas on using succulents in my garden. Enjoy!

Collection of succulents at the Linnean House, including spurge, Pachypodium and Adromischus


A lovely variety including Agave (century plant)


Euphorbia pillansii


Euphorbia characias


A gorgeous sphere of succulents on a pedestal at the Victorian Garden - great focal point!


A garden bed designed completely with small succulents at the Victorian Garden.


Another succulent bed idea.  I might try this in a sunny spot!



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