Xeric and stylish gardening in San Antonio, Texas

Succulents add sculpture/structure to the garden…

I have recently added many succulents to my garden.  To me they are living sculptures and fit well with my modern Texas hillcountry garden. Who needs garden art when you have living art?!  The succulents in my garden are all evergreen/hardy.  They will play a vital role of anchoring my garden, in different ways, throughout all the months of the year.  For example, when some of my perennials are not looking their best, are dormant, or frozen back, the succulent “sculptures” will be the focal points.   The best part of all, is that I did not choose any of them, they all chose me.  SWEET!  My husband got me my spineless prickly pear pads, dear friends gave me my gorgeous agave (which has given me about 20 babies since!), another friend gave me MANY opuntia, and a neighbor gave me the star of my succulents, my native Texas cholla tree cactus.

Lets have a look see at my recent succulent additions:

My Opuntia engelmannii var subarmata is loving its new home in the front left bed – it has been extremely busy making new pads despite being in the dead of summer on the south side of the house in full on sun, no shade whatsoever.

Check out what a workhorse this cactus is!  They will be giants in no time at this rate!  You can see the new pads forming…look at those little wee “hairy thingies” emerging…
This blue agave will get gigantic…

…and anchor this area nicely.

Just look at this beauty!  This is my newest addition…a gorgeous purple Texas tree cholla cactus.

And this is my neighbors’ who gave me mine.  It is over 5 feet tall!  And you should have seen it COVERED in beautiful bright purple blooms this spring (it will fit well with my front purple garden, yay!).  I wish I had taken a picture of those magical flowers.

It makes a beautiful, sculptural screen, eh?!Here you can see what I am aiming towards with the cholla tree and agave.

It may be August in Texas (which means triple digits daily) but xericstyle is still having luck planting cactus.  I will not lose momentum!!!!!!!  Although there are things I will wait until fall for…but it is gonna be tough!

What ‘cha up to?????  Please share…



  1. You are so lucky to be able to plant cacti in your garden, here in Belgium we can only keep them in pots as Winters are too cold and Summers too wet !

    • Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by! I can understand that, I am from Canada and cacti are so exotic to me… I just love them – can’t get enough. I can see you love cacti and succulents too from your blog – gorgeous planters by the way!!!!!!!!!!! – xericstyle

      • I have always loved cacti and succulents even as a child. I have lots of exotic cacti and succulents in my livingroom. One of these days I’ll take some pictures for my blog.
        Thanks for stopping by, it’s always nice to meet people with the same interests.

      • Agreed – very nice to meet you too. I would LOVE to see pictures of your indoor stuff! – xericstyle

  2. LOVE the agave and cacti. They are going to be so incredible. They add instant presence in my opinion

    • Thanks Louis – nice way of putting it!!! They really do – love it! – xericstyle

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