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Succulents for the home garden willamette valley or

  1. 1. Succulents forthe HomeGarden, Willamette Valley ORLinda R McMahan, botanistand horticulturist, OregonState UniversityExtension, McMinnville, OR
  2. 2. Succulents for the HomeGarden – What We Will Cover Some Techniques and some cautions Plants that do well in Oregon’s Willamette Valley A few final words Questions – during or after
  3. 3. Major Strategy—Use Pots Why? Succulents like good drainage Raising above the ground raises the temperature a little
  4. 4. Kinds of Pots Many different kinds will work Troughs (cement or rock planters) Regular pots Mounded soil
  5. 5. Soil? Ifdirectly in the garden, add organic matter and mound up soil to provide drainage In pots, you can add sand or rocks to the soil and make sure drainage is open
  6. 6. Rockeries and Rock Walls Many will also do quite well in rockeries (rock gardens) and rock retaining walls This picture is from California, but it provides the idea
  7. 7. A newly constructed and amature Rock Garden --  The basic structure is rocks—the soil fills in the holes  A pile of rocks or rocks placed in a garden are not usually considered to be a rock garden
  8. 8. A Fool-Proof SedumSedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Grows well in a sunny border—no special requirements Readily available Attractive butterflies Bronze fall color
  9. 9. The Best SedumSedum spathulifolium Native to Oregon Prefers drainage but open ground may be OK Does not die back during the winter like non-native sedums Widely available Many color forms available
  10. 10. Sedum spathulifolium Butterflyhost plant Attracts butterflies‘Moonglow’
  11. 11. Sedum oreganum – anothergood Oregon native Best in pots or containers
  12. 12. Sedum oregonense, alsonative to Oregon Another native sedum to look for Much fussier about drainage
  13. 13. Native sedums in moundedsoil surrounded by rocks andother plants
  14. 14. An innovative way toshowcase native sedums in aprivate garden
  15. 15. Hens and Chicks, Echeveriaspecies and cultivars Many cultivars available Nearly foolproof it they get enough drainage Native Mexico and southward in the New World Echeveria elegans photo:
  16. 16. House leeks, Sempervivumtectorum Old World Species, Native to Europe and the Alps Used much like hens and chicks Photo: Wikipedia
  17. 17. Brittle pricklypear, Opuntiafragilis Native to Western U.S. Have seen grown in pots or raised beds in the Willamette Valley Several related Opuntia may be available Al Schneider @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
  18. 18. Pendulous yucca, Yuccarecurvata Evergreen USDA Zone 7 Drought tolerant, full sun Photo courtesy of Pat Breen OSU Landscape Plant Identification site © Oregon State University, /ldplants/
  19. 19. Soapweed, Yucca glauca USDA Zone 3 Full Sun, drought tolerant Photo courtesy of Pat Breen OSU Landscape Plant Identification site © Oregon State University,
  20. 20. Consider making your owntroughs— recipes andinstructions can be foundonline
  21. 21. Whatever your method,Thanks and have a wonderfultime with succulents in yourgarden