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  • 1. Succulents forthe HomeGarden, Willamette Valley ORLinda R McMahan, botanistand horticulturist, OregonState UniversityExtension, McMinnville, OR
  • 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. Major Strategy—Use Pots Why? Succulents like good drainage Raising above the ground raises the temperature a little
  • 4. Kinds of Pots Many different kinds will work Troughs (cement or rock planters) Regular pots Mounded soil
  • 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. 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. 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. A Fool-Proof SedumSedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Grows well in a sunny border—no special requirements Readily available Attractive butterflies Bronze fall color
  • 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. Sedum spathulifolium Butterflyhost plant Attracts butterflies‘Moonglow’
  • 11. Sedum oreganum – anothergood Oregon native Best in pots or containers
  • 12. Sedum oregonense, alsonative to Oregon Another native sedum to look for Much fussier about drainage
  • 13. Native sedums in moundedsoil surrounded by rocks andother plants
  • 14. An innovative way toshowcase native sedums in aprivate garden
  • 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: Wikipedia.org
  • 16. House leeks, Sempervivumtectorum Old World Species, Native to Europe and the Alps Used much like hens and chicks Photo: Wikipedia
  • 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. Pendulous yucca, Yuccarecurvata Evergreen USDA Zone 7 Drought tolerant, full sun Photo courtesy of Pat Breen OSU Landscape Plant Identification site © Oregon State University, http://oregonstate.edu/dept /ldplants/
  • 19. Soapweed, Yucca glauca USDA Zone 3 Full Sun, drought tolerant Photo courtesy of Pat Breen OSU Landscape Plant Identification site © Oregon State University, http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/
  • 20. Consider making your owntroughs— recipes andinstructions can be foundonline
  • 21. Whatever your method,Thanks and have a wonderfultime with succulents in yourgarden

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