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Spring is in full swing, unless you are somewhere in the Midwest and then you still may see snow til June! Unpredictable weather aside, planting season is in full swing!
One of my favorite kinds of arrangements is in monochromatic colors. There is something very appealing seeing a variety of plants within the same hues. It’s with that in mind that I chose this month’s plants for your very own Moon garden. We are even including ivory criva to finish off your arrangement.
No Moon garden would be complete without my most favorite Echeveria. It’s a staple and perennial favorite among succulent collectors - Echeveria Lola. Personally, I haven’t met a Lola I haven’t bought. Lolas were bred by the famed Echeveria hybridized Dick Wright. This ethereal plant is a cross between E. Lilachina X E. “Deresina”. Its opulent farina gives it a pearlescent appearance with rosy undertones. Echeveria needs bright sunlight to maintain their colors and compact rosette form. They will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures, they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light.
Next up is wholly senecio, also known as a cocoon plant. This is a really unique plant to add to your collection. This plant can easily grow into a little shrub and its pointy cylindrical leaves are coated in a white, velvety wool. It rarely blooms, but when it does, you will be rewarded with yellow, Pom Pom shaped flowers. Over time, it can get leggy and the stems and older leaves may brown, but it’s easily propagated from cuttings if it gets out of sorts. In my personal experience, less water is more, as it will easily rot if left in soggy soil, so choose a well-draining mix.
Finishing up our trio is mammillaria plumosa. Otherwise known as feather cactus, these are some of my favorites due to their vigorous growth and the fact I have NEVER been stabbed by one. Instead of sharp spines, these specimens have a soft almost cuddly feel to them. This species is native to Northeastern Mexico and can grow to about 5.0" tall and 16.0" wide as mounded clusters of small, round offsets. Tiny, pink and white striped flowers tend to appear in late summer and have a sweet fragrance.
I hope you enjoy this ready made garden and can add more silvery plants to it as your collection grows.
Sonja & Isaac