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Friday 19 February 2010 - Filed under Gardens

Fake succulent garden
Maybe I shouldn’t like this, but I do. Last weekend we had brunch at restaurant in downtown Portland called The Original Dineraunt. A lot of times when you hear about this place, their diet-blowing dishes like donut hamburgers and mac-n-cheese pancakes get mentioned. Brunch was okay but I couldn’t stop staring at the fake plants under the stairway. I got all inspired to go home and make some mounds in the garden to cover in small succulents. Usually I like to buy the biggest plants I can find and afford, but this is potentially a way to use some small agaves, which means I can buy more plants – yay!

Fake succulent garden
I really hadn’t considered ways to pack plants in around agaves, they’ve always been single plant in container kind of plants for me. Ideas!

Fake succulent garden

Fake succulent garden

container garden
This is as good a time as any to pull out the picture I grabbed last summer when I was here for a work party. I never posted it because I was never quite sure what to make of it. Something about the spirit of the planting I liked, but it also seemed a little seussian. I don’t say it often, but I think I like the fake plants better.


2010-02-19  »  megan

Talkback x 7

  1. Loree
    19 February 2010 @ 9:42 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fake garden. But then in your pictures the plants almost look real so that is certainly helping me to love it. Very well done.

    I am having a hard time identifying the tall spiky plants in the last picture. What are they? Flax? They look so butchered that the scene is a little apocalyptic for me.

  2. Jane/Mulchmaid
    19 February 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Amazingly, I LIKE the fake garden. It looks great, and if the plants were real, I’d be feeling sorry for them since they’d certainly die in that situ. This way, they’re immortal.
    Hmm. This from the woman who swore she’d never buy plastic flowers…

  3. janet
    20 February 2010 @ 5:36 am

    So these are fake plants (plastic?) looks great. I like a succulent garden. There are lots of great colors, shapes and sizes to make an interesting garden spot.

  4. Karen
    20 February 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    Weird fake garden but nicely composed. Cool that you are going to make some succulent berms. There are some sedums that are cute but not spendy, since they spread so are easy to propagate. Then you can intermix with your more special agaves and others. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Could the last photo be some kind of horribly pruned yucca filimentosa or ??

  5. Grace
    22 February 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    Hmmm…. What is it, a faux desert garden? Zen? I’m not sure what to think except I bet it’s quite a dust collector. Not that I’m a neat nick or anything… These little mounds could also work in hypertufa troughs. As for the good doctor’s sidewalk-box rendition, uh… how about Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book instead? Too bad nobody’s asking me. :)

  6. Victoria
    22 February 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    Amazing. Inspired by fake plants. I love it!

  7. ricki - sprig to twig
    23 February 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Yep…the fakes get my vote too…whoda thunk it?