Hedge maple is a versatile tree. Use it alone as a pretty shade tree, or arrange plants side by side to form a hedge. First Editions Jade Patina hedge maple (Acer campestre ‘Baillee’) has an unusual leaf form that’s eye-catching. Jade Patina withstands pruning well and tolerates dry soils and salt, which makes it a good choice for planting beside roads or driveways. Fall color is a yellow shade. Trees grow 20 to 35 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-7.
We've got your summer succulent container right here, with a mix of foliage colors, textures and shapes that can take as much heat as the summer can dish out. Give ‘Sea Glass’ echeveria room to grow into the star of the show, and surround it with fillers like Pink Moonstone and jade plant, and let graptoveria ‘Bashful’ handle the job of spilling over the sides of the container. RECIPE: Echeveria ‘Sea Glass’ (Zone 9); Pink Moonstone (Pachyphytum oviferum, Zone 10); ‘Blue Burrito’ (Sedeveria ‘Blue Burrito’, Zone 9); Graptoveria 'Bashful' (Zone 9); Jade Plant (Crassula ovata 'Tricolor', Zone 9); Sedeveria 'Pink Granite' (Zone 9)
Several very unusual succulents, often called “leaf of life” or “mother of thousands,” (Bryophullum, Kalanchoe, and others) can sprout small, fully formed plants, roots and all along the edges or tips of leaves, making them super easy to share. Some can be quite weedy in nearby pots. Jade plant (Crassula) and ghost plant (Graptopetalum) grow easily from leaves that fall from plants before sprouting new plants.
The huge rosettes of the aeoniums and the ruffly, aquamarine leaves of the Lady Aquarius echevaria make this succulent container look like a bouquet of aquatic flowers and coral, but foliage is the star of this show. Add a trailing vine like String of Pearls and a couple of mini jade plants, and you get a heat-tolerant container that looks downright aquatic. RECIPE: String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus, Zones 10-11); Echeveria ‘Flag Day’ (Zones 9-11); Echeveria ‘Lady Aquarius’ (Zones 9-11); Black Rose (Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum ‘Black Rose’, Zone 9); Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra 'Green', Zones 10-11); Kalanchoe ‘Oak Leaf’ (Zones 9-11); Blushing Beauty (Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’, Zones 10-11); Large Leaf Elephant Food (Portulacaria afra forma macrophylla, Zones 10-11)
“Cake stands are a fun way to add height and layering,” says interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga. She then tied the red in the cake stand to the bottom level with Asian foo dog statues. For texture, use plants and glassware, like these vintage hobnob glasses. Don’t forget the greenery, either, with houseplants and low-maintenance plants, like the bird’s nest fern on the bottom level and a glass cloche terrarium with a succulent.
For her shed, Sherrod went with a "desert sanctuary" theme. "I'm authentically drawn to the colors jade and coral, so I tied those in where possible," says Sherrod. "As an earthy, crunchy Scorpio, I am inspired by elements of nature, so you'll find cactus plants, live edge teak wood, white moonstones, selenite and quartz, a eucalyptus ladder, jute rug, kilim pillows and linen draperies."
Pack a tall container full of cold-hardy succulents that will give you foliage ranging from chartreuse to ruby red to black during the winter and blooms that open in the fall and last through the winter. Use fast-draining soil and place in full sun. RECIPE: ‘Wildfire’ Sedum (Sedum SunSparkler ‘Wildfire’, Zones 4-8), 2 plants; Job’s Beard (Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Jade’, Zones 4-8); ‘Boromir’ Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum ‘Boromir’, Zones 4-8), 3 plants; ‘Elsie’s Gold’ Sedum (Sedum spectabile 'Elsie's Gold', Zones 3-8), 2 plants; ‘Dream Dazzler’ Sedum (Sedum SunSparkler ‘Dream Dazzler’, Zones 3-9); ‘Touchdown Teak’ Sedum (Terra Nova TOUCHDOWN Series Sedum ‘Touchdown Teak’, Zones 4-9)