Desert Landscaping in the San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley
- Sherman Oaks
- Woodland Hills
- North Hollywood
- Studio City
No matter where you live, succulents can bring a bit of the desert to your backyard. Hardy, drought tolerant and attractive, these adaptable plants have taken up residence in troughs, pots and other vessels in landscapes across the Valley. At Patagonia Building Supplies, we have the right succulent to bring a bit of color to that desertscape you are creating.
Use a welldrained potting mix with minimal organic matter. Commercial cactus and succulent mixes are often not suited to outdoor containers, so you may need to experiment a bit to find a mixture that works for you. Avoid those with waterretaining crystals, as these plants like it dry. Most gardeners start with a basic potting mix and modify it to meet the needs of the plant. Consider starting with a mix of 2 or 3 parts highquality potting mix, 1 part coarse sand (do not use playground or foundation sand) and 1 part perlite, crushed gravel, composted bark or rice hulls. Gardeners in extremely hot, dry regions may want to add a bit of loam soil to help retain just a bit of water.
When you’re ready to plant, select a combination of succulents that provides interesting forms and textures. Patagonia Building Supplies has sourced a great mix of plants from local growers. We have beautiful echeveria, moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora), hens & chicks, sedum and agaves all of which have distinctive shapes,colors and sizes.