Landscape Design forum: Looking for advice on a planned succulent garden

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 10, 2011 6:48 AM CST
I am planning a succulent area in my front yard. This is by my front windows. I currently have plumeria there but they do not thrive there because it has a northern exposure, so this was the area designated.
The map in the picture is pretty much to scale: the length by the front window is 9 yards (represented by 9 inches), along the front door path is 7 yards, there is a straight part of 2 yards by my driveway and then a slightly curved line where a shell path is that leads to the back. I will use something to demarcate the edges (like maybe upright standing flagstones - only sticking up about 3 inches from the ground) which will also separate the two coverings. To contrast with the white shell I was thinking a grey granite covering for the area, or possibly pebbles.
The circles represent plants I would like to keep there. The front window has two big Pachypodium groupings (about 2-3 ft in diameter, and now getting on for 10 ft tall), and next to that by the front path is a Yucca elephantipes which now is about 9 ft tall. By the driveway is the one plumeria I think I might keep there.

I plan to place a large boulder or two in the area (prob. feather rock so I can MOVE them).

I would welcome your input. I am mostly in a quandary as to what to do with the space right in front of the windows, Making this extra problematic is the fact that water from the roof cascades there (maybe we should finally put up gutters?).

I have a number of succulents and cacti in pots that I can use but also appreciate suggestions for other plants.

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Nov 1, 2011 4:54 AM CST
I have had the problem with water runoff and installed a false creek bed , looks like a dry riverbed. It dosen't have to be too wide but don't make it straight , looks ''wrong''
Small stone in the middle and larger on the edges.


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This is not my place just the only example I could find right now.
Of course yours would be a lot smaller.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Nov 1, 2011 5:27 AM CST
I intend to have a 'false creek bed', if only to provide some variety in the ground covering. I have also created some elevation.
I'm waiting for a quote for gutters... not sure if it is in my budget in which case I will know where my 'riverbed' will run!
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
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gardengus
Nov 1, 2011 7:23 AM CST
Smiling
Looking forward to your progress reports.
Are you working on this now, I know winter is a good time do do garden things in the south, I am putting things to bed here.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Nov 1, 2011 7:35 AM CST
Yes, I am in the thick middle of it! I will keep you all posted.
My main achievement is that I have removed all the plants that did not belong there. Still waffling on one or two...

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