Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: New Semp/Succulent vertical wall in progress

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Name: Patti
Australian Alps (Zone 8a)
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Sunlover
Jan 10, 2015 2:50 AM CST
We had a bunch of old concrete blocks laying around the farm for years so today decided to start building our Semp & Succulent wall. It has been pouring with rain for 2 days so it was a good project to start, being rarely so cool here in the summertime. The basic construction is there. I will fill it with decomposed granite soil.

The wall is on the north side of the house, so it should be a good place to overwinter the more sensitive semps, and to the left (west) is an enclosed courtyard with my Weeping Cherry and Garraya and a huge Claret Ash over the top so it will be sheltered from the wicked west in summer but get morning to midday sun.

Once the wall is finished I will fill with soil and chisel out some little nooks in the wall to tuck some semp babies into, paint it, maybe put random some tiles on it... may plant some tall and cascading succulents in the top, not sure. And put some more blocks at the base with wider holes for bigger semps and my Black Prince's. Should be fun when shopping time comes for some new semps to put into it. Can't wait Hurray!

Plant IDs are Virginia Creeper, Hibiscus, 2 of my rare pines in pots and Eucomis. There is a little semp bed I started you can see at the base of the hibiscus in the before picture. Lovey dubby

Any suggestions for planting semps and more in a wall like this are welcome!

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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Jan 10, 2015 4:03 AM CST
Wow! That looks awesome!!!!! Drooling I don't have any advice on planting, but I cant wait to see pics of it when you have figured out what to plant where! Lovey dubby
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jan 10, 2015 1:21 PM CST
What a neat idea. Have FUN!
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Paddy
Jan 10, 2015 6:37 PM CST
"Wonderwall "as in the Oasis song .
Looking forward to the finishing product Patti.
I'm working on a plan to convert old concrete blocks to containers.
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goldfinch4
Jan 12, 2015 3:38 AM CST

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That's very nice Patti! Sounds like a perfect place for your plants!
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Name: Patti
Australian Alps (Zone 8a)
I will never act my age.
Sempervivums Keeps Horses Cactus and Succulents Region: Australia Sedums Vegetable Grower
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Sunlover
Jan 12, 2015 5:54 PM CST
Thanks! We've had 2 days of torrential rain so I have brought all my new still-potted semp babies indoors. I have some more arriving by mail this week so I can start planning then. it will be interesting to see how they grow in this kind of structure.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 14, 2015 7:12 PM CST

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What an exciting project Patti, I love it. I look forward to seeing the finished product. I really like your idea of having some plants that cascade.
Name: Patti
Australian Alps (Zone 8a)
I will never act my age.
Sempervivums Keeps Horses Cactus and Succulents Region: Australia Sedums Vegetable Grower
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Sunlover
Jan 15, 2015 11:46 PM CST
Starting very small in the wall, a little tectorum baby. Still working out what to put where.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 16, 2015 9:32 AM CST

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How very sweet it is Patti. What is the other plant?
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jan 16, 2015 11:20 AM CST
Yes Patti, I'm all ears!
Name: Patti
Australian Alps (Zone 8a)
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Sunlover
Jan 16, 2015 4:19 PM CST
The other plant is some form of Baby Sunrose or Iceplant. I got it as a small unlabelled cutting in a succulent cutting pack I bought off eBay so I don't know yet until it flowers. 😗 there were 70, all unlabelled. I still don't know what some of them are!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 16, 2015 8:48 PM CST

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I wonder if it is one of the Aptenia (Mesembryanthemum cordifolium). I have a beautiful variegated one that Julia gave me last year.
Wow, 70 cuttings?
Name: Patti
Australian Alps (Zone 8a)
I will never act my age.
Sempervivums Keeps Horses Cactus and Succulents Region: Australia Sedums Vegetable Grower
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Sunlover
Jan 16, 2015 10:44 PM CST
Ooo I do have the Baby Sunrose, I have 20 cuttings that I am striking :)
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This is the one in the wall, closer. It is VERY shamrock green and the leaves are very shiny like a waxed floor. I can't wait for it to flower.
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This one I still haven't identified. It has a yellow flower like a delosperma but the leaves have me stumped. It is GORGeous. It looks like a coral. The leaf detail... Lovey dubby


So many succulents and semps are sold here without names or with incorrect ID.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 17, 2015 10:02 AM CST

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Hurray! Lovely Patti. Some of those would be beautiful in your new wall. They would be so pretty cascading over the wall.
That last photo is very interesting. Hope it blooms soon, maybe that will help to ID it. How big is the container it is in?
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beckygardener
Mar 21, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Patti - I hope you will post a new photo of your wall. I love that idea!
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Paddy
Mar 23, 2015 1:55 PM CST
Patti , if you search in Google images for 'vertical cinder block garden' there are some great ideas there .
Name: Patti
Australian Alps (Zone 8a)
I will never act my age.
Sempervivums Keeps Horses Cactus and Succulents Region: Australia Sedums Vegetable Grower
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Sunlover
Mar 26, 2015 3:51 AM CST
I will post a pic soon! It's already getting so cold here and hubby has decided to put an extension on so I basically just put my potted plants on the wall. With autumn, my Virginia Creeper is dropping red leaves all over the place and I can't keep up! lol
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 26, 2015 8:50 AM CST

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It is just so odd to me. Here you are with cold weather coming on, and we have warmer weather arriving.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 26, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Patti, I know Lynn doesn't mean to brag about her warm weather but we will have highs of low 80's here today... Whistling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 26, 2015 5:35 PM CST

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Bev that sounds lovely. It is beautiful here today. Hope it is like this tomorrow.
Making plans to build a small wall in the bed under the front room window, and plant succulents in it. I'll be using the cement blocks.

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