Indoor cactus garden design ideas. Tips for planning an outdoor rock cactus garden. What type of soil to use when planting succulents in a dish garden. Pictures of cactus plants growing in botanical gardens.
The indoor cactus garden at Villa Botanica
Cactus gardens are extraordinarily versatile. You can plant one in anything from a small clay dish to a large raised bed. The size and number of plants to be included will determine the size of the planting bed or container to be used.
Cactus Dish Garden
Tip: When mixing cacti with other plants, make sure that all species enjoy the same growing conditions.
This is the most important thing to get right.
It can be rocky, dry and poor but it must be free draining.
If the soil in your yard holds too much moisture, plant your cacti in raised beds filled with fast draining soil.
As adaptable as these plants are, there are a few constants to keep in mind when planning a cactus garden:
These are pictures of a large rock cactus garden on display at the Central Florida Zoo. The cacti, Agave, and Crown of Thorns plants are planted in shallow depressions in the rock.
Here, cactus plants flourish amongst a wide variety of perennials in an Alpine rock garden.
In another part of the same garden, tiny cacti bloom amongst the pebble mulch.
Cactus Garden Picture
This is a very different kind of rock garden. The land surrounding this South African home was filled with rocks which the homeowners sculpted into a very elaborate "rock garden landscape" complete with pools, fountains and stone staircases.
They have adorned this outdoor work of art with cacti and succulent plants native to the area.
You can see more of this landscape, here.
Photos taken inside the cactarium at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.
The Northeastern United States is not the sunniest part of the world, so the plants are situated very close to the glass.
My Final Cactus Garden Design Tip:
Cactus Plants at the Huntington Botanical Garden
Using plants that mimic the characteristics of the cacti will greatly enhance any cactus garden design. Here, the glaucous foliage of the Pindo palm repeats the blue-gray tones on the cacti which surround it.
The orange fruit of the Pindo will add a touch of contrasting color when it appears.
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