A succulent Foliage Follow-Up

New leaves are unfurling on shrubs, vines, perennials, and ornamental trees. Spring has sprung in Austin. But I still can’t overlook the beauty of succulents on this Foliage Follow-Up, a celebration of foliage on the day after Bloom Day.

I mean, just look at this blazing orange, pink, and chartreuse Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire.’ Nestled between Yucca flaccida ‘Bright Edge’ and a winter-purpled prickly pear, things are looking hot, hot, hot.

My succulent trough is filling in with new spring growth, even as some of the plants, like red-hued jellybean plant (Sedum rubrotinctum), still sport bright winter coloring. Many succulents change color at different times of the year. Cold weather, drought, and full-sun exposure bring on the most dramatic color changes.

Green leaves are tinged with pink on this mystery succulent.

Blue chalkstick (Senecio mandraliscae) stretches toward the sun like blue fingers.

Ghost plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense) glows rosily in late afternoon sunlight.

That’s all for today. If you’d like to join in, just post pics of your favorite March foliage on your blog and leave a link to it in a comment on this post. Because spring is my busy season for design work, I may not have time to comment on each post. But know that I will visit each link to admire everyone’s leafy inspiration.

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26 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    It is interesting how the cold weather brings out the pink in leaves. Don’t know what this is but it certainly looks pretty on your succulents.

  2. Pam, the photo of the Ghost plant is very pretty. Great lighting.

    Here is my foliage follow-up for this month.

  3. Debbie says:


    I love your succulent trough, what an inspired way to showcase all the tiny plants.

  4. Nicole says:

    Very pretty-aren’t succulents the coolest? Low maintenance/drought tolerant, no need to prune, change colors to surprise you, and propagate readily. BTW I did My debut Foliage Follow up this month. http://caribbeangarden.blogspot.com/2010/03/debut-foliage-follow-up.html

  5. Nothing quite so lovely happening here as your trough garden, but you did get Mark to go out with the camera the last few days to see what our foliage looks like in early March.

    Here’s the result:

  6. My garden is just starting to wake up after winter so I have a few foliage shots of the new growth. Not much in the way of succulents here in New England. I like your photo of the Blue Chalkstick. http://gardenontheedge.blogspot.com/2010/03/foliage-follow-up.html

  7. Lovely foliage!

    I went to a nursery on Saturday and came home with nothing but succulents for a container! Since I like to travel, I need container plants that don’t require tending. The selection was pretty good for our area, so now I’m excited about the project.

  8. Hmm… I “kind of” kept with your theme, Pam! But whereas you have a huge, gorgeous sampling of many pretty succulents, I’m just showing one:

  9. Floridagirl says:

    Your succulent collection is wonderful, Pam! Thanks for hosting Foliage Follow-Up!

    Here is my first-ever submission for Foliage Follow-Up: http://gardeninpeace.blogspot.com/2010/03/foliage-hope-springs-eternal.html

    Hi, Floridagirl. Thanks for participating! I tried to leave a comment on your site but couldn’t without a Google or other account. (If you care to enable the Name/URL option in your comment settings, those who aren’t logged in can also comment.) Here’s what I wanted to say:

    I’m glad to see that your subtropical garden is coming back from the freeze damage. My Austin garden also suffered from that hard cold snap, and I’m just now seeing signs of life again. I just spent the past week traveling through Florida and admiring the natural beauty of your state. I look forward to sharing some pictures soon! —Pam

  10. I don’t feel so bad now that I’ve seen I’m not the only one with mystery succulents. I love your Senecio, with the stripes against the blue, sort of an Austin version of a blue and gold Hosta. I got a little excited by all the plants revealed by the melting of the snow. Happy Spring! http://mcgregorsdaughter.blogspot.com/2010/03/awakening-march-foliage-followup.html

  11. Rebecca says:

    Pam the photos as always are wonderful, however I notice something other than your fantastic foliage… are those regular plant pot feet that you spray painted to match your galvanized stock tank? I am going like mad over here in Katy planting all my containers and all I can find are the tarracota (sp?) clay feet but that does nto go with my containers. It is a sickness that us gardeners try to control everything (that we can)in our gardens.


    Hi, Rebecca. You are observant! They are blue-green, glazed pot feet that I found at Barton Springs Nursery in Austin last year. I have looked for them again since, but they don’t seem to be carrying them now. —Pam

  12. wiseace says:

    I’ve never seen jellybeans so red. I get a bit of red but it’s mostly in a purple hue. They’re a bit sensitive to my winter cold but they keep hanging in there.

  13. Randy says:

    Our poor little succulents took a major beating this year with all the cold. Hopefully they’ll recover. Your’s are very colorful!

  14. So pleased to have a forum for honoring the great stalwarts of the garden. Thanks, Pam!

  15. As always, your plants are so beautiful. I do love your succulent trough….beautiful plants in an unusual container.

  16. Your succulents look lovely in the trough, especially accented with the little pebbles/stones. I haven’t participated here before Pam, but since I have very few ‘blooms’ right now, I thought my post was appropriate;-)


  17. Every time I see your stock tank with succulents, I vow to go out & do mine. Okay, by golly, I will. Great foliar for follow up today or any other.

  18. gardener says:

    Looks like you have a great start to spring down south. Up north, things are starting to sprout on the balcony but my cactus are a few months away from heading outside.

  19. Jean says:

    Pam, we both started our Foliage Follow-Up posts with the same plant (unintended I assure you!). Your stock tank reminds me of all the succulents I spent 15 minutes lusting over at the big box today, LOL. My FF post is here: http://www.diggrowcompostblog.com/2010/03/foliage-follow-up-march-2010.html.

  20. Caroline says:

    Here’s my post, dedicated to the miraculous resurrection of my baby dwarf pomegranate tree from the dead of winter. http://shovelreadygarden.blogspot.com/2010/03/foliage-follow-up-pomegranate-lives.html

  21. Frances says:

    Hi Pam, your succulents are fabulous, the trough is a brilliant idea! I love seeing groups of various ones mooshed together, like yours will be soon. So glad spring has arrived there, we are still waiting. Here my post for the foliage follow up:
    An Old Irish Blessing Foliage Day

  22. I always love to see how you’ve arranged your succulents. I need to repot mine, and you’ve given me great ideas. Thank you!

    Here’s my follow-up: http://gulfcoastgreenie.typepad.com/gulf_coast_greenie/2010/03/march-of-the-foliage.html

  23. love the chalkstick…. great succulent collection.

  24. melanie says:

    Pam you succulent trough is fabulous! I love the variety of plants you grow. I have many similar plants that I grow as house plants. I grow hardier succulents like sedum, and Sempervivum tectorum outside.

  25. I like how you’ve put “pot feet” on the bottom of your galvanized trough. There’s a bit of whimsy for you…;-)