Annual succulents

As ihe early spring bulbs finish their flowering cycle the self-sown annual succulent, Dorotheanthus bellidoniformis rises to take the stage. Several years ago Michele planted some seedlings, and since then they have been coming up naturally each year. Originally they were to fill out bare patches between larger or slower growing succulents. As they were so successful, they are now welcome and encouraged wherever there is space for them.

Portulaca grandiflora is another well known annual succulent which is being used during the summer months in much the same way as the Dorotheanthus is used during spring.

Z In lightly shaded places Livingstone daisies can still flower well, but with a deeper glowing colour. As each flower opens for the first lime, it is more intense, with some yellow colouring, which fades to white after a few days.

? Livingstone daisies shimmering in the afternoon sun. At different times in the day and in different lighting conditions they seem to change their colouration.

Z In lightly shaded places Livingstone daisies can still flower well, but with a deeper glowing colour. As each flower opens for the first lime, it is more intense, with some yellow colouring, which fades to white after a few days.

4 During the peak of a long, dry summer, these succulents appear to be faring well. All the patches of bright colour are Portulaca grandiflora.

4 An unnamed sedum species Michele purchased from a local market. It is a fairly robust grower reaching 150 mm in height, here growing with its shallow roots around a dwarf red cordyline.

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