Florida Gardens Come Alive…


…with the sound of succulents sipping water through the seasonal dry spells.

In Florida they can grow the classic Madagascar plants outside. Lucky Floridians


JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF
A twisty, spiny Alluaudia montagnacii thrives in the South Miami yard of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden….

Succulents… are endlessly visually interesting, with forms that make green-leafed shrubs seem deprived of imagination. And they are survivors, with a will to live that is in-your-face apparent, meaning they may be more at home here than you think.

”The tropical look here is an illusion,” says Harvey Bernstein, who has landscaped his front yard with succulent plants.

I like illusions. I harbor many myself. Like the illusion that this blog has dozens of regular readers. That’s a fun illusion.


    
    
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