Along the paths leading to the main buildings are succulent gardens. There's nothing like succulents & rocks.
Except maybe succulents & dinosaurs. This metal sculpture is one of several surprises on the grounds.
The spikiness of agaves & palms is accentuated by the graceful curves of Mexican sage flower stalks.
Inside is wonderland. I dare you to come out of this building empty handed. I won't bore you with all the photos I took, I'll just tease you with the last one below.
The first time I visited Island View Nursery was with friends who were overnighting in Carpenteria. I drove down from Buellton where I was living at the time & we went nursery hopping. Later I visited again with my daughter. The third time I remembered to bring my camera. This photo is the transition from one green house to another.
A block from the nursery is Chickweed, an outdoor boutique run by 3 ladies who pot plants. They've sourced a potter who supplies them with handmade ceramics. The ladies do the planting. Oh, to be able to make pots again! They're gifted designers & their combinations continue to inspire me.
Three more handmade pots with imaginative plantings.
A little further along Cedros is a pottey whose name I don't remember. Succulents look great with their glaze colors. Many of their pots are featured in Debra Lee Baldwin's book, Succulent Container Gardens. Debra's book is my bible.
These succulents grow at The Camp in Costa Mesa, another cool shopping location. The grounds & store fronts are planted with succulents & other low-water plants, like this combination. I'm impressed with the large rock ground cover around the plants.
Love these blues yellow & greens against the red wood.
In Newport Beach is Roger's Gardens where they've planted the parking lot with succulents as well as parts of the grounds inside the nursery. Walking the parking lot is almost as good as walking the grounds, if you're a succophile like me.
This foursome is planted in the middle lower level of Roger's Garden. This area gets morning sun and afternoon shade 3/4 of the year. The big agaves and aloes grow like show specimens. Inspired landscape design.
White rocks, blue & green succulents on a shady hillside.
Hope you enjoyed the tour.