Southern CA Winter Blooms

April showers have come early this year and have left our Culver City location ripe with flowers and greenery of all colors, shapes and sizes! Our eight greenhouses are now brimming with exterior plants, cacti, succulents, and exotic plants that are ready to find a home.

We also carry a wide selection of desert plants, flowering shrubs, grasses and trees ideal for landscape use. In addition, our colorful and thoughtfully-selected outdoor arrangements perfectly compliment any outdoor garden!

Today we are featuring our favorite picks from this expansive collection! See below for an inventory:

CACTI + SUCCULENTS

The Pilosocereus Pachycladus

The Pilosocereus Pachycladus

- The Pilosocereus Pachycladus is a bright, wooly blue cactus with spires. This spectacular cactus originates from Brazil and is particularly unique for its hue! It grows in a columnar-like fashion and can grow up to 10 meters tall!  

Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuate are slow-growing succulents that can reach a height of up to 5 feet! Their green leaves clump together at the base and they bloom a gorgeous yellow flower stalk during the summer. At Rolling Greens we carry lots of different kinds of agave that range in color, shape and size!

The spikes of orange-yellow flowers are from the Aloe Cameronii (Starfish Aloe). They sit in front of a bed of Kalanchoe Beharensis (Zig-Zag Felt Plants), and in background is an arrangement of Agave Attenuata (Fox Tail Agave) + Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' blossoms.

The spikes of orange-yellow flowers are from the Aloe Cameronii (Starfish Aloe). They sit in front of a bed of Kalanchoe Beharensis (Zig-Zag Felt Plants), and in background is an arrangement of Agave Attenuata (Fox Tail Agave) + Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' blossoms.

- The Aloe Cameronii (Starfish Aloe) get its name from its spiky texture. If you were to look down at a group of these aloes from above, it would appear as though you were looking down into the water at a giant starfish! Their leaves can turn completely red during the winter, or when they are especially dry. As you can see, they really pop when contrasted against lush greenery.

- Kalanchoe Beharensis (Zig-Zag Felt Plants) are a type of succulent and they are particularly unique as so, for their huge, scalloped leaves. These leaves can grow up to a foot in length and are covered in a soft layer of felt. They thrive best outdoors where they can achieve the most sunlight, but can be grown indoors in a large container where they can receive the greatest exposure to light.

Notice how we have incorporated the stunning Agave Attentua + Echeveria blossom arrangement in the background into a vintage birdbath!

OUR OUTDOOR ARRANGEMENTS

Succulent Arrangement: Clockwise from the top: Cotyledon Orbiculata v. Oblonga (Long Fingers), Echeveria 'Blue Curls', Kalanchoe Tomentosa (Panda Plant), Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ (Hobbit Jade)

Succulent Arrangement: Clockwise from the top: Cotyledon Orbiculata v. Oblonga (Long Fingers), Echeveria 'Blue Curls', Kalanchoe Tomentosa (Panda Plant), Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ (Hobbit Jade)

- Cotyledon Orbiculata v. Oblonga (Long Fingers), otherwise known as Grey Sticks or 'Purple' Chalk Fingers are eye-catching due to their peculiar shape, but are also distinguished by their blue-grey silvery leaves that typically clump together. They are easy, low maintenance and drought resistant. We love using them in our outdoor arrangements for an added touch of texture and personality!

- Echeveria 'Blue Curls' are native to the desert areas of Central America. They boast a stunning variety of colors, but primarily appear as a rosette with frilly evergreen leaves that have pink-hued edges. 

- Kalanchoe Tomentosa (Panda Plant) is part of the succulent plant species. It grows thick leaves for water-storage purposes - which means less watering for you! The velvety leaves grow in a rosette shape and are covered in bristle-like hairs. A unique and handsome plant, they appear primarily silvery-blue with the exception of their edges which are a burnt orange/chocolatey brown color. 

- Crassula Ovata 'Hobbit' (Hobbit Jade) are shrubby, small succulents with leaves that curl back into a spoon-like shape and have reddish tips! They look great in rock gardens and outdoor arrangements! 

Succulent Arrangement: An Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' blossom nestled in between Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (Rainbow Bush) on the right and Senecio Radicans (Sting of Fishhooks) to the left.

Succulent Arrangement: An Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' blossom nestled in between Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (Rainbow Bush) on the right and Senecio Radicans (Sting of Fishhooks) to the left.

- Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' is a beautiful rosette-forming succulent that has powdery-grey leaves with central pink highlights. Make sure to give your Echeveria lots of light and prune any dead leaves from the bottom as it grows, as their dead leaves can make a wonderful home for lots of mean bugs!

- Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (Rainbow Bush) has short, shrubby leaves that grow on a thick, reddish-brown, almost tree-like stem. Fun fact: They are also known as "Elephant Bushes" because they are a popular native food for elephants in Africa! These are easily manageable for those who don't have much of a green thumb as well. All they really need is some light and a bit of weekly watering.  

- Senecio Radicans (Sting of Fishhooks) can grow a trail up to four feet in length! There's no stopping these babies - they'll grow and grow! They look great indoors, but as you can see, they work perfectly in an outdoor arrangement as well! How do you care for these in California weather? Bright shade is the way to go.

VINES + MORE 

Bougainvillea vines

Bougainvillea vines

Bougainvilleas are flowering vines and they are a versatile plant. They can be trained on a trellis or made so that they spread vertically up a wall or off the roofing of your home! They make a wonderful accent to any landscape with their purplish-pink flowers. Keep them in lots of light and sun for at least six hours a day and watch them as they spread! They are guaranteed to grab lots of "Oohs" and "Ahhs" from any visitor.

Euphorbia (Not pictured) are flowering plants that are part of the Spurge genus. They range from tiny succulents to evergreen shrubs. Ask us about the variety of colors and sizes that we carry!

A FINAL SHOUTOUT

The products in our exterior gardens are thoughtfully selected, and very rich in their colors and textures! As you can see, our outdoor arrangements range in size and selection and come uniquely planted in our array of pots. Our freestanding greenery, cacti, succulents, vines and even our arrangements work best cohesively in an outdoor landscape environment!

Our exterior team maintains these selections very well and with lots of care! They are also very knowledgeable and very helpful in selecting plants, so don't hesitate to ask a member of our Rolling Greens team how we can help make your outdoor garden fantasies a reality.

Stop by our Culver City location Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4pm to make your selection today!

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