Succulent Gardening — Lisa’s Garden


Ladybug sign – Theme throughout the garden (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Hello fellow gardeners!

Despite her busy schedule as a lecturer at UWI, and a wife and mother of two teenagers, Lisa takes every opportunity to design and maintain her luscious garden. She was quick to say that gardening is therapeutic and that she finds comfort in it.

Like many of us as beginners, Lisa thought she had a “black thumb” because every houseplant she bought eventually died. She had abandoned the plants. Lisa’s mother, Pearl, of blessed memory, introduced her to succulents when she gave her a sedum and said “You can’t kill this one so easily; succulents are very resilient.” That’s when her love affair with succulents began, and the rest is history! She has found her place and has a Instagram page! Lisa is now a succulent gardener extraordinaire! Her breathtaking succulent garden, featuring echeverias, crassula ovatas, sedums, harworthias, senecios, kalanchoes and more, is the pride and joy of her family, friends and plant lovers alike. its gated community.

When Lisa’s mother transitioned earlier this year, she fell into a depression and only recovered after immersing herself in the design and maintenance of her succulent garden, in honor of his mother. This says a lot about the therapeutic benefits of gardening.

Initially, Lisa’s succulent garden was designed in a monochrome fashion where all the containers were painted red complementing the “Ladybug” theme. However, as the garden evolved, and in keeping with its love for exciting new containers, so did the designs. The main succulent garden is on a raised bed, to the left of its driveway where pots are artistically displayed in varying heights and colors, some beautifully decorated with centerpieces like Buddhas, porcelain face planters and hand, butterflies, ladybugs, birdhouses, lizards, driftwood and more to add whimsy and pique interest. She also uses old radios, ceramic jugs and teapots, watering cans, and high-heeled shoes as planters. What innovation!

Under the window of his kitchen, it is also a feast for the eyes! Beautifully staged with succulent arrangements in ceramic planters along the rim, other arrangements displayed in clay pots, ceramic planters and jugs, featuring bromeliads and a variety of succulents. Annuals and perennials are also planted in her garden to add pops of color – a piece of the rainbow.

As Lisa’s collection grew, she expanded her luscious garden to the side of her house where the plot continued. A variety of beautifully staged containers with a whimsical ladybug sign directing your way.

Join me next week for part 2.

— Sharon Cain

Arrangement of crested sedums and arrangements of echeveria (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

North view of the garden near the driveway (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Driftwood arrangements, teapots, old radio, etc. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Bromeliads (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

“Grandma’s Garden” in honor of Lisa’s mother, Pearl, under the kitchen window (Photo: Sharon Cain)

Award-winning gardener Sharon Cain.

A succulent arrangement in a ceramic planter (Photo: Sharon Cain)


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