Also known as flapjack, dog tongue, desert cabbage, or paddle plant, Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a succulent tropical or annual plant for Tennessee, but it can be easily over-wintered indoors in a container. A native of the South African desert, flapjack makes a unique and vivid potted plant or summer succulent annual in the landscape. It is in the third largest plant family, Crassulaceae, and otherwonderful succulents like the jade plant, hens ‘n chicks, and sedum are relatives.
Manmade structures are a great way to bring sculptural elements into the garden. The challenge is to design structures that are comfortable, functional, and complement rather than dominate their setting. In the backyard, a curved bench snakes between two mature desert ironwood trees; new plantings of Aloe vera, Euphorbia rigida, and octopus agave help the structure blend into the surrounding landscape. Decked with cushions, it’s the perfect spot to gaze at the mountains’ ever-changing colors.A s