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CTV weathercaster and avid gardener Tamara Taggart shows us how.
It’s easy to make a succulent bowl. Good drainage is important, so be sure to use a container with holes. Place the largest plant in the middle, and anchor the others around it. Be sure to leave enough room for them to grow. Tamara top-dresses her succulent bowls with pretty stones. This gorgeous selection was grown in Burnaby by Western Independent Greenhouses (W.I.G.).
Many succulents, such as most types of Sedum and Sempervivum (hens ‘n’ chicks), can spend the winter outdoors in coastal B.C. ‘Angelina’ is a spectacular golden sedum that you can use to trail out of sunny containers.
Tamara also has a weakness for tender succulents (Aeonium, Agave, Echeveria and Senecio), which need to be protected from frost. Some sedums, such as donkey-tail, also need frost protection. Keep them in a dry, cool, bright location in winter.
In Tamara’s previous home, she had a perfect little cool garden room where she could overwinter tender succulents. Window-mirrors reflected light back into the room and the shabby-chic style was set with a funky chandelier. “I miss that room,” she admits. “I’m hoping to create something similar in our garage.”
“A garden has a lot to teach children…the patience to grow something, the value and beauty of outdoor life – plants, bugs, birds – and the
responsibility of watering and caring for plants.”
Despite a busy career and a growing family, Tamara Taggart takes the time to dig into her garden to create a home-based retreat.
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