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Richards spiny plant of the week

This is a small tight-growing agave to 12 inches tall by 18 inches wide with short gray leaves and red spines. This selection is thought to be a Japanese cultivar of Agave potatorum and it and the variegated form called 'Kichiokan Marginata' or 'Kissho Kan' are very slow growing and highly sought after. These guys grow in full sun to light shade in hot climates. Mature plants have a hemispherical shape with up curving leaves with yellow to pale green variegation along the margins and red spines. Little irrigation is required in coastal gardens, but it is best to provide some supplemental irrigation in hotter inland gardens. It is cold hardy to at least 25 degrees.  There has also been considerable debate by succulent enthusiasts and nurserymen over the correct translation and spelling of the cultivar name. , others tell us that the variegated form is actually 'Kissho Kan', which translates to "lucky crown" or "happy crown" and that the non-variegated plant is the true 'Kichiokan'. 

These images were taken at the Huntington Botanical gardens, their tagging nomenclature states this to be  Agave isthmensis 'Kisshokan'  Whatever the name, it's a beautiful plant . 

Pick of the Week.

Euphorbia grandicornis is our pick of the week!

This cactus has spiky and spiny triangular stems that are edged with sharp light gray-white double spikes all down the length creating an ominous appearance. When full size Grandicornis can reach 6 feet in overall height and spread up to 6 feet in width. As prickly as this one is, we sure do think it's pretty.

Summer in the meadow garden...

Here is a quick peek at one of our stunning meadow gardens in Topanga Canyon that is thriving. A mix of Agastache Scintillation, Leonotis leonura, Muhlenbergia rigens, and much more. 

Best Professional Landscape 2017 Winner : Private Dry Garden in LA

We are happy to announce that we have won first place in the Gardenista 2017 Design Awards in the Professional Landscape Category! We love this project and are very proud to have it recognized by Gardenista. We were among five other projects and voting took place over a few weeks time. The voters chose us and we could not be more thankful!

This Contemporary City Retreat is located in Hollywood. We used all drought tolerant materials and combined a textured sea of black San Quintin river stones, graphic concrete, Corten steel,  and wide array of colorful succulents and mature olive trees into an inspired retreat in the heart of the city. We worked in collaboration with JACOBSCHANG Architecture with photography by Michael Wells. A short Q&A about the project can be found at

You can also see more photos in the projects section of our site.