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Thanks LT and N for the zone info. I cover everything up for frost, but the extended freeze we had has really hit lots of plants. I have so many spaces in the cactus beds along with the newly built cactus bed that I don't think that my budget will allow me to buy enough plants to fill all the spaces. Oh, what to do????? :) Xuling
I tend to look toward multipliers and ground covers - Aeoniums multiply quickly, love A. 'kiwi' for instance, started with six plants, my whole garden has grouping now. Then something like budget mini-sculpture or similar to fill. I do not know, but I am opening up an huge area right now, which will be filled by aloes, crassulaceae, mesembs, rocks...all seed grown and collected from the local surrounds.
Aeoniums are the ultimate multiplier. Last summer one of the Aeoniums in the park was whacked by somebody and all the heads were strewn on the ground. So I carefully picked up the remains and rooted every last piece. Last month I installed five new plants where the original used to be. There are four more about the same size ready to go in. And the biggest head (which I'm keeping as a container plant) has already started making a couple of branches. It's awesome. Where there was one plant, there are now ten (all in full sun, btw). A gift of opportunity, as it were. A few observations from that little experiment: shorter stems root and grow faster, multiheaded cuts branch sooner, fall is the time to do it.
Be sure to keep us posted on your huge new area, LT.