A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published June 22nd 2016
If you do not have green fingers, try these
Collecting succulents and cacti can be like a treasure hunt. You could drive around Perth and regional areas, sipping coffee or tea at many of the outlets, and find some wonderful items for your garden.
If you do not have "green fingers", succulents are the way to go as they take little care and water, love our harsh heat and often produce delightful flowers.
All Bunnings stores seem to carry a small range of cacti and a larger range of succulents.
This hobby can be very expensive but is so rewarding when you see a new flower or a spurt of growth on these plants.
There are also several social media sites, the best of which is perhaps the following:
Succulents and Cacti Western Australia buy/swap/sell/show, which is on Facebook, and is a closed group, which means you need to apply to join. Members on the group can buy, sell or trade.
Some of the group members also offer advice, identify plants if you do not know what they are, and members prices are usually cheaper than a retail shop - also a great way to make new friends!
There are many other places that sell succulents, and some of these include:
Ali's Succulents- Gnangara
All Palms Garden Centre - Canning Vale
BugBee Succulents – Roleystone
Complete Botanics Garden Centre & Landscaping - Manjimup
The Cactus Factory - Albany
Desert Rose and Bonsai Garden - Cockburn Central
Garden Affair - South Perth
The Gardeners Nursery- Thomas Rd Anketell
Gone Potty for pot plants - Bridgetown
Guildford Town Garden Centre - Guildford
Miaflora Garden Centre - Inglewood
Most Sunday markets
Owys garden- Bunbury
Perth Joondalup WA Plants for Sale- Padbury
Quirky Little Succulents - Cockburn Farmers Market
Succulent ART - outlets all over Perth
Succulent Gardens - Rockingham
Succulent Planet - Rockingham
Succulent Rose - markets
Beaufort Garden World - Mt Lawley
Succulent Soul - Banksia Grove
Uniquely Succulent- markets
Wattleup Nursery - Wattleup
Zanthorrea Nursery- Gooseberry Hill
There are more, and most nurseries have some sort of a range of both these interesting plants.
You can use your imagination to a huge degree and some of the creations I have made, are shown below. Most of these have only just been planted and will look their best in about 6 months when the winter is over, and the warm sun hits them.
This is something that is only limited to your imagination, as some people make and paint their own pots, use decoupage on cheap bowls bought from op shops, and invent new ideas such as the "head pot". When this plant grows, it will hang down and look like a head of flowing, long hair!