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When it comes to choos­ing favourites, it’s all about where the plants came from and the mem­o­ries at­tached to them.

“Toni will tell you that on a re­turn trip from a hol­i­day she had to sit in the back of the car with the kids and lug­gage be­cause I had bought four tree aloes and the only place we could fit them was on the front seat!” Si­mon ex­plains.

When asked which suc­cu­lents are his favourites, Si­mon says: “I’m go­ing to sit on the fence here and say that they all have some­thing spe­cial about them. To me, the best thing about suc­cu­lents is the ease with which you can prop­a­gate them. You don’t need to be an ex­pert on plants to be able to grow them. I also love the va­ri­ety of colours and tex­tures.

“When we visit a nurs­ery, we look for suc­cu­lents we don’t have. It doesn’t hap­pen of­ten that we see a new one but when we do, it is quickly added to the gar­den. They are so beau­ti­ful and the chances are good that they will sur­vive.”

Tree aloe (Aloiden­dron bar­berae)

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