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)