Ready to see succulents like never before? If you live in an arid climate, chances are good that you can use your swimming pool, spa, patio or deck nearly year 'round. Along with the advantages of enjoying your outdoor space all year comes the challenge of selecting the right plants for landscaping. Succulents have gained in popularity over the past decade, and as we learn more about them and work with them in landscape design, they are no longer seen as just a cousin to the prickly cactus.
SPIDER FLOWER (Cleome) This is certainly one of the most striking of all annuals. They branch widely and, at a height of 4 ft, tower above most other annuals. The flower heads, which appear between July and October, are huge – no less than 8 in in section and longer than they are wide. They also stretch in the course of flowering. Oblong seedpods are formed at their lower end, and – curiously – grow sideways on very thin stems. The stamens protrude so far that they resemble cat’s whiskers