The time for relishing the summer breeze as it brushes your face on a balmy Friday evening has arrived. While Seals & Crofts may have had a soft spot for jasmine, we can’t help but have eyes for a favorite succulent beauty of ours: Echeveria ‘Lola’.
Thinking of another hit song released two years before “Summer Breeze,” we’re pretty sure the Kinks were singing about a different Lola.
Ours has greenish-gray marble leaves that reflect the sun’s brilliant light by day and softly sparkle under a watchful moon by night. It’s almost as if this hens-and-chicks standout is aware of its bountiful bevy of admirers, for its rose-tipped leaves are blushed with a kind of iridescent pink that glows from the inside, like it has blushing cheeks.
As a nod to the succulent’s central Mexico outcropping roots, consider giving it a home in a nook or cranny from which it can glow to its heart’s content. Or, as ‘Lola’ is better suited than most echeverias for landscape life, find a spot in the garden where this petite one can play off reds, oranges, golds, and perhaps deep purples. Indeed, ‘Lola’ has some toughness to balance out its shy side. As succulent guru Tom points out in our video, this is one of the echeveria forms that can hang out in the garden without suffering from “failure to thrive” syndrome. That said, just remember it does need protection from frost.
Echeveria ‘Lola’ forms a sculpted rosette with a somewhat “rosebud” shape. Its bell-shaped, peach flowers appear in spring. Give it porous, well-draining soil and bright light, which will help prevent it from stretching.
We’ll close with some E. ‘Lola’ pairing partners:
Graptoveria ‘Bashful’ – more green than ‘Lola’, with a rosy pink blush