outdoor cactus in pots on stairs. / sfgirlbybay

now that i’m living at the beach, and on an acre-wide cactus garden, i’ve gotten really into outdoor living. i have succulents, cacti, bamboo and all kinds of palm trees surrounding my little cottage, and not only are they beautiful, but they’re also all such low maintenance plants! they’re all drought-tolerant so they need very little water, and they propagate all on their own, so the more the merrier. i’ve rounded up some low maintenance looks for you — some more than others, although they say once a living wall gets going it never stops! i really love the look of these cactus paddles hanging, too, so i may have to try that as i’m soaking in these last days of warm california weather!

hanging cactus paddles with fruit. / sfgirlbybay

potted cactus. / sfgirlbybay

maintenance california plant life. / sfgirlbybay

courtyard with green plants and trees. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor courtyard with striped lounge chair. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring low-maintenance outdoor plants and decor. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern outdoor terrace. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern outdoor patio with woven hanging lighting. / sfgirlbybay

living wall in outdoor succulent garden. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor cactus garden and covered patio. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: tara pearce photography; @dos_ombre; nicole franzen photography; albeli home rental; flying feathers; @waynepate’s Paris Elemental, The Pigeon Outside My Window painting; cote maison; dos ombre; remodelista; 100 layer cake; @anne_parker; o format; @sarahtonin_._; james schororos photography; fran muñoz for micasa; cb2; pop & scott; foreign rooftops; botanical palm art print from heart in colors; @sincerelyjules; xo amys; @jessicamenda; leslie shewring’s studio via decor8; caroline legrand design; xo amys; @carlaypage; barts boekje; @jessicamenda; @mygypsytribe.

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