LA is All About the Most Gorgeous Succulents, Cacti and Greenery

Desert Gardens at Huntington Library in Pasadena


My trip to LA started last Sunday, on a sweltering hot day, with a visit to the Huntington Desert Gardens, one of the largest succulent collections in the world. Absolutely spectacular.

It also set the visual tone for this trip. Restaurants, retailers, hotels – all using greenery to great effect.

Bottom line: Los Angeles is where drought-friendly, heat-tolerant plants thrive while flowers look out of place.

And I must add that my home away from home, the Standard Hollywood, has been on the cacti-trend since Day 1 but they have upped their game as well with a new emphasis on succulents throughout the property. They even have a Cactus Lounge where every Wednesday night they present Desert Nights, a live acoustic music series that is worth checking out if you are in LA (photos and video below).

Check out all the “greenery” photos below from retailers, restaurants, hotels, and event spaces throughout LA.


Cactus Lounge

Lobby Decor

Table decor poolside restaurant



LA Cactus Co. at Platform Mall in Culver City

Cactus landscaping outside of bird at Platform Mall in Culver City

More Cactus landscaping at Platform Mall

Greenery at the gorgeous Moon Juice store on Melrose Place

Flowerboy at Freehand Hotel

Beautiful ivy-clad building next to Saje Wellness on Abbot Kinney, Venice

Selfie window at Anya Hindmarch store on Melrose Place

Gorjana store in Venice

Grow Venice on Abbot Kinney



Restaurant on Abbot Kinney across from Butcher’s Daughter

Succulents and other greenery at The Exchange Restaurant at the Freehand Hotel, DTLA

Succulent table decor at Marciano Art Foundation Cafe

Greenery at new Peruvian hot spot, Rosaline

Greenery at Republique Restaurant


Freehand Hotel in DTLA

Exchange Restaurant at Freehand

Freehand Hotel

Broken Shaker bar rooftop at Freehand Hotel

Broken Shaker bar rooftop at Freehand Hotel

Freehand Hotel

Green Walls on display at Rolling Greens on Beverly Blvd.

Succulents on display at Rolling Greens on Beverly Blvd.

Green walls at Smog Shoppe, fabulous event space, where my friends’ held their wedding in Culver City this weekend

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