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I would go to a trusted greenhouse and ask them what amending you need to do to make the area the best for cactus. They could also suggest what cactus will be the best for your area. I would also check with them as to if you need to use a weed barrier and what type and also with what to cover the area, mulch type or rocks. Do some research on cactus to see what type you would like to include and take that list with you to see if they will be good for your area so that you know what you would like to see in the cactus garden.
There is such a HUGE selection of succulents available today. Some are more prickly than others but many have blooms. You might consider adding some non-prickly succulents to add variety in texture, color, and blooms. For example, moss roses around the edge or at the base of your taller cacti might be the perfect contrast to give the garden depth and interest. Find what grows well in your area in neighboring yards or even the desert and take a camera shot of it to take to the local nursery to get more ideas of what you prefer. Hope this helps, Nancy, I really admire you for doing one in all cactus. Great idea!
Be sure to plant where it will get full sun otherwise it won't bloom. I have only gotten a few blooms on mine and not every year. I think it does not get enough sun. It still looks good though. I used river rock as mulch and added some grasses too. It's a work in process. I live in MN and the cactus survives the winter.
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