When you talk about planting with succulents, many think of the cactus plants typically seen in the southwest. But succulents are dependable plants and are great for small spaces, walkways, hanging plants and even focal points in your yard. Succulents are ideal for container gardens, and there are a wide range of types to choose from!
Succulents thrive in most any climate, as long as you provide them with the things they most need: consistent sun exposure, occasional watering, good drainage, and suitable soil and nutrients.
Once thought of as a plant of the Southwest, succulents are gaining ground with locations all of the country. As an easy to plant feature, manufacturers are now making planters that are actually specific for succulent planting. The slow growth of these plants make them very easy to place indoors or outdoors.
Popular Succulent Choices
If you are looking for a color succulent, consider the Jovibarba. They tend to have flowers that are grown in a bell shape. Jovirbarba also typically have approximately six petals that are pale yellow in color. Another colorful, interesting succulent is the sempervivus. With many different types of sempervivius, you will often find beautiful star shaped flowers, which are often red of pink in color. To obtain the greatest coloring on sempervivius, place them in direct sunlight, as this helps form their bright colors!
Succulents Thrive on Neglect
One of the greatest things about planting with succulents is they are often quite resistant to frost and can grow easily in rocky climates. Other succulents love the sun, but are very drought resistant. That’s one of the things we love the most about them! As long as you’ve got proper nutrition (use a Cactus Soil Mix when planing) they’re tolerant if you forget to water them. Not that any of us have ever done that…!
Succulents are best suited to wide, low containers that are not too deep. This helps them maintain proper drainage. Planting containers like the Vela Planter are a perfect example. You can create a beautiful center piece for an outdoor or indoor table. Other specialty pieces like these from Campania International include both a trough garden console table and a trough garden bench. Plant them full of your favorite flowers, herbs or succulents. Another tip for the console table, is to use a liner for your plantings, and then you can remove them as needed. That can then transform that console table into a beverage stand for a party! This style of planting also tends to lend itself well to a very modern aesthetic. For tips on how to Create a Modern Garden or Landscape, check out this article here.
Succulents are gaining in popularity all over the country. With their minimal needs they’re sure to find themselves a place in your home or garden! Bring these beautiful flowers into your office to give yourself a break from the stresses of work and enjoy a special piece of nature.
By Jean Widner of the Garden-Fountains.com team.