Succulents are plants that have thick, rubbery leaves. These leaves store water, allowing the plants to be very drought tolerant. This is a handy trait to have in areas where summers are hot and water is sparse.
The slow-growing succulent plants are perfect specimens for pots and other interesting displays. With a little imagination and creativity, you can create a succulent garden, either in the ground or in containers, that will be the envy of the neighbourhood.
In areas where the summers are hot and dry, succulents can replace plants with high water needs. Succulents come in a wide variety of colours, textures and shapes, so you can construct your garden to your personal style.
Yellow sedum (Sedum sexangulare), for example, is a relatively fast growing ground cover that blankets the ground with delicate, star-shaped flowers and evergreen leaves. Pair this with a 'Spanish Dagger' Yucca plant or an Agave, such as 'Joe Hook,' and you will create a garden bed that is attractive and attention-getting all year round, with very little water or maintenance needed.
The slow growth of succulents ensures that planting them in a strawberry pot will add interest to the garden for many years to come. The side openings of the strawberry pots tend to dry out quickly, so succulents thrive in them. Jade plants, "hens and chicks" (Sempervivum species), flowering Kalanchoes, like 'Flaming Katy,' and small cactus varieties are all well-suited for planting in a strawberry pot. Using succulent soil, plant a different succulent in each opening to add colour and variety. Then enjoy your low-maintenance garden.
Miniature Container Gardens
Succulents' root systems make them ideal for planting in wide, shallow dishes. This opens up a variety of planting options, limited only by your imagination.
For visually diverse layering, find a trailing Sedum, like 'Crocodile Tears,' an Aeonium, such as the 'Copper Pinwheel,' and to add height, a "miniature pine" (Crassula tetragona). Plant them in an interesting display in the dish. Top the soil with small pebbles, such as pea gravel, and add one or two well-placed rocks to create a delightful miniature garden. If you like, include some shells and corals.
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