SUCCULENTS & SUCCULENT GARDEN DESIGNHow to incorporate succulents and cacti into your garden design
Queen Victoria agave. Photo by: Barb Ries.
Unique for their ability to store water, succulents are well suited for climates with high temperatures and low rainfall. Many people think of them as desert plants, but they also thrive in coastal locales. Gardeners love them for their drought resistance, architectural forms, vivid colors and ease of maintenance. Succulents are especially popular for use in containers.
Whether you need a groundcover or a specimen plant, there is a succulent for every situation. Some form small rosettes, some trail up to 3 feet, while still others grow to resemble small trees. When healthy, many will produce pups or eye-catching blooms. Additionally, they work well in a variety of garden styles including modern, Mediterranean, tropical, rock gardens, xeriscapes and more.
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PLANTING, CARE & DESIGN
Learn the do's and don'ts of planting succulents and get tips for growing them in your garden.
Discover 6 secrets for growing succulents successfully.
Debra Lee Baldwin reveals insights from two designers who use succulents to create distinctive container gardens.
TYPES OF SUCCULENTS
Discover the 15 most popular types of succulents for your home and garden.
Boldly architectural and wickedly beautiful, agaves combine subtle colors and in-your-face forms.
Learn about growing and caring for aloe plants, including Aloe vera, Aloe arborescens and others.
Add color to indoor and outdoor spaces with this easy-care succulent plant.
Add character to your home and landscape with these delightful succulent plants.
Care and growing tips for Christmas & Thanksgiving cactus plants.
Learn how to grow and propagate prickly pear cactus in your garden.
Growing and care information for these strong succulents.
Bring good luck into your home with these popular succulents.
Add summer sizzle to the landscape with this carefree succulent plant
Plant sedum ground cover or tall types for color and interest during the transition from summer to fall.
This Kalanchoe succulent, nicknamed "the mother-of-thousands" is as prolific as it is maternal.
Growing Succulents in Containers
Succulents are a great way to dress up a patio or porch. See how to replant and clean up existing succulent container displays.
Learn about gardening with succulents
Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties (by Debra Lee Baldwin)
Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants (by Debra Lee Baldwin)
Succulent plants offer dazzling possibilities for garden design and require only minimal maintenance to remain lush and alluring year round (by Debra Lee Baldwin)
popular products for growing succulents
Succulents come in 2 inch pots fully rooted in soil and are hand picked to offer a nice variety of texture and color
Professionally formulated to provide the drainage that succulents and cacti need to flourish
Present succulent arrangements in this natural wood planter box with a removable liner, 15 sizes available