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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - Succulent Gardening

Succulent plants are now popular because they are plants that can take the heat and drought.  There is no question that with our past few summers we have experienced long periods of heat and drought.  We love our gardens so why not consider creating a succulent garden.  A unique, attractive bed of mixed cacti and succulents can provide a great, new garden look that needs little water in dry periods.


            The requirements for succulent plants are a sunny area with well draining soil.


            Here is a list o popular, hardy succulent plants:

  1. Sedums are the first type of hardy succulent plants that comes to everyone’s minds.  Sedums come in a variety of form, color, and growing characteristics.  We carry close to fifty varieties of Sedums in all colors, shapes, and sizes.  Also, Sedums make great container garden plants.
  2. Sempervivums, or as we commonly call Hens and Chicks, form low growing rosettes that are attractive year round. Hens and Chicks are used in various containers including the multi-hole strawberry jar.
  3. Delosperma, the Ice plants, are beautiful, low growing succulents that come in different bloom colors and will bloom most of the summer.
  4. Yucca make nice background plants, with long, narrow leaves and tall creamy-white flowers.  One of my favorite yucca plants is Color Guard because of its green and gold leaves.

  5. Opuntia Cacti, the Prickly Pear cacti, is very hardy for our area and will give this garden a desert-like “Western” look.
  6. Euphorbia, in my opinion, is the most unique but underused succulent plants.  What an eye-stopper this plant will give to any succulent garden.


In addition, for the summer you can add Portulaca grandiflora, the “Moss rose”.  This trailing succulent annual will provide a carpet of color all summer long.


While so many of our plants barely hang on through our stretches of 100 degree temperatures and high humidity, this bunch of succulents thrive.  They will continue to look great with little to no attention.  And, succulents are included in all the deer tolerant plant lists.  How great is that!

Posted: 6/11/2013 by Doug Hensel | with 2 comment(s)
Filed under: DougHensel, GardenTalkWithDoug
Doug Hensel
Hi June, Thank you for your comment. Sedums and other succulents need a minimum of six to eight hours of direct sunlight. there are some wonderful, interesting shade perennials such as hosta, coral bells, astilbe, hellebores, and more for you to consider. Doug
6/17/2013 12:17:40 PM

june million
Do all succulents need full sun? I'm looking for interesting shade plants.
6/13/2013 11:26:13 AM

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