Succulent gardens thrive in locations from Cape Town to California. Succulents will grow lushly even in rainy Florida as long as they are planted in fast draining soil. Gardening tips for succulent plants.
Succulents come in an ecclectic mix of shapes and sizes, from the diminutive stone sedum which look like pebbles until they bloom to the tall, candelabra-shaped Pencil cactus.
They seem particularly at home when planted amongst rocks, but will also thrive in the right kinds of containers.
This glazed clay dish garden is the perfect environment for cacti and succulents. It is shallow which suits the small root systems of these plants just fine. Potting a succulent plant in an excessively large or deep pot is a recipe for root rot.
It is important not to overpot them as the excess soil will tend to hold too much moisture around their air-loving roots.
Cacti and succulents growing amongst the rocks in Li'l Eden, a South African shanty town.
Terra cotta pots are most commonly used for growing succulent plants, but any material that breathes will suffice. Plastic would be the poorest choice.
Make sure that whatever pot you use has enough drainage holes in it.
Another section of the rock garden at Li'l Eden.
Plants with very small root systems may be planted in the shallow depressions that occur in some rocks.
In this garden show display, a car is being used as a container for sedums and other plants. There is even a plant-covered driver at the wheel.
Here, Aloe trees enhance the landscape of an extensive South African rock garden.
Here, sedums, Dusty Miller, and other succulent plants combine to form a Celtic knot garden.
Agave plants fill the beds lining this walkway at Lotusland in California.