Beginning gardeners are often seduced by plants advertised as 'low maintenance', only to realize eventually that almost all plants require some form of care if you expect to get much from them in return. But the most truly low maintenance plants, especially considering how much they give for the little work they require, are the succulents.
It can't be said of every single succulent out there but by and large, succulents are resistant to pests and disease and easily withstand drought and blistering heat. Many also tolerate extreme cold and most will retain their beauty with little to no fertilizing, pruning or training. Furthermore, they tend to pair well together in a pot. The many varieties of succulents all seem to share a complementary color scheme and have a way of growing in and among each other that borders on fine art.
Succulents aren't known for their flowers, so much as the unique colors and texture of their foliage. Here are a few ideas for your succulent container garden palette. Try mixing and matching them in contrasting combinations. The colors are most vibrant in full sun and cool weather.
|'Morning Light' Echeveria |
forms tiny rosettes with purple and blue foliage
|Blue Chalk Stick (Senecio vitalis) |
has short stalks with blue-green leaves in the shape of chalk sticks
|Sticks on Fire (Euphorbia tirucallii) |
has upright leafless stems in various shades of red and yellow
|Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe luciae or K thyrsifolia) |
has thick paddle-shaped leaves tinged in brick red
Light and Bright
|'Coppertone' Stonecrop (Sedum nussbaumerianum) |
has sunny yellow foliage and white flowers
|'Albicans' Echeveria |
forms small rosettes with silvery-white foliage
|'Schwarzkopf' Tree Aeonium (Aeonium arboreum) |
looks like a miniature palm tree with deep burgundy-black foliage
|'Black Beauty' Stonecrop (Sedum spp.) |
has dark purplish-black foliage with dark red flowers on upright stalks