Succulents are moisture retentive plants that have evolved over time by adapting to harsh elements and limited availability of water. With over 10,000 species worldwide belonging to 60 families, there is a good possibility of finding interesting varieties in the trade and at a market near you. Varying in color, texture, height and growing pattern, plus a plethora of blooms, the combination possibilities for planters are endless.
I have over 100 planters with half of them planted with succulents. Agaves, yuccas, haworthias, aloes, cacti, sedums and more! I have 16 species of Sedum and 52 species from other genera of succulents! You could say I am obsessed. Mexican pottery, terra cotta pots, bright colored glazed planters, and hypertufa troughs – you name it, it has a succulent in it. One of my favorites is the strawberry pot. Traditionally used for planting strawberries, a strawberry pot has side pockets and allows for very well-drained soil, so it’s also ideal for succulents and herbs. I like to change it out from year to year to keep it fresh, and I like to feature at least nine plants in it at a time. In the strawberry pot, I choose plants that can stay outdoors during winter.
An added bonus to gardening with succulents: If you like to go on vacation and can’t always count on your brother to take care of your plants for you while you are gone, don’t worry. Since succulents are already adapted to dry and harsh conditions, they will be okay.