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Types of Succulents that are Perfect for Your Garden

Posted on Sunday, 16-Sep-2018

When you are too occupied to water your garden regularly, taking care of it becomes quite difficult. Succulents are perfect for those who like to maintain a beautiful garden at home but do not get enough time to do so on a regular basis. Succulents, also known as desert plants, come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They are low maintenance plants as they have the ability to store water for extended time periods. The following section consists of seven stunning succulents that are bound to make your garden more beautiful and make gardening hassle-free for you:

  1. Donkey’s tail (Sedum Morganianum)

Donkey’s tail is an attractive succulent that people instantly fall in love with. They look best when grown in hanging baskets and grow best in the medium or high light. While growing sedums, ensure that there is sufficient drainage. This succulent does not tolerate direct light well, so it should be kept in a relatively darkened area.

  1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this succulent has long and thick pointed leaves with weird patterns that have a strong resemblance to snakes. They are easy to grow and remain fresh even if ignored for long time spans. They grow best in high or medium light and do not require fertilizers.

  1. Crown of thorns (Euphorbia Milii)

This succulent grows best in direct sunlight and bloom throughout the year. Crowns of thorns have long and spoon-shaped leaves that bloom at the ends of pointy branches with small flowers. Bloom-booster fertilizers are apt for their growth. Their sap irritates one’s skin so it is important to wash your hands after handling them.  

  1. Hens and chicks (Echeveria spp.)

Echeveria is the most extensively grown succulent and is known for having the shape of a rose. They have thick beautiful leaves that grow in a variety of colours and are quite heat-tolerant. Also known as hens and chicks or houseleeks, this plant produces summer blossoms that pep up its look.

  1. Spanish Dagger (Yucca aloifolia)

Also known as palm lily or Roman candle, this succulent grows in the shape of a tree. They can be neglected for extended time periods as they are quite low-maintenance. They grow at a slow rate and in a variety of climatic conditions. From time to time, their lower leaves start to droop and ultimately lose themselves by creating a skirt around the main stem.  

  1. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe Tomentosa)

Panda plant is the most common type of the Kalanchoe series. It is particularly grown for its hefty green leaves that are covered with silver hair, which in turn, makes it look fuzzy. They grow in medium or sunny yet filtered light. During winters, ensure that you water it enough to stop the soil from losing its moisture completely.

  1. Fishhook plant (Senecio radicans)

Commonly known as string of bananas, fishhook plant grows at a rapid rate and can grow up to 3 feet. They have tiny and cinnamon flavoured flowers and are known for being drought-tolerant. If you grow this plant in a long pot, its trailing foliage looks pretty attractive.

  1. Desert Rose (Adenium Obesum)

Desert rose grows tall when grown in the ground and short when grown in a pot. Its flowers grow in various shades of pink and can make your garden look more colourful. This plant is also known as Impala lily. However, it should be kept away from pets or kids as their sap is highly toxic.

There are plenty of other succulents that you can grow in your garden without too much hassle. The best part of growing these desert plants is that, contrary to popular belief, they are quite attractive and can bring a sense of uniqueness to your garden area. So, grow any of the low-maintenance desert plants mentioned above in your garden and let it flourish into a beautiful cluster of varied plants.

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