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CON­SIDER your­self a brown thumb?

Try suc­cu­lents; vir­tu­ally main­te­nance free and per­fectly suited to our Mediter­ranean cli­mate, th­ese hardy sun-lovers are surg­ing in pop­u­lar­ity.

Suzanne Le­froy, from Perth Suc­cu­lent Bowls, shares her bloom­ing good ideas on grow­ing and car­ing for the plants. Why do you love suc­cu­lents? It has to be the amaz­ing range of colours they come in; you could de­sign a colour wheel us­ing suc­cu­lents as they come in al­most ev­ery shade of the rain­bow. There are sur­pris­ing shades of blue, teal, sil­ver, char­treuse and bur­gundy, and the shapes and tex­tures range from roses, dainty beads, daisies and fluffy mounds to sug­ges­tions of the di­nosaur era. Do you have a favourite va­ri­ety? Se­dum ‘Gold Mound’ has an amaz­ing yel­low hue that turns bright red in win­ter, Cras­sula ‘Bon­fire’ has burn­ing red colours. What are some lesser known facts about them? You can grow a new plant from a sin­gle leaf cut­ting; you can even su­per glue a suc­cu­lent rosette on to a moss frame and it will shoot out new roots and grow into the moss.

Also, suc­cu­lents change colours with the sea­sons and they even take on the most amaz­ing colour changes when stressed (a stressed suc­cu­lent oc­curs in tem­per­a­ture ex­tremes and with lack of wa­ter­ing).

Why are suc­cu­lents ideal for Perth gar­dens?

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