SUCCULENTS - HARD TO KILL EASY TO GROW
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?