Create a water-wise garden with these winners
Succulents come in a wide range of shapes, textures, forms and colours. They can be combined in different ways to create visually pleasing effects whether in containers or the garden. Easy to cultivate and propagate, fun to collect and exchange with friends, succulents are a great way to turn gardening disadvantages such as drought, shallow soil, nutrient-poor soil and lack of time into plusses such as hardy, no fuss, water wise, low-maintenance and on trend.
Begin by choosing accent or focal feature plants first. These should be large, tall, spiky and dramatically different from the others. Good accent plants include yuccas, cycads, aloes, Euphorbia tirucalli and agaves. To add depth and interest, interplant with fine, medium and coarsely textured varieties. Fine texture: Crassula multicava, C. rogersii, Sedum spp. Delosperma echinatum and ruschia.
Medium texture: Senecio ficoides,
Kalanchoe sexangularis, Portulacaria afra, Senecio scaposus, ebracteola, aloinopsis, Crassula capitella ‘Campfire’ and Sedum nussbaumerianum.
Large texture: Sansevieria hahnii and
Coarse texture: Cotelydons such as Cotyledon orbiculata, Kalanchoe sexangularis, K. thyrsiflora, Echeveria ‘Red Tip’, E. imbricata, Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’, Senecio serpens and S. barbertonicus.
Colour: The range of colours is also extensive so include plants with attractive hues such as red Kalanchoe sexangularis, Crassula ‘Campfire’, Echeveria ‘Fire and Ice’ and E. ‘Fred Yves’, blue-grey Senecio scaposus and
S. ficoides, blue Echeveria secunda, blackrosetted Aeonium arboreum ‘ Zwartkop’ lime-green Sedum angelina, deep-green Senecio barbertonicus, yellow Sedum nussbaumerianum and chalky purple Echeveria ‘Afterglow’.
A tapestry of succulent forms, textures and colours.
Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’