08 Sep 2015

Do you have a garden patch that you’re unsure what to do with? Or are you looking for a plant that would look spectacular in a pot?

Do you have a garden patch that you’re unsure what to do with? Or are you looking for a plant that would look spectacular in a pot? Succulents just may be your answer. Despite the persisting myth that succulents are difficult to grow, there are varieties that are actually quite hardy and put on a stunning display. The key to growing succulents successfully is soil preparation: if the soil doesn’t drain properly the roots will rot and the plant will die. Each individual plants have their own preference, so always consult the label first. But in general, succulents prefer well-draining soil, so adding a bit of sand before planting is recommended.

Aloe Vera

This rosette style succulent is named as such as the main plant (the hen) produces so many babies (chicks). This succulent prefers a drier soil and grows very well in pots. Allow the soil to dry out between watering for best results.
Golden Sedum

This stunning succulent features long pointed leaves in green and yellow colours. The name comes from the snake-like pattern that develops on the leaves and does well in both pots and the garden.
Burros Tail

Purple Aeonium
A little different to the rest, this succulent grows on stalks and so resembles a small tree. With purplish-black foliage that forms the shape of the flowers, the Purple Aeonium is used to give the garden a bit of height.

Christmas Cactus
One of the hardiest and most commonly found succulents, the Christmas Cactus is popular because of its low maintenance and beautiful flowers. Best grown in pots, make sure that you avoid over watering and allow the roots to dry out a bit occasionally.