It is easy to see why plant decorations like CAL Farms Beautiful Assorted Variety Succulents have somehow made a name for themselves in the past decades, making them a must-have in gardening. Succulent plants are easy to grow, maintain, and they thrive in weathers other plants would not. Contrary to popular belief, succulents are not just perfect for warm climates and humid temperatures. Some succulents can also survive in the cold—the 4-7 zones.

If these are not enough reasons for you to start planting succulents, maybe telling you that succulents can easily be incorporated into your actual garden would. Yes, you can have a combination of garden—mixing succulents with other plants and flowers is not only possible, the end-product looks stunningly beautiful as well.

1. Thrillers

Create a focal point. Meaning, when you look at the plant, your eyes should immediately be attracted to it. Thanks to the different shapes and sizes of succulents, this is easier to do now. If you want a thriller, what you can do is to emphasize the size and the color of the focal point by creating space around it. Simply plant the succulent as it is, without surrounding foliage or pebbles or what-not.

2. Groundcovers

If you are planning to cover your “ground” with pebbles, you may want to rethink that strategy. Instead of using other decorative materials, you can opt for low-growing varieties of succulents that will make for a great groundcover. They spread rapidly and they offer interesting colors and textures. They also add dimension to the whole styling of the succulent plant. If you don’t want it to spill onto the pavement, you can simply prune them from time to time. Some of the varieties you can choose from are Cape Blanco Stonecrop, Blue Chalksticks, Coral Carpet Stonecrop, and Sunsparkler.

3. Cloaks and Daggers

Trailing varieties are a personal favorite. They can cover up, disguise, and dress up an otherwise blank vertical wall. These varieties are mostly used for a vertical garden, which means allowing these to grow into the cracks of an old concrete wall, or between stones in a rock wall, or planted above, so that they can spill over. These are very easy to maintain because once they start to spill over, all you have to do is to occasionally trim and tidy them up. The most popular choices for trailing varieties are Chinese Sedum, Corsican Stonecrop, Krebs Desert Rose Hens and Chicks, and Voodoo Stonecrop.

4. Vignette

You can create some sort of a “painting” by using different varieties of succulents with varying colors and textures in one container. It should follow one shade of color to make it seem like a vignette. Mostly, designer combine two low-growing varieties to make this illusion possible. This is usually done on a vertical garden for accent or into a pot. You can choose from these: Easter Lily Cactus, Angelina Stonecrop, Red Cobweb Hens and Chicks, and Color Guard Adam’s Needle.

5. Wildlife

This is the coolest design you can follow for your succulent plant. Many succulents produce the most beautiful flowers. They are exotic and wild in nature. They vary in colors—from white to pink to red to bright orange. Choose these kinds of succulents for the most beautiful and colorful succulent garden. Popular options are Brakelights Red Yucca, Jewel of the Desert, and Blue Elf Aloe.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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