Garden Tip: Succulents will thrive in your garden

Succulents have bold and diverse foliage forms and colors, and are easy to grow, requiring little maintenance.  |  Submitted
Succulents have bold and diverse foliage forms and colors, and are easy to grow, requiring little maintenance. | Submitted

Succulent plants are hot! That is to say, succulents are both popular and thrive in hot, dry conditions.

Technically, succulents are any plants that have thick, fleshy leaves, stems and roots adapted to store moisture. Succulents have bold and diverse foliage forms and colors, and are easy to grow requiring little maintenance — key elements for achieving impressive gardening results and success.

Perennial succulents are well suited to the sunny garden and, depending on variety, can be grown as ground covers or upright flowering features.

Offering gardeners striking colors, diverse textures and heights, and an easy-care reputation, perennial succulents are an increasingly popular accent in the garden.

Perennial succulents for the landscape and outdoor containers include Sedum, also known as stonecrop, available in a variety of ground hugging as well as tall flowering types.

The Growing Place is featuring more than a dozen ground cover Sedum varieties, with intriguing names such as Dazzelberry, Pure Joy and Voodoo, as well as a broad selection of taller, flowering types. Also available are the popular and cold hardy Sempervivum, commonly called hens and chicks.

These perennial succulents come in a variety of colors and textures. Both stonecrop and hens and chicks are deer and rabbit resistant.

Garden Tip is courtesy of The Growing Place, 630-355-4000.

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