Cacti and Succulents

Once found only in granny’s garden, the stunning shapes and colours of cacti and succulents make them the perfect match for contemporary homes.

Brendan visits a stunning example of a cacti and succulent garden, designed by landscape gardener, Ted Whitley, which demonstrates the great form and beauty of these plants.

Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves, stems or roots. They can be up to 90 percent water.

Brendan has some tips on the best way to care for them:

  • Succulents like sunny conditions and can be grown indoors
  • In winter heaters can kill them so move them to a better ventilated sport
  • Growing succulents in pots is a great idea. Put them in bright coloured pots against a bright coloured backdrop.
  • They need really good draining. Use cactus mix or make your own – half sand, a quarter compost and a quarter soil. Don’t forget to add holes to your pots.
  • Only water succulents when they need it. If it’s hot, water them. If not, don’t. A lot of water a little of the time is best, roughly about once every 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Succulents are a great alternative to cut flowers because they last up to a month in water.
  • Succulents are the closest thing to ‘no maintenance’ you can get for your garden. They are slow growing, retain their shape and go for years without re-potting. And as little as $5 will get you started!

Equipment and Suppliers
Ted Whitley
Landscape Gardener
Tel: 0417 219 109


  • Galvanised 9 litre iron buckets $16.98 ea

  • Garden Soil 30 litre $5.81

  • Herbs $3.25 ea

Gardens R Us
Gardiners Road
Tel: 9663 0701
Patio Landscape Designs
Level 1, 66-72 Reservoir St
Surry Hills
Tel: 9280 3550

Arizona Cacti Nursery
Cnr. Windsor Road & Garfield Road
Box Hill
Tel: 02 9627 3167

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