The Wide World of Succulents

Find out why you should consider planting succulents in your garden this spring.

Not only are succulents beautiful, but they have astounding survival capabilities. If you've been shying away from plant life in your home because you don't have a green thumb, succulents will revolutionise the way you think about garden design.

Great indoors or outdoors, succulents have thick, fleshy leaves that store water and make them relatively drought resistant. If you live in a hot, dry climate, these little guys will thrive in your backyard and won't ever require you to turn on the sprinkler in the morning.

It's hard to find a more low-maintenance plant. Succulents can grow in something as small as a teacup, and look stunning in a hanging basket. There are amazing garden ideas for these little guys, which include planting them in miniature trucks and treasure chests.

When the sun comes out, succulents "blush" and many range in colour from pink, orange and purple to dark black and red.

When planting succulents, ensure the soil drains properly by mixing a light, porous substance into it. Doing so will help the roots dry out entirely between waterings.

What else makes succulents so cool? They proliferate incredibly easily. You can take a leaf that has fallen off and plant it somewhere else in your yard, or bring a bud inside and create a mini succulent garden on your windowsill.

There are numerous ideas for expanding your succulent collection that are almost effortless to implement, like building a multi-tiered garden box where all your different colours and shapes of succulents can thrive.

Succulents make amazing gifts, and once you have your garden growing, giving them away will be low-cost while still thoughtful. Because they are so easy to care for, anyone can appreciate receiving a succulent. Go secondhand shopping for pots to save money and score some vintage designs.

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