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Outdoor Succulent Garden Ideas

Treat yourself to beauty without much maintenance by creating a lush garden design. These water-based plants come in a wide range of leaf colors and shapes. Succulents are incredibly popular now and using such plants in your garden gives it an edge.

How are succulents?

Succulents have modified leaves to conserve water. These leaf adaptations lead to conspicuous plant textures. Water-saving leaves vary from leafless cactus spines to fat and fleshy water hoarding paddles to chubby pearls or fingers. Many succulents form a foliage rosette, which is an unusual structural addition to a garden. Succulents come in a variety of sizes, from tiny plants that are best presented in containers, to showy large-format beauties, and in a variety of colors from light green to purple.


Succulents need well-drained soil. Add berms and hills to your lush garden design to provide the drainage these plants crave. Use stones to add height to your landscape and you have an instant natural looking succulent environment. Despite popular belief, succulents need adequate watering, although they vary from species to species.

Garden decor

One of the most effective ways to create a succulent garden design is to mix these quirky plants with stones. Display succulents against a rock background or tuck them between and behind rocks. If stones have shallow indentations that hold the ground in place, stick succulents in that spot to turn them upside down. Use rock mulch in lush garden designs to trap heat around the plants and improve drainage.

A beautiful and flawless way to put succulents in the spotlight is to surround a larger anchor plant like a large agave or barrel cactus with smaller succulents. Containers also provide the perfect space for displaying some of the smallest succulents, many of which have excellent foliage color or texture. If you work in an area where succulents cannot be left outdoors year round, choose containers that can be easily transported to sheltered or wintering locations indoors. Be inspired by more ideas below and create your own juicy masterpiece!

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