Monday August 28, 2017
There is no doubt that one of the biggest trends in home gardening is succulent plants. These beautiful plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Succulents can be grown indoors as well as outdoors. They are generally pest resistant and their cuttings can be used to grow new plants! Not only is their exotic look a great conversation starter, but they are low maintenance and a must have for your John Houston Custom Home! Check out our top 10 favorites!
#1 Burro's Tail
Sedum morganianum, also known as Burro's Tail, is a popular and easy-to-grow succulent that has rows of tear-dropped shaped leaves. These succulents are excellent for hanging planters, or they can be used as trailers in small pots. Flowers bloom in late summer in hanging clusters of red, yellow or white. This beautiful plant requires full sun so it is perfect for a sunny window in your home.
The Christmas Cactus does not have spines and they do not have true leaves as most do. Trumpet shaped flowers with narrow petals develop on the ends of the stems that typically bloom during Christmas time. The bright, flashy flowers range in color from white, pink, red, peach, yellow and orange
Also known as Sempervivum tectorum or Echeveria elegans. This succulent, over time, produces lovely blue, flower-like rosettes. When grown in a container, they're well behaved and easily pruned back to size.
#4 Jade Plant
The Jade (also known as Crassula ovata) is grown indoors and looks like a mini tree. This succulent is a not only hardy but with water and plenty of light, it can live a long life. It is both an indoor and outdoor plant, although outside temperatures need to be the right condition. Under the right condition, it can produce white or pink flowers, once it has matured.
Crassula ‘Coralita’ is an attractive succulent plant up to 6 inches tall. The leaves are succulent, covered with fine and very short white hairs. Flowers are pale pink and appear on a stem in autumn. This beautiful plant is typically silver or gray and is best grown in containers with sun to partial shade.
The Medicine Plant, also known as Aloe Vera, is a short-stemmed shrub. Many Aloes occur naturally in North Africa. Aloe Vera has proven helpful for the teeth and gums, diabetes-induced foot ulcers, antioxidant and possible antimicrobial properties, protection from skin damage after radiation therapy, depression, and even memory.
#7 Panda Plant
This native to Madagascar species from the kalanchoe genus makes a nice addition to any succulent plant collection. It is grown indoors and does well in balanced lighting. The panda plant, being a succulent type species, grows thick leaves for water storage purposes, which means watering less often for the grower. These leaves are covered in tiny hairs that give the plant a velvety look and feel.
Aeoniums are strange succulents in appearance. They have long, arching stems and rosettes of leaves that can often look artificial, making it a conversation starter for guests that come over. They prefer a Mediterranean climate - not too hot, not too cold, not too dry.
This beautiful species contains several of California’s most rewarding succulents for use in horticulture. Its numerous species offer a wide variety of leaf shapes, sizes, habits, and flower colors for the garden.
And last, but not least. Also know as the “Ghost plant”, Graptopetalums have thick leaves that hold excess moisture so the plant can withstand extended periods without water. The Ghost Plant has silvery gray to bluish green foliage with a hint of pink at the edges when young. Layers of leaves form the rosette, which range in size from less than an inch across to several inches wide. These plants have color changing abilities with different amounts of exposure to the sun.
We hope that you enjoyed reading about these unique plants. Thanks for stopping by! See you next week on The Story!