Summer’s heat and water restrictions stress most plants in our garden. Some, however, were designed for this weather – the camels of the garden, cacti and succulents.
If you have a dry or sunny location where little else wants to grow, these may be the perfect, low-maintenance option.
Where to Plant
Succulents (all cacti are also succulents) require little.
- Well-drained area, perhaps with a bit of slope
- Soil lightened with sand or a cactus-specific mix
- Light layer of mulch, such as river rock
- Infrequent watering in growing season
How to Add to your Design
Because of their structural uniqueness, distinct textures, colors and shapes, succulents add character wherever planted.
- Modernize a cluster of traditional plantings by incorporating succulents –see a smartscaping example
- Punctuate your xeriscape design by mixing succulents with natives and ornamental grasses
- Showcase your succulents with a raised bed or planter
- Border your walkway or patio with a low succulent display of brilliant colors
- Plant them in pots for eye-catching accents on patios, walkways, and window boxes
To learn more about these amazing drought tolerant plants, visit the Zilker Botanical Garden on the weekend of September 1-2 for the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society event. You can learn from experts, see exotic cacti from around the world and bring home to perfect succulents for your garden.