There are a lot of factors to consider when landscaping your garden. Do you want plants that grow back every year or that require replanting? Do you have a green thumb and garden regularly or prefer gardening to plant and forget? Regardless of how green your thumbs may be, succulents are one of the easiest types of plants to grow. They come in many shapes and sizes and are low maintenance – a plus for busy families, working professionals and retirees alike. If we haven\’t convinced you yet, read on to learn more about why you should consider adding succulents to your landscape and hardscape design:
The benefits of succulents
These charming plants aren\’t just trending in home decor; but also for the benefit of the environment. Succulents don\’t need frequent watering. They are used to their native climates in hot places, so they can withstand drought, which we in Cape Town are still recovering from. With succulents and a little artificial turf, you also won\’t have to worry about your garden when you go on holiday, or about running up the water bill to maintain the lushness of your lawn.
Not only are succulents environmentally friendly, but they come in a wide variety of shapes and colours, such as red, pink and purple, or ones that flower in beautiful shades of yellow, orange and blue. Some are tall and have large arm-like leaves that create a bush type feel while others closely resemble trees.
Why they\’re great for your garden
Visit your local nursery to talk about which succulent options will grow best in your area and learn how to care for them.
You can also build retaining walls to create tiered gardens to add visual interest and house your beloved succulents.
Using colourful succulents to line your driveway pavers and outdoor lighting will make your driveway a beautiful sight even after dark.
These charming plants also look great when surrounding a water feature. Use a stone fountain as the focal point to your back or front yard, and plant succulents around it to add some colourful elements.
You can also plant succulents in pots to move about on your custom patio or to take inside during the winter if need be.