If you’ve been following what’s trending in gardening news, you probably noticed that succulents are still one of the most requested plant species for at home gardens and summer events. These exotic and beautiful creatures have been implemented in everything from bridal centerpieces to patio potting, making them a popular purchase at local nurseries. What exactly is the definition of a succulent? Succulent: Succulent plants, also known as succulents, are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. The word "succulent" comes from the Latin word “sucus”, meaning juice, or sap (According to Wikipedia). If you have a backyard soiree to host over the next few months, succulents might very well be your best friend when it comes to table arrangements and decor. For reasons of cost effectiveness, versatility in shape, interesting texture and readily availability, most greenhouse, nursery and florists are now stocking up on this particular inventory throughout the whole year. If you haven’t already experimented with succulents within your flower beds or deck window boxes, I’ll give you another reason for enticement…
Succulents are amazing in the fact that they are grown in many, many shades of color. It is possible to find species in tones of red, orange, yellow, green, pink and purple so no matter what your preferred palette might be, there’s sure to be a plant in this family that will certainly please.
Here are a few of my favorite breeds:
Hens and Chicks
Crown of Thorns
Fun Facts About Succulents:
- They originate from arid, dry climates so they need little water to survive.
- Succulent jewelry making is becoming a big thing in the arts community including necklaces and bracelets.
- Overall, succulents are pest resistant so they won’t get “buggy” like other varieties.
- They will weather well indoors once winter arrives in New England.
- Cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. The “Christmas Cactus” is an example.