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2 reasons why succulents are great for outdoor living spaces

2 reasons why succulents are great for outdoor living spaces

Feb 22 2017

There are a lot of factors to consider when landscaping your yard. Do you want plants that grow back every year or ones that require replanting? Do you have a green thumb and like to tend to your garden regularly or is your preferred method of gardening to plant and forget? Regardless of how green your thumbs may be, succulents are one of the easiest types of plants to grow. Not to mention the benefits that also come along with succulents. 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; they're trending for the benefit of the environment. Succulents have similar water retention abilities to cacti, so they don't need frequent watering. They are used to their native climates in hot places, so they can withstand drought, which is perfect for places like California that have had notoriously little rain in the past several years. With succulents and a little artificial turf, you also won't have to worry about hiring someone to take care of your yard when you go on vacation, 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 colors. You're probably familiar with the most common succulent 'aloe'. This spikey green spotted plant and agave, both grow naturally in the Southwestern U.S. For a wider variety- you can find succulents in colors 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. If you want low-growing succulents, look for stomata, pleiospilos or gasteraloe. If you prefer high-growing succulents, try finding didiereaceae, crassulaceae or umbilicus rupestris.

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Why they're great for your yard
Visit your local greenhouse to talk about which succulent options will grow best in your area and learn how to care for them. A landscape professional can help you decide which succulents will flourish best in your yard and how best to organize them. Most of these plants don't have deep roots, so they don't require a whole lot of space. Do keep in mind that you can always build retaining walls to create tiered gardens to add visual interest and house your beloved succulents.

Using colorful 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 colorful elements. You can also plant succulents in pots to move about on your custom patio or to take inside during the winter if you live in a colder climate.

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