Thursday, October 1, 2020

Indoor and Outdoor Gardening With Succulents

Gardening with Succulents
Welcome to This Month in the Garden! If you are looking for a drought tolerant, easy to grow, low maintenance plant for your indoor or outdoor garden, the world of succulents can open up a whole new avenue for you. Over the years as an avid gardener and landscape designer, I have discovered the limitless number of varieties of succulents available in today's market, with many new cultivars emerging yearly. While some of these may already be familiar to you, I am hoping to introduce some new species along the way! 
 Sempervivum Kalinda

The first on the list is Sempervivum Kalinda, also referred to as Hens & Chicks. Hardy in USDA zones 5a-9b, this mat-forming succulent displays tight, evergreen rosettes of apple-green leaves highlighted by a pinkish-red hue at their base.  During summer, showy starry, pink flowers rise on a stalk above the plant. Sempervivum Kalinda prefers to be planted in full sunlight in a well-drained soil and will withstand temperatures to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (28.9 Celsius).

Sedum Nusabaumerianum 

Sedum Nusabaumerianum (otherwise known as Coppertone Sedum) is perfect for a rock garden in warmer climates or can be used as an annual or houseplant in cooler climates. Hardy in USDA zone 10a, this variety of sedum will withstand temperatures at a minimum of 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 degrees Celsius). Sedum Nusabaumerianum grows to a height and width of 3 inches high by up to 24 inches wide. Plant this variety of sedum in full sun and a well-drained soil. It can easily be propagated through seed, leaf and stem cuttings. 

Sedum morganianum (Burro's Tail)

Sedum morganianum (otherwise known as the donkey tail or burro's tail) is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae, native to southern Mexico and Honduras. This succulent is recognized by its pale blue-green trailing stems which can grow up to 60 centimeters in length and production of  terminal pink to red flowers in summer when grown outside.The leaves overlap on the stems in such a way that they look as though they have been braided, reminiscent of a donkey’s tail, which is how this plant gained its common name. Sedum morganianum is hardy in USDA zones 9-11 and can be grown in full sun and a well-drained soil indoors or outdoors in warmer climates. Plant in a container to allow the interesting foliage to cascade over the side.
Sempervivum Commander

Sempervivum Commander, another variety of Hens & Chicks is a hardy perennial, cold hardy in USDA zones 4-9. This mat-forming perennial forms attractive purplish-green rosettes on a 4 inch (10 centimeter) wide plant. The mother plant spreads in all directions to produce offsets (chicks). Plant Sempervivum Commander in full sun in a well-drained soil.

Succulent Planter 

Sempervivum and Sedum can be planted outdoors (depending on the species and hardiness) or indoors or in a decorative planter such as the one shown here. This colorful display adds interest on the patio throughout the summer season and can be overwintered indoors in a southern exposure location. The four varieties of Sempervivum and Sedum mentioned above are just a handful of the numerous colorful and low maintenance cultivars available.

Sedum seleboldii 'Mediovariegatum' 

This attractive perennial is Sedum seleboldii 'Mediovariegatum'. Hardy is USDA zones 4-9, this outstanding plant displays slate green foliage with creamy white centers on a 4-inch high by 8-inch wide plant. Plant Sedum seleboldii 'Mediovariegatum' in full sun to partial shade in a fertile, well-drained soil. This low-lying perennial grows as a rounded mound, sending out horizontal branches in all directions from a central crown. Bright pink star-shaped flowers are produced in summer. 

  Sempervivum tectorum (Hens & Chicks)
Sempervivum tectorum (another variety of Hens & Chicks) are a versatile perennial hardy in USDA zones 3-11 that form clusters of rosettes with the parent rosette being the referred to as the "hen" and baby offsets being refereed to as the "chicks". Sempervivum tectorum can be planted in alpine and rock gardens or in a planter as seen here. Plant Hens & Chicks in full sun and in a well-drained soil for best results. In late summer, mature plants will send up stalks of large pink and white blooms.
Succulent Planter
Here is another planter with a variety of succulents for summer interest. I enjoy changing the combinations around each season.
Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' 
Hardy in USDA zones 5-8, Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' produces a low growing carpet of chartruse-yellow needle-like foliage that reaches 4-6 inches high by 1-2 feet wide. Plant Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' is full sun and a well-drained soil. This evergreen groundcover or edging plant is drought tolerant and virtually maintenance free.
Sedum tatarinowii 'Thundercloud'

Sedum tatarinowii 'Thundercloud' is a variety of groundcover sedum I discovered just two years ago. Native to the Far East, Sedum tatarinowii 'Thundercloud' is hardy in USDA zones 4-9 and displays heavily serrated gray-green foliage with an abundance of white cloud-like blooms in late summer. Plant this perennial in full sun and a well-drained soil in an alpine garden or drought tolerant border. Sedum tatarinowii 'Thundercloud' grows 8-10 inches high by 14-16 inches wide.

Sedum Sunsparkler Lime Twister
This attractive succulent is Sedum Sunsparkler Lime Twister. Sedum Sunsparkler Lime Twister is hardy in USDA zones 4-9 and displays a dense carpet of cream and green variegated foliage with rose flower clusters which are produced in late summer. Plant this perennial in full to partial sun in a well-drained soil. Sedum Sunsparkler Lime Twister is suitable for alpine and rock gardens and is known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Succulent Planter
This planter is all about combining shades of green and is awaiting some new additions. Occasionally, I will add cuttings that will quickly root themselves. 
Sedum acre aurea

Sedum acre aurea (also known as Golden Stonecrop) forms a low lying (2-3 inch high) mat of golden foliage that is ideal for planting in crevices and rock gardens. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9b, this perennial will grow in the most adverse conditions, tolerating a range of soil types. Sedum acre aurea thrives in full sun and a well-drained soil and requires little to no maintenance.

Gardening with Succulents

I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden for October, and be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! (Linking with: Floral FridaysMacro Monday 2Ruby Tuesday and Image-in-ing Weekly Photo Link-Up.

For more information on succulents, there is a very informative site called Succulent Market. Visit their various collections and blog for everything you need to know about growing these beautiful plants.

 For gardening info and tips: Visit my Author Page/Purchase My Books  😊
Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2020. All rights reserved


  1. What a lovely idea to grow plants in an earthen pot in this way.It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to Gardening here at

    1. Thanks Arun. I came up with the idea several years ago and enjoy the planters on my patio each year.

  2. Such beauty!Love your gorgeous and inspiring pictures!Hugs and blessings!

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I always enjoying visiting you as well. Have a good week!

  3. I love succulents and yours are gorgeous!

    Happy Sunday!

    1. Thank you so much Veronica! I love how they are so low maintenance and just keep on giving.

  4. I liked your Sempervivum Commander Lee. I think I should grow it in my new garden, as there is a lot of free space, I want to do there raised beds with succulents.
    Thanks for idea.

    1. They work great in planters Nadezda. You should definitely add them to your collection!


Thank you for visiting. I love reading your comments and knowing you have been here, and will try to reciprocate on your blog. If you have any questions I will try my very best to answer them. As always...HAPPY GARDENING!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...