Stunning Succulents

SLHL asked local landscapers to share their favorite succulent and pot.

By Melissa Mauzy


 Beautiful and virtually indestructible, succulents are easy to care for and attractive. Defined as any plant with thick, fleshy water storage organs, succulents provide style when potted in a container or mixed in your landscape. SLHL asked local landscapers to share their favorite succulent and pot.

“Hen and Chick plants, Sempervivum, are an old-time favorite and are still as popular today as they were 100 years ago. Very easy to grow, they thrive in heat, humidity and drought. Growing well in all but deep shade, they make fantastic containers indoors and out.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

“This plant specifically is the Mother of Millions Kalanchoe daigremontiana. It has an almost prehistoric look and is great for indoor succulent gardens in sunny spots. All of the little baby plants on the leaf margins can be planted as well...hence the name!” Eric Ringhofer, Green Guys.

“If you have an old bird bath, unusual pot or even an interesting log or piece of driftwood, succulents can be added for an unusual garden piece of art. This log is  filled with varieties of Echeveria elegans, Aloe, Gastrolea Wonder and Sempervivum.  Succulent planters require a sunny area and do not need too much water.  Fertilize about every six months with a 20/20/20 fertilizer and enjoy these relatively care free plants in your landscape or in unique containers.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

“The succuulent in the teal pot is a Senecio Jacobsenii ‘weeping jade’. I love this plant because they can fool you. As this one shows, you think it's one thing, and surprise! It’s a Jade succulent.” Linda Coonrod, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.