Succulents – Beautiful Inside and Out

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succulent dish garden

Succulents are great plants to enjoy in the home, and outside during the growing season. They have become more and more readily available in the most unique shapes and varied colors. Lately the more I see them, the more I want.

There are a range of plants to pick from. In my zone 6a garden some are winter-hardy and some I bring in over the winter and some I just treat like and annual and buy new each year. Some of the hardiest and one of my favorites are the Sempervivums or ‘Hen and Chicks’ also known as the common houseleek which have a pretty rosette shape and come in a variety of colors.

Just remember that they need little to no water at all. After all that is the mark of a succulent. Plants that have fleshy leaves and stems to store water and resist drought. Especially in the winter when many tend to go dormant. I water them maybe once a month. Make sure that you don’t spray them and only water the soil. If the foliage gets too wet it can start a mold or rot problem. Learn step by step instructions on how to make succulent dish garden here.

succulentslgHere is a little succulent garden I brought in from outside. This one is a simple Hen and Chicks grouping with a pretty green and contrasting dark purple.

Succulent gardens can add beautiful addition to your home throughout the winter season. You can find them at the big box stores and several places online.


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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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