Pretty, Tough Succulents

As I write my latest article on succulents, I am reminded of some of my favorite sedums, sempervivums, and yuccas, among others. Their ability to offer shining beauty in the hottest summer months and coldest winter days is what draws me to them. And, they require little care, which means a lot to a busy, working mom gardener like me. Here are a few I cannot do without:

 Sempervivum 'Cleveland Morgan' is a sea green succulent able to withstand the harshest winter cold, if planted in a sharply drained spot. Pretty much any sempervivum makes me happy.

Sempervivum 'Cleveland Morgan' is a sea green succulent able to withstand the harshest winter cold, if planted in a sharply drained spot. Pretty much any sempervivum makes me happy.

 Sedum album and Opuntia humifusa bloom at the same time each year--around early June--and look lovely without additional care. Both continue to shine in the garden after bloom time.

Sedum album and Opuntia humifusa bloom at the same time each year--around early June--and look lovely without additional care. Both continue to shine in the garden after bloom time.

 The blue-green, spiky Agave americana is not hardy here, but it thrives in pots that can be brought indoors and out. (photo taken at Chanticleer)

The blue-green, spiky Agave americana is not hardy here, but it thrives in pots that can be brought indoors and out. (photo taken at Chanticleer)