Conserve Water with Cactus and Succulents

Adding cactus and succulents to your garden will make it look awesome and help conserve water as the plant require less water to survive. They can be mixed in among other plants and you can also mix in rocks like Lava and others that also help hold water in your garden allowing you to use less water.

While all cactus are succulents, not everyone knows this and thinks of them as different plant types.

Succulents will add charm to any garden, whether they are flowering plants or not they will help you garden look great and conserve water.

Check out some of the many species available to add to your garden.

 

portulaca, the “forgiving” annual

Pleasing Portulaca
One of the best-loved succulents is portulaca, the “forgiving” annual that won’t shrivel up and die if you go on vacation during a dry spell. Its bright flowers, which open to the sun and close at twilight, appear all summer.

 

Euphorbia rigida

Euphoria over Euphorbia
With literally thousands of species, Euphorbia offers a plethora of options for gardeners. Interesting in habit as well as foliage (as seen with this upright Euphorbia rigida), many species also boast colorful flower structures.

 

 

Scaevola is great for crevice planting

Sprawling Scaevola
Cheerfully rambling over these rocks, Scaevola is another forgiving annual. Its short height (typically 6 to 18 inches tall) and sprawling habit (up to 5 feet, depending on cultivar) makes it a natural for crevice planting. The lilac- to purple-colored flowers go nonstop.

 

‘Neon’ sedum add an energetic burst of color

Neon Jungle
For an energetic burst of color that can’t be missed, ‘Neon’ sedum delivers. The bright flowers last for weeks, and the lightly variegated leaf edges are a bonus during the rest of the season.

 

small succulents in a portable container

Portable Charm
Bring smaller succulents, such as these hens and chicks, closer to eye level in a portable container. This old wooden packing box is all the more charming when filled with these tiny delights. And the fact that you’ll have to water sparingly should actually increase the lifespan of the box.

 

 

 

Mix plant textures and colors in several containers

Group for Effect
For a pleasing vignette, put several containers together. Link them visually by using pots in similar colors or materials. As for the plants, place tallest in back and stairstep down. Mixing up plant textures and colors helps, too.

Thanks to Lowe’s for these great pics

Enjoy your garden this summer knowing you are making it more environmentally friendly.