If you have never traditionally been a ‘green thumb’ and struggle to keep plants alive than look no further than succulents. These amazing plants can survive almost anywhere – as long as you don’t try and take too much care for them! I remember as a child my sister and I were rewarded if we scored a goal in soccer, my sister would choose a Kinder Surprise and I would choose plants. My dad would take me to the local Bunnings and I would choose a small succulent for 50 cents. I remember being completely awed by their amazing leaf and colour patternations and just how different they were to anything else I had seen. Soon enough I had an eclectic range of succulent plants that I had collected, from goals scored in soccer, plant swaps and even just breaking off a stem of a plant that I stumbled across, I soon had a collection of around 50 varieties. They were always a favourite thing to bring into show and tell and the cuttings I potted were gifted my friends and family who were always appreciative.
As I became older the obsession grew, as did the range available in nurseries, and instead of buying a new t-shirt or latest gadget I was pouring my money into obtaining the newest variety of succulent on offer. Nowadays I use succulents in all of my landscape designs due to their hardiness, architectural and sculptural forms and variation. Most people have a pre- conceived idea that all succulents are sharp and prickly but this is not the case, as they come in all manner of shapes and sizes. They complement native landscapes famously too with both requiring little or no water and make the perfect accompaniment to your native verges.
But perhaps the greatest aspect of succulents are their amazing floral displays. Who can look past the Aloe family with their vast array of leaf colour and texture with their sculptural flower heads abundant with bright and enticing colouration. I like to use a lot of low lying Australian natives with silver foliage, such as Olearia axillaris and Leucaphta Brownii, to surround mass plantings of Aloes and Kangaroo Paws, whose high stemmed flowers protrude proudly from their base and create a haze of colour and interest attracting birds and insects. Hardy, reliable and stunning choose water wise species and invest in succulents for your garden today.