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Daisy Plants (Asteraceae) Care Guide

Daisy plants (Asteraceae) are cheerful flowers that are a ‘must have’ in any garden. However, be aware that there are many different types of flowers which we refer to as ‘daisies’. There are common daisies, african daisies, english daisies, and so on.

Daisies create a cheerful disposition for any garden, so it’s not hard to see why they are popular.

Common Problems with Daisy Plants

There are not many problems with daisy plants as they are generally low maintenance and disease resistant. However, do look out for aphids and leaf spot, and treat them accordingly.

Common Mistakes with Daisy Plants

  1. Planting indoors – Daisies are outdoor plants which will not thrive indoors.
  2. Not controlling it within its own garden bed – Daisies can be considered as weeds as they are prolific growers.

Care Requirements & Guide for Daisy Plants

Watering: Daisies are hardy perennials. When they are established, they are usually drought tolerant. However, water them regularly during dry periods or if they are growing in an area that is dry and hot.

Light: Daisy plants thrive in full sun. It’s best to select a sunny site that they can grow for years to come.

Soil: Enrich the soil with manure and compost, so that the soil becomes rich and well drained for growing daisies.

Fertiliser: Add a general purpose fertilizer in the early growth stage, and once a month afterwards.

Propagation: Daisies can be propagated by division in spring or through seeds in spring or late autumn. It is a good idea to divide your daisies every two to three years to improve flowering and overall plant health.

Fun Facts about Daisies

Daisies can be used make necklaces (daisy chains).

A single daisy flower is actually made up of two separate flowers. The petals in the center are one flower (disk florets) which is surrounded by the petal-like white “rays” of another flower (florets) at the periphery. This arrangement on daisies is a type of inflorescence known as a capitulum.

We hope you enjoy your daisies for many years to come. Happy planting Send us your photos of your daisy beds. We would be more than happy to feature them on Facebook or Instagram!

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Mint (Mentha) Care Guide

The mint plant (Mentha) is a hardy, perennial herb grown for its leaves, which have a variety of culinary uses, including mint sauce for roast lamb, herbal tea infusions, as garnishes and in salads such as tabouli.

There are several varieties eg. peppermint (Mentha piperita), spearmint (Mentha spicata), pineapple mint (Mentha suaveolens variegata), orange mint (Mentha piperita citrata) and apple mint (Mentha suaveolens).

The plant grows vigorously in sun or partial shade. It should be treated as a weed for that reason. It is recommended that you grow it in pots rather than in garden beds as it can quickly take over the garden bed.

Why Grow Mint?

Due to its strong scent, it attracts beneficial insects and repels pests, including fleas, mosquitoes and mice.

Besides having beautiful ornamental leaves, it provides a number of health and medicinal benefits. It helps to relax muscles, soothes indigestion, acts as a mild decongestant and freshens breath.

It also helps that it grows quickly both indoors and outdoors, so it’s easy to pick some every now and then without running out.

Common Problems

  1. Insects – It is usually quite vigorous and strong. Occasionally, it may be attacked by aphids, spider mites, mint root borers and cutworms.
  2. Fungal diseases – It can also be attacked by mint rust, verticillium wilt and anthracnose.

Common Mistake

There aren’t many things that can go wrong when growing mint as it requires minimal care. The one mistake to watch out for is planting mint into a garden bed. Mint is invasive as it sprouts runners. Mint will overtake a garden bed and smother other plants in no time if it is not controlled.

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: Keep the soil moist by watering it roughly every 3 to 4 days.

Light: It can grow in full sun and partial shade. Roughly 6 hours of direct sunlight a day will keep them happy.

Temperature: Mint copes with winter when established although the leaves may die back a little. When the warmer months comes around, it’ll spring back to life again.

Soil: It prefers slight acidic to neutral soil which is rich.

Fertilizer: It is not necessary to feed it. However, if you would like to, you can give it an occasional dose of all-purpose, water soluble fertilizer at half strength. Over-fertilizing cause it to lose its flavor.

Pruning: Pruning is not necessary if you are harvesting it regularly. However, be sure to keep the runners in check and ensure that it does not choke other plants.

Propagation: It is easy to propagate from cuttings, or just uproot a plant after it has spread via runners. It is also easy to grow it from seeds.

Toxicity Warning

It is not toxic to humans. However, if used in essential oils, it is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. If a lot is ingested, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

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Agave Care Guide

Agave is native to hot and arid climates in America and tropical areas of South America. Its scientific name is exactly the same. It is classified as a perennial. However, some varieties die after blooming, then replace themselves via pups or offshoots from the base of the parent plant.

Why Grow Agave

The agave is very tough and hardy. Being a perennial that is drought-tolerant and grows slowly, it’s great for a busy gardener who wants something that he or she can ‘set and forget’.

Common Problems with Agave

Root rot – They have surface roots and do not require a deep hole when planted into a pot or into the ground. If over-watered or planted too deep, root rot may result.

Fungal infection – Fungus attacks may cause lesions, black or brown spots on agave. The affected parts will need to be cut off and the remaining parts of the plant treated with fungicide.

Pests – They are susceptible to agave snout weevil, soft scale and the cactus longhorn beetle. If you spot withering leaves or brown spots, plant-eating insects may be the cause. Spray your plant with a broad spectrum insecticide if this happens.

Common Mistakes with Agave

The most common mistake with growing this plant is fussing over it too much. It is slow growing and thrives on neglect. So if you are a wanting to see fast results, this is not the plant for you.

Care Requirements & Guide

Watering: Agave do not require regular watering as they are drought-tolerant. Water a little more regularly during hot, dry spells but ensure that you allow the soil to dry out between watering.

Light: They do best in full sun but are not fond of light bouncing off concrete floors or glass windows.

Temperature: Hot and arid climates suit agave the best. They are dormant in the winter, and will cope with light frost when established. The best temperature range is 50ºF to 90ºF (or 10ºC to 32ºC).

Soil: They prefer soil that is well drained. Clayey soil needs to be mixed with sand and grit to suit agave.

Fertilizer: They benefit from granulated time-release fertilizers usually in Spring.

Propagation: Agave propagate via offshoots (which grow from the base of the plant and can be removed), via leaf cuttings (insert a leaf into moist soil and wait for roots to grow) or via seeds (about 2 to 3 weeks for germination).

Transplantation: Each plant has a large tap root and does not take well to transplanting.

Suggested Plant:

Variegated agave butterfly isthmensis is perfect in containers due to its compact growth habit.

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How to Care for Air Plants

My first introduction to air plants took place some 15 years ago when someone passed me an air plant before flying overseas. In the midst of all the goodbyes, I barely had a chance to ask him how to care for air plants. I wrongly assumed that air plants simply live on air and nothing else! Needless to say, my air plant didn’t live long.

Since then, I have made an effort to learn a thing or two about how to care for air plants . Here’s what I now know, and it turned out to be really easy!

Air plants do not like soil

Air plants (or Tillandsias) absorb water and nutrients through their trichomes, which are the hair-like substance on their leaves. Trichomes bascially act as sponges which absorb water, just like roots. Never plant your air plants in soil as this will cause your air plant to rot and die.

Air plants love humidity

Since air plants absorb moisture from the air, kitchens and bathrooms are the best places to have them in your home. They also like good circulation around them. However, do not place them near heating or cooling vents.

Water your air plant

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In their natural habitat, air plants absorb moisture from rain, dew and decaying leaves around them. Since this is not available in a home environment, we need to take steps to ensure that our air plants have sufficient water.

If your air plant lives in a dry environment, it is a good idea to water it regularly. Although an air plant can live without water for some time, it will only be surviving, not thriving. Lightly misting your air plant every 2 to 3 days will do the trick.

Air plants prefer warmer temperatures

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Air plants are native in deserts, forests and mountain regions of Central and South America. As such, they prefer a temperature range of 50 to 90 degrees F (or 10 to 32 degrees C). Air plants do not like frost and prolonged exposure to low temperatures, which will result in leaf damage.

Air plant need nutrients

Air plants are able to absorb nutrients in their natural environment from decaying leaves. Since this source of nutrients is not readily available in a home environment, it will be a good idea to use a water-soluble fertilizer formulated specifically for air plants, and mist your plants with them once a month. 

Now that you know how easy it is to care for air plants, here’s an assorted pack of 8 air plants to get you started!

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Useful Links:

Air Plants Care Guide
How to save underwatered and overwatered air plants
Watering air plant 101
How to multiply your air plant collection fast and free

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Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) Care Guide

Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) is native to northern Europe and grown in temperate climates around the world. Daffodils come a few colors – white, several shades of yellow, orange and even pink. They also grow to different heights ranging from 2 to 18 inches (5 to 45 cm).

Why Grow Daffodils

Daffodils are a delight at the end of a harsh, cold winter. The vibrant trumpet-like flowers are amongst the first to bloom at the end of winter, providing a cheerful outlook. They last quite long in flower jars as well.

Once planted, they require very little attention or maintenance and will spring up from the ground to bloom year after year.

Daffodils are Perennials

Daffodil plants are classified as perennials which grow from bulbs in one season but will come up again year after year. They are best planted in fall/autumn and will bloom in late winter or early spring.

Common Problems with Daffodils

Daffodil ‘blindness’ – This happens when they produce a healthy crop of foliage but fail to flower. Causes include poor soil, overcrowding and shade. This can be rectified by digging up and replanting in better conditions but it may be a couple of years before daffodils flower again.

If the daffodils had been flowering in previous years, but did not flower in the current year, it is likely that the bulbs have multiplied and are now overcrowded in one spot. They will have to be dug up, divided and re-planted spaced further apart.

If the daffodils have not flowered before, it’s likely that the bulbs were planted too late, were too small, or did not get enough sunshine.

Common Mistakes with Daffodils

1. Cutting back foliage too early – Don’t be too quick to cut back foliage when flowering is over. Leaves should be left on the stalk until they have turned yellow. Nutrients are produced and sent to the bulb for several weeks after the flower has died, in readiness to become dormant until the next year.

2. Planting too early or too late – Planting in Fall/Autumn is recommended, when temperatures dip to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degress Celsius).

3. Planting bulbs upside-down – Bulbs should be planted with the pointy side up.

4. Planting at the wrong depth – If planted too shallow, dividing bulbs and ‘flopping’ stems may result. If planted too deep, daffodils might never emerge. A depth of 6 inches (15 cm) is ideal.

Care Requirements & Guide

Watering: Daffodils require regular watering when they are growing and blooming.

Light: They prefer full sun while blooming and partial shade afterward. At least 6 hours of sun per day is ideal.

Temperature: They prefer temperate climates.  

Soil: They prefer soil that is well drained.

Fertilizer: They require low-nitrogen fertilizers as too much nitrogen can promote foliage growth. Daffodils prefer high potash fertilizer.

Propagation: They can be grown from seed if you have time and patience. Instead of removing dead flowers, allow the seed heads to develop and then harvest the seeds to be planted later on. This is a slow process as it will take a few years before the daffodils flower. The faster way is to divide established daffodil clumps in autumn. Simply dig up the clumps carefully to avoid damaging the bulbs, peel the bulbs apart and re-plant them straight away.

Toxicity Warning

Daffodils are toxic as they have toxic sap which keeps insects and animals at a safe distance. They may also kill other flowers if kept with them in a vase.

Where to Buy Daffodils

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Clear Succulents: A Fascinating New Trendy Plant

Succulents are a must-have plant due to their low maintenance care and a vast array of shapes, colours and textures. Clear succulents are undoubtedly a great way to level up your plant collection.

Clear or see-through succulents are Haworthia succulents which are native to South Africa. They are classified as a rare succulent and grow in clusters with fleshy leaves which are translucent. They are an unusual succulent that comes in an unexpected lack of colour, making them a prized plant in many’s collections.

In addition, like the majority of succulents, Haworthias are low maintenance. The biggest killer of succulents is overwatering.

In short, there are a variety of haworthias which you can purchase from the links provided to get succulents delivered to your door!

1. Window Haworthia Succulent

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Firstly is the Window Haworthia.

Characteristics: Also known as the Cathedral Window Haworthia, this succulent is drought-tolerant and evergreen. It has rosettes up to 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches in height. The Window Haworthia has fleshy tender leaves with dark stripes and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or light pink flowers that grow on stems 8 inches in length.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

2. Haworthia Cooperi Succulent

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Secondly, and most notably, the Haworthia Cooperi.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cooperi has small rosette clumps of fleshy, light-green leaves.

Flowers: It flowers in spring and summer, producing white flowers.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

3. Haworthia Cuspidata Succulent

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Thirdly, the Cuspidata which is a more popular Haworthia.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cuspidata is characterised by its star-like shaped rosettes that grow to 4 inches in diameter with dark green leaves and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces small white flowers on top of long, thin stems during spring.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

4. Haworthia Cymbiformis Var. Obtusa

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Characteristics: The Haworthia Cymbiformis Var Obtusa has denser rosettes that grow to 6 inches in diameter and form large round clumps. They have neon green leaves that are soft and translucent.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or pink flowers on long stems.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

5. Haworthia Batesiana Succulent

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Characteristics: Haworthia Batesiana has translucent, bright-green leaves with white spines that form dense clumps.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

6. Silver Haworthia Succulents

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Characteristics: The Silver Haworthia has pale foliage that is patterned with white and grey. It forms clumps and vary in appearance depending on light conditions.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

Additionally, we have a bunch more articles for you to explore on succulents and other plants. Here are a few of our favourites:
Interesting Types of Cacti
Miniature Succulents
Pink Succulents
Weird Looking Succulents
Rare Succulents

Finally, the best part? You can purchase any of the plants you love in these articles by clicking the links provided.

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Interesting Types of Cacti (and Where to Buy Them)

There are many different types of cacti and here we have collated our top 10 favourites with links to where you can purchase them. As a result, there is bound to be one that suits you uniquely.

1. Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Firstly, The Peruvian Old Man Cactus is a columnar cactus that is characterised by its dense woolly hair. It can grow to approximately 8 inches in diameter in addition to 23 feet in height! Not only does it have a woolly cover, but the Old Man Cactus also has sharp spines and ribs hidden.

2. Christmas Cactus/ Thanksgiving Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is also known as the Thanksgiving cactus and has a flattened profile of leaves that form the stems. They flower red and pink blooms during the holiday seasons, hence its name. It is a popular flowering houseplant because of its low maintenance and beautiful flowers. The Christmas Cactus is also simple to propagate. You can check out our article on how to propagate succulents to find out more.

3. Lady Fingers Cactus

Thirdly is the Lady Fingers Cactus which has clusters of cylindrical stems with yellow spines. Generally, it blooms pink-yellow flowers in spring and is easy to grow. Above all, the Lady Fingers Cactus thrives in cactus compost and full sun. Water during spring and summer only and fertilise once a month with a cactus fertiliser. The best spot for your lady fingers cactus indoors as well as a sheltered patio during the summer months.

4. Mexican Fence Post Cactus

The Mexican Fence Post Cactus is columnar and can grow to 12 feet in height. The stems the Mexican Fence Post Cactus grows can reach 4 inches in diameter and can have 5 to 7 ribs. It has a central spine which is slightly yellow in colour. The flowers can vary from pink to green and the spiny fruits it produces are yellow-red.

5. Thimble Cactus

The thimble cactus is a small cactus native to central Mexico that has small round bodies that are covered in white spines. The clusters form mats that flower in late winter and feature creamy white flowers. To grow your thimble cactus you will need gritty succulent or cactus potting soil. The thimble cactus has a preference for bright light and well ventilated areas so the soil is able to dry out. You can propagate the little broken bodies into a new plant.

6. Blue Candle Cactus

The Blue Candle Cactus is also known as the Cactus Myrtle or Bilberry Cactus and is a large shrubby cactus that can grow up to 16.5 feet in height. When reaching maturity, the cactus can grow branches. In general, stems can vary in the number of ribs from 5 to 8 ribs with spine-bearing areoles about 1.2 inches apart. The Blue Candle Cactus, in particular, has cream and white flowers and can produce sweet, edible, dark red, berry-like fruits.

7. Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus

The Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus grows up to 14 inches in height that often remains a singular plant or a loosely clumped cluster. The stems remain solitary and can grow to 5 inches in diameter with spines that are yellow, pinkish or brownish. The flowers the Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus produces are diurnal and pink in colour, growing to the length of 3 inches.

8. Dwarf Chin Cactus

The Dwarf Chin Cactus has spines that curve toward the stems, making it a more pet and child friendly cactus than the other cacti on this list. It glowers purple and red blooms in early summer.

9. Peanut Cactus

Comparatively, the peanut cactus can grow to 6 inches in height and has pale green stems that are 6 inches long. Furthermore, it can grow 8 to 10 ribs on each stem which has 10 to 15 soft white bristles. During blooming season, the peanut cactus will produce red and orange flowers.

10. Variegated Corn Cob Cactus

Also known as the Indian Corn Cob, the Variegated Corn Cob Cactus is fast growing and has thick, chalky green, ribbed stems. They can change colour to a rosy pink during mild stress situations like cold weather. During maturity, the Indian Corn Cob can reach 8-10 inches.

In summary, those are our favourite picks on the different interesting types of cacti.

Still want more? We have articles on other types of succulents.
Miniature Succulents
Pink Succulents
Weird Succulents
Rare Succulents

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Miniature Succulents (Where You Can Buy Them)

Altogether miniature succulents are a great way to add greenery to your indoor spaces if you have a limit amount of interior area to position your indoor friends. However, succulents don’t have to be boring, they don’t have to have a rosette shape and they definitely do not have to be green. Thus, here are our favourite picks on small, compact succulents in different colours and shapes to add a pop of vibrancy and interest to your home.

Further, if you want more succulent inspiration, check out our articles for more interesting succulent types, colours and shapes to add an interesting spark and uniqueness to your collection.
Firstly, 10 Stunning Pink Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)
Secondly, Weird Looking Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)
Lastly, 10 Rare Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)

Here, a lot of the succulent types we have chosen are trailing or ground cover succulents, meaning that they can be kept compact very easily but frequent trimming and that they will not grow tall, instead, they stay close to the pot level. But don’t throw away your trimmed stems and leaves! Instead, you can use those offcuts to propagate your succulents and share them with your friends and family. Additionally to learn how to propagate succulents, check out our article on succulent propagation.

1. Sedum Hispanicum Succulent

2. Blue Elf Sedum Sunsparkler

3. Sedum Suzie Q English

4. Sedum Sieboldii Succulent

5. Sedum Donkey’s Tail Succulent

6. Sedum Major Succulent

7. Cape Blanco Sedum Sparthulifolium

8. Cherry Tart Sedum Sunsparkler

9. Sedum Lime Zinger Succulent

10. Red Carpet Sedum Succulent

Overall, Succulents require minimal care as they have water reserves in their fat fleshy leaves. Place your succulents in an area that receives bright, indirect light as well as a lower humidity level. Make sure that your pot of choice has sufficient drainage as well as a good potting mix that is equally well-draining. Only water your succulent when the soil is completely dry to prevent root rot.

Not only are succulents easy to care for, but also easy to propagate. You can equally propagate your succulents by breaking off leaves or snipping off stems. So, to learn more about how to propagate succulents, check out our article on succulent propagation.

Since succulents require bright light, try placing your miniature succulents on your dining table as a centrepiece, on your desk as a study companion or even on your bathroom counter.

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Pelargoniums (Pelargonium spp.) Care Guide

Pelargoniums (Pelargonium spp.) are recognisable by the same 5 petal flowers and long beak-like seedheads. They are versatile plants that are able to grow in containers, hanging baskets or flower beds. All you have to do is to ensure that they are watered regularly and have exposure to full sun.

Common Problems with Pelargoniums

  1. Pelargonium rust – Pelargoniums may develop a fungal disease, which appears as brown spots on the underside of leaves due to poorly ventilated spaces or being overly wet. Grow pelargoniums in a well-ventilated area and avoid wetting them too much. If rust forms, remove the affected leaves as much as possible, and spray the remaining leaves with fungal spray.
  2. Yellowing of bottom leaves – This may happen if the plants are too close together. The bottom leaves do not have sufficient exposure to sunlight.

Common Mistakes with Pelargoniums

  1. Over watering – You may be drowing your pelargonium plant. Too much water will exclude the oxygen from the roots, causing them to die.
  2. Under watering – If pelargonium plants don’t have sufficient water, they may become hard and woody, Since the plant is never dormant, it requires moisture all the year round.

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: Allow the soil to dry between watering. Usually when the leaves show signs of drooping, it’s time to provide pelargoniums with small amounts of water. They are not thirsty plants but do need water to thrive.

Light: Pelargoniums grow well in full sun. If growing under glass, be sure to protect them from direct sunlight in the heat of summer.

Temperature: A temperature range of between 40 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit or 5 to 25 degrees celsius is recommended for pelargonium plants.

Soil: Perlagonium plants are happy in garden soil of all types, but prefer neutral or alkaline soil.

Fertiliser: Pelargoniums are quite happy without regular feeding. However, to get the best out of them, use a balanced liquid fertiliser in Spring, then switch to a fertiliser with high potassium content when flowering begins.

Pruning: Regular pruning to remove older leaves and woody stems will help to keep the pelargoniums looking fresh and green instead of growing scraggly.

Propagation: Pelargonium plants are propagated by cuttings. Just take a short cutting with stem and leaves, dip it into rooting hormone and grow it in moist soil.

Fun Fact about Pelargoniums

It is common to confuse Pelargoniums with geraniums. Both have five-petalled flowers. However, the lower three petals of Pelargoniums are different from the two at the top, ie. Pelargoniums are symmetrical in one plane only, ie. left to right, like a human face. On the other hand, Geranium flowers comprise five similar petals and therefore have radial symmetry, in multiple planes, like a daisy flower.

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10 Stunning Pink Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)

Pink succulents are a stunning way to mix up your indoor or outdoor foliage by adding a splash of colour to your garden. Here are our picks.

1. Echeveria Afterglow

Firstly, the Echeveria Afterglow is a rosette succulent that sports a powdery pink and purple leaves with neon pink edges. They grow to approximately 12 to 16 inches when they reach maturity. During the blooming season, they produce deep-red flowers from the lower leaves.

2. Echeveria Subsessilis

The Echeveria Subsessilis is another rosette succulent which in comparison to the Afterglow is much smaller, growing up to 6 inches in diameter. In particular, they have a pale green colour and light, pastel pink border around each leaf edge. Echeveria Subsessilis produce long-lasting pink and orange flowers which grow on stalks up to 10 inches in length during the summer.

3. Calico Kitten Crassula

Similarly to the Variegated String of Hearts, Calico Kitten has small heart-shaped leaves and long trailing branches with shades of pink, cream and green. As a result, they would look great in a hanging basket, vertical wall planter or planted on the edges of a path. During late spring to early summer, they bloom shades of rose, yellow and green.

4. California Sunset

The California Sunset is a succulent that has rose coloured leaves that form small rosettes. The colour of the California Sunset intensifies during drought and cool winter temperature conditions. During spring and summer, this succulent will produce white- star-shaped flowers.

5. Dragon’s Blood Sedum

Dragon’s Blood Sedum produces hot pink flowers in summer, with its leaves transitioning to green in warmer weather. However, during cooler temperatures, the leaves will be a vibrant wine red colour. Together with most sedums, the Dragon’s Blood Sedum spreads and can become a beautiful ground cover. Besides that, it can also be easily propagated from cuttings.

6. Broadleaf Stonecrop

The Broadleaf Stonecrop is a mat-forming succulent that is native to California and found on rocky cliffs and shady banks. It has small flat rosettes made from spoon-shaped leaves. During spring and early summer, the Broadleaf Stonecrop will produce bright yellow star-shaped flowers. These succulents are perfect for rock gardens, pots and are very drought tolerant.

7. Kalanchoe Flapjacks

Also known as the Paddle Plant, Flapjacks are broad flat leafed succulents that stack. During cooler temperatures in winter or in full sun, the leaves will form a deep red colour. When maturity is reached, Flapjacks can grow up to 2.5 feet in height and will produce fragrant yellow flowers.

8. Variegated String of Hearts

Variegated String of Hearts are a stunning plant that has a different look to their common counterpart. Instead of dark rich green leaves, the variegated String of Hearts has pale green leaves with pastel pink edges. The stems are purple and trail down like a string of beautiful heart shaped leaves. The variegated string of hearts is hard to track down because of its high demand, making it a rare succulent. Buy it while you can!

9. Moonstones

Moonstones are another rare succulent because of their wonderful plump pebble-shaped pink leaves which give them a cute and chubby appearance. During the winter and early spring, moonstones will produce dark pink bell-shaped flowers. Be careful as moonstones are delicate succulents and need protection from the elements.

10. Graptoveria Fred Ives

Fred Ives grow to an impressive 1 foot in diameter and have long pink leaves that have gradients of purple and salmon orange in them. During the summer, the Fred Ives will produce pale yellow flowers with red-orange centres.

Want more succulent ideas? Check out our articles on:
10 Weird Looking Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)
10 Rare Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)