Succulents are all the rage these days, filling Pinterest pages and showing up in every type of container imaginable. They are increasingly popular in the blogosphere and for do-it-yourself projects. Learn why these tough, low-maintenance plants are a hit with consumers and deserve a place in your greenhouse, then check out the slideshow below for the latest in succulent trends.
They Are The Perfect Fit For Sustainable Landscapes
Succulents play a vital role in sustainable landscapes because they are durable, low maintenance, and water wise. North Creek Nurseries realized a substantial increase in sales from offering plants like sedum to landscapers for green infrastructure projects, green roofs, and green walls. Etera, a division of Northwest Horticulture, has seen good sell-through of its sedum tiles for green roofs and sustainable landscape projects in both commercial and retail markets.
There Isn’t A Container They Can’t Fill
From rusty buckets and baby shoes to glass bulbs and the tiniest of clay pots, it is difficult to find a container succulents can’t dress up. Pair them with miniature plants and you have a trendy take-it-with-you garden. EuroAmerican Propagator’s 2015 California Spring Trials display was a good example of how to do this effectively. The company featured a display of tiny gardens in reclaimed containers, which were filled with a mix of miniature plants and varieties from its Savvy Succulents line.
They Have Water Conservation Figured Out
Succulents make the most of every bit of water they get, which is a big draw for water conscious consumers. Armstrong Growers in California offers a collection of sedums, agaves, and other perennials and annuals that add beauty to the garden while also being water wise. Altman Plants, also California-based, carries a line of drought tolerant shrubs, cacti, and succulents through its Smart Planet brand. The company recently opened an online cactus and succulent store offering a wide variety of succulents.
They Are A Decorator’s Dream
With their structural and textural interest, succulents lend themselves well to decorating. Brides are using them in their weddings and giving them away as thank-you gifts. Decorators like the modern touch they add to the home. Metrolina Greenhouses is taking advantage of this trend by offering succulents in frames, while Rocket Farms sells ready-made deco items including succulent dish gardens and wreaths. Bell Nursery offers novelty items through The Home Depot like painted succulents and succulents in glass balls for mini-terrariums or Christmas decorations.