Succulents offer variety and can be used indoors and outdoors

During the past few years, succulents have become very popular with gardeners who find that these plants can be eye-catching additions to both indoor and outdoor settings.



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Requiring minimal care, most succulents seem to thrive on neglect and dry soil. These plants store water in their leaves, stems and roots, causing their foliage to appear fleshy and even puffy, unlike the foliage of most other types of plants.

Succulents are drought-resistant plants that have adapted to arid environments throughout the world. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Planting several different varieties in the same bed or container provides visual appeal, and using them as a border among flowering annuals or even shrubs adds instant curb appeal to any home landscape.



a close up of a flower: A collection of succulents can be planted together for a stunning display.


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A collection of succulents can be planted together for a stunning display.

Minimal care required

Succulents are low-maintenance plants that require only small amounts of water and fertilizer, but they do need lots of sunlight. When placing them indoors, choose bright, sunny windowsills with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight; south-facing windows work best.

During spring and summer when succulents are actively growing, water no more

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