Types of Succulents for Outdoors

Types of Succulents for Outdoors
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Types of Succulents for Outdoors

What are the best types of succulents for outdoors?

Succulents are types of plants that are capable of storing a high amount of water throughout their systems. It is probably one of the reasons why they usually grow in hot, dry, and tropical places like in most Asian regions and some parts of South African and South American continents.

However, not all succulents can survive in a hostile outdoor environment. In fact, the outdoor temperature may harm certain types of succulents.

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Thus, taking care of succulents especially when you are planning to put them outdoors, you need to consider a few things. Some of the things include the type of succulent you are planning to plant, the soil, the amount of rainfall in your area, the time span and strength of sunlight, and the hotness and coldness of the temperature. And most importantly the place where you live.

Outdoor succulents are sometimes called as “Hardy Succulents”. These types of succulents are usually thick and hard allowing them to store more water and enough moisture which is essential for their survival. They are usually known for surviving in mild to extreme outdoor weather conditions. They can live through sub-zero temperatures up to extremely hot weather and still be able to bloom beautifully.

Types of Succulents for Outdoors

There are several types of succulents that will thrive in an outdoor environment. Here are some of the examples:

1. Sedum

Sedum is also known as Stonecrop. It is famous for being a low maintenance plant that only requires less or a little care. It is also very adaptive since it can still thrive to grow even with different varieties of plants. Here are some varieties of the Sedum succulents that are perfect for outdoors:

  • Jaws
  • Mr. Goodbud
  • Coral Carpet
  • Brilliant
  • Baby Tears
  • Red Creeping
  • Spurium Tricolor
  • Autumn Fire
  • Bronze Carpet
  • Black Jack

2. Sempervivums

Sempervivums are alpine plants. Alpine plants are usually grown in mountainous regions. Sempervivums are used to grow in dry and rocky areas. They also require a little water and sometimes a gritty soil to be planted on. Among the famous members of the Sempervivum family are the Hens and Chicks. They are known as houseleeks that have a rosette shape. They can be propagated multiple times.

3. Whales Tongue Agave (agave ovatifolia)

This type of succulent has features that resemble that of a whale’s tongue, hence, its name. Its leaves are flat and wide, and light green in color. Whale’s Tongue Agave was originally grown in Mexico with elevations of 3,700 to 7,000 feet. This agave succulent can grow spikes up to about 10 to 14 feet high and when watered regularly it can reach its full height. This succulent is typically used for outdoor gardening because of its height. It is suitable to grow in outdoors.

4. Plush Plant (echeveria pulvinata)

This succulent is originally from South Mexico. Its features are fine white hairs that glow in the sun which gives it a silvery appearance. It also blooms orange-yellow blossoms that resemble that of a sunset. This plush plant prefers shades that’s why it is best used for outdoor gardening.

5. Torch Plant (aloe aristata)

This plant is a cousin of the famous Aloe vera but unlike Aloe Vera, this plant doesn’t have any medicinal benefits. Torch plant’s color changes when it is under the sun and when it is in shade. It is light green in color and when it is under the sun it changes into the darker green. It blossoms orange blossoms and it has 20-inch stems. Because of its great length, it is most suitable to grow this plant outdoors. It says that the torch plant is great if someone wants something to spice up their garden since it brightens and creates a very summer vibe.

6. Sunburst (aeonium davidbramwellii)

This succulent is a native of the Canary Islands that is why it can grow alongside the sea. Sunburst is also known as copper pinwheel because of the yellow leaves in its center. It grows up to two feet in length. It is also considered as tri-colored because of its yellow, white, and green colored leaves. This plant is popular among people who love outdoor gardening because it is a hybrid member of the aeonium genus.

7. Ball Cactus (parodia magnifica)

This plant resembles that of a hot air balloon. It is one of the most uniquely shaped plants out there because of its ball-shaped that is covered with spikes and the ability to produce small and yellow-colored flowers in clusters. This is famous among people who love to add a very desert vibe in their garden. Its shape and color can definitely add up to one’s dream garden aesthetic. It is used for outdoor gardening because it uses xeriscape landscaping – a type of landscaping commonly designed for areas that usually experiences drought.

8. Dudleya (echeveria spp)

This succulent has more than forty different varieties and is a member of the echeveria genus. It is originally from California, United States. This plant is called a rosette-forming plant because of its leaves arranged in a circle. Its leaves are special because they can live up to 100 years if they care. Dudleya originally grew in hills to avoid water in its leaves that’s why it is good for outdoor gardening.

9. Zwartkop (aeonium arboreum)

This type of succulent is also called the black rose because of its features. It is a rosette-forming leaf in dark burgundy. Zwartkop prefers full sun that is why it needs to be planted in outdoor gardening.

These are a few best types of succulents for outdoors. We hope that you find a perfect succulent for your outdoor garden. The next thing you need to know is how you can take care of your succulents successfully. In this junction, we share with you some tips on how to grow succulents correctly.

First and foremost, you must know the area or the place where you live. In order to achieve your perfect dream garden, you must take into consideration the climate in your region. Knowing your climate will lead you to know what plants and succulents you will be able to plant in your garden.

Secondly, you must have good soil in order for your succulents to thrive. You can use fertilizer to add more nutrients to your succulents.

Third, you must start with succulents that are easy to propagate and take care of. This tip is suitable for beginners since they are new to planting and gardening. You can start off with planting vegetables since it is fun and you’ll get your very own vegetables at the end of the day.

Also, you can start taking care of succulents since some succulents don’t need that much time and effort to be well taken care of. Some actually just need a little bit of water every now and then.

Fourth, keep a notebook in order to track your progress and the plants’ progress. By keeping a notebook, you’ll be able to write out your plans and your dreams for your outdoor garden and also it keeps you reminded of some things you’ll be needing to do.

Fifth, you must know how much water your succulents will be needing. You wouldn’t want to overwater your succulent or not water them at all.

Sixth, keep up the proper maintenance. Know that gardening is a lot of work. Since it is outdoor, there are some instances that weeds may grow in your garden. Thus, you need to tidy up your outdoor garden every now and then.  Keep in mind that in order to have a beautiful garden it needs proper maintenance.

Lastly, you need to be patient. Gardening is a process. If you plant something, don’t expect it to grow the next day. Some succulents’ flowers take time to blossom. Just monitor your succulents regularly and wait.

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These tips will not only help you through the process of nourishing your outdoor succulents but also help your mental and physical health. Interacting with plants as a hobby is proven effective in giving people to have better health.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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