Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
If you’ve never grown cacti and succulents, there are many reasons to do so. These are the most earth friendly choice you can make.
Very versatile, some of these plants are hardy in cold climates. They’re suitable for all sorts of landscape situations.
If you have a small garden, cacti and succulents are ideal for container
Cacti and succulents are easy care plants that need a minimum of attention. These are perfect for busy gardeners. They’re not high maintenance by any means. You can go on vacation, and not worry about your plants. As gardeners age, they can reduce garden chores by growing cacti and succulents.
If you use municipal water, cacti and succulents can save you money. While other plants need watered on a regular basis, this isn’t the case with these plants.
Cacti and succulents are also an excellent choice for gardeners who are going green. These plants require a minimum of water and fertilizer. The same is true for pesticides. Though cacti and succulents can experience occasional problems, garden chemicals are rarely needed with these.
Green gardeners will also like the fact that these plants are very drought-resistant. This makes them suitable for xeriscaping projects.
All of these practical reasons don’t touch on the central issue—beauty and aesthetics. Cacti and succulents are among the most beautiful and unusual plants around. Their unique forms never fail to add a touch of drama to the garden. In addition, these are grown for their interesting textures.
Cacti and succulents also make excellent houseplants. Many of these are easy enough for beginners. These are just perfect for indoor light gardens.
Gardeners shouldn’t be deceived by appearances. Much more than eye candy, cacti and succulents are durable, hard working plants. There is no question they earn their keep.
Succulents are a suitable choice for green roofs. This is an environmentally friendly way to reduce storm runoff and reduce energy costs. Green roofs can be used for homes, garden sheds and other buildings.
Succulents are also a good choice for green walls, such as retaining walls. Any wall that has cavities for soil can become a green wall. This means the sides of buildings and interior walls can also come alive with the green beauty of succulents.
So far as garden styles are concerned, cacti and succulents are perfect for a wide range of themes. These are suitable for contemporary and minimalist gardens as well as lush tropical plantings and ethnic themes.
For every season, cacti and succulents provide interest in the garden. These plants are attractive even when they’re not in bloom.
For those with poor soil, cacti and succulents are an ideal choice. These are adapted to challenging growing conditions.