Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Cacti and succulents are suitable for various kinds of situations in the landscapes. Here are some suggestions.
For pollinator gardens in warm climates, do consider the hoyas or wax plants. These plants contain so much nectar that it can drip from the flowers onto furniture when the plants are grown indoors. The nectar is enjoyed by various pollinators.
If deer are a persistent problem in your area, there are various kinds of succulents that are known to be deer resistant. These include commonly grown perennials, such as the sedums or stonecrops, the hardy ice plants, and the spurges or euphorbias.
In some areas of the country wildfires are a constant threat, cacti and succulents are ideal for such situations. Being fireproof, they can be planted near structures without fear of threat. Unlike some plants, these won’t add fuel to the flame.
Cacti and succulents are also a good choice for those areas where salt spray and other types of salt are a problem. Unlike many commonly grown plants, some succulents tend to be rather tolerant of salt.
Hardy succulents can also be planted in cold climates where salt is applied to snowy and icy roads. If using these succulents for salt-tolerant plantings, be sure they have good drainage.
Dry shade is one type of situation where lush plantings are needed. However, not all plants thrive in such conditions. There are a number of different hardy succulents that are ideal for dry, shady spots. These include the myrtle spurge, and several types of stonecrops or sedums, such as Blue Spruce and Angelina.
Cacti and succulents are ideal for courtyard gardens because they’re so aesthetically pleasing. Depending on the size of the courtyard and the other features that are included in the garden, these can be tall, stately cacti and succulents used as focal points or low growing ones used as mixed plantings. Generally courtyard gardens are visible from indoors, so the view can be enjoyed all year even during bad weather.
For this sort of garden, consider a vertical planting, such as one designed like a vertical tower. This style is very striking, and makes very good use of limited space.