How green is your garden? Does it need some colour? Succulents give you such a huge selection of colours, it is definitely something you should consider when wanting to spruce up your garden.
The colour pink, brings to mind carnations or roses to many of us, but succulents provide a broad spectrum of soft pinks from solid pinks, to just a touch of pink to add to the colour palette of your garden.
The Echeveria laui heralds from Oaxaca, Mexico and will get up to six inches in height boasting incredible rose like flowers that can be up to five inches round. Bringing in a grey-blue tone on the plump leaves just adds to the attractive colour combo this plant offers.
Happiest in well drained soil in a dry area in full sunshine. They don’t like frost and need significantly less water in winter than in the spring or summer months.
Pachyphytum Oviferum ‘Pink Moonstone’
Also native to Central Mexico, is the Pachyphytum Oviferm, or rather easier to pronounce – the ‘Pink Moonstone’ has hints of peach colours blended into the pink. The base colour is mostly pinkish, but the leaves also can be a blue-purple tone. Leaves of this plant are covered in a white or silver film known as farina. The flowers are small, around 4 inches in diameter, but the stems can grow up to 8 inches in length that makes this plant an ideal ground cover or a pot plant that has tendrils overflowing from the container.
Their perfect spot is a partially sunny one and they also do not like frost. Intermittent watering makes them easy to grow and harvested cuttings is pretty easy to increase your plant base too.
Sedeveria ‘Pink Granite’
The Sedeveria or ‘Pink Granite’ is a brilliant option to pick for those that are looking for a subtle splash of colour. These gorgeous plants are also pet-friendly!
This plant is a hybrid and has stunning mint green stems and chunky pink leaves, as with the Pink Moonstone plants, it also has long stems and heavy flowers that result in the plant lying down or cascading over containers.
They thrive in a partially sunny area, or in a brightly lit area indoors.
Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’
The name Jelly Bean comes from the shape of this delightful little plant, the Sedum rubrotinctum, also commonly known as ‘Aurora’. Small flowers that are a yellow-white colour are found on this plant of which we prefer the nickname, as it perfectly describes the fat colourful leaves that are around 2 centimeters in length. These leaves start with green and end with a pink tip. These stems grow about 6 inches long, but this plant can spread out in an area of about 36 inches. Also native to Mexico
Easy to maintain with intermittent watering, good drainage and some sunshine with ensure your Jelly Bean thrives.
Crassula ovata ‘Pink Beauty’
The Crassula ovata – the ‘Pink Beauty’ is a variation of the jade plant that also has thick stems and shiny leaves. Reaching heights of up to 5 feet and just as wide makes this plant a striking statement in your garden. The pretty pink star shaped flowers are deliciously perfumed and abundant.
It prefers full sun, but does well in partial sunny spots too and as with other succulents, needs intermittent watering and hardly any in winter. Easy to propagate from the leaves or stems.
Crassula pellucida ‘Variegata’ or ‘Calico Kitten’
Crassula pellucida ‘Variegata’ or ‘Calico Kitten’ is endemic to South Africa and is popular in gardens with its trailing, mulit-coloured charming heart-shaped leaves. An ideal plant for hanging baskets or as ground cover, as its stems with its dainty green and pink leaves reach up to 12 inches in length.
Flourishes in partial sun or indoors in a brightly lit area and also as many succulents, not happy in frost areas. They are not their happiest in cold weather and need some protection during these times.
Overall they are easy to grow and are rewarding plants.
Echeveria ‘Perle Von Nurnberg’
The Echeveria, ‘Perle Von Nurnberg’ has fascinating leaves that are coated with powdered farina that are greyish in colour with pink highlights. The rosettes can grow up to around 6 inches. In the summer months this plant shoots out long stemmed stalks that have both pink and yellow flowers – quite beautiful!
A rewarding plant that almost anyone can grow that thrives with very little watering, but does need the correct soil. Also easy to propagate from leaf or stem cuttings and even seed.
Aloe ‘Pink Blush’
The Pink Blush is a small hybrid Aloe and only will reach about 1 foot in height and around 5 inches in width.
Interesting leaves that are variegated in colours of green and pink along the edges. During the later winter months and spring, this plant will shoot off short stalks that have bright orange flowers – a lovely splash of colour indeed!
Aloes are easy to care for and are plentiful in most succulent gardens. They can cope with almost zero water in the winter and is happiest in well drained soil. It does not like copious amounts of water and will not thrive if it is in a wet spot.
Graptopetalum paraguayense ‘Ghost Plant’
There are numerous plants that will go by the name ‘Ghost Plant’ so don’t get these confused with others. This one is native to Mexico and has interesting leaves that are triangular shaped to form a rosette pattern. These rosettes can grow up to about 6 inches in diameter and boast the most beautiful shades of blue, purple and pink. The plant loves the sun and will get pinker the more sun it is in.
Very little watering is needed and many growers tend to trim these plants to make them into a fuller, or rounder shape or you can just let it spread out naturally.
Very easy to grow and propagate from either their leaves or stem cuttings.
Graptoveria ‘Douglas Huth’
A combination of Echeveria and Graptopetalum, this hybrid the Douglas Huth has thick grey-green leaves that have a touch of pink. The flowers are delicate, tiny pink flowers and the rosettes can reach up to 8 inches round. Stems from these plants can get up to 8 inches in length.
Also not happy in frost and prefer dry conditions. Mostly easy to grow and propagate, even for the inexperienced gardeners – preferring a sunny area. They are not easy to find and are somewhat a rarity, so when you find them take care of them.
Close to it’s ‘cousin’ the Perle Von Nurnberg, the Rainbow has incredible green and yellow striped leaves with pink edges and an interesting edging along the leaf ends. The rosettes can grow up to 6 inches round.
Fabulously easy to care for and grow, not needing much attention. Happiest in full sun and well-drained soil with a bit more watering needed than other succulents.
Perfect for captivating centrepieces for decor and a definite addition to your garden that is needing a dash of colour – particularly pink!