It's no wonder succulents have been so loved over the past few years. Their spike in popularity has run parallel with the need for drought tolerant plants in the landscape. Though, they're not only admired in the southwest. People from all over are adding the unique and versatile succulent to everything from in-ground landscaping, to container gardens and even growing indoors as houseplants.
The color palette runs from vibrant rich tones to very pale or dusty to black. This assortment of colors lends to endless possibilities for layering and mixing to create compliments or contrast when planting.
It's fun to place pale grey sedum against a bold red jade and see how the two allow each plant to shine even brighter.
The wide variety of structures you'll find with succulents adds a symmetrical and geometric patterned element into the landscape that you rarely get with shrubs and trees.
Variegated Elephant's Food
Combine all the aesthetic attributes with the fact that these well rounded beauties can take heat, sun, drought and some cold, and you have yourself a recipe for one of the most effortless and striking plants you can grow.
Make sure that wherever you plant your succulents, you use a well draining soil. If there's one thing they hate, it's soggy soil. Also, don't water too much. Remember that these are drought tolerant specimens and will suffer with excessive watering.
Ahhh palms... If summer had a poster child we think this would be it!
Nothing says warm summer days like palm trees stretching toward the sun.
There are so many varieties of palms that can be used in so many ways.
Tall specimens tower over landscapes as if they were taken straight from a beach, or multi-trunked varieties can be clustered together to create an illusion of a tropical getaway.
Mexican Blue Fan Palm
Whichever you choose, summer is the time to plant, fertilize and prune palms.
When every other living thing needs to be coddled like a newborn in the hottest months of the year; palms are ready for action.
Palms are very sensitive to soils temperature and need to be planted when the weather is warmest to recover quickly from the stress of transplanting.
Summer is their active growing season!
It's easier for them to replace any lost root damage during the active growing season.
Mediterranean Fan Palm
Not coincidentally, the best time to fertilize is during their active growing season as well.
Always fertilize your palms in the summer!
Otherwise you're wasting your money dumping food when the plant is not going to make best use of that meal.
Also, really pay attention to the type of fertilizer you're using.
An all purpose is great for a lot of plants, however, they do not usually contain magnesium.
Palms can be extremely sensitive to a deficiency of this micro nutrient so make sure to get a palm specific fertilizer like Dr. Q's Palm Tree Food.
Canary Island Date Palm
When pruning your palms, make sure to only remove fronds that are completely dry and brown. Removing extra green fronds will only limit the amount of surface area that the tree can use to photosynthesize and grow.