Succulents bring to mind southern climes and hothouse temperatures but there are many cold hardy succulents just waiting for a spot in your garden! We’re sharing a showcase of 10 of our favorites that we grow here at Gulley Greenhouse…
Cold hardy succulents will grow and bloom more profusely in full sun areas of the garden. Drought tolerant once established.
Stonecrop is the common name for this genus of succulents. Sedums come in a wide range of sizes and colors. Growing anywhere from 3 inches to 3 feet tall, the upright varieties stay around 18-24″ wide and the creeping varieties form mats up to 30″ wide. A good choice for areas with poor soil and low water.
Hens and chicks, the common name for sempervivum, are a well known succulent for the rock garden. Spreading rosettes have a variety of colors and when they bloom the flowers are amazing. The mother “hen” propagates by growing little rosettes called “chicks.” You are able to control the spread of your plant by removing the chicks. 3-6″ high and 12-36″ wide.
Commonly known as ice plant, this mat-forming groundcover has flowers that are reminiscent of asters. Originally purple, there are now yellow, peach, red, orange and pink varieties. Highly drought tolerant, ice plant is a good choice for xeriscaping. 3-4″ high and 12-24″ wide.
An herbaceous perennial, kniphofia is commonly known as “red hot poker” or “torch lily.” The spiky plant has long sword-like foliage and eight inch blooming spikes. Flowers range from yellow to orange to red, sometimes all in the same bloom. 18-36″ high and 18-24″ wide.