Home | Contact Us | Mail Order Catalog   Plant Reference list  Calendar  | Rock Garden FAQS   


**This is the Plant Reference area of the Wild Ginger Farm website. ** 

Plants listed on this page may not be available for sale at this time.

Please visit our mail order catalog to view currently available plants. 

Some plants are available exclusively at our retail nursery.


Succulents in the Garden

Succulents are a diverse group of plants that can be used in many ways in the garden.  Their thick fleshy foliage make them drought tolerant and many thrive with neglect and are are useful plants in a variety of low water, sunny gardens.  Surprisingly, many succulents also do well in partial shade. Some require low water conditions while others thrive regular irrigation.  As a group, their main requirement is well-drained soil. As with many other plants, their geographic origin gives useful information about their requirements.  For example, succulents from regions with regular summer rainfall such as the Eastern North America and East Asia generally benefit from summer irrigation while those from dry summer regions such as the Western United States prefer dry summer conditions.




Create a Succulent Garden



Succulents in the Perennial Garden


Succulents in the Perennial Garden©

Yellow flowering Sedum takesimensis (Phedimus takesimensis) in foreground

 with commonly available perennials Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and Crocosmia in back.

Succulents can be integrated very effectively into the perennial garden.

Many succulents, if provided with good drainage, will grow well in an irrigated garden.

In the garden pictured above, we planted Sedum takesimensis (Phedimus takesimensis)

on a gently mounded area which we amended with sandy soil.  Of course, succulents

are naturals for mixing with dryland perennials in the low water garden. 





Another Mixed Perennial and Succulent Garden


Hell Strip Garden Along Driveway©

 The Hellstrip at Wild Ginger Farm


We combined succulents including Sedum kamtschaticum, Sempervivum sp, and Sedum rupestre

with tough, drought tolerant perennials  Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum var columnae, Alpine Scullcap (Scutellaria alpinaArcobaleno' , and mixed varieties of Creeping Thyme to create a low maintenance, eco-friendly garden.

More About This Garden and Creating Your Own Hellstrip/Parking Strip Garden


Succulent Garden


Succulent Garden©


Succulents can be massed to create a beautiful and interesting all-succulent garden. 

At the neglected edge of our rock garden, we planted a collection of vigorous sedum species including

low growing mixed color varieties of Sedum spurium, Sedum kamtschaticum and Rhodiola kirilowii.  At the rear we

planted upright growing succulents including Sedum aizoon, Sedum telephium 'Emperor's Waves' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

What a colorful and carefree mid-summer to fall show!


Sempervivum Garden



We massed Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum species) at the south-facing base of a smoke tree (Cotinus) and used a contrasting crushed

quartzite rock mulch to highlight the plantings.  The evergreen sempervivum bloom in the summer and grow in fall and spring,

making this a striking four season garden.

Lewisia Mound


Lewisia Garden©

We wanted to showcase Lewisia species in our rock garden so we created a large mounded bed

near the center of the garden.  It is covered with flowers in spring, creating a living bouquet of color.

More on creating this Lewisia Bed and How to Grow Lewisias.





Succulents in the Shade Garden


Chiastiophyllum oppostifolium is a shade loving succulent from the Cacasus mountains

There are a number of succulents that can be grown at the edge of the shade garden including our NW native

Broadleaved Sedum (Sedum spathulifolium) which prefers partial shade.  Others that originated in partially

shaded habitats include Cliff Sedum (Sedum glaucophyllum), Woodland Sedum (Sedum ternatum)

and Sedum makinoi.  In our hot, dry summer climate in Oregon's Willamette Valley,

most succulents will survive the full sun but many will do best with some afternoon shade.




Succulents in Containers

Rosularia sempervivum ssp glaucophylla© 

Rosularia sempervivum ssp glaucophlla

Succulents can be grown in containers as specimen plants For best results, use a well-drained container filled with

freely draining potting mix and ad little or no supplemental fertilizer.


Grouped Succulent Containers

C. Koshkarian's Succulent Container Garden

Grow less hardy species in containers that can be sheltered in winter.






Roof Garden

Sedum spurium ©

Sedum spurium

Succulents are among the most commonly grown roof garden plants.   A roof garden, also known as a green roof or vegetated roof, is another example of a dryland garden.  Roof gardens are aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound.  They are eco-friendly because they absorb water that would otherwise become stormwater runoff, reduce rooftop temperatures, and give off oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the the environment, reducing the effects of global warming. 








What next?

Browse a list of Succulents


Check Mail Order Catalog for Plant Availability





©Wild Ginger Farm

All Rights Reserved


Problems? Comments? Questions?