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.
The Hellstrip at Wild Ginger Farm
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.
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
What a colorful and carefree mid-summer to fall show!
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.
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.
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
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 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.
C. Koshkarian's Succulent Container Garden
Grow less hardy species in containers that can be sheltered in winter.
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.
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