Saturday, January 28, 2012

Succulents - - a few more to share

Succulents in pot on table in Asian Patio
with view toward Lake Michigan

Succulents are growing in popularity for two simple reasons:  they are beautiful and they are nearly indestructible.  For these reasons, Gardens at Waters East has many different varieties in use throughout the property.  In a recent Blog posting titled Sedum (posted on January 1, 2012), a number of other hardy succulents (sedum) were featured.

Cushion Spurge

In this posting the focus will be for the most part, on those which are not Winter hardy for Gardens at Waters East which is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Zone 5.  These “not-so-hardy” varieties are brought in for the Winter, then returned to the gardens in Spring.

Topsy Toury - Encheveria
Blue Fingers and more

Hen & Chicks

Succulents come in many varieties, providing the visual interest of striking shapes, textures, and colors.  They have interesting leaf forms and plant shapes, including flat leaves, rosettes, trailing columns of teardrop leaves, even fuzzy covering.

native of North Africa and Canary Islands

Succulents have fleshy water storage organs, storing water in their leaves, stems, or their roots.  These plants have adapted to survive arid conditions throughout the world, from Africa to the dry deserts of North America.

Prickly Pear Cactus
native to midwest USA

Succulents are in use as ointment for burns, anti cancer care, digestive problems, tooth problems, and a variety of other medical cares.  Many of these uses were discovered as scientist studies the use of these plants in more ancient cultures.  As a people, we are learning from the past.

NOTE:  All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East.

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  1. I am a big fan of succulents! They look great in containers. Plus, they can survive our long hot summers in Houston Texas. I was so happy to see your prickly pear. Did you know some folks call that the yellow rose of Texas? I’ve always been fond of prickly pear. Great post!

  2. I like them too. The third photo is perfect !!!
    Must plant more succulents. In the summer they are the only good looking plants in my garden ...
    Greetings !!!

  3. I love succulents too, but they don´t like the short, cool and wet summer of nothern Sweden, and they just don´t survive our vinter, so we do not have plants like this in our garden.
    Great photos in this post.
    Have a nice day.

  4. love the Cushion Spurge

    hope you keeping well


    ps getting much colder now on costa sol 16C hehe

  5. You garden in a beautiful corner of the world. So nice to visit.

  6. Those are some of my favourite succulents. I lost a lot of my collection in the last two severe winters. I bought some new plants last year, but I'm overwintering them indoors this winter.