I consider myself to be a good horticulturist and decent grower, but over the years of gardening, I have killed off a fair amount of plants. The survivors throughout the years have been my succulent collection, which have been fairly forgiving of my gardening lifestyle. After managing a nursery all day, the last think that I want to do is come home and water plants in the evening, usually putting this and other tasks off until my day off. Even I have killed many a rose at my house because it could not wait for me to have the time to water it, and I am a grower who oversees thousands of roses each day.
Succulents are great plants to use in the garden. They are easy to grow, requiring little water, fertilizer, care and maintenance. They are highly adaptable to difficult situations, such as rocky or poor soil, hillsides, crevices, small gardens and container plantings. With great foliage colors, unique textures & shapes, plus beautiful flowers, using succulents can a create true leisure landscape. I have found succulent plants to be patient with me and my lack of time for gardening. To give you an idea of how these plants can be, I planted an Agave in a container that had been sitting around the nursery on a pallet, neglected for years. This same plant sat in the same pot with no fertilizer, an occasional watering, in hot and bright sun for 25 years, becoming one of the nicest container plants in my collection. This year that same Agave finally bloomed! When I lived in a townhouse with a very small patio and extremely hot sundeck, my succulent collection grew as they are highly adaptable to container gardening and could adapt and survive the harsh exposure of the deck. My neighbor, who loves plants, had a problem keeping color bowls alive in front of her house. The exposure was full sun and they were constantly drying out. I planted her some colorful succulent bowls and her problem was solved.