Succulents are undoubtedly the must-have houseplant of 2019, and with good reason: they’re easy to look after and their vivid, spiralling foliage is seriously eye-catching. They have a distinctive appearance that adds some personality to your home décor without looking too garish or flashy, so they’ll complement whatever aesthetic you’re going for.
With hundreds of varieties to choose from, you may find it tricky to settle on just one (or three, or five…) so peruse through this list of popular succulent houseplants to find some that suit your style!
Our Favourite Small Succulents for Indoors
Placing potted succulents onto bookshelves, coffee tables, or work desks will instantly brighten up the energy in a room with little effort. These are our favourite picks for placing in indoor containers:
Burro’s Tail: This funky, little plant has long, spiralling ropes of foliage with plump, little leaves that kind of look like green grapes from afar. They start out small, but as they grow, they can actually get pretty long, spilling out from their container in a cascade of greenery.
Flaming Katy: This particular variety of succulent comes by its name honestly– its neon flowers are total showstoppers. It’s also one of the best plants for air purification, helping to filter out toxins like methane and formaldehyde.
Jade Plant: Practitioners of the Chinese art of Feng Shui will tell you that the jade plant is heralded for bringing forth good luck and prosperity. That’s how it earned its nickname, the money tree! The leaves are vivid emerald green, and sometimes in the autumn, they’ll surprise you with tiny pink star-shaped blossoms.
Roseum: As the name suggests, this succulent has overlapping petal-like leaves that resemble a rose. Some roseum succulents have a pretty, pink border along the edges of their lime green leaves, adding a sweet, feminine flair.
Snake Plant: This striped plant with its spiky vertical leaves might not look like a succulent at first glance, but it’s one of the most popular options for indoors because it requires very little light, making it great for small offices or bathrooms.
Great Options for an Outdoor Succulent Garden
Succulents make for great ground cover in large gardens with a variety of different plants, but a garden made entirely from succulents can be pretty spectacular too. Check out these succulents that thrive in outdoor conditions:
Dudleya: This grey-green succulent has a muted, chalky tone that adds some softness to your garden, and can live up to a century old if taken care of properly (which isn’t too hard to do, as they are famously low-maintenance).
Plush Plant: Also known as the Red Echeveria, this Mexico native features green leaves with a deep red border and fabulous orange-gold flowers that are wildly popular among hummingbirds and pollinators.
Sunburst: This absolute beauty produces simple, white blossoms in the summer, but its leaves really bring the wow-factor. Green, yellow, and white with a subtle red trim, they add a little burst of rainbow colour to your succulent garden.
Torch Plant: Many folks are quick to assume that succulents are typically small in size, but the torch plant is anything but petite. This behemoth of a succulent can reach up to 10 feet tall, with blazing orange summer blooms and spiny leaves that deepen in colour the sunnier it gets.
Hens-and-Chicks: These adorable, little succulents do pretty well both indoors and outdoors, but we particularly love the look of a mass of hens-and-chicks all clustered together in a garden. They tend to reproduce at a pretty speedy rate, so if you enjoy gifting baby plants to friends and family, you’ll get a kick out of this one.
Sedum: This über-trendy groundcover plant comes in so many different colour varieties with blossoms of all shapes and sizes. Also known as stonecrop, this fleshy-leafed plant is hardy and resilient, sometimes creeping its way up walls and stones. We particularly love the blue spruce sedum, with its blue-green leaves that surprise us with a hot pink stem that bursts forth every summer, producing a lemon-yellow blossom on top.
How to Care for Succulents
While these delightfully fuss-free plants don’t need much to keep them happy, there’s still a few things to keep in mind when caring for your succulents:
Most of them prefer lots of sunlight. While there’s the odd succulent here and there that won’t mind a bit of shade, as is the case with the snake plant, your typical succulent is going to want a decent amount of direct sunlight. Try to keep your indoor plants near a south-facing window, and your outdoor plants in a spot that isn’t too shaded.
Water the soil, not the leaves. Watering around the plant so it goes directly to the roots will help prevent rotting. Make sure to let that soil dry out between watering, too, because too much moisture is just as bad as too little.
When leaves start to dry up and wither, carefully pick them off with tweezers. Don’t be alarmed if you notice some leaves starting to get dry— this is just part of its natural growing process.
Succulents are fantastic houseplants for beginners and seasoned experts alike, so why not treat yourself to some succulents today? Keep in mind, collecting these adorable little waxy-leafed plants can become pretty addicting – don’t say we didn’t warn you!