25 Catchy Outdoor Succulent Garden Ideas

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Indulge in beauty without big maintenance requirements by creating a succulent garden design. These water-wise plants boast a wide range of leaf colors and forms. Succulents are incredibly popular now and using such plants in your garden will give it an edge.

What Are Succulents Like

Succulents possess modified leaves designed to conserve water. These leaf adaptations result in striking plant textures. Water-conserving leaves vary from leafless cactus spines, to fat and fleshy water-hoarding paddles, to pudgy beads or fingers. Many succulents form a rosette of foliage, which makes an unusual textural addition to a garden. Succulents come in a variety of sizes, from tiny plants best showcased in containers to showstopping large-scale beauties, and in a variety of colors from pale green to purple.

succulents come in many various colors, from various shades of green to burgundy and grey

succulents come in many various colors, from various shades of green to burgundy and grey

combine different types and colors of succulents and pair larger with smaller ones

combine different types and colors of succulents and pair larger with smaller ones

vary post and round cacti, in purple, grey, green and even yellow to create a perfect landscape

vary post and round cacti, in purple, grey, green and even yellow to create a perfect landscape

succulents may be very eye-catching and even show-stopping, in various shades and sizes

succulents may be very eye-catching and even show-stopping, in various shades and sizes

Crassula Capitella is a very catchy succulent in green and red that will be a show-stopper in your garden

Crassula Capitella is a very catchy succulent in green and red that will be a show-stopper in your garden

Requirements

Succulents demand well-drained soil. Add berms and mounds to your succulent garden design to provide the drainage these plants crave. Use stones to help build elevation into your landscape, and you’ll instantly have a natural-looking setting for succulents. In spite of a popular misbelief, succulent do require proper watering, though it differs from species to species.

even if you pair succulents with cacti, you should properly water the succulents accodring to the species you have

even if you pair succulents with cacti, you should properly water the succulents accodring to the species you have

succulents may grow in drought but you'll need towater them properly anyway

succulents may grow in drought but you'll need towater them properly anyway

Garden Decor

One of the most effective ways to create a succulent garden design is to blend these quirky plants with rocks. Showcase succulents against a backdrop of rocks or tuck them between and behind rocks. If stones have shallow depressions that hold soil, tuck succulents into that spot for a head-turning planting. Use rock mulch in succulent garden designs to retain heat around plants and enhance drainage.

A beautiful and goof-proof way to spotlight succulents is to surround a larger, anchor plant, such as a large agave or barrel cactus, with smaller succulents. Containers also provide the perfect space for showcasing some of the smallest succulents, many of which have outstanding foliage color or texture. If you garden in a region where succulents cannot be left outdoors year-round, choose containers that are easily shifted to protected or indoor overwintering locations. Get inspired by more ideas below and create your own succulent masterpiece!

colorful succulents in orange, green, purple and grey combined with some rocks for a cool look

colorful succulents in orange, green, purple and grey combined with some rocks for a cool look

go for large agaves as show-stoppers, add smaller succulents in various colors and textures

go for large agaves as show-stoppers, add smaller succulents in various colors and textures

make a statement with a large succulent in some bold color, like here - a bold green one accented with purple succulents

make a statement with a large succulent in some bold color, like here - a bold green one accented with purple succulents

succulents line up the steps and rock steps add chic to the plants, especially bold grene plants between the steps

succulents line up the steps and rock steps add chic to the plants, especially bold grene plants between the steps

succulents may also be growing in the stones if they are large enough for that

succulents may also be growing in the stones if they are large enough for that

plant oversized and bright succulents as centerpieces and rock smaller and paler pieces around

plant oversized and bright succulents as centerpieces and rock smaller and paler pieces around

large containers may be also used for growing your succulents and cacti, if it's cold, just take them inside

large containers may be also used for growing your succulents and cacti, if it's cold, just take them inside

such container gardening is also a cool idea, mix up several different succulents in pots

such container gardening is also a cool idea, mix up several different succulents in pots

mix up various succulents with larger and smaller pebbles and rocks for a more natural landscape

mix up various succulents with larger and smaller pebbles and rocks for a more natural landscape

accent your succulents in the containers with colorful glass pebbles like these ones

accent your succulents in the containers with colorful glass pebbles like these ones

rock same terra cotta pots with various succulents to give your garden a more cohesive look

rock same terra cotta pots with various succulents to give your garden a more cohesive look

combine several different textures, heights, sizes and colors to make your desert succulent garden more spectacular

combine several different textures, heights, sizes and colors to make your desert succulent garden more spectacular

a vintage run with various succulents including cascading ones is a cool decor idea with a touch of chic

a vintage run with various succulents including cascading ones is a cool decor idea with a touch of chic

a large dark-colored succulent is accented even more with light green ones around

a large dark-colored succulent is accented even more with light green ones around

a green pot with green and purple succulents is a clever idea to provide proper drainage

a green pot with green and purple succulents is a clever idea to provide proper drainage

stone pots like these ones will give an industrial feel to the space with a modern touch

stone pots like these ones will give an industrial feel to the space with a modern touch

a concrete bowl with larger and smaller succulents and cascading ones going down

a concrete bowl with larger and smaller succulents and cascading ones going down

a chic succulent garden with sand, pebbles and various types of succulents in beautiful shades

a chic succulent garden with sand, pebbles and various types of succulents in beautiful shades