Container Planting: Replace High-Maintenance Annuals With Succulents


| 6/25/2017 12:00:00 AM


Tags: container planting, flowering annuals, succulent care, Arizona, Noelle Johnson,

Growing plants in pots is a great way to add color and interest that brings attention to parts of our landscapes. While flowering annuals are usually the plant of choice for containers, why not change things up by replacing your thirsty, high-maintenance annuals with succulents?

Drive down any neighborhood street, and you’ll be greeted by the sight of pots filled with flowers, which require regular water along with frequent applications of fertilizer. Also, flowering containers need to be deadheaded and replaced every few months when the seasons change.

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'Sticks on Fire' (Euphorbia tirucalli) with elephant's food (Portularcaria afra)

By switching out flowers for the unique colors and shapes of succulents, you’ll add an unexpected, yet attractive element to the design of your garden. Succulents are taking the garden world by storm, with countless new varieties available at your local nursery. Besides being a trendsetter in your neighborhood, you’ll have much less to do to maintain your garden containers when you make the switch. As opposed to flowering annuals, succulents require much less water, need infrequent applications of fertilizer, and do not need to be replaced annually.

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