This ultimate guide to succulents will help you raise these popular plants successfully—no matter where you live. We show you how to beautifully grow and use them in handmade containers, wreaths, flea-market finds, and of course in the landscape. In addition to hundreds of inspiring images, the issue includes a care guide, a mini encyclopedia of succulent varieties, and other tips and techniques for helping your plants thrive.

United States
Meredith Corporation



EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW Editor SUSAN APPLEGET HURST Design Director NICK CROW Contributing Editors KATE CARTER FREDERICK, LAUREN VESPA Contributing Designers KRISTIN CLEVELAND, ERIN KEEFFER Copy Editor ERIKA BJORKLUND Proofreaders NANCY DIETZ, MARY HEATON Contributing Illustrator HELEN SMYTHE Administrative Assistant KATIE MORT HOME Executive Editor SAMANTHA HART Group Editor ANN BLEVINS Senior Editor BRIAN KRAMER Senior Associate Editor NATALIE DAYTON Staff Writer JESSICA BENNETT Design Director KIMBERLY MORGAN METZ Group Art Director NICOLE DEAN TEUT Associate Art Director JESSICA ENO Assistant Art Director EMILY BUTTERWORTH Senior Graphic Designer BRITTANY MUELLER Administrative Assistants RENAE MABIE, SUE MILLER FOOD Executive Editor JAN MILLER Senior Editors JESSICA SAARI CHRISTENSEN, MAGGIE GLISAN Senior Associate Editor CARRIE BOYD Design Director STEPHANIE HUNTER Assistant Art Director RAE DANNEMAN Administrative Assistant COURTNEY BUSH Test Kitchen Director LYNN BLANCHARD Culinary Specialists SARAH BREKKE, JULI HALE, SAMMY MILA, COLLEEN WEEDEN Senior Food Stylist GREG LUNA Food Stylist KELSEY BULAT GARDEN Senior Editor SUSAN APPLEGET HURST Design Director NICK CROW Administrative Assistant KATIE…

successful succulents

LIGHT & TEMPERATURE STRONG, HEALTHY SUCCULENTS NEED AT LEAST FOUR HOURS OF FULL SUN (OUTDOORS) OR BRIGHT DIRECT LIGHT (INDOORS) DAILY. THE HUES OF SOME COLORFUL VARIETIES INTENSIFY IN PLENTIFUL LIGHT. WITHOUT ENOUGH SUN, PLANTS WEAKEN AND STRETCH. TO PROTECT SUCCULENTS FROM SCORCHING IN HOT SUN, SITUATE THEM WHERE THEY’LL GET AFTERNOON SHADE. CHECK PLANT TAGS Before purchasing a plant, learn its light needs and cold-hardiness (its ability to endure freezing temperatures). FOR INDOOR PLANTS Place plants in the brightest light available: ideally, a south- or west-facing window. To supplement light, use a fixture fitted with a full-spectrum lightbulb. BEATING THE COLD Cold-hardy plants can live in the garden year-round. Tender succulents, native to frost-free areas, must be brought indoors over winter in regions where temperatures dip below freezing. DID YOU KNOW? Cacti typically prefer more light and less…

succulent café

IF SOME CAFÉS ARE HOMES AWAY FROM HOME, SUCCULENT CAFÉ IN CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, IS A GARDEN AWAY FROM HOME. Owner Peter Loyola says his aim is “to create an environment that appeals to all the senses.” He achieves this with fragrant coffee, flaky pastries, a splashing fountain, soft music, and colorful plants in textural containers. Loyola enjoys the challenge of planting succulents in objects such as wood pallets, vinyl gutters, and vintage kitchen utensils. “The more patina the better,” he says, gesturing to a verdigris copper colander holding blue and pink echeverias. His initial succulent, a jade plant from a swap meet, intrigued him because of its plump, fleshy leaves. Every week he’d buy a few more. Pretty soon his yard was full of succulents. That was 20 years ago. Loyola, whose background…

everlasting bouquets

CREATE A SUCCULENT BOUQUET COMBINE LONG-LASTING SUCCULENTS AND DRIED FLOWERS IN A CHARMING BOUQUET THAT WON’T WILT. MATERIALS: • Rosette succulents• Clippers• 20-gauge florists wire• Green florists tape• Rose stems with thorns removed or bamboo skewers• Ribbon• Dried flowers (purple statice, blue statice, orange strawflowers, fuchsia strawflowers)• Pearl-head straight pins 1 Snip the succulents at soil level to keep as much of the stem as possible. Peel away dried leaves and remove any clinging soil. 2 Insert two florists wires through the stem at the base of each rosette, at right angles to each other (so they make a plus sign), then gently bend them down to create a four-wire stem that supports the rosette securely. 3 Conceal the wires with florists tape. As you wrap them, stretch the tape so it sticks to itself. 4 Rose…

simplicity by design

As Laura Eubanks pours the contents of several heavy bags from a rock yard onto her client Judy Tillson’s garden, crushed lava rustles and marble-size pebbles click and rattle. Soon the area glistens with white and earth-tone swirls. A succulent garden needn’t be large to have a big visual impact, Eubanks says. “Even in a pot, you can set plants amid small boulders and unify them with rivers of rock.” Eubanks designed this 900-square-foot, crescent-shape garden to serve as the focal point of Judy’s backyard in Rancho Bernardo, California. Judy wanted a “mosaiclike” garden of low-water plants suited to her mild, dry, Zone 10a climate. The region’s ongoing drought has inspired many homeowners to remove water-thirsty lawns and install succulents. Judy wanted to enjoy jewellike succulents close up and enhance the view from…

creative containers

MINT CONDITION A mint green Buddy L Ranch horse truck, OPPOSITE, carries a load of bronze-tinged succulents that pick up the rusty hues of the hubcaps. Pressed-steel toy trucks from the 1920s through the ’70s are hot collectibles. If you’re lucky enough to find one stashed in your attic or at a yard sale, spray it with clear acrylic to preserve the paint. If the truck bed is solid, drill drainage holes and add cactus soil, then start planting. Put taller plants next to the cab and work from there, choosing smaller plants as you go. TUNE IN Once a countertop essential, a turn-dial radio, THIS PHOTO, makes a groovy home for a succulent garden. Using a tiny screwdriver, remove the radio’s back panel. With the help of wire cutters, pull out as…