Top 7 Best Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden

Top 7 Succulents You Need in Your Garden

If you have a gut feeling that something “different” is missing in your succulent garden, then it’s probably true. Some plant gardens just aren’t complete without certain outdoor succulent varieties.

Outdoor succulents are a perfect fit for busy gardeners who might not be able to devote much time to maintenance but equally want to enjoy their outdoor spaces. Not only are these plants low maintenance, but their quirky and unusual looks add that wow factor to your succulent garden.

The following succulents are a must-have in any succulent garden. I’d highly recommend checking it out!

The Ghost Plant— Graptopetalum Paraguayense

Graptopetalum paraguayense the ghost plant

The ghost plant is one beautiful succulent with a mysterious past.

It’s a real survivor and can withstand the harsh outdoor weather conditions. Fortunately, there’s nothing ghostly with this succulent and was probably named so due to its grayish-white leaves. Although the specie’s name denotes that this succulent comes from Paraguay, its real native home is Mexico.

The plant grows in neatly arranged rosettes of plump, pointed leaves almost resembling an Echeveria.  The leaves are brittle and often fall off easily if disturbed. Graptopetalum paraguayense behaves like a chameleon. Its color is highly dependent on the amount of light it receives. When grown in partial shade, it’s gray-blue in color while in full sun, its color changes to pinkish-gray or yellow.

The ghost plant blooms in spring or summer producing dainty star-shaped yellow flowers on the tips of the rosettes.

Growing a Graptopetalum is quite a snap. They only need well-draining soil, a bit of water, and lots of sunshine. They’re cold hardy and can survive the worst frost.

They are easily propagated via beheading or leaf cuttings which bring forth buds a few weeks after they’re calloused. Ghost plants can be grown as cascade succulents or ground cover plants in your garden. Just don’t walk on them.

Check out our other post “How to Propagate Succulents Successfully”

Hens and Chicks— Sempervivum Tectorum

Hens and chicks sempervivum tectorum succulent plant

Sempervivum tectorum, also known as houseleek hails from Europe where it is commonly grown on house roofs of cottages. Roofs of cottages? That’s right.

Apparently, folklore has it that hen and chicks planted on your roof will shield your home from fire, lightning as well as hold those roof slates together.

With such a history, hen and chicks would definitely perform pretty well when grown outdoors. Sempervivum grows in compact rosettes with fleshy, thick leaves which are often tinged with red color at the tips.

Blooming is quite rare in houseleeks, but when it happens, the flowers are small, scentless, yellow, or pink in color which grows on a stalk emerging from the plant’s center. Once the plant blooms, the “hen” dies and fades away leaving plenty of chicks for its replacement.

Their native habitats are rocky and so they require soil with high draining capabilities. These sun lovers prefer full sun or partial shade. Hen and chicks are drought-resistant so avoid overwatering them to prevent root rot.

Propagation is simple. Just pluck out a chick, pot it and you’re done. (Check out our article for propagating successfully if you want to learn more). Hen and Chicks forms a neat mat on the ground when grown outdoors.

Aeonium Kiwi— Aeonium Haworthii

Aeonium kiwi haworthii succulent plant

The Aeonium Kiwi is an easy to grow succulent with a luscious look. It comes in different shades and may be chartreuse, cream, or red. Also known as dream color or pinwheel, the kiwi succulent is quite showy with rosettes having fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves awesomely colored. The leaves in the middle of the rosette are pale yellow progressively turning green on the outside. The edges are red making the plant drop-dead gorgeous.

Aeonium kiwi can do well in the poorest of soils as long it has good drainage. Water deeply and let the soil dry out before doing so again. They prefer growing in partial shade although they don’t mind some bright sun for a few hours.

Unlike most succulents, Aeonium kiwi actively grows in winter and spring. They may go dormant during summer and you may recognize this once their leaves curl in. This is also the time they bloom by producing yellow flowers.

Yellow Flowers are beautiful, and we made an article you should check out talking about Succulents With Yellow Flowers That You Should Have!

Mexican Rose— Echeveria Elegans

Mexican rose echeveria elegans succulent plant

Echeveria Elegans is a stemless, evergreen perennial with fleshy gray-blue leaves that grow closely forming neat, tight rosettes. As the plant grows, it forms a carpet effect by continuously producing new baby offsets.

Native to Mexico and Central America, the Mexican rose blooms in spring producing slender stalks carrying pink flowers with yellow tips.

These cute plants prefer full sun or partial shade when grown outdoors. They form neat ground cover on gardens or landscapes. The soil needs to be well-draining to avoid problems related to damp soil. Water once a week or even less depending on the climate of your environment. Echeveria Elegans stores water in it leaves and will quickly rot if given too much water.

Check out our post “Most Popular Succulents From Mexico”

Living Stone— Lithops

Living stone lithops sucuclent plants

Lithops are tiny succulents that resemble pebbles and normally grow in arid areas. Native to Southern Africa, locals call them “sheep hooves” because of their hoof-like appearance.

Lithops don’t have a true stem. They’re composed of two concaved leaves that emanate from a taproot. The roots are longer than the actual plant and can grow six inches deep. They’re generally slow growers and may take some time to produce new leaves.

Do you know what that means? You can have them in cute small planter even a coffee mug works well for the initial growth.

They thrive on rocky soil with minimum organic matter. Lithops will quickly perish if overwatered as they’re adapted to arid conditions. They love bright sunlight and can still do well in partial shade. They’re dormant during summer so avoid watering during this time.

Propagation by leaf or stem cutting is impossible as they only have two leaves. The best way to get more plants is by growing lithops from seeds.

The Zebra Plant— Haworthia Fasciata

Succulents you need in your garden

It’s a slow-growing succulent, with erect, green leaves streaked in white resembling a Zebra. It is native to South Africa and literally thrives on neglect.

The Zebra Plant produces teensy, white, or pink flowers that appear on a thin tall stem known as an inflorescence.

It blends perfectly well with other succulents when grown outdoors due to its undemanding nature. Well-draining soil, full sun, and watering once a week and you’re good to go!

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera succulent plant

This is a popular, stemless, and midsized perennial succulent, forming rosettes with its leaves growing in alternate layers. The leaves emanate from the center and are thick, fleshy, and lanceolate. They contain a green gel that is medicinal and has a horde of other uses.

Growing an aloe vera is pretty straightforward. Only feed them water when the soil completely dries out. Use a well-draining cacti mix to avoid damp soil. Aloe vera prefers bright sunlight and can endure the heat of summer.


Which one will you choose for your garden? Or how many of these do you already have for your garden? Let us know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Personally, you can never go wrong with an aloe vera plant, just look at that mesmerizing growth they have above! Anyways, share with your fellow succulent garden lovers, and don’t forget, happy planting!

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The Best Succulents For Fairy Garden (Guide)

Best succulents for your fairy garden

Yes, you might be a lover of nature and specifically of succulents, but you do not have the space to bring up a nursery. You might be residing in a one-room residence or a flat with no balcony. And the only areas that you have are the corner in your study or a tiny place next to your kitchen door. All odds are against you to rear your succulents, but with a  miniature fairy garden, it is possible to grow your own garden. But on a very small scale!

Fairy gardens are the charming small- sized gardens made out of imagination. The whole idea around the name ‘fairy’ is that it should be a sight to behold. The gardens should look something straight out of storybook fantasy. They come in different sizes, shapes, and forms, although they should ideally be smaller than a conventional garden.

Learn more about what a fairy garden is here.

2 Types Of Fairy Gardens

The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden
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Fundamentally there are two main types;  the outdoor and indoor miniature fairy gardens. Learn more about outdoor and indoor succulents with our awesome ebook. We list the most popular ones here so you don’t have to go digging!

Outdoor Fairy Gardens

The whole idea behind the establishments of fairy gardens is that they should be a spectacle to behold. They should be an enchanting and picturesque landscape appealing enough to allure fairies.  A fairy garden is found in the outdoor spaces of balconies, verandas, and patios. The location of placing the garden should be strategic such that it stands out. Now especially that the garden is necessarily small, it should still stand out.

You can find 5 popular outdoor succulents here to use in your fairy garden too. We wrote this article just for this and normal gardens too!

Indoor Fairy Gardens

Indoor Fairy gardens are mostly kept at any indoor space. These areas may include windowsills, room corners, bookshelves, and table-tops, among others. The location is mainly dependant on the size you intend to use. You should, however, make sure that the site you select receives adequate sunshine.

Here’s a list of 10 mini succulents for indoors that you can take a look at. The hens and chicks is quite popular!

Things To Consider Before Building  A Fairy Garden

Before you even get down and dirty into building your miniature garden, you need a plan. This layout should include everything from beginning to end. And before you get to the nitty-gritty of inventing your fairy garden, there are a few things you have to take into account first.

The Type Of Garden

As stated above, there are two major types of garden you wish to establish. Either indoor or outdoor. You have to have a rough idea of what you want so that you have a place to begin. It will go a long way into helping you to decide on what to purchase and the appropriate sizes too. It will also help you choose the best materials suitable for either indoor or outdoor fairy garden. Check here for a useful checklist of the best tools to use when creating a garden like this.

The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden
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The Size Or Shape Of The Garden

The dimension will vary according to the type and location you selected to place your fairy garden. If you decided on an outdoor patio as opposed to an indoor one, you might end up with a bigger garden. But then again it will all depend on the space you intend to place the garden. Remember, a fairy garden is a reflection of your imagination, so nothing should hold you back.

The Plant Selection

Ideally, you should go for succulents that are small and ones that flourish when grown with other species as well. You might consider cultivating your chosen succulents integrated with other plants such as herbs and flowers. The herbs you can use are rosemary perhaps of their pine needle-shaped leaves of Oregano for their extensive ground coverage. You may use flowering plants such as the Foxgloves, Bluebells, and Violets to give your fairy garden an array of brilliant bright colors.

The Accessories To Use

This is the thrilling part of preparing your fairy garden. Here is where your imagination should run wild and free. Nothing should hold you back. Accessorizing necessitates the usage of miniature every-day objects such as small houses, action figures, among others. The accessories you chose to use should go hand in hand with the theme you settled for. If you decided on medieval scenery, then go for castles, bridges, and castles. And if it is a modern town, use cars, long buildings, and roads. Your creativity should lead you.

The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden
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Best Succulents To Use for Fairy Gardens

Chocolate Soldier

The Chocolate soldier is also known as the Panda plant or Pussy ears plant. It is a succulent from the genus Kalanchoe, and it traces its origin to Madagascar. It is one small succulent with fleshy green leaves rimmed with rustic brown edges. Its small size makes it ideal to be grown as part of a fairy garden considering it will be able to accommodate the growth of other plants. With proper care, the Chocolate soldier will look like a small tree in your fairy garden scenery.


The Echeveria is a big family of succulents including species such as Ghost Echeveria, Painted Lady and the Blue Rose Echeveria, among others. This family of plants are evergreen and form stunning rosettes of fleshy leaves that grow assume the similar shape of lettuce or plum-petalled roses. The Echeveria family has an array of splendidly distinctively colored sorts that will give your miniature garden a striking spectacle. Here’s an echeveria we talked all about if you’re interested!


Scientifically identified as Senecio is a genus in the daisy family of succulents. This genus is expressly grown for the color and shape of its leaves. Their leaves come in various appearances ranging from different tones of greens to unique-looking greys and blues. For instance, the Senecio rowleyanus has long hanging stems with pearl-shaped beads. These will be ideal if you intend to place your garden at a raised position such that the stems cascade downwards.

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Also known by the names Crassula helmsii or the Swamp Stonecrop, the Pigmyweed is yet another addition to your fairy garden. It is a small aquatic, perennial succulent with round stems either floating or creeping with roots developing at the nodes. They produce tiny white four-petalled flowers that flourish in the summertime on the long stalks that arise from the upper leaf axils. The Swamp Stonecrop can be grown submersed, emersed, or as a terrestrial crop. This makes it ideal to be planted on a little pond in your landscape!


The Mammillaria cacti succulent is a highly-prized crop and is cultivated for its unique features and delightful traits. Their small size is perhaps one of the reasons it will fit right into the structure of a fairy garden. Another factor is that they are slow-growing succulent; therefore, they will have a very long life span in your garden. They take a while to bloom, but when they do, they produce a dramatic bright crown of flowers circling the top part of the succulent like a garland.

Learn more about The Pin Cushion Cactus here.

Burro’s Tail

The Burro’s Tail also goes by the names Horse’s, Monkey’s, or Donkey’s Tail plant. Just from the title, the stems have pendulous stems that look like a donkey’s tail. Some types have vigorous growth, and that is why you should consider picking the dwarf kind. They are ideal for fairy gardens placed on raised ground to give a chance for the stems to waterfall down. The succulent infrequently produce flowers, but when they do they are small star-shaped, unscented ones in tones of red and pink.

The leaves are plump and are structured in a striking overlapping pattern. The pale green leaves are covered with a pale blue waxy powder that rubs off when you handle the plant. But fear not, it easily rubs off and is not an irritant. Although you should still wash your hands after handling this plant.

The Burro’s Tail is for sure one of the most loved succulents; learn more about it here.

The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden
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Jade Plant

If you are looking for succulents that are a complete replica of trees, then this is your succulent. The Jade Plant has a thick woody stem and oval-shaped leaves. Their tree-like appearance makes them ideal to be used as small forests in your enchanting fairy garden landscape. The jade plants are also long-lived succulents that will serve as a forest in your miniature garden for a very long time effortlessly. You should unquestionably grow this succulent for luck too. As it is also known as the Money tree or the Lucky tree.

Want to learn more about the Jade Plant? Make sure you check this article!

The Common Houseleek

This is a low-growing, evergreen succulent plant considered alpine because of its hardiness and resistance to drought. It is commonly called the Hens and Chicks. The ‘hen,’ which is the original rosette produces ‘chicks’ which are new tiny rosette offsets. The Chicks are used to propagate new offsprings exponentially. This species is proper for your miniature garden because it will forever spread into thicker foliage. Well, unless you decide to trim it down for one reason or the other.

Living Stone

Living stones are also known as Lithops and are succulents in the ice plant family. These succulents appear like flat-topped pebbles or rocks. Lithops will unquestionably be a fantastic addition to your fairy garden. And if you grow them strategically in varying sizes to assume rocks in a rocky landscape. You may also use them to mark borders of terraces, driveways, or ponds in your miniature fairy garden landscape.


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Will You Star a Fairy Garden Now?

Making a dreamland miniature fairy garden should now be a walk in the park. You should let your imagination lead you and grow the succulents named above in the best arrangement possible. Everything goes, so don’t hold back!

Let us know 3 mini succulents you’ll add into your mix for your fairy garden here at our Facebook group Succulent Plant Lounge. We’ve got thousands of people posting daily about their succulent journeys, you should too! Also if you want to check out more in-depth guides, try our ebooks! We’ve helped over thousands of people learn what it takes to grow succulents successfully.

8 Blue Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden

8 Different Types of Blue Succulents

Don’t get us wrong, we love green succulents—but there’s something extra special about colored succulents. It’s a fun, unexpected surprise for a leafy plant to be anything but green. That’s why blue, purple, and other brightly colored succulents are some of our favorites.

If you don’t own any colorful succulents yet, we’re here to introduce you to some of the best blue ones. You’ll need to add these eight amazing blue succulents to your cart after reading this post, so we apologize in advance for fueling your plant addiction!

Aloe— ‘Blue Sky’

Aloe 'blue sky' succulent plant
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We go nuts for succulents with contrasting colors! This beautiful Aloe cultivar has orange spikes that perfectly compliment its pale blue leaves. Excuse us while we go buy one (or ten).

This Aloe loves full sun and high temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees. Strong, bright light will make its colors even more vibrant.

It flowers throughout the spring and summer and produces pretty orange blooms. You’ll also be glad to know that it sprouts lots of offsets. You can use them to grow brand new Blue Sky plants that you can fill your garden with!

Buy now the Blue Elf Aloe from Etsy.

Echeveria— ‘Blue Prince’

Echeveria 'blue prince' succulent plant

We’re in love with this dark blue Echeveria! It’s native to Mexico and needs bright sunlight to achieve full vibrancy. If you want your plant to look as gorgeous as the one in the photo above, then make sure you give it plenty of bright, filtered sunlight.

When it gets enough sunlight, this plant’s leaves start to turn copper around the edges. It also sprouts reddish flowers that contrast beautifully with its dark blue leaves.

If you’re thinking about bringing it indoors once in a while, this blue succulent planter can be a great touch!

Buy it now here!

Senecio Mandraliscae— ‘Blue Chalksticks’

Senecio mandraliscae 'blue chalksticks' succulent plant

This succulent is sometimes called Blue Fingers, and you can see why. Its blue leaves look like a bunch of long spindly fingers. These leaves can grow to be 18 inches tall, which is pretty large for a succulent. Between the height and the bold blue color, this plant will be the highlight of your garden!

Blue Chalksticks plants, not to be mistaken from these chalk sticks, spread out and make great groundcover. They’re fire resistant, so if you live in an area that’s prone to wildfires, they’re great plants to have in your garden.

These plants also attract pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. Can’t you just see yourself sipping some coffee by your window while a green hummingbird flies around your beautiful Blue Chalksticks?

Buy this succulent now from Etsy!

Echeveria— ‘Blue Bird’

Echeveria 'blue bird' succulent plant

Isn’t this Echeveria gorgeous? We love succulents with rosettes, especially if they’re colorful. This Echeveria reminds us of flowers, especially Blue Lotus Flowers. We think that it’s such a pretty, delicate addition to any garden container.

Blue Bird plants are about as delicate as they look. You can’t leave them out in the cold or else their leaves will get brown and mushy. They prefer partial shade to full sun, perfect for indoors, so you’ll have to watch out for signs of sunburn like brown spots if you put them in a sunny location. You’ll have to be careful with the watering too, as overwatering can lead to root rot and pest infestations.

We think that the extra TLC this plant needs is worth it, though… just look at how beautiful it is! I’m sure a great modern planter like this will create great contrast with this echeveria too.

You can’t not think about having this succulent in your garden! Get it here.

Stonecrop— ‘Blue Spruce’

Stonecrop 'blue spruce' succulent plant

This succulent is called the Blue Spruce Stonecrop because its leaves look similar to the needles on blue spruce trees. In the summer, it sprouts tall pink stems topped with bright yellow flowers. This plant spreads out well and makes a pretty ground cover. It looks great in containers and arrangements, too. (Check out this geometric glass terrarium for plants).

You’ll be glad to know that this plant needs very little attention and can survive in harsher conditions. It can thrive in full sun and doesn’t need a lot of water. If you live in a hot area of the country that doesn’t get much rain, Blue Spruce Stonecrops are the plants for you!

Get them here.


Echeveria— ‘Blue Waves’

Echeveria 'blue waves' succulent plant

We think that this stunning Echeveria looks like ocean waves and sunsets on the beach! It has blue leaves that remind us of seafoam and leaf tips that glow pink like the setting sun. It looks great in arrangements with other pink, blue, and purple hued succulents.

Like most Echeverias, it can’t handle temperatures below 30 degrees. You’ll have to take it inside when it gets cold to prevent the water in its fleshy leaves from freezing. We don’t mind if you use this plant for indoor decoration… having it inside with us gives us more chances to admire it!

If you have this beauty please share it with everyone in the Succulent City Plant Lounge, spark a conversation with us here! Every single day a succulent lover is asking for help and guidance, maybe you can help out.


Ferocactus Glaucescens— ‘Blue Barrel Cactus’

Cactus 'blue barrel' succulent plant

This cactus got its name because of its pale blue color and round, squat shape. It has about a dozen deep ribs and lots of sharp spines. Just like many of the other succulents on this list, it loves full sun. It has beautiful yellow blooms that last from spring to late summer. It also sprouts round, white fruit. In theory, this fruit is edible—it’s not toxic or poisonous—but we’ve heard that it’s as sour as lemons, so we don’t recommend eating it!

Barrel Cacti take a long time to grow, and even longer to form the mound that you see in the photo above, but we think they’re worth the wait! Mature plants look like sculptures when they grow in mounds and can add a lot of character to your garden.

You can get this amazing cactus here!

Pachyveri— ‘Jeweled Crown’

Pachyveria 'jeweled crown' succulent plant

Jeweled Crown plants are a hybrid of Echeveria and Pachyphytum succulents. That’s why this plant looks a lot like the Echeverias in the photo above.

Jeweled Crown plants have tight rosettes that loosen with age and slightly pointed leaves. This plant is mainly a blue-green color, but it also has a bit of pink on its leaf tips.

Just like a real jeweled crown, the colors in this succulent really shine when you put it in the sun. It can handle high temperatures, too, so don’t be afraid to keep it outside during the summer. Bring it in for the winter, though—it can’t handle temperatures below 20 degrees even for short periods of time.

There you have it! That’s our list of eight blue succulents we can’t live without. Let us know which ones you’re planning on buying in the comments below. Personally, I might have to buy the blue chalksticks succulent plant, it just looks like beautiful algae flowing in the ocean floor!

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Anyways, thanks for reading about these eight blue succulent plants and like always, happy planting!