Fiesta-bright succulents are always a wonderful addition to the full sun garden, but this season, we’re entranced by those that we’re calling “moody pales.” Sheer colors—warm, fleshy pinks, cool silvery blues, pinkish-burgundy, and silvery foliage—that add romance, while still being as fuss-free as any other type of succulent. Here are a few ideas and a few plants to get you going.
(Note: Swing by your local garden center—find yours here —for even more wonderful choices.)
(Above) A moss-lined planter is stuffed to overflow with a mix of succulents, but the idea here is to keep to one colorway. Pinks, purples, variegated…and plenty of each. (Below) A shallow dish with rocks and cactus mix is the ideal vessel for this sampler of nearly glowing, pale succulents.
(Above) Blue-silver chalksticks add the cool note to this planter of fleshy-pink and pinkish-burgundy sedums. This combination thrives in full sun outdoors, and indoors with full sun and careful watering. (Below) How amazing is this window box’s combination of agave, sedum, and donkey’s tail succulents?
A FEW PLANTS TO GET YOU STARTED
Cape Blanco Stonecrop
Zone: 5 – 9
Brilliant silvery leaves take on a purplish tinge in cool weather. Clusters of tiny yellow flowers contrast nicely with the foliage. Foliage is edible! Partial to full sun.
Old Man’s Bones Stonecrop
Zone: 3 – 9
Its flowers are beloved by butterflies and bees and its succulent leaves can flush pink, red, purple or bronze-sometimes all at once. Flourish even in poor soils. Full sun.