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Succulents for Your Landscaping

by Ann Fotenakes 02/04/2019

Succulents, succulents, succulents. Probably the most commonly thought of plant when considering xeriscaping. Succulents retain water in their leaves, stems, and roots, so they require little watering. Though you do have to be careful in your selection, or employ a bit more care, if your climate area experiences frost, most succulents grow very well in areas with hot summers and mild to moderate winters. They aren’t the only option for xeriscaping in drought areas, but these beautiful bright and deep green, blue-grey and even flowering plants are lovely additions to your garden. 

Blue Agave

Gorgon’s Grotto

Blue Rose Echeveria

Paddle Plant

Topsy Turvy Echeveria

Blue Chalk Sticks

Succulents are a great addition to any garden and will pair well with the ornamental grasses and drought-tolerant flowering plants you’ve selected. Add along edges of flower beds, in pots, along pathways and even over sunny sloping areas of your yard for more layering in your landscape. Now you’re ready for plants with even more height and volume. Continue reading for more on the best trees to consider for your xeriscape. 

Your xeriscape plan now includes ornamental grasses for volume, flowering plants for color through the seasons and succulents for intense greenery, texture and ground-coverage. What about height? What trees can you plant in your yard to continue your eco-conscious gardening quest? Here are a few ideas.

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Ann Fotenakes

Personal experience and education have made me a great relocation specialist as well.

I understand what is important and necessary to make your move as stress-free and timely as possible. I am active in my community and can provide information not only on our housing market, but on schools, youth athletics and community activities.

I have been a Flushing resident for over 25 years, and I have made it my job to find homes here for others as well as helping people who wish to sell homes in the area.

I graduated from Mid Michigan with a L.P.N. degree.

As a full-time real estate professional since 1979 I have helped many clients with the sale and purchase of their homes.

Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional who understands the market and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. With knowledge, experience and a commitment to excellence, I will help you stay ahead of the game.


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