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Great Shrubs as Companion Plants for Your Succulents

Succulent Gardens, Companion Plants

Prized by gardeners for their architectural shapes, fascinating textures, vibrant colors, drought resistance, and low maintenance, succulents are a joy to behold and a delight to design with. Well suited for climates with high temperatures and low rainfall, thanks to their ability to store water in their leaves or stems, most are easy to grow, have few disease or insect problems, and are tolerant of heat and poor soils. Exceptionally versatile, they add drama in most garden settings and work well in various garden styles, including the Mediterranean, desert, or xeriscape gardens and rock gardens.

You should not limit yourself to the succulent world when designing a succulent garden. A wide range of companion plants will bring out the best qualities of your succulents and share their space with a serene balance. These companion plants will provide contrast and add interest during the periods when your succulents are not in bloom. Whether ornamental grasses, perennials, annuals, or shrubs, these companion plants should have the same cultural requirements as your favorite succulents.

Since most cacti and succulents grow in desert and savanna situations, this means bright light (full sun or dappled shade), minimal water with excellent drainage, good air circulation, dry air, and high temperatures.

Below is a list of pretty shrubs that share most of these growing requirements. They will bring out the best in both the succulents and their world.

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

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