Plant Family Guides: Aloes

 

Aloes

Native to sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and Arabia, Aloes are evergreen succulents with usually spiny leaves arranged in neat rosettes, and spectacular, candle-like inflorescences bearing clusters of brilliant yellow, orange or red, tubular flowers. They exist in a wide range of sizes, colors and offer an amazing array of leaf shapes.

Cold-Hardy Aloes for Your Garden

Most Aloes are frost tender and cannot handle a hard freeze (several hours below 25ºF or -4ºC). The fluid within their succulent leaves would freeze and rot. However, there are some Aloes that are remarkably hardy and can handle temperatures as cold as 20 ºF to 25ºF (-6ºC to -4ºC).

Pretty Aloes for Your Containers

Small Aloe varieties are ideal to add drama, texture and color to containers. Easy care, waterwise, they brighten up the dull winter and are fascinating.

Great Perennials as Companion Plants for Your Succulents

There is a wide range of perennial plants that will bring out the best qualities of your succulents and share their space with a serene balance.

Great Ornamental Grasses as Companion Plants for Your Succulents

If you limit yourself to the succulent palette, there is a high probability your garden will look heavy and rigid since lacking the movement ornamental grasses provide.

Great Shrubs as Companion Plants for Your Succulents

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