I didn’t discover the joys of gardening until I owned my second house. Gardening was in my blood however, my parents always kept our family home beautifully landscaped, doing all the work themselves.
But before I ever unleashed my love for perennials and herbs I loved houseplants and container gardening. I probably started with african violets from the grocery store, but even in my very first apartment when I was 17, I had houseplants. I have always embellished my decor with all types of houseplants and before long I discovered SUCCULENTS.
There is just something so insanely cool about these prehistoric looking plants. They are so easy to care for, they really thrive on neglect and they love hot and dry weather.
While many succulents would be considered tropical plants in my zone 8 garden, I find that with a little bit of protection many of them will winter over. Or I can just take a few cuttings and throw them in a pot all together and bring them into the sunny room for the cold season. In the spring I can start over because they are insanely easy to root up again.
Or I just treat them as annuals and buy more each year. They are perfect in all those hot dry spots for a bit of color and texture, and most of them bloom too.
It has turned cold here today and I’m just feeling very antsy for spring. I am so ready to hit the garden centers and nurseries and get started digging in the dirt.