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Growing Succulents for Color

How to bring out sunset hues in your succulents

Photo: Rachel Young

As temperatures soar, all the grass in the neighborhood begins to brown, and you have to deadhead your flowers a day after they bloom, it feels like you’d do almost anything for a spot of color in the garden. One of the best ways of getting color in the hot season from July to September is to grow succulents. You can find succulents that range in color from red, orange, yellow, black, blue, silver, and purple in nurseries throughout Southern California.

Unfortunately, many gardeners are at a loss when they pick up a beautiful red aloe plant (Aloe cameronii, Zones 9–12) at the nursery and, after growing it for a month or two, watch it lose its luscious pop of color and revert to a more muted green or silver. Here’s a quick introduction on growing succulents to maximize their colorful beauty in the dry season.

Plant your succulents…

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