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Mountain Crest Gardens

Top 5 Overlooked Hardy Succulents

Posted by Mountain Crest Gardens Team on

Following up on last month's top 5 overlooked soft succulent feature, we'd like to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on 5 of our most overlooked and unusual cold hardy succulents.


Here they are, with comments from our general manager Nora.

5) Moranense Grandiflorum



Green spiky plant. Has some blooms on it right now that look like white stars. Right now, they are mostly solid green, but the tips will start getting a reddish orange color as the weather gets cooler. Gets about 4" tall and the stems noticeably spiral as they grow vertically.

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4) Ajuga reptans 'Min Crispa Red'



Excellent ground cover---it creates a thick mat. It only gets a couple inches tall so it's low and really thick. Also works well on a living wall. Has some great crinkly leaves, inner leaves are a deep reddish bronze color, while the outer leaves turn dark olive green, so you always have a two tone thing going on. In the summer, they get a really neat deep blue flower spike.

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3) Thymus x citriodrus 'Aureus'



More of a bush-like thyme, rather than a creeping thyme. Can grow over a foot tall. Has a really pretty variegated leaf; foliage is a variegated green and gold. Smells nice also, with a pleasant lemon scent. Lovely pale pink blooms in the summer. Good for containers or as a border plant along a walkway or something---anywhere you can brush against and release the lemon scent.

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2) Divergens



Has little round green leaves, like beads. Has a goofy common name: 'Old Man's Bones'. Has drought, heat, frost, and humidity tolerance, so very easy to grow wherever and whenever. Excellent rock garden plant, since it grows well in poor soil conditions.

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1) Cherry Glow



A really pretty, often overlooked Jovibarba heuffelii. It is very cherry red in color, with green down inside, so it has some nice differences in the shading. Stays on the smaller side for heuffelii rosettes, but grows well into nice large clumps. Like all heuffelii, it has a rich color that holds year-round, unlike the more popular hens and chicks which tend to change seasonally. A beautiful addition to any yard or garden!

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