Hardy Succulents with Fantastic Spring Color


Just as tree leaves change color through the seasons, so too do most hardy succulents. Succulents are well-adapted to tolerate the stress of changing environmental conditions through the seasons, such as the sunlight, temperature, and amount of water they receive. In fact, a little bit of stress is what causes their leaves to flush with red, blue, and purple pigments (anthocyanins) and show some of their best colors in the springtime.

Below is a selection of regularly available Sempervivum, Sempervivum heuffelii, and Sedum varieties that will fill your garden with color in March, April, and May. Sempervivum and Sedum species can display many color changes, whereas Sempervivum heuffelii will hold strong colors year-round. All of them are hardy succulents that can be planted outdoors (Zone 5 and up), so if you are looking for spring colors to brighten up your garden, then these succulents are a great place to start!

1. Sempervivum 'Blue Boy’

2. Sempervivum ‘Jungle Fires'


3. Sempervivum ‘Pyrenaicum'

4. Sempervivum ‘C. William'

5. Sempervivum heuffelii 'Lemon Sky'

6. Sempervivum heuffelii 'Hot Lips'

7. Sempervivum heuffelii 'Bros'

8. Sempervivum heuffelii 'Water Lily'

9. Sempervivum heuffelii 'Milady'

10. Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'

11. Sedum japonicum 'Tokyo Sun' (only hardy for Zone 8 and up)

12. Sedum spurium 'Elizabeth'

For an even wider selection of beautifully colored succulents, click here to explore all the hardy succulents available at Mountain Crest Gardens, and to learn how to use these colorful plants check out Hardy Succulents by Gwen Moore Keladis.