Succulents are my one true love (sorry, honey). Even though everyone is now drinking the succulent Kool-Aid and they’ve become more ubiquitous and overexposed than the Kardashians—I still covet them, design with them, and plant them with abandon.
Succulents are the ultimate in no-fuss plants. That is, until the winter season hits. We all know that (blah blah blah)—succulents are filled with water which will freeze once the temperature drops. This will cause your once-pretty little plant to suddenly look like something the Swamp Thing smeared behind him when he came crawling out of his marshy bog.
We also know that, if a succulent has marginal hardiness, you’re supposed to venture out into the icy night and cover up your precious babies before the frost descends. Hmmm. Am I the only one that doesn’t have time for that crap? There is nothing worse than having to babysit a damn plant. I, for one, have way better things to do, like curling up on the couch with a pug, a Fat Tire, and an episode of “Portlandia.”
The answer, then, is to plant succulents than don’t need to be babied. Here are some of my tried and true plants for the Bay Area that seem to take all that frosty air in stride, and continue to add a “wow” factor even when it’s winter. This is not a comprehensive list, but just a few of the plants that are in my yard at the moment that are looking kinda’ purdy. And I almost forgot—freezing temps aside—if ANY succulent doesn’t have reeeeeally good drainage (add a boatload of 1/4″ lava rock or pumice to the planting hole) it will rot out in the rainy season. Keep it loose, people.