It probably won't surprise you that I watch my succulents like a meerkat atop her mound. I grow everything that's reasonably available, research plants' native growing conditions, and learn from my mistakes (which you'll see).
My big challenge was to winnow the selection. No sooner did I sort through hundreds of photos, I'd notice a demure little shade succulent I'd overlooked and think, "Oh! I've got to show them this!"
As a result, my site's new Shade Succulents Gallery shows a whopping 80+ varieties, many growing in my own climate-challenged garden. From the gallery:
"But Debra, of course you can grow anything, you're in Southern California!" you may think. Not so! That may be true along the coast (where the millionaires live, you know who you are), but I'm 15 miles east as the crow flies at an elevation of 1,500 feet. OK, it's not that bad here. But we do get frost in winter and searing, scorching, beastly heat in summer.
Creating the new page and video took me nearly a month. I'm so eager for you to enjoy both! Do let me know what you think. Did I miss a succulent you love? Do you have questions? Please leave any and all comments below or on YouTube. Also be sure to "Like" the video (if you do), and subscribe to my channel (if you've yet to).
Oh! I also created a fun quiz for you at the end of the video. If I've done my job, you'll ace it. ;+)
Fairy crassula (Crassula multicava) is a great succulent ground cover for shade. In winter, like jade (Crassula ovata), it has dainty star-shaped, pinkish-white flowers. Here are 15+ reasons to grow it in your garden.