Growing these hardy succulents in garden beds, xeric garden display gardens, in rock walls or succulent crafts gives so much pleasure - I can happily gaze on them for ages, remarking on their forms and colours - all different from each other, and all unique.
In this Sempervivum Picture Gallery, the varieties and species
listed from E to L in the alphabet show off their lovely shapes and
If you have Sempervivum in your xeric garden, you'll already be aware of how they change throughout the growing season, adding even more interest than their textures and forms.
Cooler nights or warmer days can trigger these amazing transformations, sometimes even the same plant can look completely different in a matter of days. See this first hand - the photographs are arranged with the same Sempervivum variety in two different seasons shown vertically. Are you as enthralled as I am with their dramatic changes?
Is it any wonder that people get so carried away with their Sempervivum collection?
These are incredibly hardy, drought tolerant and tough plants, yet so varied, in size, form and colour that you never tire of looking at them.
They constantly change over the seasons, and best of all, they increase dramatically in only a few years, so you have lots of excess plants to plant elsewhere, or swap.
Here are a few ways that I've found to use their unique abilities: (Click on the pictures to find out more)
Is there a Succulent Wedding in your future? Use Sempervivum for the 'flowers' - find out how:
The drought tolerance and the ability to grow in tiny amounts of soil makes it possible to grow Sempervivum in tiny pinch pots; choose tiny varieties and species for best success:
Find out more here: