Using these hardy and gorgeous plants in other unusual crafts is becoming the norm - especially in colder climates. Their popularity is rightly deserved.
They are beautiful and have a myriad of textures and colors - ranging from deepest mahogany, glossy and velvety, to pale mauve, muted pink or even white covered with cobwebs.
They are tough, reliable and versatile, and can be used in rock gardens, succulent gardens, crafts like topiary, mosaics and frames.
They combine perfectly in borders and beds with other hardy succulents like Sedum, and thrive in the most challenging of conditions. The latest trend is using succulents as wedding flowers - I am in awe of how gorgeous these look in wedding bouquets and for centerpieces, favors and boutonnieres.
The best part of using these hardy cousins of the tender succulents?
After the big day, they can be planted in the garden to thrive and grow as a permanent reminder of the special festivities. Most are hardy to Zone 3 on the Canada Ministry of Agriculture Plant hardiness zone map.
Have fun with this pile of pictures showing the seasonal changes of some of my favorite Sempervivum varieties in this Sempervivum Picture Gallery.
The changes are subtle in some cases, but dramatic in others. Some change colour completely, and start to show some amazing watermarks or striping.
Others blush with a different colour from the center outwards.
Some that you don't find all that exciting at first can take your breath away as they come into their own in cooler weather, or when it first gets warm in the early summer. They all have their own season to shine...
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Interested in more about one of my favorite plants? I grow these in my xeric garden where they rarely get watered, especially during the long warm summers here in the Kootenay Boundary country of British Columbia.
Luckily, even if they look a little ragged at the end of the season, they quickly recuperate in our regular fall rains.
By spring time, after a winter snuggled under a blanket of snow, they look spectacular, and I'm sure that some of them somehow manage to grow even in the cold. Find out more about using these great plants in your garden:
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:
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