Hardy cacti tolerate life in the garden well and certainly make for an interesting and unusual display. They originate from colder areas and so have more frost resistance. Cacti can stand cold conditions only when dry, so they need to be planted in raised and free draining positions, preferably south facing.
|CORYPHANTHA VIVIPARA NEOMEXICANA|
attractive, white-spined species with
very large, purplish-pink flowers.
Will stand frost if kept dry in winter
choice miniature, clustering species
with lilac flowers
olive green, sometimes almost black,
plants with 6 to 7cm long white flowers.
Hardy outside in the UK
branching, cylindrical stems, up to 2m high;
large red and yellow flowers.
Hardy outside in the UK.
Many of the hardy “Other Succulents” are more tolerant of the cold than the true cacti. Some crassulas, aloes, agaves and delospermas will grow happily in almost any position, while others will flourish in a raised and free draining position.
rosettes of straight stiff leaves, light grey;
grows up to 1m high and the same across.
Produces numerous offsets.
Will stand a few degrees of frost.
Does well in a pot.
banded, rigid blue green leaves in rosettes
up to 37cm high and 50cm across.
Will survive temperatures down to -10
degrees C if kept dry.
15 inch long leaves, dark green with a thin
grey horny edge. Hardy down to at least
-4 degrees C.
a distinctive and graceful plant with long grey
upright leaves. It may be hardy in some parts
of the UK, but must be in well drained soil.
It grows 1 metre tall and 1.5 metres wide
grey-green tapering leaves forming rosettes up
to 70cm across. Hardy outside in the UK
in a well-drained site
bluish green thick-leaved succulents related to Lithops.
Golden yellow to salmon pink flowers.
Hardy outside in many parts of the UK
marvellous mat-forming plant which
produces magenta flowers from April to
October in our garden. Can be grown inside,
but it is hardy.
|ECHEVERIA PERLE VON NURNBERG|
amazing purple leaved hybrid with
geranium pink flowers. Good in a conservatory
or on a patio for the summer. Does well bedded
out for the summer. Will survive winters in the
UK in a favourable site.
|SEDUM X RUBROTINCTUM|
very pretty, green and rich cherry red,
club shaped, succulent leaves and yellow
flowers. Suitable for trailing over the edge
of pots or planters. Will survive winter
outside in some parts of the UK.
encrusted blue grey leaves forming a rosette,
golden yellow flowers. Something different.
Hardy in well drained site in milder parts of the UK.