Even folks lacking a green thumb can fill their homes with these funky, fun, plump plants that come in countless shapes, sizes and textures.

You have to love a plant that thrives on neglect. “They are forgiving as long as you don’t over-water them,” says Julie Sovereign of Garden Goods in Traverse City. “Let the soil dry out thoroughly before you water them and water sparingly,” she adds. Succulents also like bright light, but it doesn’t have to be direct light.

Beyond that simple care, just have fun with your succulents. Choose plants with different shapes (trailing and upright), textures (spiky and smooth) and color (greens, yellows, reds …) and plant them together in a big pot, or opt to arrange them across your home as eye-candy morsels.

Don’t know where to start? We love this grid that Garden Goods put together for us.

Photo by Dave Weidner


From left to right:

Row 1

  • Sedum Jelly Beans
  • Haworthia hybrid
  • Woolly Senecio

Row 2

  • Echeveria ‘Perle Von Nurnberg’
  • Echeveria Mexican Firecracker
  • Haworthia hybrid

Row 3

  • Haworthia hybrid
  • Haworthia hybrid
  • Haworthia hybrid