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7 Cool Succulents for Drought-Tolerant Containers

Renee Valdes
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Succulents can be so easy to grow and care for.

Easy to grow succulents are the perfect drought-tolerant plants for a container.

Succulents store water in their roots, stems and leaves, so they don’t need much water. 

Cluster your succulents together for an interesting visual and colorful effect. Many succulents come in shades of green, pink, purple, gray and blue. 

Unsure of what to pair together? Try Drop-N-Bloom succulents, hanging baskets with selections of succulents, or ready-made containers.

You could also try a sedum tile, or tray with a variety of succulents grown together on a coir mat. These look beautiful hung vertically.

For best results, don’t overwater succulents or let roots sit in water. Be sure your containers drain well.

Here are seven of our favorite succulents. Choose whichever fits your fancy — you can’t go wrong, even if your thumb isn’t so green.


Echeveria "Gorgons Grotto" is a cool succulent with rosy edges.

1. Gorgon’s grotto. The colorful gorgon’s grotto is an extremely drought-tolerant echeveria succulent. It looks ornamental with its large leaves edged with crinkly sections of rose.


Paddle plant is a succulent that boasts wide leaves with red edging.

2. Paddle plant. These plants get big paddle-like leaves with brilliant red edging when exposed to sun. They are a member of the Kalanchoe family.


Donkey's Tail is a succulent that looks great spilling out of a container.

3. Donkey’s tail. A type of sedum, donkey’s tail succulents grow in long, hanging bunches of small, blue-green bean-shaped leaves. Long stems look beautiful hanging over planters as a “spiller.” Donkey’s tail is not frost tolerant, so bring it inside before cold weather hits.


Living stone looks weird but this succulent adds interest to any container.

4. Mimicry. Often called “living rocks” or “toad stools,” mimicry add points of interest when mixed with other succulents in a container.


Elephant bush is a favorite of pachyderms but also grow well in warm temperatures with lots of light.

5. Elephant bush. Yes, elephants actually eat this plant. A form of jade, these plants grow well in warm temperatures with bright light and can grow bushy. A bonus: Jade plants are considered symbols of good luck.


Pachyveria, known as Little Jewel, is an easy succulent for beginner gardeners.

6. Little jewel. Little jewel is a great succulent for beginners. They’re easy to find and easy to take care of. Known also as Pachyveria, little jewels feature chunky and colorful rosettes.


Blue chalk sticks is a succulent that grows pencil-like stalks.

7. Blue chalk sticks. Pencil-like leaves bring great contrast to container gardens. These succulents can be shrub-like or low-spreading. Despite the name, blue chalk sticks often look more green or gray-green.

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