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How to Choose Succulent Plants for Your Garden

Fleshy plants make a great addition to any garden. Here’s what to look for.

Succulent plants -- or plants that retain water in their leaves and thrive in dry climates -- can bring an element of exotic flair to your garden. When you’re picking out succulents, look for plants with all different sorts of leaves and textures.

Maybe you want some aloe vera with pointy spears alongside jade -- which is more tree-like -- with sedums creeping all along the ground. Some succulents have millions of tiny little leaves while others have big fleshy leaves the size of your fist. The point of a succulent garden is more about form and texture than bright splashy colors, so really think about your plants sculpturally in combination with each other.

Nestpert: Thomas McClain is a Minnesota landscape designer and owner of GrowWithDesign.com.

-- The Nest Editors

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