Why we all love succulents and Isola’s favourite five
This year we’ve seen a massive rise in popularity of the ‘succulent’. Having always been a firm indoor staple for those who love plants and want an easy watering schedule (i.e. very little!), this year they have become the on-trend gift and home styling go-to.
They’re a great way to bring the outdoors in and offer a great many benefits.
These easy peasy plants can, in most cases, be left to their own devices. Once in the right spot for their sunlight needs, they’ll continue to flourish healthily with a once-a-week drink of water, with some needing even less attention.
A festoon of delight
With such a range of eye-catching options now readily available in garden centres, supermarkets, gift shops and online, it’s super easy to create a festoon of striking succulents. They make stunning centrepieces, intriguing terrariums and can add interest to any windowsill, shelf, nook or cranny.
Coming in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes they make the loveliest (and trendiest) of gifts. You can find teeny-tiny pocket-sized children’s gifts, elaborate wreaths for a more extravagant gift and they’re a great flower alternative for men. They are perfect for any occasion and relished by all.
Our top five favourite succulents:
1. Burro’s/Donkey Tail
This magnificent trailing succulent has thick rows of overlapping leaves in a blue-green colour and tiny clusters of red-pink flowers. It’s a real showstopper with its trailing tails and coloured tips.
2. Aloe Vera
Its healing properties are magical. Break off an end and use the sap to help soothe and heal sores.
3. String of Pearls
Their beautiful trailing green buds are elegant and dainty. They make a great addition to a hanging terrarium or mantelpiece.
4. Zebra Plant
Incredibly striking with its stripes and unusual texture. It’s a lovely choice when creating a mini succulent garden.
5. Rosette Succulent
These glorious rosettes are the perfect addition to your windowsill and make lovely gifts – get creative and plant them up in teacups, jam jars or paint tins, or create an impressive wreath for an extra special gift.