SucculentsJust like color, home decor and fashion, flowers and plants follow style trends, too. Garden roses, peonies and hydrangeas are just a few of the varieties that have hit the top of the trend charts in the past few years. One of the more unusual and most interesting plant materials that are now extremely popular are succulents.

This diverse group of plants has juicy leaves, stems or roots. They are the perfect plant for the forgetful gardener as they require little care and need to be watered infrequently. Most are easy to grow because they evolved with unique water storage tissues that allow them to survive in environments that are too arid for most plants. Unlike many other plants, succulents like the dry humidity and warm conditions found in most homes. Indoors or outdoors, while they like direct light, they can adapt to lower light conditions.

Succulents-Carol Caggiano, AIFD, PFCIGrowing up, I remember a small bed of hens and chicks, one variety of succulent, my mother had planted by our patio. Even though we lived in the Northeast, not a place where you expected to see plants such as these, they grew every year even after being covered by snow during the winter. Whether they are part of our outdoor landscape or planted in a decorative planter indoors, succulents offer great plant opportunities for those that may not have a “green thumb.” For the most adventurous gardener, one might try a succulent wreath or vertical planter. Because of their easy care and durability, using succulents this way is quite popular.

But for me, using succulents as a cut flower is where it gets really interesting. They are quite durable even when cut from the plant. They will last weeks without any water at all. One of my favorite ways to arrange them is in a low dish or bowl with a few rocks or decorative stones. Adding a little moss for texture and a very low water level will keep this creative arrangement lovely for weeks. It’s so simple to put together that even a novice flower arranger can create a spectacular display. You can do a small arrangement with just one or two interesting blooms or something larger and more involved, adding whatever materials strike your fancy.

Flowers&-Bouquet1As with most design trends, they quickly find their way into the wedding market. It is very common in modern weddings to see succulents tucked into to the bride’s bouquet or the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Their lovely gray-green coloration creates the perfect accent with many of today’s popular wedding colors. For the bride who is looking for a more contemporary look, succulents add a graphic shape and style to her wedding florals.

Boutonnieres for the gentlemen, corsages for the ladies and even centerpieces can all contain different varieties of succulents.

Their blooms can be as small as a quarter or as large as a dinner plate and everything in-between. There is no limit as to the creative use of these interesting flowers.

Succulents can be mixed and matched with other plants and cut flowers for the very eclectic organic look that tops the trend charts for 2016. Visit your local florist and you are sure to see succulents.

What do you think of succulents?