In hues ranging from seafoam to mauve, these dainty, spreading succulents make a fun addition to any garden

Julie Chai,  – August 16, 2006

These easy, low growers are great in front of borders as well as in pots. Hybrids are especially showy with wavy-edged leaves and distinctive coloring in shades like red, bronze, or lavender.

Flowers: Tiny pink, red, or yellow bell-shaped flower clusters spring up from slender stems in summer.

Planting: You can plant echeveria in loose, well-draining soil almost any time of year.

Care: Most echeveria grow in Sunset zones 8, 9, and 12-24, and some make good houseplants. They take full sun to part shade in hotter areas. Water moderately.

Companions: Echeveria look good with other succulents like sedum, crassula, and aeonium. Or pair them with grasses like blue fescue and blooming plants that pick up their interesting colors.