It's hard to imagine a more carefree container plant than succulents. These plants need little water and little attention. But they deliver big in the design department, with sculptural shapes and unexpected color combinations that lend excitement to any decor. Their flowers - which typically come in winter or spring - are just an added bonus.
As evidence, I submit these beautiful pictures photographed by my talented friend Isabel Gomes. See for yourself why every home should have some succulents.
Containers for succulents are limited only by your imagination. In this Santa Barbara garden, Aeonium 'Kiwi' adds color to Chumash Indian-inspired rock planters.
Mix succulents in different colors and shapes to create bold displays. Tiny, intricate aeonium encircles a larger variety of aeonium in this attractive arrangement.
A simple pot of aeonium adds drama to the garden, especially when paired with cheerful orange nasturtiums.
Portulacaria afra is also known as elephant bush. That's because the plant is a source of food for elephants in its native Africa. But elephant bush looks equally at home in this classic cherubic container, doesn't it?
Want to learn more about succulents? Visit Debra Lee Baldwin's site. This well-known photojournalist writes frequently on these plants, and offers great advice here and on Twitter @DebraLBaldwin.
Learn more about Isabel Gomes at Isabel Lawrence Photographers. Or, follow her on Twitter @IsabelLawrence.