The world of succulents is huge, with many avid collectors scattered all over the Desert Southwest where the plants are well adapted and thrive in the desert conditions. A good many of these desert dwellers thrive on sunlight and rainfall alone, needing only occasional attention from you. This makes them the perfect choice for low-maintenance landscapes.
Most succulents will thrive in the garden with little or no interference on your part. However, during periods of severe drought, some may appreciate an occasional thoughtful watering and others will benefit from very light feeding while they are actively growing. Full sun or very light shade will suit them best. Less cold-tolerant varieties may benefit from being covered or moved indoors during bouts of freezing or near-freezing weather.
There are literally thousands of succulents to choose from that will provide beauty and interest in the garden. Some of the most popular include Aeonium, aloe (the kind used for sunburns!), crown of thorns, burro tail, hens and chicks, jade plant, kalanchoe, mother-of-thousands, night-blooming cereus, pencil cactus, sedums or stonecrops, and many, many more.