Jo Arnell explains what makes succulents such strong survivors.

Technically, a succulent is any plant with thick, fleshy (succulent) water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, so they can go for long periods without needing to be watered, which means that these intrepid plants manage to grow where few other plants dare.

Grown on a small scale they can be used as miniature landscaping

Grown on a small scale they can be used as miniature landscaping

Rosettes of Echivera

Rosettes of Echivera

Take-your-pick-succulents-lining-up-for-sale

Take your pick succulents lining up for sale

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Use a lightweight growing medium on a living roof

Where-some-plants-fear-to-tread-sedums-and-other-succulents-make-a-great-living-roof

Where some plants fear to tread sedums and other succulents make a great living roof

These versatile plants can be used in many situations here in place of a well cover

These versatile plants can be used in many situations - here in place of a well cover

Succulents have become a popular sight at flower shows

Succulents have become a popular sight at flower shows

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