Best Succulents For Beginners (7 Great Choices For New Gardeners!)

Whether you’re a novice gardener or just want an easy way to spruce up your home, Succulents make a great choice to start your collection due to their low maintenance, easy to care for nature

The fact that they look great too is just an added bonus!

If you’re just getting started and what to know which are the best succulents for beginners, this guide will get your growing career off to a flying start. We’ve picked some of our favorite easy to grow plants that will help you build confidence before moving on to some varieties that need a bit more loving attention.

There’s nothing worse than buying a new plant, eagerly waiting for it to grow and bloom, only to watch it stagnate (or even worse – slowly dying!) so we’ve picked out some low maintenance succulents to grow your collection with a minimum of fuss so you can spend more time enjoying the finer things in life, like admiring your ever-growing (and it will grow) Succulents collection


Echeveria

One of the most popular and recognizable succulents, Echeveria are well known for their rose-shaped leaf formations.

Though they most commonly range from various shades of green and pink to reds and purples, there are even species of Echeveria that are a striking blue color – a real conversation starter, we’re sure you’ll agree!

There are dozens of species of Echeveria and they’re usually very easy to grow and care for which makes them a great succulent for beginners. 

Echeverias are very tolerant of heat, sun, shade, and drought, and are a lot more forgiving than other succulents if their soil isn’t the best.

On top of that, Echeveria plants are pretty much disease-free, just watch out for mealybugs and aphids and your plant will thrive for years to come.


Aloe

We couldn’t make a list of popular but easy to care for succulents without including this fan favorite. Those thick, pointy leaves make this one of the most recognizable plants around.

Aloe Vera is one of the most popular house plants around and it’s not hard to see why. Attractive and easy to grow, the plants are also useful to have around in emergencies – the gel from Aloe Vera leaves provide soothing pain relief when applied to minor burns.

One reason that Aloe succulents are so popular is the huge choice of different plants in this group. From the perennial favorite Aloe Vera to the striking Aloe AJR with its green leaves and red teeth, there’s almost certainly an Aloe plant that’s just right for you.


Crassula Ovata

Also known as The Jade Plant, Crassula Ovata is another extremely popular succulent plant found in houses the world over – we’re sure your seen plenty of these shiny, dark green oval leaves branching off a thick trunk on your travels.

A big part of this popularity (apart from the positive “chi” energy and good fortune they are believed to give off) is down to the low level of care these plants need. They prefer full sun but need very little watering and are perfectly happy in most indoor conditions. Mixed with the good luck they bring and it’s easy to see why Jade plants are such popular housewarming gifts.

They are also one of the easiest succulents to propagate. You can literally take a leaf (even one that’s fallen off naturally), place it in the soil and within a few weeks roots will start to grow. What could be easier!

If you want to try something a little different with your Jade Plant, they also make a great choice for a bonsai tree. They can be trained to grow in whichever direction you like and will only grow as big as the pot they are in allows so you can really craft your bonsai as you please.


Haworthia Fasciata

It’s easy to see why this succulent is often called the Zebra Plant with its distinctive horizontal stripes. 

And against the backdrop of those rich, dark green leaves, the stripey appearance make this one of the most visually appealing succulents around.

Aside from being a real focal point in your home, Zebra Haworthia is a great choice for your succulent collection because it’s just so easy to care for.

They enjoy bright but indirect sunlight so will be happy almost anywhere in the room as long as they’re not sat in front of a window with strong sunshine streaming through all day. Watering needs are minimal, too – just follow the usual advice of giving the plant a good soak every now and then when the soil has completely dried out.

You can’t really go wrong when caring for a Haworthia and there are plenty of species to choose from so we’d definitely advise you to add a few of these conversation starters to your collection.


Graptopetalum Paraguayense

Graptopetalum Paraguayense closeup

The spookily named ‘Ghost Plant’ is another favorite of ours but this is one of the few plants on this list that tends to do better outside rather than indoors.

We’re sure you’ll agree that a flowerbed full of these pastel shades of pink and green are the perfect complement to any garden.

The shallow root system makes them an ideal choice for rock gardens and, when planted in well-draining soil in a sunny section of the garden, you’ve got an extremely low maintenance succulent to enjoy.

Propagating ghost plants couldn’t be more straightforward either – simply twist off a leaf, let it dry out for a few days then pop it in some fresh soil and let it do its thing. In fact, they are so easy to propagate that it’s not unusual for the plant to do it itself with leaves that naturally fall off.

Before you know it you’ll have a whole new batch of gorgeous pinkish-grey rosettes filling your garden (and we can’t think of anything better!)


Sempervivum

sempervivum hens and chicks

Another outdoor choice, Sempervivum (or Hens and Chicks as they are popularly known) are easily recognizable with their beautiful, rose-like appearance.

One of the more hardy succulents (Sempervivum literally translates to ‘Always Living’ in Latin), these hens will happily see out winter in most climates and come back stronger than ever producing lots of lovely new chicks in spring.

Of all the succulents on this list, Sempervivum have probably got the most impressive party trick – they actually change color throughout the seasons!

One of the most exciting sights you’ll see in your garden is the transformation of your Sempervivum over the course of a year, some of the color changes are so dramatic you’ll barely believe you’re looking at the same plant.


Sedum Morganianum

Burros Tail Succulent

Last but by no means least, the Sedum Morganianum, or Burro’s Tail, is one of our all-time favorite succulents.

With single branches reaching anywhere up to 2 feet long they look wonderful in hanging baskets with all those plump, juicy leaves trailing down from the pot.

And if you do ‘leave them hanging’ your Sedum Morganianum will probably do just fine by itself because these plants are so low maintenance. They’re happy anywhere near a sunny window and need minimal watering so you can spend more time enjoying them than caring for them.

Keep your plant happy, though, and you’ll be rewarded with the cutest red flowers springing up towards the end of summer that just makes us love our Donkeys Tail even more.


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