It seems like succulents are trending when it comes to outdoor landscaping.

These plants with their exotic shapes and low maintenance have quickly caught on as the ideal plant grouping for a pleasant looking garden.

What's excellent about succulents is that you don't need to be an experienced gardener to know how to take care of them properly. A lot of them simply require the odd watering now and then.

So how do you know which succulents are best for outdoors? Let’s take a look at our list of the top 12 succulent plants to plant outside in your yard.

Why Are The Top 12 Succulent Plants For Outdoors?

We have determined that these are the top 12 succulent plants for outdoors. We have done this through an in-depth description of each one, with a star rating out of five at the end of each description.

Let’s take a look at 12 top succulent plants for outdoors.

Black Rose Aeonium Arboreum Zwartkop (2 inch)
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  • Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkopf’ is a striking succulent with clumps up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall gray-brown stems that...
  • The long, bare stems hold large terminal rosettes (up to 8 inches/20 cm in diameter) of very dark purple, almost black...

The first outdoor succulent on our list is the Aeonium. This brightly colored succulent is a native of the Canary Islands. Despite what we've just finished explaining about succulents, this one, in particular, requires a little more moisture than others.

However, it’s all about the variety that you choose. There is a darker option of the aeonium – and this one does better in the sun. The darker varieties will appear dark purple, almost to the point of being black.

The aeonium succulent plant is known for its aesthetic appeal. It’s a particularly pretty succulent, with many varieties shaped in the form of a rosette or flower, making them great for decorative purposes.

We recommend planting aeoniums in container gardens where they are showcased individually. They can also be used in flower arrangements or cut bouquets.

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The next best succulent plant for outdoor planting is the agave species. Agave is a succulent that is native to the Americas. This type of succulent is grown directly in the ground, enabling them to cultivate quickly.

When grown in the ground, they produce more blooms than their other succulent cousins who are typically confined to a container. The agave succulent is easy to identify due to its large size and robust, dominating form.

These physical characteristics make them ideal landscape plants.

The leaves of the agave can come in various shapes and sizes. These include toothed, sword-shaped, smooth, or bunched in delicate rosettes.

While the agave succulent doesn't have a predictable blooming pattern, when it does, it's magnificent. In full bloom, they can measure more than 14 feet.

Once this succulent has flowered, the larger agaves die. However, pups and offshoots often form before this happens.

The succulent aloe plant is native to more than one part of the world. It comes from Madagascar, the Mediterranean, and Africa. The pointed, fleshy leaves of the aloe plant often are seen in rosettes. They closely resemble the agave succulent.

That's all they have in common with the agave, though. Aloe succulents have showy red flowers that bloom regularly. The most prominent display of the aloe flowers can be seen from February through to September.

While red is the primary color of the aloe flowers, other varieties carry different shades. Some blooms are known to be shaped like a tube and can be orange and yellow as well as red. Some aloe flowers are even bicolor.

The aloe flower varies greatly when it comes to height. Some varieties can be only a few inches high, while others can tower over this, often reaching the same height as some trees. Aloe leaves can either be prickly, smooth or bumpy.

These leaves help to transport water down into the crown of the plant, keeping it succulent and moist. In fact, aloes prefer more water than most other succulents.

Because aloe roots are close to the surface, they are ideal for planting near pools and houses.

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  • Crassula capitella Red Pagoda is a branching perennial succulent. At first it looks like pink tinged rosettes and then...
  • It flowers at the ends of the up to 10 inch (25 cm) long pagoda chains. The tiny white flowers are up to 0.25 inch (6...

This beautiful outdoor succulent is well known for its bright flame-red color which is striking in an otherwise green garden.

The crassula succulent is a native of South Africa, so it's used to warm temperatures and little moisture. All varieties feature small the medium-sized succulents. The leaves of the crassula are fleshy which come arranged in a wide range of different patterns.  

Crassula varieties can differ when it comes to their stems. Some species have stems that branch out, while others are low-growing that come with dense foliage.

It is recommended that you use crassula succulents for ground cover as they grow well along the ground. Because they’re vivid and bright, they are great when dotted around more mutual tones.

The favorite jade plant is a sub-species of crassula, that, true to its name is green in color, not red.

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The next outdoor succulent on our list is often mistaken for a palm because of its appearance, so you may not know it as a succulent.

The dasylirion have a classic southwestern look to them. They are popular in xeriscape gardens and have strap-like leaves. These leaves can come in either a greyish, green or blue-green shade.

Small, jagged teeth line the edges of the leaves, warding off potential plant eaters. The small trunks of the dasylirion may become woody over time, making them appear even less like a succulent.

These crowd-pleasing outdoor succulent plants are happy with a small amount of water. However, they are adapted to growing in desert-like conditions, so are easy to maintain.

Try planting the dasylirion succulent in a container – they make attractive decorative plants dotted around your landscape.

The Southwestern United States, particularly Baja, California is where our next outdoor succulent plant hails from. The dudleya has a pleasant flower that’s typically shaped like a rosette.

The fleshy petals of the dudleya come in a variety of different colors including purple, grey, red, green, or a combination. They are often confused with another succulent that looks quite similar, the echeverias. However, these two succulents have entirely different seasons of cultivation.

The grey and white varieties of the dudleya are typically covered in a white, chalky powder. This layer can wash off quickly and become spotted if it rains.  

For this reason, it’s a good idea to grow this outdoor succulent under the shelter of a patio. Summertime is when these succulents are dormant, and grow well when they’re kept dry.

Because the dudleya is low maintenance, you can grow it in containers, on a slope, or even in a rock garden.

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  • Echeveria ‘Lola’ is a beautiful succulent plant, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. It forms a sculpted rosette up to 6...
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It’s fitting to continue our list with the succulent that’s most like the dudleya. The echeveria is native to the Americas and comes with beautifully intricate rosette patterns.

You can get the echeveria in a variety of different colors, including green, pink, red, white and grey. The leaves are fleshy, like the dudleya and come in either grey-green or pure green.

This outdoor succulent can either be deciduous or evergreen. The compact rosettes reveal flowers that arise from the short stalks of this plant.

The leaves, despite only growing in two different colors are often bright and striking to look at. They are a great outdoor succulent to have in your garden because they flower and seed many times over the span of their lifetime.

Numerous offsets can be produced from one flowering echeveria – you'll often see the rosettes vary significantly in size.

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  • This is a really nice drought tolerant and easy to care Euphorbia. It is native to South Africa, it has a ribbed and...
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The euphorbia is known as a plentiful succulent plant because there are more than one thousand species in the euphorbia family alone.

Within this family of succulents is a great variety. Some euphorbia closely resembles a cactus, while others take on more of a globe shape. Because of this greatness in range, many species within the euphorbia family will make a striking addition to your garden.

One of the best-known euphorbia species is the poinsettia. This succulent can be grown into trees or shrubs when cultivated in mild temperaments. Other subspecies of the Euphorbia genus are in the form of tiny annual plants that can be used decoratively.  

The high levels of heat and drought tolerance found across this plant genus means that they’re a great option when landscaping in desert-like climates, where little else will thrive.

The graptopetalem succulent species is another family that has many members. However, there is less variation among these types, with most of them featuring fleshy light grey or white succulents that form tight little rosettes.  

Graptopetalem is unique in some of the features they offer as an ideal outdoor succulent. They can survive a freeze and can come back to life even after being in temperatures below 20 degrees.  

The graptopetalem succulent species is great in the garden and can be used as a useful ground cover. However, it's diverse enough to also be helpful on garden slopes, in rock gardens hanging in planters, spilling over garden walls or simply planted in a container.

Graptopetalem and echeverias have been bred to produce a hybrid, the graptoveria. Some of these hybrids are similar in form and color, growing in small, delicate rosettes.

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  • Haworthia cuspidata is a rosette forming succulent, with star-like rosetes, up to 4 inches (10 cm) across.
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The next outdoor succulent plant on our list is highly succulent. A native of South Africa, the haworthia is filled with a clear gel, similar to the gel produced by the aloe vera plant.

Depending on which type you have, they can vary, often considerably, in size. They have a relatively broad range of colors, from brown and green to variegated. These color patterns make the haworthia similar to the zebra plant.

Most subspecies of the haworthia prefer environments with lots of shade or dappled sunlight. They grow best during the winter when place in mild climates. It's worth noting that too much moisture or water can kill them.  

The leaves that form the haworthia’s rosettes can range from a tiny 3 cm to an astounding 30 cm in length. While most of these rosettes typically come without stems, those that do have them can grow up to 50 cm.

The second to last outdoor succulent plant on our list is associated with being diverse because it’s native to a number of different places in the world, from Africa to tropical America.

The Kalanchoe is considered an outdoor succulent plant that requires slightly more maintenance. This is because it can’t survive frosts and requires a pretty consistent amount of moisture to thrive. It does great in high humidity climates.

The smooth leaves are shaped like large coins and can sometimes be felt as well. The colors of the leaves are typically green, with a striking shade of red highlighting the edge.

The flowers of the kalanchoe can come in a variety of different shades. These include red, orange, yellow, white or pink.

The kalanchoe has quite a prominent stem which means that they do well when planted individually.

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The last outdoor succulent on our list is sedum - a bright, vivid variety that can often be mistaken for other types of flowering plants that aren’t succulents.

This is primarily because of the flowers – they are small and delicate. While the leaves are fleshy, the size, shape, and color can vary depending on the variety you have. Some are trailing and small while others are large and grow upright.

The flowers bloom in clusters and look like stars. It's recommended that you grow sedums on a bank or in a rock garden – somewhere that could use with the addition of bright color and texture.

The larger species can be used as shrubs.

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Looking At The Top 12 Succulent Plants For Outdoors

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If you’re planning on getting with the times and planting some outdoors succulents, it’s recommended that you know which ones to pick.

Choose from our top 12 list of ideal outdoor succulent plants, and you’ll ensure that at least some of them will make it through to next summer.

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