8 Succulents That Make Pretty, Easy-Care Ground Covers

Succulents have become extremely popular. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Here are 8 low-growing succulents that would look great in your garden:

1.Rock Purslane

-Calandrinia or commonly called Rock Purslane are half-hardy perennials and annuals. They are low growing, only reaching heights of about 6 to 18 inches (15 to 45 cm) and bloom with hundreds of bright pink and purple flowers from mid to late summer. These plants love very hot conditions. They're very easy to care for because they can tolerate prolonged dry periods. They don't require much water, especially in the winter. Rock Purslane are able to grow as a short-lived perennial in warm regions, but should be grown as annuals everywhere else.

Rock Purslane picture was taken from Ohlone College

2. Caucasian Stonecrop

-As its name suggests, this plant is native to the Caucuses, where it grows on shady rock walls. It might be the most popular and common of all the stonecrops that are cultivated in Finland. Outside the garden, it grows on rocky outcrops in Southern Finland. Caucasian Stonecrop’s flowers are naturally pink, but varieties might also have white or dark red flowers. 

Caucasian Stonecrop photo was taken from World of Succulents

3. Blue Chalksticks

- Unlike many succulents, blue chalk sticks grow in winter and stay dormant in summer. This succulent is excellent for rock gardens, and succulent gardens. They're perfect for containers because of their spectacular floral colors.  

Blue Chalkstick photo was taken from World of Succulents

4. Parry’s Agave

-This succulent is native to the South West and Mexico. Parry's Agave is a problem solver and a landscape gem. It's compact spread won’t dominate planting beds, and its glaucous green leaves are standouts. 

Parry's Agave photo was taken from World of Succulents

5. Upright Myrtle Spurge 

 -Upright Myrtle Spurge, Gopher Spurge, Silver Spurge, 2 Cuttings 3 - 5" These are cut from my garden. Euphorbia rigida is a small shrub up to. 

Upright Myrtle Spurge photo was taken from World of Succulents

6. Resin Spurge

This low-growing succulent has erect, thick, bluish-green to lime green, four-sided stems with small brown thorns, reaching one to two feet with a three to four-foot spread. Historically, it is one of the oldest documented medicinal euphorbias. The resin spurge forms mounding clumps that look like pincushions with small columns, and is leafless most of the time. 

Resin Spurge photo was taken from Alamy

7. Royal Dewflower

-Drosanthemum speciosum is a very colorful, low-growing shrublet that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm). They are fast-growing with small succulents leaves, and the scarlet, yellow or orange flowers bloom in spring to summer. Flowers open in the afternoon only, and may stay closed on cloudy cool days.

Royal Dewflower photo was taken from World of Succulents

8. Candelilla

- Candelilla forms an upright clump of slender, waxy gray-green stems. Inconspicuous leaves appear on new growth, but quickly drop with the first dry spell. Tiny flowers of cream and rosy pink periodically hug the upper portion of the stems throughout the warm season, particularly in response to rain. Candelilla is perfect for narrow planting strips because its stems grow straight up in tight bundles.

Candelilla flower was taken from public.asu.edu