Succulents are coveted for their year-round interesting foliage color. Unlike many other plants, you don't have to wait for flowers to see bright colors fill the landscape. Succulents come in every color of the rainbow--making it easy to design a color-rich landscape.
It is important to note that succulents bring out their most vibrant colors when they are in the appropriate environment. Succulents are happiest in coastal full-sun, protected from direct afternoon sun in-land. If your plants are not showing vibrant colors, it's time to move them into more sunlight.
Learn how to pair the plants you love with our succulent color guide. Listed below are our favorite succulents categorized by color. We’ve included not only foliage color, but spectacular blooms as well.
Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ is always the star in a container garden.
The yellow spines on Echinocactus grusonii is a great match for the bright yellow foliage on Aeonium ‘Kiwi’
Combine the soft foliage of Agave attenuata variegata and sharp-toothed margins of Aloe arborescens variegata
Aloe deltoideodonta blooms coral-orange flowers that attract hummingbirds in winter.
Sedum nussbaumerianum comes in many different tones of orange.
Aloe vanbalenii and Aloe juvenna are a muted orange-brown in full summer sun.
Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty' turns bright red in late Spring-Fall.
Crassula nudicaulis var. platyphylla 'Burgundy' is bright red in Summer.
Aloe cameronii has bright burgundy foliage in Summer.
Both Echeveria minima and Crassula conjuncta have blue foliage and red margins. This pair has almost identical coloring but maintains interest with different textures.
Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick' is named for its bright red leaf margins that appear in full sun.
Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’
Crassula nudicaulis var. platyphylla ‘Burgundy’
Crassula coccinea ‘Campfire’
Crassula ovata var. compacta
Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick’
Mangave 'Purple People Eater' and 'Freckles and Speckles' are a great lavender addition for container gardens.
Senecio jacobsenii becomes bright purple in full coastal shade. Sedum adolphii complements this perfectly, as yellow is the opposite color of purple on the color wheel.
Echeveria ‘Giant Blue’ becomes blue in the center of the rosette at maturity.
Senecio 'Skyscraper' and Agave attenuata 'Nova' are the perfect cool blue pair.
Echeveria 'Boe Kari' and Echeveria 'Blue Prince'
Aeonium undulatum provides a ruffled texture with undulating foliage.
Aeonium tabuliforme (Dinner Plate Aeonium) has a flat rosette and velvety soft foliage.
Crassula lactea offers sweet, white star-shaped flowers that attract many pollinators in the garden.
Sempervivum 'Spring Beauty', 'Forest Frost', 'Jade Rose Bud' and 'Pluto' offer texture while staying compact in rock gardens.Aeonium canariense
Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ and Echeveria ‘Lola’ are an adorable pink pair.
Crassula perforata variegata turns various shades of pink when stressed
Echeveria secunda 'Clara' provides a halo of hot pink flowers.Crassula pellucida ssp. marginalis variegata
Kalanchoe orgyalis (Copper Spoons) offers a soft, rust foliage which looks great with purple plants such as Mangave 'Lavender Lady'.
Lithops spp. mimic the brown rocks and becomes an eye-catching container garden.
Even spine color can be used in design. Mammilaria spinosissimaEcheveria ‘Brown Rose’
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There are at least a half dozen Opuntias in bud or bloom now. The flowers are beautiful in shades of red, orange, yellow, salmon, purple and other color variations. The plants are wicked! Some have spines that are tiny and float in the air when the plant is bumped, such as Opuntia microdasys. Cholla cactus which looks like Opuntia, with 1" to 2" spines, was included in the genus Opuntia, but has been reclassified as a separate genus, Cylindropuntia. The spines continue to be barbed and vicious, even though they're not still, technically, "Opuntia."