Succulents are always a hot favourite during dry periods in the garden. Two tried and trusted old veterans that never seem to disappoint are Echeveria elegans (rock rose) and Graptopetalum paraguayense (mother of pearl). Similar in appearance the former has grey foliage and the latter pink leaves that turn purple in winter. They both grow into clumps of symmetrical rosettes of fleshy diamond shaped leaves. Flowers are almost secondary although they are attractive when they appear in spring or early summer.

These plants cope with dry conditions but importantly can adapt to periods of wet weather significantly better than many similar succulents. Use them for edging formal gardens, in rockeries, pots, window boxes and even hanging baskets. Also popular for table decorations at functions.