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Potted: Pebble Patch

Photo - Zigzag Mountain Art/

These little pots of small-leafed succulents are low-care and make a great gift. Simply plant 3-4 miniature-leafed succulents into a decorative stone trough. There are plenty to choose from. Two perfect options include the jelly bean plant (Sedum rubrotinctum) which has rounded which change changing colour from green to ruby-red during the summer; and the houseleek (Sempervivum) which has rosettes of foliage, varying in colour from green to magenta. Most nurseries have a range of plants in their succulent section, but remember they propagate easily from cuttings placed into a sandy potting mix, so check your neighbours and friends! Place the pots in full sun and water only during spring and summer. Look out for a purple form of sedum called 'Dragon's Blood' - it’s evergeeen, with deep purple leaves and pinkish-purple blooms in late summer.

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Author: Linda Ross