Colorful succulents for arrangements and gardens

Colorful succulents for arrangements and gardens that you can buy to get a bright and vibrant look. Succulents are easy plants to grow and care for even for most beginners. They are also available in different sizes so you can get the plant and the size that best fits your space. These colorful succulents are gorgeous and range from common types to rare and exotic types.

Dragon’s Blood

The Dragon’s Blood succulent is often grown as a ground cover plant. It produces round leaves that get a gorgeous bronze-red color in late summer. During Fall, the leaves turn red hence the name. The succulent is cold tolerant and can be grown successfully in cold locations. It is also an excellent plant for establishing in hanging baskets because as it grows, it will cascade down.

Moon Cactus

The Moon Cactus is formed when the Gymnocalycium cactus is grafted onto Hylocereus cactus. The cultivars of the Gymnocalycium used lack chlorophyll. They look like colorful balls that can either be in yellow, red, or orange color. The cacti do well in bright indirect light. They are not cold hardy. These awesome cacti cannot miss a place in this list of colorful succulents for arrangements and gardens.

Coppertone Stonecrop

The Copper Stonecrop is a sedum. Just like with all sedums, don’t smoother it, or it will die. It thrives in neglect especially ones it’s established. It is drought and heat tolerant. If you overwater this succulent you will kill it. When growing in shaded areas, the leaves have a yellowish-green tint. When exposed to full sunlight the leaves get a gorgeous copper-gold color.

Morning Light Echeveria

The Morning Light is another colored echeveria variety. It is a hybrid echeveria variety. The succulent produces rosettes that only get to about six inches in diameter. The echeveria also has short stems compared to other echeveria varieties. It produces orangish-red flowers. It also has bluish-lavender leaves with bright pink edges. A unique succulent that is super pretty.

Black Beauty Aeonium

The Black Beauty Aeonium is a sight to behold. It produces rosettes at the end of branches. It can grow as high as four-five feet tall. This is an exotic succulent. In normal conditions, the succulent produces green to burgundy leaves. However, when the leaves are exposed to full sun, they turn almost black. This is a unique succulent that I had to add to this list of colorful succulents for arrangements and gardens.

Black Knight

The Black Knight is a unique succulent. It produces dark shaded foliage that looks almost black. The plant is a perfect small container and pot succulent plant. It doesn’t grow too large and will not require frequent repotting. You should also note that the succulent doesn’t do well in cold areas. It is also not cold tolerant.

Echeveria Chroma

Chroma is another dark-colored echeveria variety. The succulent plant produces rosettes with shiny and fleshy foliage. The leaves can have different colors ranging from deep red to maroon color. The colors intensify during Winter. Great echeveria variety that you should try. Check this post on 40 echeveria types and varieties with pictures.

Wooly Senecio

The Wooly Senecio is a rare succulent that can be hard to find. The succulent grows upright and produces finger-like leaves. The leaves have a snow-white appearance hence the plant’s name. When growing outside, the plant can become quite large but when grown in pots, it doesn’t reach its full size.

Sticks on Fire

Sticks on Fire succulent is also known as Pencil cactus. The cactus has a colored end that can range in color from red to orange. The plant is from the euphorbia family. The sap from Sticks on Fire is toxic and poisonous to dogs, cats, and humans. To get the best color on the cactus, grow it in a position where it gets part to full sunlight. Also, water it less as a way of distressing it. Check this post on the complete guide to growing Sticks on Fire.

California Sunset

The succulent produces beautiful rosettes similar to those produced by echeverias. However, it’s not an echeveria. The succulent’s leaves get shades of orangish-pink on the ends. To enhance the colors don’t grow it in the shade. Grow it under partial to full sunlight.

Santa Rita Prickly Pear

The Santa Rita is a beautiful upright cactus. It produces attractive fleshy pads that appear from the pads below them. The result is an attractive plant with levels of pads. The pads also have sharp spines all over, hence the name. The plant does well in hot environments and is best grown in USDA Zones 9-12. The pads get different shades of purple-bluish color.

Blue Glow Agave

The Blue Glow Agave is a cross between Agave Ocahui and Agave Attenuata. It produces a sword like leaves with sharp ends. The sides of the leaves look like fire. This succulent can grow up to two feet high as well as two feet wide. The succulent can also grow in a wide range of environments. It can also tolerate low temperatures as low as 200 F (-60 F).

Campfire Plant

The campfire plant produces leaves that turn bright red to orange. The intensity of the color on the leaves can be increased by growing the succulents in ample sunlight. It’s important to note that the succulent is not drought tolerant. It is one of the plants that will need to be moved indoors during winter for sheltering.

Echeveria Wine Red

This is a rare echeveria variety. There are many echeverias and many of them can become colored, check this post on 40 echeveria types and care with pictures. The Wine Red produces a rosette with sharply pointed leaves. Under the right conditions, the whole plant can turn wine red and not just the tips of the leaves.

Paddle Plant

The paddle plant is a beautiful succulent. It produces leaves that look like paddles. In normal growing conditions, the plant only has a slight rosy red color on the rim of the curved leaves. However, when distressed, the color spreads to the rest of the leaf area. One of the easiest plants to grow in this list of colorful succulents for arrangements and gardens.

Red Aloe

The Red Aloe is native to Africa in Malawi and Zimbabwe. It is one of the species of aloe and is sometimes referred to as the dramatic aloe. It looks and grows just like the normal aloe. However, when exposed to heat in the spring and summer, the leaves get an outstanding copper-red color. The color fades towards green as the heat subsides.

Blue Chalksticks

The Blue Chalksticks succulent produces beautiful bluish-green foliage that looks like sticks. It is a low maintenance plant that is hard to kill even for beginners. The plant grows upright and can get as high as a foot tall. It is also a drought-tolerant succulent that will forgive you if you neglect it. Once it’s established, you can water it once-twice a month and it will still grow fine.

Golden Barrel Cactus

The Golden Barrel Cactus is an awesome indoor or outdoor plant. The mature plant can reach up to three feet tall. It has a round shape and is covered in showy golden-colored pointy spines. The spines are so many that from a distance they look like a web. The spines are very sharp and cause harm. If you decide to get this succulent, keep it away from pets and kids.

Purple Beauty

The Purple Beauty succulent produces a rosette. The intensity of the purple color increases with exposure to bright direct sunlight. This is a great plant to grow outdoor. It is also frost hardy and can survive outside in most areas.

Baby’s Necklace

The Baby’s Necklace is a rare succulent with a unique name and shape. The succulent produces small plump leaves that appear stacked like beads on top of each other. Normally the leaves are light green, but when distressed, they become red along the edges. The succulent doesn’t do well when allowed to sit in water. Ensure you have proper drainage holes at the bottom of the container. Allowing them to sit in water will cause fungal diseases and root rot.

Golden Toothed Aloe

This one of the aloe varieties that can be successfully grown in pots and containers. The Golden Toothed Aloe forms rosettes as it grows. The plant is also a fast-grower and multiplies quickly. The leaves have a red tint which gives them a great appearance.

Sunset Jade

The Sunset Jade Plant is also known as the Golden Jade Tree. It is a variety of the jade plant. This variety has leaves that turn golden yellow and get red margins when exposed to full sun. The succulent is also one of the commonly used varieties for making bonsai jade trees. It has thick, woody succulent branches.

Graptosedum Bronze

The Graptosedum Bronze is also known as Vera Higgins. This small succulent produces beautiful rosettes. The leaves on the rosettes have a reddish-bronze color. It is an easy succulent to propagate. Even leaves that fall off, begin to root and form new plants easily. It also produces small yellow flowers.

Living Stones

Living Stone succulents can be found in different colors. The succulents are stemless and produce fused short leaves. When growing together, they appear like stones lying on top of the dirt. They can be found in different colors and shades including brown, grey, yellow, lilac, beige, marble, and blue. The succulents also produce flowers that emerge from in between the leaves. An interesting succulent that you should add to your collection.


The Houseleek is also commonly known as Hens and Chicks. It is often grown for ground cover. The plant is also used for its medicinal properties in the treatment of various illnesses including diarrhea. It is an evergreen plant that prudes a rosette with leaves that have purple tips. Some varieties of the Houseleek succulent have red tips.

Queen Victoria Agave

The Queen Victoria Agave is also known as the Royal Agave. It is a slow-growing succulent that produces a tight rosette. The plant produces deep green leaves with streaks of white running along with the leaves. It is a beautiful agave that likes full sun and is also drought-resistant.

Blue Beaked Yucca

The Blue Beaked Yucca is commonly used as an ornamental landscape succulent. It is tolerant of heat, drought, and frost. It produces a tall trunk with many thin and long leaves. The leaves have a bluish-green appearance and turn silver-blue in Summer. The plant is a slow-growing evergreen with a tropical feel.

Lavender Scallops

The Lavender Scallops is also known as the Kalanchoe Stonecrop. It is a perennial low-growing succulent. The plant produces beautiful lavender-green leaves that have scalloped edges. Lavender Scallops plant does well when grown in partial shade outdoor or bright light when grown indoors. Some varieties also produce long-lasting brightly colored flowers.

Mangave Macho

The Mangave Macho Mocha succulent can reach up to six feet wide when mature. It produces thick fleshy purple-greyish-green leaves. The leaves also have purple leaves spread all over the leaves. Near the tips, the purple spots are super dense making the plant appear to have purple ends. A beautiful succulent that is used in landscapes.

Copper Pinwheel

This is a beautiful branching succulent. It produces upright stalks that can reach as high as 18 inches. At the ends of the stalks are rosettes. The leaves of the rosettes have yellow and green variegation. The plant does well in partial to full sun.

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart plant is also known as the Purple Queen. The plant produces lance-shaped purple leaves that can be as long as 7 inches. The leaves appear along tall stems that grow upright first before cascading downwards. It is a great plant for hanging baskets. It also produces purple flowers.

Red Edge Echeveria

The Red Edge is another colored echeveria variety. Easy to care for and grow both as an outdoor and indoor plant. It produces a rosette with light green leaves that have red tips. The intensity of the color can be increased by exposing the succulent to four to six hours of direct sunlight.

Zebra Plant

The Zebra plant is easy to grow succulent even for beginners. It produces a tight rosette with no stem. The leaves have a zebra-like appearance hence the name. It has beautiful deep green leaves with white lines running across them. It is a common houseplant and should be added to colorful succulents for arrangements and gardens.

Red Pagoda

The Red Pagoda is one of the colorful succulents from the crassula genus. The plant is a branching succulent that produces fleshy, triangular, densely stacked leaves. The leaves also have tips that can have different colors including crimson, pink, red, or orange. The intensity of the color increases during Winter.

Wandering Jew

The Wandering Jew is a fast-growing succulent. The plant has long stems that produce leaves along with them. The leaves are variegated with green and purple colors. It is an excellent hanging basket plant because the vines create a cascading effect. The Wandering Jew is also easy to propagate from cuttings.


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