July 28, 2015
Available in a dazzling array of shapes, sizes and colors, we firmly believe that there's a succulent variety for every space in the garden. With lots of new arrivals in our nurseries, we asked our experts-- plant buyers Steve H. and Karen C.-- to help us craft a specimen guide showcasing some new and unusual succulents. Read on to learn more about four of their favorite varieties right now.
Jovibarba hirta: Karen says, "I'm loving Jovibarba these days, and Jovibarba hirta has been a bestseller in our nursery this year! It’s a form of Hens and Chicks that's also commonly called “rollers.” Jovibarba are very similar to Sempervivum, except for how they form new "chicks." Sempervivum form new growth under the adult rosette, but Jovibarba send them up over the mother plant on brittle stems that break easily, sending the babies rolling away to find a place to root." Native to European mountain ranges including the Alps and Balkans, these hardy, rosette-shaped succulents are part of their own, very small subgenus that includes just three species.