Cactus and succulents are enjoying an overwhelming popularity in the garden design world and even beyond, as their exotic and iconic images appear in pop culture and their fruits and pads are even being made into cocktails, salads and even jellies.

Beginning and experienced gardeners start out with a few tiny cactus or succulents in containers, just for the novelty. Something hooks them—maybe the intrigue of the plants’ low maintenance or their amazing forms and patterns. If you live in a cactus-friendly region, which is much of western North America, Central America, and South America, it’s hard not to notice that these hardy plants can be incorporated into a landscape.

If you or a landscaping pro have experience and/or knowledge of these desert natives, cactus and succulents can be easily integrated with other drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses for a beautiful and natural looking garden design. Working with cactus requires some research and understanding of their sunlight, soil and watering needs. The specimens with spines need to be handled carefully without getting stuck.

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