Zone 5 succulents have to withstand temperatures of -20 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 to -23 C.).
- Agave (several species)
- Thompson’s or Red Yucca.
- Myrtle Spurge.
- Stonecrop (and many other species of Sedum)
- Opuntia ‘ Compressa’
- Jovibarba (Beard of Jupiter)
- Ice Plant.
- Orostachys ‘Dunce Cap’
Considering this, can succulents be used for ground cover?
Succulents are very versatile plants. They do well in containers as well as planted in the ground. Succulents make excellent ground covers due to their easy going and drought tolerant nature. They come in different shapes, colors and textures to bring beauty and practicality to any landscape.
Also to know is, what succulents can survive winter?
There are two main varieties of succulents that can tolerate freezing temperatures, Sempervivums (commonly called hens and chicks) and Stonecrop Sedums. Most will tolerate temperatures down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
When can I plant succulents outside?
Generally it’s best to wait until after the last frost and when the nights don’t drop below 40F. While you could plant some succulents outside before then, you’ll find the best success with planting when the weather is warmer. Avoid waiting until summer though, as the heat can cause just as many problems as the cold.
Here are some of the best cactus plants for zone 5 landscapes:
- Brittle Prickly Pear (Opuntia fragilis) provides creamy yellow blooms in summer.
- Strawberry Cup (Echinocereus triglochidiatus), also known as King’s Crown, Mohave Mound or Claret Cup, has bright red blooms in late spring and early summer.
Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Among the easiest succulents to grow, they are popular for a reason. Each produces offsets or baby plants tucked around the “mother rosette.” Carefully pinch the baby, replant, and watch your groundcover grow. Color Varieties: Green, Purple, Red, Blue, etc.
Here are some good groundcovers you can walk on: Thyme (Thymus sp.) – Includes several walkable groundcovers such as woolly thyme, red creeping thyme, and mother-of-thyme.
Many succulents multiply themselves through division, but some cacti will have small plants appear along the ribs or leaf edges of the plant. When the plantlets are big enough to handle easily, they can be removed.
They thrive in sunny locations with warm, dry climates and can tolerate some neglect, so growing succulents outdoors is a great option. Grow succulents in-ground, in pots, or tuck them away in unexpected planting spots.
In general, succulents and cacti do best in temperatures ranging from 40-80°F. While minor sways in temperature outside of this range are tolerable, sways of 5° or more can cause irreversible damage.
Hardy succulents: Tolerate frost and can stay outdoors through below-freezing temperatures. They’re ideal for year-round, outdoor growing. In fact, hardy succulents grow better outdoors than in! Soft varieties: Not frost-tolerant.