Zone 6 Hardy Succulents – Selecting Succulent Plants For Zone 6

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

Growing succulents in zone 6? Is that possible? We tend to think of succulents as plants for arid, desert climates, but there are a number of hardy succulents that tolerate chilly winters in zone 6, where temperatures can drop as low as -5 F. (-20.6 C.). In fact, a few can survive punishing winter climates as far north as zone 3 or 4. Read on to learn about selecting and growing succulents in zone 6.

Succulent Plants for Zone 6

Northern gardeners have no shortage of beautiful succulent plants for zone 6. Here are a few examples of zone 6 hardy succulents:

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ – Grayish-green leaves, large pink flowers turn bronze in fall.

Sedum acre – A ground-cover sedum plant with bright yellow-green blooms.

Delosperma cooperi ‘Trailing Ice Plant’ – Spreading ground cover with reddish-purple flowers.

Sedum reflexum ‘Angelina’ (Angelina stonecrop) – Groundcover with lime green foliage.

Sedum ‘Touchdown Flame’ – Lime green and burgundy-red foliage, creamy yellow flowers.

Delosperma Mesa Verde (Ice Plant) – Grayish-green foliage, pinkish-salmon blooms.

Sedum ‘Vera Jameson’ – Reddish-purple leaves, pinkish blooms.

Sempervivum spp. (Hens-and-Chicks), available in a huge variety of colors and textures.

Sedum spectabile ‘Meteor’ – Bluish-green foliage, large pink blooms.

Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ – Deep purple foliage, long-lasting purple-pink flowers.

Opuntia ‘Compressa’ (Eastern Prickly Pear) – large, succulent, paddle-like pads with showy, bright yellow blooms.

Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’ (Stonecrop -Variegated Autumn) – Silvery grey leaves, white to pale pink flowers.

Succulent Care in Zone 6

Plant succulents in sheltered areas if winters tend to be rainy. Stop watering and fertilizing succulents in autumn. Don’t remove snow; it provides insulation for the roots when temperatures drop. Otherwise, succulents generally require no protection.

The key to success with zone 6 hardy succulents is to select plants suitable for your climate, then provide them with plenty of sunshine. Well-drained soil is absolutely critical. Although hardy succulents can tolerate cold temperatures, they won’t live long in wet, soggy soil.

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