It's a Jungle in Here!
The juicy, water-retaining plants known as succulents, viewed from above, create a tapestry of marvelously sinuous shapes and sexy textures. The rectangular cement planter sets off their mysterious, subtle greens, some tinged with purple or silver. A few popular varieties: Echeveria, from Mexico and points south, can look like a green or bluish rose; variegated sedum can also be rosette-shaped but is larger and more spiky; crassula, from South Africa, is compact, with shiny green leaves (like those of a jade plant); donkey's tail has beadlike leaves and stems as long as four feet.
Care and feeding: Succulents require bright exposure, but they do well with relatively little care—you water them every ten days to two weeks in winter, more often in summer. And you can grow a whole new plant by sticking a single leaf into soil.
Cement planter, $150, The Window Box