Succulents, with their ability to store water in succulent tissues, are often associated with warm and desert climates. However, there are succulent varieties that are incredibly resilient to cold weather and can survive even in the harshest winter conditions.

In this article, we will explore six of these robust succulents that will bring a touch of beauty to your garden or balcony even during the coldest months.

  1. Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)

Commonly known as “hens and chicks,” these charming clusters form rosettes of succulent leaves. They are renowned for their resistance to extreme cold and frost. Sempervivum comes in a wide range of colors, from green to red, and is ideal for creating colorful carpets that withstand winter frost.

  1. Sedum (Stonecrop)

Sedums are highly versatile and cold-resistant succulents. With fleshy leaves and uniquely shaped flowers, these plants can survive even under snow. Among the cold-hardy varieties are Sedum spectabile and Sedum acre.

  1. Agave

Agaves are often associated with desert climates, but many varieties can withstand moderate cold. Their tough and pointed leaves give a exotic look to the winter garden. Ensure proper drainage to avoid waterlogging that could harm the roots during winter.

  1. Yucca

With sword-like leaves and an elegant appearance, yuccas add an architectural touch to the winter garden. Many yucca varieties are cold-resistant and can tolerate temperatures below freezing. Plant them in a sunny location and protect them from strong winds.

  1. Opuntia (Prickly Pear Cactus)

Commonly known as “prickly pears,” Opuntia cacti have flat pads and spines. Many Opuntia species can survive very low winter temperatures, making them suitable for cold gardens. They are unusual and fascinating plants that add an exotic touch to the landscape.

  1. Hylotelephium (Stonecrop)

Formerly known as the Sedum genus, Hylotelephium includes many cold-resistant succulent species. These plants form clusters of star-shaped flowers and fleshy leaves. They are suitable for cold climates and add a touch of delicacy to the winter garden.