Christmas cactus are succulents, not cacti. They need warm temperatures and bright light; after their holiday flowers fade, reduce the amount of water you give them. You can enjoy your potted Christmas cacti as a houseplant or move it outdoors in the spring, after all danger of frost has passed. Give it bright light, but not direct sun, and in some parts of the country, as the daylight hours naturally lengthen and then shorten again, new buds will form. Some gardeners may need to put their Christmas cacti into a completely dark location for 12 hours a day, for several weeks, in temperatures from about 50 to 55 degrees F., to stimulate new buds.
A rat tail cactus (Disocactus flagelliformis) reaches toward the ground as it spills over this hanging basket. Its bright pink bloom brings the attention back up to the metal container selected by designer Ryan Benoit.
The homeowners did not forget the side yard when they did their renovations. The contemplation pool is lined with cactus plants-a drought resistant plant that will thrive in the hot summer months. The green of the cactus plant gives a pop of color to the grey stone of the house, while the dark gray stones that rest around the cactus plants give the space an elegant look.
The yucca plants in this yard have their own planter box to make the spaces for each type of plants defined. Behind the yucca, there are cacti lining the gabion wall. Each of these species of plant are drought resistant, so they will not need much water in the coming summer heat.