My mother in law is a professional horticulturalist and tells me that succulents are so hot right now. And I believe her. Her home is brimming with them (the photo above is in the main bathroom — the view from the toilet).

Succulents are like the cool younger brother (whattup, Trix) of houseplants — chill, fun, interesting, cheerful, low maintenance, and a little quirky. They are a brown-thumb’s dream. And as the photos below of some from my mom-in-law’s collection suggests, they are diverse in size, shape, and color.  They make fantastic centerpieces, gifts, and ARE SO FUN TO TOUCH. Don’t scoff, it’s true.