So I have my list narrowed down to a few selections that might work out well for me.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’
Tolerates less than perfect lighting, stays relatively small (to 12″ I believe? Varieties with less green should grow slower and stay smaller I imagine) and has a nice compact shape.
There are a lot of these that I like, and most stay small. There’s usually a decent selection of these readily available so I’ll have to see what’s around and choose from those.
(photo by Morningdew51 used under CC license from here)
Nice plant, have seen these in person many times and have been tempted before. Completely different look from anything else I have and available without much searching.
I may be able to get my hands on Sedum adolphii ‘Sunset’ &/or Sedum nussbaumerianum though I imagine these will be a little pricey for their size but we’ll see. Sedum morganianum won’t be cheap either for that matter.
Echeveria ‘Hummel #1’
(photo by hortulus used under CC license from here)
I’ve been warned, but these are so nice! I’ll get one, but only one, and not spend a lot on it just in case it doesn’t work out. I can probably get E. ‘Peter von Nurenburg’ easily but probably around $10-13 in a 4-4.5″ pot. NOIDS should run me a little less but if they aren’t exciting enough, or are more expensive that what I’m willing to pay for a NOID… we’ll just have to see. The orchid budget comes first, and hardy succulents just may come before tropical succulents.
Other cultivars of note (which I found here) include ‘Fire and Ice,’ ‘Apricot Glow,’ ‘Debbie,’ ‘Empress,’ and ‘Violet Queen.’ These cultivars include a large and several smaller plants, as well as anywhere from a tight to a very open rosette, blue/orange/green and purple colours, thick or thin leaves which are round, pointed and ruffled.
Generally speaking the plants on this list are fairly tough, some tolerating less than perfect lighting, the rest interesting enough to justify a front and center place in the big south window right up there with the sun loving orchids, ferns and other orchids can move back and to the sides a little. I’m not likely to try and grab all of these at once but I do want to get most of these, at some point. Maybe the smaller and/or easier ones first, then maybe a more demanding plant later on. We’ll see.
I’m also looking at some seeds, mostly to fill a minimum order so I can get something I really want (which is only $2.40, minimum order is $15). They have Echeveria mix, Lithiops mix (sold out) and Lapidaria margaretae (which I wasn’t going to get because it sounds fairly tricky to keep happy… but I do need to fill that order!). So… maybe I’ll try a few from seed and see what I end up with that way.