Decorating with Succulents

If you need a little something to spruce up a bare kitchen or a backyard container, succulents are the way to go.  Succulents are “desert plants” and include cactus, sedum, aloe, jade, hens & chicks and many more really cool looking plants that need very little water and attention.  They can be used both indoors and outdoors and have a wide variety of colors, shapes, and textures. Succulent plants are extremely versatile and can be mixed with different kinds to make a beautiful piece of living art. succulents

When you begin to choose which plant to decorate with, first take into account the attributes of the vessel it is to be placed in. What color? Is it ceramic, glass, stone, or even an old shoe? (Seriously — these plants can live in anything!) Once you choose your container, it’s time to add soil.  Espoma makes a fantastic Cactus Mix. It provides optimum aeration and drainage. No need to add gravel to the bottom of the pot unless there is no drainage hole. 

When you choose the succulents, you can go with one plant offering a bold look – such as Jade. Aloe, or a large cactus.  Some succulents look great in a hanging basket such as String Of Pearls or Burros Tails.  Since there are so many varieties, succulents make wonderful container gardens.  It is aesthetically pleasing to plant a larger one and then surround it with a few smaller ones of varying colors and textures. Clustering the smaller ones based on shape/size is also a great idea. When finished planting, give your creation a good hardy drink of water.  As a finishing touch, add a top coat layer of colored gravel or sand and maybe a fairy or miniature piece to finish your look.
Now, all that’s left is to find a place to put it, indoors or outdoors, and to make sure and not forget to water it. Keep in mind if they are indoors, they need to have sunlight so a window sill is a great spot for them and also, make sure to water them about every 2 weeks or when the dirt is dry.

If you are unsure about how to plant them, just ask us! We’d love to guide you in this beautiful addition to your home or garden.