Ever desired a gorgeous, colorful garden, but lack the skill or space to grow one? You should totally try out one of these easy to grow succulent gardens!
Hello, friends! Yes, I have yet another plant and gardening post for y’all! I can’t help it. It’s spring! Spring makes me happy, and makes me want to buy all the plants! Believe me, you should see my patio. It kind of looks like a nature reserve right now, and I am still not done adding to it! I am one of those lucky people in the world that can grow anything. I inherited my green thumb from my dad, who got it from his dad, who grows lemons the size of small grapefruits, and onions as big as a small child’s head. Plant people just thrive in my family (hehe).
Now, I realize not everyone can grow luscious gardens, and that those people (ahem, my mother and sister) also like to have vibrant pretty plants in their lives. Well, I have a solution for y’all! If you have a hard time keeping plants alive, yet want a super colorful garden, why not try your hand at making a succulent garden? They can be so pretty, and made in a variety of styles. Today, I’ll give you lovely people some ideas on different kinds of cool succulent gardens, as well as go over some basic care for these hardy plants! You ready? Alright, let’s talk succulents!
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Succulent plants are one of those fads that come and go, but in the last few years, society’s love of these hardy plants has only grown. Why, you might ask? Well, friends, these plants are fantastic. There are hundreds of varieties, in colors ranging from pale greens, soft pinks, and golds to deep reds, purples, and blacks. You can even find variegated ones that don’t even look like real plants, yet there they are, growing right in front of you. They can grow indoors or outdoors, and only need a few simple things to be happy, healthy little plants.
Since succulents also include cacti plants, they don’t need a lot of water. They actually thrive with very little water since they pull water from the air through their leaves. Pretty neat, right? That’s why these smart plants are so awesome and hardy, and why they are perfect for cute little gardens like I’m about to show you.
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I just love a vertical succulent garden such as this one. Who would have thought you could quite literally frame a garden and hang it on your wall? The person who first figured this out deserves a cookie, or maybe two cookies. These vertical gardens look super fancy and hard to make, right? Well, have I got a surprise for you! They are actually super easy, and inexpensive! All you need is a frame, a backing, soil, and chicken wire, like below. I would use either a shallow box, or build one to have a little depth and backing behind your frame to best hold your succulents. Don’t forget to hang it well so it doesn’t break your wall, or you can lean it against the wall like this awesome succulent garden design.
Put it all together, like you see here, and start placing your succulents. This is where you get to have fun! Buy some colorful succulents that catch your eyes. Popular varieties include Echeveria (like the large pink and blue ones) and Sedum (the vine-y looking ones). You see how having different colors and species adds a ton of interest to this living art? Get some large ones, some small ones, and ones that will grow like vines to get a pretty awesome look! The more variety and color, the cooler these gardens look!
You all know I like projects where there’s no wrong way to complete them. Succulent gardens are like that. Just start with a few that catch your eye based on color, shape, or size, and go from there! The key to success with succulents is to follow these two rules: when replanting, gently knock the majority of dirt from the roots to free them up, and don’t water them after transplanting. Wait a week and let the succulents get acquainted with their new environment. Then you can water and mist them to keep them happy and healthy!
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Succulents are the type of super cool plant where you can start with a few, and with a simple technique called propagating, you can double, triple, or quadruple the number of succulents you own in a short time! Propagating is the process of taking succulent cuttings or leaves and growing a whole new plant. The easiest way is to take a small cutting with some stem and leaves, with about an inch of stem, and let the ‘wound’ end heal in a dry area with indirect sunlight (this can take up to a week). Once it has healed, place your cutting or leaf onto some soil, like above, and after a few weeks, you’ll have adorable, small succulents to add to your succulent garden! For more information, and some lovely photos on propagating your succulents, check out this blog post from Needles + Leaves.
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If you aren’t all that fond of the vertical garden, you can even use a normal pot or planter to house your succulent garden. The key with planters and pots is to have one that has a hole so it drains well. But, if you trust yourself not to overwater your new desert plants, you can use anything you wish for your garden.
Another tip for non-draining pots and planters is to use sand, or moisture wicking soil built for desert plants. You can find these at your local plant store or nursery, as well as many awesome varieties of succulents! I like gardens like these because you can make them as small or as large as you want. It all depends on your space. And you can even make multiple succulent arrangements to stash around your home!
I absolutely love the creativity behind these two hanging gardens. I love that they take up very little space, yet they are so cool! I mean, that’s a vintage birdcage. I know exactly what I want to plant my succulent garden in now! How awesome would that be hanging in an apartment or on a patio? If you said “very freaking awesome,” then we can be best friends. I love the succulent varieties that are hanging from the bottom of the birdcage. I have each of those, actually, the dense ones are called Donkey’s Tail Sedums, and the other stringy looking one is called String of Pearls. They both just keep growing and look so cool. So, if you want a garden like this, look into succulents like those two that will grow out and give another dimension to your cornucopia of plants.
And did you check out that pine cone? I have three things to say about the pine cone planter. One, that is awesomely eco-friendly. Two, that’s probably one of the most creative things I have ever seen made out of pine cones. And three, look how tiny those succulents are! I may die from the cuteness of the tiny baby succulents!
One of my best friends loves typography and plants, so when I saw this letter shaped vertical planter, I just had to add it in. Plus, it doesn’t have to be a succulent vertical garden. You can make or buy one that lays flat. Can you think of how cool different types of punctuation would be, or even initials like a monogram of plants? That would be pretty awesome. Plus, those in Greek organizations could even use the symbols of their sorority or fraternity to make succulent planters. The possibilities are endless. And please, please tell me you squealed as loudly as I did when I saw this whale planter. My gosh it’s adorable. It would be cute as a succulent wall garden in a nursery or small child’s room. Or, like my room. Because I love this thing and I need it in my life stat.
Lastly, I had to show off just how versatile succulents can be. I showed you huge vertical planters, hanging planters, and now, I’m gonna show you super tiny ones. Look at those cute little plants just chillin’ in that vintage gravy boat. This would make a great table setting for weddings, or even tea parties! And I just giggle every time I look at those teeny tiny succulents in a mint tin. Yeah, that’s a mint tin. Cue the collective “dawwww” when everyone realizes just how little the succulents in that tin have to be. I definitely love this one, because that’s a super clever use for an old mint tin. Plus, they are so tiny! I almost can’t handle how adorable these tiny succulent gardens are.
There you have it, folks! Some gorgeous ideas on how to set up and grow your own colorful and thriving succulent garden! Share this post with your family and friends who love plants, and don’t forget to comment and tell me which garden is your favorite, or if you have ideas on some even cooler ones! Until next time, stay creative, my friends!