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A Succulent Garden Outside – How To Plant An Outdoor Succulent Garden

Succulent garden design is appropriate for warm, temperate and even cold season locations. In cold climates, it is not always possible to have a succulent garden outside, but you can grow them indoors in containers. Learn a little about how to plan an outdoor succulent garden and bring some fun shapes and textures to your landscape.

Succulent Garden Design

Succulents are generally drought tolerant plants that have thick leaves where they store moisture. Although succulent plants are very tolerant of dry conditions, they do need water, especially during the growing season.

Succulent garden design should consider the location, soil type, configuration, moisture level, and the types of plants. Some succulents are more drought tolerant than others. Do a little research on the wide variety of succulent shapes and sizes before starting a succulent garden outside.

For instance, cacti are succulents and hold water in their stems and pads. Other types of succulents are not spiny but have swollen leaves with a myriad of growth habits. There are spreading or drooping types, such as burro’s tail; spiky, wide plants like agave; or tall, columned varieties such as old man’s cactus. Plan the design with enough space for the plants to fill in as they grow.

Succulent Outdoor Plants

Growing a succulent garden outside starts with plant choices. If you are a novice, begin with plants that are easy and foolproof. Sedum and sempervivum are easy to grow and adaptable to bright, sunny locations or even slightly dappled areas.

Whatever types of plants you choose, succulents need well-drained soil. They can thrive in cracks and crevasses, rockeries and sandy or gritty soils. Succulents in cool season areas will do best in containers that are brought indoors for the winter.

Try some kalanchoe, aloe, echeveria and aeonium. Have fun with the unique sizes, shapes and textures of these plants. Use succulent outdoor plants as part of a xeriscape area of the garden, to conserve water and provide interest and color.

How to Plan an Outdoor Succulent Garden

When you’ve chosen your plants and are ready for planting, you will need to know how to plan an outdoor succulent garden. Choose a sunny location and plot the space you want to fill.

Check the soil conditions and drainage by digging a hole at least 1 foot deep and filling it with water. If the water drains within a half hour, the soil is sufficiently porous. If not, simply mix in 3 inches of sand or other gritty material to increase the texture and drainage.

Use taller specimens at the center of the area and spreading species at the edges or dotted among the larger plants as ground cover.

Top the area with a layer of pebbles or small rocks to act as mulch. This will help prevent weeds and conserves moisture while allowing evaporation of excess water.

Care of Succulent Garden Plants

Succulent plants tolerate periods of dryness, but should receive regular water during the growing season. When soil is dry a couple of inches down, water deeply and then let the soil dry out again between waterings.

The most common problem with succulents is rot. Keeping the stems out of the soil and providing drying periods between irrigation will help prevent this. Also, water from the base of the plant to keep leaves dry.

Watch for insect pests and combat them with sprays of water and horticultural soap spray.

Remove dead stems and offsets during the care of succulent garden plants. Offsets are easy to start as a completely new plant. Put them in a well-drained potting mix and care for them until roots are full and healthy, then plant them in a new area of the garden.

PRINTABLE GUIDE

Winter can be tough on succulents. At best they look dull, at worst they kick the bucket. But with a few simple tricks you can help your succulents make it to spring looking healthy, robust, and vibrant. This guide will cover:

  • Can Succulents Stay Outside in Winter?
  • Recommended Winter Varieties
  • Winter Dormancy
  • Overwintering Hardy Succulents
  • Overwintering Soft Succulents

Frost Hardy Sempervium ‘Hedgehog’

Can Succulents Stay Outside in Winter?

Many people are surprised to learn that there are lots of succulents that can live outdoors all year, even in snowy climates. To help you pick the right succulent for your region, we categorize succulents into two groups: “hardy” and “soft”.

  • Hardy succulents: Tolerate frost and can stay outdoors through below-freezing temperatures. They’re ideal for year-round, outdoor growing. In fact, hardy succulents grow better outdoors than in!
  • Soft varieties: Not frost-tolerant. These varieties must come indoors before nighttime temperatures get below freezing. They are, however, happy to go back outside when warm, sunny weather returns.

Plant zoning can get more specific too. From just your zip code, find your USDA Grow Zone (based on minimum winter temperature). On every plant’s description in our online catalog you can find its “Cold Hardiness”. If the number of your zone is equal to or greater than that of the plant, that variety can survive outdoors year-round in your climate. If you live in a zone with a lower number than the plant’s Cold Hardiness, it will have to come indoors before temperatures start dropping in the fall.

For easy reference, most of our plants are also shipped with name tags that list the minimum temperature they can tolerate.

This Sempervivum heuffelii could grow in zones 4 and higher, but not zones 3 or below

Recommended Winter Varieties

There are plenty of succulents that can survive outdoors through winter, even in very cold climates. These Hardy Succulents do well in cold, snowy winters. Some of our favorites include Sempervivum heuffelii, which keep vibrant colors for Winter Interest. We also recommend the frost-hardy Sedum varieties, as they make for fantastic ground cover in almost all climates.

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For indoor succulents, we recommend Kalanchoe or Senecio, if you have a sunny window or grow light. Can’t get enough light? Then Indoor Succulents are for you! Top picks include Haworthia, Jade (Crassula), Gasteria, and Air Plants (Tillandsia) as they tolerate low-light conditions well.

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Winter Dormancy

You can think of succulents in three categories: winter growing, partially dormant, or fully dormant. Most types experience at least partial dormancy in winter. While they won’t change drastically in appearance, they also don’t grow much. Give them less frequent water and no fertilizer in winter.

There are a few types that go into a deeper dormancy and lose leaves like a deciduous tree. Some (like Sedum kamtschaticum and Orostachys sp.) die-back completely above-ground. Their root systems live on, though, and re-sprout new growth each spring.

On the other end of the spectrum are the varieties that grow during the cooler months, namely Aloe, Haworthia, and Aeonium. Shorter days and lower temperatures signal them to begin their growing season. If you choose to fertilize, winter is the season for it with these varieties.

Sedum spurium with exposed stems during winter dormancy

Overwintering Hardy Succulents

1. (Potentially) Transplant

If you have over a month before the first frost, consider transplanting potted succulents into the ground. In-ground plantings stay better insulated than those in pots. It is, however imperative that your succulents are fully rooted and acclimated before frost hits. If there isn’t enough time, simply move pots to locations with morning sun and protection from heavy rainfall.

2. Remove Dried Leaves

Healthy succulents naturally shed basal leaves as they grow new ones above. In climates with cold, wet winters, these leaves can get soggy and rot. Remove them in the fall and your succulents will not only look tidier, they will be more resilient against disease.

3. Protect from Water

You’ll find hardy succulents need less frequent water from you in winter. They should also be protected them from water dripping from roofs and trees. A hardy succulent insulated under a blanket of snow can weather the winter well, but one left cold and wet risks rotting. If you get cold, wet winters but no snow, consider moving your succulents under a roof or positioning a clear rain cover at least 18.0″ above them.

Overwintering Soft Succulents

Soft succulents can get their sunshine fix outdoors each summer, but the need to be back indoors before temperatures drop near freezing. To transition your plants back indoor for winter, pay attention to their light, air, soil, and water conditions.

Light

Indoor spaces inevitably get less sunlight, so it’s important to put sun-loving succulents near a sunny window. Rotate the pots regularly to prevent stretching and fading. For rooms that just don’t get enough sunlight, you can supplement with a grow light or try Indoor Succulent Varieties. We recommend Haworthia, Jade, and Gasteria for especially low light rooms.

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Airflow

Without the wind and ventilation of the outdoors, succulents are more vulnerable to pests and rot. You can run fans or open windows to keep air moving, but changes to your soil mix and watering frequency are often enough to speed drying and prevent rot.

Soil & Containers

Bringing succulents in for winter is the perfect opportunity to fix any drainage issues. Use a light, gritty mix like cactus & succulent soil from a garden center. Do not fertilize until spring. Adding rocks to the bottom of a pot will not increase drainage, so we strongly suggest using pots with drainage holes. Ultimate Guide to Succulent Soil

Water

You should find your watering frequency decreasing in winter, as it takes longer for the soil to dry. With the exception the winter growers (Aeonium, Aloe, and Haworthia), most succulents prefer a deep watering every 3-6 weeks in winter. As always, only water if the soil is completely dry.

More questions?

Winterizing succulents indoors or out can be simple and hands-off if you:

  • Pick the right variety
  • Keep it in its preferred location
  • Provide plenty of light
  • Reduce watering frequency, watering only if the soil is completely dry

It can seem challenging at first, but it gets easier with experience…and we’ve got plenty of it! Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. We’re here to help ensure your succulents make it to spring looking their best.

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How to Grow an Indoor Cactus Garden

Want to bring the beauty of the desert into your home? Grow an indoor cactus garden. With their striking architectural shapes and eye-catching colors, indoor cactus plants make an attractive addition to the home.

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How to Pick the Best Cactus

They may be a bit on the picky (and prickly) side, but when you’re armed with helpful information, you can have luck growing cactus indoors. In order to have a successful indoor cactus, it’s important to buy healthy plants. Look for plants that appear robust. Use a pencil or similar object to gently poke the base of each cactus. It should be firm. If the base is wobbly or squishy, avoid getting the plant, as it most likely has root rot. Another sign of good cactus health is dry soil.

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Indoor Cactus Care Tips

The following cactus plant care tips will help you grow healthy desert plants.

  • Provide abundant light. Most cacti are from the desert, where sunlight is abundant. Indoor cactus requires ample light to grow well, which means light from an unobstructed southern or eastern window. If you don’t have sufficient light coming through a window, get full-spectrum indoor lighting, which are light bulbs that simulate sunlight. They can be put in any type of fixture. If your desert garden experiences low light for an extended period of time, the plants are likely to develop root rot. They may also attract pests, such as mealybugs.
  • Avoid temperature extremes. Cacti require even temperatures to grow well indoors. Aim for growing them between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This means keeping them away from drafty areas and doorways during the cold months of the year.
  • Water sparingly. For the best cactus care, it’s vital to avoid overwatering your plants, which can lead to root rot. In their natural desert environment, cacti get watered only when it rains infrequently, so they’re used to dry conditions. Water cactus with warm water when the soil has dried out.
  • Feed periodically. For the healthiest indoor cactus garden, fertilize the plants every two months. Cacti respond well to fertilizers with an NPK ratio of 15-15-30.

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How to Grow Mini Cactus

Some cacti that grow outdoors in desert regions reach several feet tall and wide at maturity. Feel free to try growing large indoor cactus, but you’ll have more luck with small specimens in an indoor cactus garden.

Some easy-to-grow mini cactus plants include Chin cactus (Gymnocalycium) and hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus coccineus). Both of these are flowering cactus plants. You can also add a splash of color to your cactus garden by growing the ruby ball cactus, which is also a Gymnocalycium. This plant features two cacti in one. The top part is a striking red color and the bottom is green.

  • By Julie Bawden-Davis

Succulent gardens have quickly become a fast growing craze. It’s not surprising seeing as how you can add succulents and grow them beautifully in virtually any climate. They are perfect for dry environments, and can be arranged just about anywhere from indoor patios to outdoor garden areas, poolside, and even along the driveway. I love succulents simply because I don’t have a green thumb and these things are so easy to grow, and nearly impossible to kill.

Many people think of cactus when they think succulents but they are so much more than a simple cactus in the center of your flower garden. You can create quite a captivating garden area using a wide array of succulent types, and I’ve collected 30 of the most enchanting gardening ideas for you to use those succulents – which by the way are relatively inexpensive and can be found just about anywhere from home improvement stores to Wal-Mart.

Succulent gardens are a great choice if you don’t have time to actually maintain a flower garden. They require very little care and readily thrive in many regions including coastal areas and those that have very short rainy seasons. You can even plant them around this great Patio Water Garden, which by the way is also really easy to build.

Succulent gardens are great for all sizes of space, as well. Whether you have a huge garden area to fill or just a small patio space, you are sure to find a succulent garden that will perfectly fill in that space with beautifully greenery and splashes of color. By the way, if you are working with small spaces, be sure to check out these 40 Space Saving Garden Solutions for those smaller garden spaces.

So, succulents are great because they grow easily, require very little maintenance, and you can virtually build any garden theme that you want around them. If you’ve been searching for the perfect garden idea, this is it. Let’s take a look at some wonderful succulent gardens that you can easily – and cheaply – DIY and have a beautiful garden space this spring.

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1. Stairway To Heaven

This gorgeous succulent display uses a tree trunk as a background. You add the succulents so that they are climbing up the trunk. This is an excellent gardening option for those of you who have old trees in your yard that you don’t want to cut down. If you don’t have a tree, you could get the same effect with a ladder against the side of the house or porch. You can use any number of different succulent types and sizes.

Mug succulent planter

I know we’ve made tons of terrariums for succulents on the blog but I don’t know if we’ve ever made this. A DIY Mug Succulent Planter. It’s a succulent planter in a mug. How cute is that! This project is super simple mostly because we’re using faux succulents. If you’re looking for a fun summer project or a new DIY planter idea then look no further.

Source/Tutorial: alittlecraftinyourday

2. Wheelbarrow Succulent Garden

An old wheelbarrow is the perfect place to plant your succulents. If you don’t have a rusty old wheelbarrow or wagon, you can pick them up for just a few dollars at a flea market or yard sale. Add some pea gravel or river stones and some mesh and potting soil. Then add your succulents. This little mini garden is perfect if you don’t have much ground room to plant succulents and it’s a big portable so you can move it when you need to do so for landscaping and such.

Source/Tutorial: drought-smart-plants

3. Cinder Block Succulent Garden

If you have a few cinder blocks in the backyard, and most people do, you can use them to create a beautiful display area for your succulents. Just place the cinder blocks a few tiers deep and add potting soil. Then place your succulents wherever you want them to build the display that you want. you may also want to add a few plants that hang, especially if you stack the blocks pretty high, or paint the blocks before you stack them if you want to create a theme or have a specific color that matches your exterior.

4. Birdcage Succulent Garden

I really love this idea – You just take an old birdcage and turn it into a holder for your succulents. Using a birdcage that opens from the top makes it much easier to access the plants inside. You can normally find old birdcages at thrift shops or you can buy a new one at most craft stores. Just use a hanging basket liner in the bottom of the cage to hold the plants in. Choose succulents that will fit easily inside and peek out the cage for a good display.

Source/Tutorial: gardentherapy

5. Succulent Wreath

This succulent wreath is perfect if you want to add a succulent garden but have very little space available. You use a variety of different succulents and moss to create the wreath which you can hang on the side of your house or in your garden. Start with a floral wreath form to make things easier and use floral or chicken wire to hold it all together. As your succulents grow, the wreath will become fuller and more lush.

Source/Tutorial: ourfairfieldhomeandgarden

6. Gardening Can Succulent Planter

larger succulent garden. If you don’t have an old watering can, you can use a new one or look for one when you’re flea market or thrift store shopping. If you want a succulent garden that has a rustic theme, this is the perfect way to get it.

Source/Tutorial: designdininganddiapers

7. Boot Or Shoe Succulent Planters

Take an old pair of boots or walking shoes and turn them into wonderful planters for your succulents. I love this idea for old rustic looking gardens. Just stuff the boots with cactus soil and add your succulent. You may only be able to get one per shoe at the top but you can also cut away the top section of the toes and place another there. Add a complete pair of boots to have a wonderful little mini succulent garden that is sure to be the talk of your next garden party.

Source/Tutorial: flickr

8. Succulent Garden Chair Planter

This garden chair turned mini succulent garden is gorgeous. You use chicken wire and moss to hold your plants in place, and you can use any selection of plants you wish. Remove the seat from your old chair and then add moss. This is a great upcycle project for broken chairs and you have such a creative base. An old wrought iron patio chair would also look great or you could do this with an entire bench.

Source/Tutorial: empressofdirt

9. Outdoor Succulent Plant Shelf

I really love this outdoor plant shelf for succulents – it’s particularly perfect if you just don’t have enough space for a more traditional garden. The great thing about this shelf is you may be able to build it for nothing. If you have an old pallet, you can totally convert that into this lovely shelf, and it holds loads of succulents. I especially like the burlap – it gives it a great rustic look. You can also just place plant containers into the shelf instead of planting directly, so it will be easier to change plants out when needed.

Source/Tutorial: empressofdirt

10. Succulent Planter Box

I really adore the colors in this one – you can get such a great rainbow look from adding different succulents. I also love that it’s in a wooden box, so you can move it about as needed or make the box stationary. It’s still a great idea if you want to keep your succulent garden up off the ground for whatever reason. Adding a few other broad leaved plants just adds to the overall beauty of this little mini garden.

Source/Tutorial: ecoosfera.com

11. Succulent Dish Garden

If you’re planning a garden for indoors, this dish garden is the perfect choice. You can also use it outdoors, just add more dishes. I think a saucer on top of a candlestick or something similar would give you a lovely Florentine look and you can add other succulents around your centerpiece. Or, if you want something really huge, incorporate this into an actual birdbath and use these little dish gardens around it.

Source/Tutorial:homedepot.com

12. Rack Against The Wall

If you have an old pallet, you can easily turn that into a wonderful standing succulent garden. You just simply lean it up against the wall and use it for holding small plant containers. How very easy! Add succulents of all different sizes and colors to get a really colorful look. This one doesn’t require any work except for standing up the pallet and deciding where to place your succulents. If you want to though, you could affix it to the wall so that it’s more stable.

Source/Tutorial: upcyclethat.com

13. Desert Spheres

Your garden will look beautiful with these succulent balls hanging all around. You’ll need peat moss to hold the plants and you’ll have to create the ball. You can use any number of things to make a sphere. Wire hanging baskets and strong chains or wire for hanging give you all you need to decorate fences, patios, or just about anywhere. I love how versatile this one is – you can literally hang them anywhere and you can stuff so many succulents into one sphere – use different colors throughout to give it a great rainbow effect.

Source/Tutorial: drought-smart-plants

14. Succulent Fishing Tackle Box

How adorable is this? Whether you use a new tackle box or an old rusted one that isn’t much use for fishing any longer, this succulent fishing tackle box is the perfect way to create a mini succulent garden on the patio or porch. I personally think the rusted look is the way to go. If you don’t have an old tackle box, you can probably pick one up at a yard sale or flea market for just a couple dollars. Set it atop an old rusted chair or stool and fill with all the succulents it will hold!

Source/Tutorial: empressofdirt

15. Beautiful Seascape Succulent Planter

Even if you don’t live near the beach, this gorgeous seascape succulent planter will make you feel as if you do. The planter is covered in seashells, which perfectly contrast the beautiful coloring of the succulents. You just cover your terra cotta pots with seashells, hot gluing them in so that they stay in place. I love this idea – especially since visiting the beach is my favorite pastime. If you don’t have seashells, you can get them the next time you visit the beach or buy them at your local craft store.

Source/Tutorial: billabong

16. Regal Pathways

The colors in this make it really stand out. You use succulents to create different pathways, each made of a single stream of color. It gives the illusion of a river winding right through your yard. You can do this with any number of different colors and sizes of succulents. The overall effect is gorgeous and so unique – your neighbors are sure to be filled with jealousy when they see what you’ve done.

Source/Tutorial: coupdepouce

17. Monogrammed Succulent Planters

Monogrammed letters are the perfect way to show off those succulents. I found this particular planter on Etsy, but you could easily recreate it. Spell out words of love or encouragement or just use your family’s monogram. However you end up doing it, you’re going to love adding your succulents to these beautiful wooden letters. This is where those old pallets would come in handy. Just take them apart to have the wood you need to create your monogram.

Source/Tutorial: etsy.com

18. Broken Pottery Garden

Instead of throwing out that old broken pottery, use it to help create an enchanting succulent garden. Broken terra cotta planters provide a beautiful backdrop to colorful succulents and give you such a unique design. You can add embellishments to turn this into a mini fairy garden as well, and fill it in with many different colors of succulents. Add some blooming plants and even a miniature castle and your enchanted garden is complete.

19. Tree Stump Garden

Whether you’re looking to create a mini fairy garden or you just want to showcase your succulents, an old tree trunk is perfect. I am a huge fan of using old tree trunks for flower beds – around them and in them. You’ll just need to hollow out the center a bit so that you can add cactus soil for the plants. Then fill with a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. This is a great way to avoid having to remove that trunk and leave a huge hole in your yard, and it gives you a beautiful display for those succulents.

Source/Tutorial: myrepurposedlife

20. Create A Mosaic

Wherever you plant your succulent garden, if you’re looking for a unique way to display your plants, consider creating a mosaic. I absolutely love the colors in this one – the reds and greens really bring out the best in each other and the way it’s arranged, it truly looks like a work of art. You can do this with any colors you want and use a variety of different styles and sizes, as well. The overall effect is gorgeous and not something that you’re likely to see anywhere else.

21. Path Of The Chameleon

Okay, this may be the most adorable succulent garden I have ever seen. It’s laid out to look like a lizard. Now, I don’t like lizards per se, but I do think this is probably the greatest gardening design ever. You’ll need a collection of different sizes and you’ll want to draw out the pattern before you begin planting, just to make sure you stick with the image. It’s not nearly as difficult as it looks and you can just imagine what a conversation starter it will be.

22. Old Wagon Wheel Planter

This old wagon wheel turned succulent planter is great. Wagon wheels are pretty big, so this one gives you loads of room to plant quite a variety of succulents. Also, you have different sections between the spokes, so you could totally create a unique design that is all your own. If you use smaller succulents, you’ll be able to get several in each section – or you could plant larger ones in every other section and fill in between with smaller plants. The possibilities are endless!

Source/Tutorial: smartschoolhouse

23. Purple Pavement Succulents

concrete corner into a true work of art. Use these lovely purple succulents to fill in the crack between your sidewalk and your house or porch. The cascading effect is really beautiful and you can plant this so that it cascades into a larger succulent garden, which would really be gorgeous.

Source/Tutorial: diyfairygardens.com

24. PVC Pipe Succulent Garden Planter

An old piece of large PVC pipe can be easily turned into this amazing vertical planter. You just cut out holes where you want plants to show through and then find a place to stand it up. I love how easy this one is and it looks so elegant. You can get PVC pipe at most home improvement stores if you don’t have some on hand. Use the same colors to get an elegant and classic look or opt for different colors and types for a more creative and unique garden.

Source/Tutorial: flickr.com

25. Handy Succulent Planter

This hand succulent planter is great – you make it yourself, too! You just need concrete and a pair of gloves. I never knew you could make these and they’re great for adding a unique effect to your succulent or any other garden. Once they’re finished, just set them in the middle of your succulents and use the palms to hold smaller or more colorful varieties. The planter will instantly give your garden depth and is such a wonderful conversation piece – especially when you tell people that you made it yourself.

Source/Tutorial: diyfunideas

26. Framed Heirlooms

If you want something really different, and especially if you have little gardening space for your succulents, this window frame planter is great. If you have an empty wall space outside or even the side of a fence, you can just stand the window up and add your plants. You can pick one of these old windows up at most junk dealers or at yard sales and they’re really cheap. Just clean up the frame and line each section with peat moss. Then just add your succulents and you’re ready for a gorgeous display.

27. Individual Pots To Create A Larger Garden

Use individual containers for your succulents and then arrange them all together for a larger garden. You can use containers of any shape or size, and paint them all the same color or different colors depending on how colorful you want the garden to be. This is a great idea for adding depth to your existing garden. Just place these containers strategically throughout your garden to raise some of the succulents up a bit. Or, use the containers to make a centerpiece for the patio table or to place succulents in regular flower beds.

Source/Tutorial: plentyofcolour

28. Spilling Over

Tip your larger planters over on their side to give your garden an aesthetic effect. Instead of having all your planters perfectly straight, just topple them over and then plant succulents so that they look like they’re spilling out. You can use this method to add a bit of interest to smaller succulent gardens on the sides of steps or to quickly draw the eye to succulents that you plant in your regular flower beds. This is also a great way to use planters that may be broken or damaged on one side.

29. Wishing Well Garden

Create a mini fairy garden for your succulents with just a few things that you can pick up at your favorite craft or hobby store. A tiny wishing well and a few strategically placed pieces of furniture give you a wonderful fairy garden that you can complete with different sizes and colors of succulents. You can even add a tiny fairy or some small wildlife to finish off the project. This one is great for those with small spaces or if you just want to add some whimsy to your flower garden.

Source/Tutorial: succulentsandsunshine

30. Faux Mount Rushmore Garden

Okay, so this succulent garden may be the most creative. It’s your own little Mount Rushmore, made complete with lovely succulents of all sizes and colors. You can do these in any likeness that you want. If you have an otherwise flat garden, this will definitely give it depth, and in the most creative way possible. It’s sure to turn heads – no pun intended – and be a conversation starter like no other. Just use old concrete, or even plastic, busts and the succulents become the hair. This is such a wonderful way to bring some real creativity into your succulent garden.

Source/Tutorial: instructables.com

10 Creative Succulent Garden Ideas

Succulents are as versatile as they are stunning. Not only do these plants flourish in just about every setting, but they also can be used to fill anything from the tiniest nooks and crannies to vast garden landscapes.

From indoor decor to backyard gardens, succulents are ready and waiting for you to get creative and start on your next project. From so many options to choose from, we are here to help you identify some of the trendiest succulent garden ideas.

Upcycling: From Trash to Treasure

Have you ever heard the expression, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Succulents take this statement one step further by turning “trash” into beautiful upcycled planters. From outdated iron chairs to vintage bathtubs, people are turning garage sale scores into unique containers for their succulents.

Some upcycled pieces can serve as planters in the condition they are in, but others need help with their structure. The most common way to create structure is by is by building out a space with chicken wire.

Take the wire and mold the space you want to fill. Use zip ties or other loose wire to secure the chicken wire to your upcycled container. This will give your succulents something to latch onto. So that the chicken wire is not visible, fill it with sheet moss. From here, proceed as usual with planting your succulents!

Living Walls

Bring life to plain walls with lush, vertical succulent planters. These vertical gardens are not only simple to construct, but allow for your own dash of personalization and creativity. In addition to traditional wooden frame planters, try mounting a vintage frame on top of your container for a shabby-chic look. Pallets and industrial piping can also be used to put your personal touch on your vertical succulent planter.

To create a basic planter, make a square frame out of wood and staple a heavy plastic to the back. Next, fill your planter with a succulent-specific soil that won’t retain too much water. After evenly spreading the soil, secure the soil down with chicken wire and staple this to the frame. Once this is complete, treat your newly made structure like a regular planter. Plant your succulents and allow them to take root before hanging your vertical garden.

Hanging Houseplants

If you already have a pot or bowl filled with succulents, a wonderful way to refresh the look is by turning it into a hanging houseplant.

There is a myriad of ways to create hanging planters, but one that is particularly popular is by purchasing or crafting a macrame structure that you can nestle your pot into. By hanging your succulents, you will add levels of depth and dimension to your decor.

Tiny Terrariums

Looking for a little way to brighten up your windowsill or desk? Tiny terrariums are easy to build and are customizable to your style. To build your terrarium, place thin layers of stones, activated charcoal, moss, and specialized succulent soil into your terrarium of choice.

Next, plant your succulents, but leave room for decorative pieces such as shells or crystals. Finally, cover the soil with a thin layer of stones and decorate as you please.

Trinkets & Treasures

In addition to up cycling larger pieces, smaller mementos can also be salvaged and repurposed into unique homes for succulents.

Vintage tins, old books, eclectic teacups, colored glass bottles, and other forgotten treasures can serve as tiny planters. These trinkets can add a quirky touch to any garden or indoor space.

Succulent Sphere

Create a succulent planter with a 360-degree view by creating a hanging sphere. To build this, purchase two identical dome shaped hanging planters that fit together into a sphere. Next, tightly fill both spheres with succulent soil.

Close the two pieces together by covering one side with a piece of sheet metal or similar material, and tightly connect the two sides with a strong wire. Puncture holes in the planter’s sides and plant your succulents. Let the succulents take root before hanging your sphere and watching it flourish.

Drought Tolerant Designs

For more outdoorsucculent garden ideas, consider drought tolerant plants paired with unique stones and rock pavers for a beautiful, low-maintenance garden. Your entire garden can be grass-free by incorporating a large variety of drought resistant cacti and succulents with gravel, pavers, stones, and larger rocks.

Although some people are hesitant to convert their water-loving lawns into succulent gardens, there are a wide variety of ways to incorporate detailed landscape design into your drought tolerant garden without wasting water.

Driftwood DIY

For naturally stunning centerpieces, try your hand at creating a DIY driftwood planter for your succulents. All you need is a piece of driftwood, a power drill & drill bits, succulent soil, sphagnum moss, and of course some succulents!

After thoroughly cleaning the driftwood by power washing it and soaking it in soapy water, use your drill to carve out spaces for your succulents. If you drill all the way through, hot glue to moss to the bottom of your holes to act as a base. From here, it’s time to add the succulent soil and start planting!

Desk Decor

Is your desk caddy collecting more dust and trash than office supplies? Repurpose your caddy by turning it into a home for your succulents. Not only will this brighten your workspace, but your neglected desk caddy will finally be put to use.

Layers and Levels

One of the best things about succulents is that they look gorgeous even amongst a bit of organized chaos. These plants do not need to be lined up row by row in order for their beauty to shine through.

Add a little bit of crazy to your garden byplanting succulents in layers and in levels. Incorporate various sizes and heights with your planters and with your plant choices to achieve this look. This eclectic style of gardening allows for your creativity and green thumb to thrive.

Regardless of your taste or space, succulents have the versatility to fit into your style and needs. Decide what type of succulent garden is most appealing to you and start planning and planting!

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