Ideas for Succulents – sunset.com
Kacey discovered this insightful guide for growing different succulents off Sunset.com and you have to check it out if you’ve considered growing succulents. Spring is the perfect time of year to bring the outside indoors, and this guide offers some really beautiful ideas!
That being said, I am a beginning at growing anything (I can’t even remember to keep a bouquet of flowers on my table watered), so I headed over to GardenMaking.com’s article on “The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Succulents” before I let myself get carried away with too many exciting succulent options. Garden Making mentioned the following in their intro to succulents, which really convinced me that there isn’t a better plant for me to avoid killing –
“Succulents are like cacti, and the key to a happy succulent is giving it an environment like a desert—hot, sunny days, cool nights and very little water. When in doubt on how to care for my succulents, I just ask myself, ‘What would the desert do?’ “
“What would the desert do?” could really be code for “What would Carly do?” since I am notorious for forgetting to water plants. If very little water is what succulents need, that is what they’ll get! Check out all the different ideas –
Keep it simple
A top dressing of blue glass mulch elevates a simple Echeveria ‘Lola’ to a stand-alone accent container. Place a line of small potted succulents down the center of an outdoor table as a living tableau.
Costa Mesa garden designer Molly Wood fills vintage metal chicken feeders with tiny succulents for a rustic centerpiece. Hen and chickens (Sempervivums), echeverias, and a dainty stonecrop grow in cactus mix in a 4 1/2-inch-deep trough. Design: Molly Wood Garden Design, Costa Mesa, CA; mollywoodgardendesign.com.
Succulent mini landscape
Plum-colored foliage is a rich accent against soft greens in these easy-care containers. Arrange taller plants in the center or back, trailers near the pot’s edges. For immediate effect, choose large plants and big pots (shown above left: 10 in. across, 14 in. tall; right: 16 by 18 in.). Design: Daniel Nolan, Flora Grubb Gardens (floragrubb.com)
Container at left (clockwise, from bottom left corner of pot): Aloe humilis (6 in.); Phormium ‘Guardsman’ (5 gal.); Leucadendron ‘Wilson’s Wonder’ (5 gal.); Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (1 gal.); Echeveria pulvinata (4 in.); Aeonium leucoblepharum (6 in.).
Container at right (clockwise, from bottom center of pot): Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (1 gal.); Sedum adolphii (4 in.); Coprosma ‘Evening Glow’ (1 gal.); Chondopetalum tectorum (1 gal.); Echeveria ‘Coral Glow’ (6 in.); Kalanchoe ‘Fantastic’ (6 in.); Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ (1 gal.).