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Succulent Garden Arrangement

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This easy succulent garden is simple to create and makes a great hostess gift or long-lasting outdoor centerpiece. The arrangements are easy to care for…they’re very forgiving! With a just a little bit of water and love, these living pieces of art grow into spectacular conversation starters. Each has its own personality and just gets better over time. Project designed by Anna Smith.

Succulent Garden

Materials:

  • One pot or container
  • Gravel, rock or smashed terracotta for good drainage
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite (that white stuff you see in potted plants)
  • 6-8 succulent plants of varied size, color and textures
  • Decorative rock or Pea Gravel

Succulents

Instructions:

  1. Fill the bottom of your container rock for drainage – about 1.5 inches from the bottom.

    Container Rock  Drainage Rocks
     
  2. Mix half potting soil, half Perlite to fill the rest of the container.

    Potting Soil  Half Soil Half Perlite

    This video helps demonstrate.

     
     
  3. Arrange your selected succulents in the container, one at a time – this video gives you some ideas on how to do it.



    Don’t be afraid to fill it compactly with plants. Think of it like a mini succulent bonsai – you can direct the plants’ growth with minor trimming when needed. I suggest starting at one corner.

    Start at One Corner
     
  4. As you’re adding plants, use your fingers to get in between and make them firmly planted. This will give you more beautiful results much more quickly.

    Continue Adding Plants
     
  5. Pour decorative pea gravel in between all of the plants, which helps give a finished look and acts as a fabulous ground cover.

    Pea Gravel 1  Pea Gravel 2
     
  6. Thoroughly water the entire arrangement to clean up and nourish the plants.

    Water the Arrangement
     
  7. That’s it! These gardens like a little bit of sun, but do surprisingly well with mostly shade.

    Finished Arrangement  Finished Arrangement 2

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