Indulge in beauty without big maintenance requirements by creating a succulent garden design. These water-wise plants boast a wide range of leaf colors and forms. Succulents are incredibly popular now and using such plants in your garden will give it an edge.
Why their rise in popularity? Well, for one thing, they’re immensely easy to grow and maintain. Frankly speaking, they’re especially attractive to working, career women who have little time to spend on plants, maintaining them and/or regenerating their prized greenery.
What Are Succulents Like
Succulents possess modified leaves designed to conserve water. These leaf adaptations result in striking plant textures. Water-conserving leaves vary from leafless cactus spines, to fat and fleshy water-hoarding paddles, to pudgy beads or fingers. Many succulents form a rosette of foliage, which makes an unusual textural addition to a garden. Succulents come in a variety of sizes, from tiny plants best showcased in containers to showstopping large-scale beauties, and in a variety of colors from pale green to purple.
1. Desert Ice Wonderland
Perfect for an outdoor spot in any season of the year, this succulent design centers on an enchanting floral presentation that highlights giving various shades of blue to help accent a cool, inspiring arrangement. Comprised mainly of blue-tinged Echeveria peacockii plants, this alluring display can best be realized as it’s placed in upward spiraling two-tier fountain dish structure when growing plants in a succulent garden setting.
2. Living Waters
One imaginative use of large or medium-sized clay planters is this design giving the illusion of cascading water flowing out of the planter’s entrance. Perfect for an outdoor, ranch-like desert setting, this display arrangement can be easily created by having just one kind of succulent plant. When the entire display is carefully placed within another garden bed, the effect is even more enchanting as you could almost swear the succulent display has come to life in streams of living waters. While a multi-color pattern is of course possible, one color scheme may be best to convey streams of waters flowing out of the terracotta container.
3. Over The Rainbow
A virtual three dimensional effect with a myriad of color schemes can be easily designed and planted in a garden bed or a large container. An enchanting concept in plant decoration, vibrant succulents are augmented with other broad leaf plants surrounding the succulent array. You can let your imagination run with this pleasing aesthetic design with virtually no limitation as to where you can place it in your home or outside in your garden.
4. By The Wayside
A truly creative way to put a side border to good use is this side succulent display presentation. There’s no watering needed here, but a ground cover of smooth stones or coral rock will do just fine. Pleasing to the sight and a practical way to use up space along a garden or house wall, your selection of various plants is dictated only by your taste in size and colors.
5. A Florentine Delight
Having an old fountain dish on a pedestal can be the makings of an antique Florentine floral arrangement. Adding to it just a few succulent plants, hanging plants and some vividly colored cacti will give it a distinctive look found no where else in your garden.
6. Caged But Wonderfully Free
This is one unusual display that catches one’s imagination in an enchanting manner. A bird cage, or any cage-like wire work, hanging succulent plants and even dried succulent flowers all serve to compliment each other in this delightful outdoor or indoor decor accessory.
7. Cinder Block Garden
Using a little imagination with your succulent planting endeavors, you’ll create something that’ll become the talk of the town among your lady friends for sure with some old concrete cinder. Placing the blocks several tiers deep, add soil and place your cactus or succulent on a one per cinder block hole basis.
8. My Hanging Garden
Vertical gardens are now coming of age and their versatility is well appreciated in balcony areas, walled areas and basically anywhere there’s a wall to hang this design. When hung from a painted wall backdrop, and planted with contrasting colored cacti plants, you’ll be the talk of your neighborhood as others grab hold of this innovative concept in both cactus gardens and vertical gardens.
9. Besides The Beautiful Sea
A trip to your local beach is bound to yield an abundance of treasures such as beautiful, naturally sculpted seashells. Using a glue gun, glue these flat, uniform size shells to a terracotta pot leaving no spot undone. If need be, paint the pots beforehand to cover any exposed terracotta pot areas with the matching seashell color.
10. Wooden Wonderland
Having just a touch of Bonsai, this succulent arrangement will draw forth many delightful comments from your garden visitors. Dried out wooden logs, large rock formations and a piece of wooden deck set the stage for this alluring arrangement of succulents in your back or front yard area.
11. The Greatest Is Love
Monograms have never truly been out of fashion. When you spell a particular word out, your cactus design with its wide selection of multi-colored patterns, will make your succulent flowers presentation all the more lovely. Using wooden alphabet letters spelling whatever sentiment you choose, simply insert your favorite cuttings in sphagnum moss planting medium, and let them take root.
12. Stand And Deliver!
Continuing on with the trending direction of vertical gardens, let’s keep in mind the various purposes for planting succulents as used in interior design concepts today. Using a wide selection of cactus-like plants becomes all the easier when you use vertical planters against a wall to save space.
13. I Wish I Were A Wishing Well
A quick visit to an online miniature furniture or hobby store will uncover a fascinating collection of treasures you can use in this unique garden display. A tiny wishing well, three miniature fountain dishes on their respective pedestal stands, an almost hidden tiny Bambi and a traditional white picket fence add all the charm in the world to this wonderful collection in a backwoods setting. Now be sure to insert your choice of succulent flowers to make your day in this forest setting complete.
14. Up Against The Wall
Elaborating on the ongoing and exploding vertical garden wall phenomenon, let’s have a look at this exquisitely designed succulent garden wall decor. A living piece of botanical art, this wooden main frame has been painted with matching colors to the wide selection of plants and colors appropriate to a vertical garden arrangement. In particular, Dudleyas and Sedums are especially simple to grow from plant cuttings and are even easier to maintain.
15. Square-Peg Pete
Especially attractive in a seashore setting, this small and easy to make design is just what you need to accent the mood of the ocean. Adding a few seashells can only make land lovers yearn for the ocean waters when they see this design in your garden setting. A wooden square piece hung on a wall much as you normally would hang a picture frame is all you need for a backdrop. A good assortment of plants embedded into a moss foundation that’s been glued on the wooden board is all you really need to complete this unique and charming display.
16. Going Natural
An old piece from a dried up tree trunk adds the distinctive touch to this rustic-like design. Perfect for display on top of a wooden bench area or pallet, simply fill up the open spaces with specially-formulated cactus soil and insert a succulent plant in each of the openings. Being that the display presentation is rustic in orientation, both a multi-colored approach is used or a simple one-colored theme pattern is appropriate. Crowding your wooden structure with non-thirsty Sedums may be the path to take for many ladies who have little time or water to waste.
Want a more elegant touch to your garden? No problem. Go all the way with a Grecian birdbath design. Two fully grown rosebud succulents are all that you’ll need to start off your eloquent arrangement. Surround the area with more fat, juicy succulents of every kind and color, and insert other cuttings according to your taste.
18. Meditation Walk
A lovely path to take to nowhere especially, this walkway will bring out the inspirational side of all who see it. Large, flat stepping stones add to the effect of this path leading to a secret somewhere. Bordered with large, fully grown large petaled succulents, and larger rock formations, remember to space the stepping stones equally and carefully apart from one another. Feel free to insert other greenery between each stepping stone space to give an overall charmed floating effect.
19. Rack Against A Wall
If you have an old piece of wooden pallet in your yard, don’t throw it out. It could form the perfect backdrop to help decorate a plain ugly wall or plain wood fence in your back or front yard. Holding it up vertically, line with either wax paper or aluminum paper if need be. Now fill with cactus-formulated soil, and hang it up against the wall or fence. Decorate away with your preferred succulent choices, and you have a unique, rustic style decor or accessory for your garden space.
20. A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream
Actually, you can use this succulent garden arrangement not only during the warmer months but during winter as well. Using an old fountain dish or birdbath dish, you may or may not decide to use solar-infused energy lights to give this piece an enchanting feel and mood. Otherwise, you may also opt to place large pearls in the flowery succulent petal buds and choose a blue-based color scheme in selecting your plants. Another delightful effect results from filling in the empty spaces with frosted marbles.