No-Stress Plant Decor
Great things do indeed come in small packages, as these repurposed household items prove. Used as tabletop planters, they’re filled with handsome plants that require only occasional watering. That’s because the thick fleshy leaves of succulents naturally conserve moisture.
DIY Hanging Planters
These handsome wall planters are bona fide conversation pieces. Fill the planters with a lightweight, soilless potting mix, then plant a mesmerizing mosaic with your choice of succulents. Water every 7–10 days, removing the planters from the wall and laying flat while watering.
Take hardy succulents into the landscape for easy-care impact. They’re a natural in the hot, dry microenvironment of a sun-baked stone wall because they require little water. Here, Sempervivum ‘Emerald Empress’ sits atop the wall while ‘Angelina’ sedum spills out of the gaps.
Soil. Succulents don’t like excess water around their roots. To prevent that, use a quick-draining soil mix: 2 parts soilless potting mix, 1 part perlite, and 1 part coarse builder’s sand.
Light. Many succulents prefer full sunlight but will do just fine indoors in bright indirect light. Too much shade will not be tolerated. Consult the plant tag to be sure.
Temperature. Although some succulents, such as sedum, are hardy, others need protection in winter. Bring them indoors before frost.
A multitude of forms, colors, and habits make succulents versatile performers. Fill your containers with artful combinations.
Key Lime Pie Plant (Adromischus cristatus)
Fuzzy, plump leaves are crimped at the tips; flowers are tinged in red.
Attractive rosettes of dove-gray leaves are tipped with rose; it displays orange and yellow flowers.
Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’
Blue-green leaves blush to pink, and it has white star-shape flowers.
Baby Toes (Fenestraria aurantiaca)
The small, stubby stems have translucent tips and bright yellow blooms.
Plush Plant (Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’)
Velvet-textured green leaves have red tips; orange flowers appear in summer.
Pachyveria ‘Blue Pearl’
Small shrubby stems have thick, blue-green leaves.
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe millotii)
A branching shrub with frosty-green scalloped leaves, it has yellow-green flowers.
Haworthia (Haworthia spp.)
An upright grower, it has distinctive alligator-like markings and clusters of small flowers.
Echeveria ‘Lime and Chile’ (Echeveria elegans ‘Lime and Chile’)
Showing off a tightly bunched lime-green rosette, it has bright orange-yellow flowers.
Aeonium ‘Catlin Hybrid’
Burgundy-tinged leaves form large rosettes; it has golden-yellow flowers.