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.
Some succulents tolerate planting beneath porches and other areas that receive little or no direct sunlight. This make them perfect candidates containers near entryways with overhangs, where it can be difficult to grow flowering plants. Mix different shapes and colors to take advantage of the variety succulents offer. Plants such as elephant food, Gasteria, and Senecio species are good choices.
Strawberry Pot Planter
Succulents are a great choice for a large strawberry pot, Fill the pot with potting soil, and plant a different succulent in each pocket. Push each plant deep, firm the soil well with your fingers, and mulch with gravel. Water generously to help your succulents settle into their pot, and place the pot in a sunny spot. Water them once a week for the first month, but don’t worry if you forget a time or two. These tough little plants thrive.
Serve Them Up in Style
A silver-plated tea set makes an intriguing and unique succulent display. Find small clay pots that slip inside the teapot and the sugar and cream bowls and hang from the rims. If you can’t find the perfect size pots, add gravel or corks to the bottom of the teapot and bowls to support the pots. Fill the pots with a quick-draining potting soil for cacti and succulents, or make your own by adding 1/3 perlite or sand to 2/3 regular potting soil. Poke a hole in the soil and insert the stem from a succulent. Sempervivum (hens and chicks) is shown here but any slow-growing succulent will do.
The Grow (Almost) Anywhere Plant
Sempervivum is a succulent that goes by many names: hen and chicks, cat and kittens, or houseleeks. The fun thing about Sempervivum is that it grows just about anywhere. Shallow roots make it able to thrive in makeshift containers. Sempervivum can even grow in old boots. Simply put the plants in small pots and insert into the boots. Or, fill the boots themselves with a quick-draining soil mix.
Chandeliers in trees create a lot of unexpected garden interest, especially if you decorate them with plants. This example has small clay flowerpots glued where lightbulbs would normally be. Because succulents last so long without water, you fill the pots with succulents of any kind. They often last for months without special care.
Landscaping with Succulents
Succulents often are overlooked as outside landscaping choices. But in areas where the heat runs high in the summer, the fleshy plants just make sense. Succulents, which include cacti, love hot and dry conditions. While many people have one or two succulents as houseplants, they can be stunning in creative containers, in a rock garden or intermingled with other water-wise plants. Many succulents cannot tolerate temperatures below 40°F, however, so if you're thinking about leaving them outside during the winter, it's important to pay attention to their hardiness zones.
Succulent Planting Projects
There's a lot more you can do with these versatile plants. Take a look at these step-by-step succulent projects:
Creating a succulent bowl is a quick and simple way to display the variety and beauty of these plants.
Hanging Succulent Ball
Create living outdoor decor. This display of succulents adds life to a landscape, deck or patio.
Build several of these wall-mounet planters and create a vibrant mosaic of succulent colors, shape and textures.
Cast Tabletop Planters
Cast these plaster-of-Paris planters yourself. Paint to match your decor or try a textured spray paint to give the appearance of stone or metal.
Cookie Jar Garden
Replicate the look of a terrarium with this simple tabletop succulent project. Plants, soil and stones combine for an eye-catching conversation piece.
The ease of growing succulents makes even these kitchen cast-offs an opportunity to create intriguing planters.