Posted on September 16 2016
Succulent arrangements, whether they are in containers or in your garden, are all about experimentation. What you decide to work with is based on your personal preference. No rules apply. Compile a menagerie of colors and textures, and have fun! We’ve compiled some tips and ideas to ensure that your plants will continue to flourish and grow. REACHING GREAT HEIGHTS When choosing your desired plants, various heights can add visual interest to your container or garden. Putting taller plants either in the center or in the back of your container creates cohesion and can be a great starting point when deciding where you’d like smaller and mid-sized plants to be placed. When placing your largest plant in the middle, think of your container as a mirror and add the same plants on opposite sides. If you decide to place your largest plants in the back, build down using your mid-sized and filler plants. What makes it fun is that you get to decide! Be bold or stay subtle with your plant heights. COLOR POP Succulent arrangements are a blank canvas. Coming in a wide variety of colors, some succulents are able to transform into a brighter and bolder plant when you reduce its watering and increase the duration of time spent in the sun. Deciding on the variety of colors in your garden or container all depends on how you want it to accentuate your space. You can create a modern, simple arrangement that uses a monochromatic (one color) scheme, different shades of the same color or combine a variety of colored succulents. Adding pops of color to more subtle colors can be aesthetically pleasing as well. A succulent that would be a great addition for a pop of color is the Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers.’ While these plants typically come in a blue, mauve color, they will change into a vivid pink and magenta color with lack of water and full sunlight. PLAYIN’ WITH SHAPE AND TEXTURE Fat, tall, short, thin, spiky, smooth, or fuzzy, succulents are truly one of a kind. Using different shapes and textures in your succulent garden creates a unique, fun contrast between your plants. Here are a few of our favorite succulents that would be a wonderful addition to create added texture and shape to your arrangement:
- Sedum ‘Burrito’ – short, bean-shaped leaves
- Kalanchoe luciae ‘Flapjacks’ – round, large pancake-shaped leaves that add height and drama
- Aloe ‘Coral Fire’ – spiked, long leaves that have a unique texture
- Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’ – an intriguing rosette with upswept, unusual leaves
Once you’ve chosen your desired plants, keep in mind the amount of care each plant requires. Some may need more water or sunlight than others, which can be troublesome when sticking those plants with ones that can handle longer durations in the sun and less watering. This reduces the frequency in replanting or providing additional care for plants, especially if you tend to forget about your succulents.Happy planting!