{How to Create a Lovely Succulent Garden}

{HOW TO CREATE A LOVELY SUCCULENT GARDEN} - My Life Space Moments
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With spring around the corner and a pep in my step, I thought there would be no better time than to give my tips on creating a lovely succulent garden!

I don’t know at what point I fell in love with succulents, but I know one thing’s for sure: there’s no going back now, baby! Every{Selecting the Perfect Succulents - Selection 2} - My Life Space Moments time I’m in Crate & Barrel or Z. Gallerie or any of my other favorite stores, I can’t help but make a beeline for the location I last saw displayed succulents. Then, as if I’m on a treasure hunt, I meander around the store to find them sprinkled about on various dining and end tables, shelves and display cases.

So one day when I was in Home Goods, I spotted this must-have chartreuse planter box…but what to do with it? My mind raced as I thought of all of the endless possibilities and ways I could creatively repurpose the piece repeatedly over time. It seemed pricey so I called my hubs who reminded me that I’m a sucker for pots and have plenty available at home in the garage. But I had to have this one! So I bought it, resolving that I would make a lovely succulent garden!

{Selecting the Perfect Succulents - Selection 1} - My Life Space MomentsNow, buyers beware: not all succulents are created equal. I learned the hard way that likely there were care instructions on some or all of these containered plants before I bought them, and likely the instructions varied on watering, sunlight, etc. But on the upside, if your garden experiences a casualty, you can always find a similar-sized sedum or succulent as a replacement.

When selecting the perfect succulents, I just let my visual senses take over and guide me. I only bought one container of each variety and I clustered hen and chicks and other small guys next to each other for impact. Taking this project seriously, I went searching high and low at Home Depot, Lowes and a local nursery to hand-pick all of my faves and only take the best selection.

{Selecting the Perfect Succulents} - My Life Space Moments
{Selecting the Perfect Succulents}

When choosing the perfect succulents, I just let my visual senses take over and guide me. Taking this project seriously, I went searching high and low at Lowe’s, Home Depot and a local nursery to hand-pick all of my faves and only gather the best selection to suit me. I only bought one container of each variety [with one exception–can you spot the duplicate?] and I clustered hen and chicks and other small handsome devils [that’s my own term] next to each other for impact.

{Arranging the Succulents Oh-So-Strategically} - My Life Space Moments
{Arranging the Succulents Oh-So-Strategically}

Then I plotted them out in a square beside the planter so that I could keep the size and shape in mind. You can see that I also played with scale and texture. I placed all of the reddish colored ones diagonally so that they would dissect the center of the container garden. And I made a point of letting certain hanging varieties drape over the edges as you can see above.

You’ll want to be sure to find the appropriate potting mix for the succulents you buy; someone in the lawn and garden section should be able to help identify the correct potting mix for you if you are unsure. Also, if you have a deep planter like I did here, you can Google ways to fill the bottom of a planter so that you don’t have to overdue it with the potting soil. Sedums and succulents don’t need as much dirt to take root as other plants, and you don’t want your pot or planter to get so heavy you can’t move it as needed.

{My Lovely Succulent Garden} - My Life Space Moments
{My Lovely Succulent Garden} – My Life Space Moments

The lovely garden was prominently displayed on my front porch for a couple years. Note that the chair above is sans cushions, {Selecting the Perfect Succulents - Selection 3} - My Life Space Momentsbut normally we had deep green cushions on the chairs and love seat.

As the summer went by, I learned which succulents needed pruning and I even learned how to propagate succulent leaf cuttings from online videos and tutorials!

And there you have it! This week my landscaper is going to be hard at work installing the design we worked on together; the best part is, the design includes Dragon’s Blood Sedums in a bed of smooth, Mexican beach stones!! Anyway, maybe I can pick up some pointers from him on gardening so that I can have a green thumb like my Grandma Helen! This summer I will be {Creating a Memorial Garden Space} in her honor; my plan is to tuck it in a quiet corner of my backyard where I can have a bench that will look out at the trees while I listen to the water fountain that was hers. Love you, Grandma!

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{How to Create a Lovely Succulent Garden} - My Life Space Moments
With a bit of planning, you can create your own succulent garden to admire! – My Life Space Moments

Can’t get enough of succulents yourself? If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss {My Vertical Succulent Garden}.

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Comments

  1. jumpyjess says:

    That looks so lovely and colorful!! The plants really look cute! 🙂

  2. This is so beautiful. I’ve recently discovered my love for succulents so I want to make something like this this summer. Thanks for sharing!

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