Succulents: Plants Made For Good Design

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Succulents offer unique shapes, colors, and patterns to the eye. Here’s how the strategic use of succulents can complement and enhance your home decor.

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Succulents have a reputation as being low-maintenance plants for those not confident with houseplants in general. They also feature unique appearances that are eye catching as living home decor elements.

When you want to bring some green indoors to nearly any indoor space, succulents are a great option. Not only do they liven up your interior space, but they really are easy to care for. Here are five design tips for incorporating succulents into your home.

Mix and match colors

When most people think of succulents, they automatically think green. Since these plants are so versatile, though, the different varieties encompass most shades of the rainbow. To make your succulent garden pop, create an eye-catching design by mixing and matching reds, blues, purples, and greens. Choose certain kinds of echeveria for orange and pink tones, agave for blue and purple shades, and particular kinds of aloe for bright red hues.

Layer and stack plants

While you can keep succulents in their own individual pots, these plants also thrive when growing alongside others. When layering plants, get as creative as you want with shapes, sizes, and textures. Agave plants, for instance, have strong, assertive lines, while aloe plants tend to feature numerous spiky layers.

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Cacti offer plenty of spikes, while Crassula plants have unusually knobby shapes. Alone, these succulents look great, but together, these plants create plenty of visual interest.

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Use a variety of pots and planters

One of the easiest ways to work your succulents into your existing decorating scheme is to plant them in coordinating pots. Be sure to go about this carefully, though. Succulents prefer living in terracotta pots, since the absorbent clay allows your plants to maintain the perfect level of soil moisture.

Instead of decorating with the same monotonous terracotta tone throughout your home, try painting your pots with fun colors and designs. If you opt for containers made of materials like glass, metal, or sealed clay, be sure to add adequate drainage so your plants don’t become waterlogged.

Create a terrarium

container plants houseplants terrariumIf you just have a small space to work with or want to introduce a conversation piece into the room, create a terrarium. First, choose a transparent glass container that fits your plant. Next, add a layer of small stones for drainage, followed by layer of soil. Be sure to water your succulent appropriately, allowing the plant to moderate its own moisture in this enclosed environment.

Propagate your favorite plants

Since each succulent is different from the next, you might want to keep a good thing going when you find one you particularly like. Fortunately, you can propagate many succulents. Start by removing some of the leaves from the base of your favorite plant.

Let them dry, and then arrange them on a bed of succulent soil and water them carefully. Once a few weeks have passed, you’ll see roots beginning to show as each leaf develops into its own plant. Once enough new leaves have formed, replant each one to create a new succulent garden.

Unique and natural design

Whether you want to add just a few plants or a full-fledged garden, succulents offer endless possibilities. Mix colors, use a variety of containers, and layer plants to create a unique design that’s all your own.

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Resources:

http://www.sunset.com/garden/flowers-plants/sea-creature-succulents

http://www.gardenista.com/posts/tips-for-growing-succulents-indoors

http://www.finegardening.com/painting-clay-pots

http://needlesandleaves.net/blog/2013/5/31/propagating-leggy-succulents

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.