i needed to find a housewarming/holiday gift for a friend of mine and knew i should capitalize on her penchant for succulents. i decided it would be much more personal–and fun– to make a large succulent garden that would match her home aesthetic.
here is how i did it:
you will need:
- bowl of your choosing– i found this copper bowl at homegoods. you can find a similar one here
- 5-6 succulent plants (i used echevaria “dusty rose,” golden sedum, senecio radicans glauca, and blue elf)
- gravel/rocks to fill the base of the bowl
- activated black carbon
- cactus potting mix
- river rocks
- water spray bottle
- first, line the base of the bowl with your gravel. i used some of the rock used in my front yard landscaping.
- next, pour a layer of the activated black carbon over the gravel to cover completely.
- now cover with the cactus potting mix soil.
- decide where you want to place your succulents by arranging the plants on the soil.
- once you decide your placement, dig a small hole in the soil using your fingers until you can see the gravel.
- remove the succulent from its pot and use your hand to gently remove most of the soil from the roots of the plant.
- place the plant in the hole you dug and use more of the potting mix to plant and add support.
- repeat this process using all of your plants until it looks like this:
- using the water spray bottle, spritz until the plants and soil are damp.
- next, get your river stones out and start to place stones around the plants.
- try to place the stones so they do not look too methodical. a natural and random selection looks best.
- once your river rocks are placed, feel free to add any drift wood, crystals, figurines, etc. i chose not to on this peace because i wanted the focus on the plants.
- after this you are finished! give as a gift or keep it for yourself!
to care for: make sure the plants get plenty of sun and 1-2 hours of direct light each day. in terms of watering, try to keep the soil moist, but not saturated.