How To Plant Cactus-Like Plants
Planting succulents is easier than you may think; the most important thing of all is getting a fast-draining soil that does well in a container or in a succulent garden bed. Quality, healthy plants are typically found at your local garden center and are normally labeled as such: “for use in planting cactus.”
That said, root-rot may develop; however, having a fast-draining soil helps in preventing the root-rot from taking hold. Typically, the fertilization process when planting succulents should be undertaken during summer months and come to a full stop during the winter.
How To Grow Cactus-Like Plants
Basically, growing succulents is just as simple as planting them: watering these cactus-like plants during the summer months is more than adequate if done on twice a week basis. During the winter, cut-backs are recommended. Basically, give the plants a good water soaking, and then wait until the succulent plant dries out completely.
Having a little knowledge of the many varieties commonly found in succulent gardens that come in so many diverse styles, sizes, colors and even succulent flowers, is vitally important. You’ll need that knowledge when deciding what you want to create before planting your succulent garden. Today, via the dynamics of the Internet, you can readily and conveniently see which particular specie is for you and which would work best for whatever your creative urges dictate.
Naturally knowing where you’re going to put your succulent garden arrangements, and what is their intended purpose, helps a great deal in determining the final outcome and visual appeal of their arrangement.
Let’s see now some 30 wonderful examples of succulent displays that will be sure to give you a newly discovered or rediscovered passion for having these particular plants in and around your house.
1. Desert Ice Wonderland
Perfect for an outdoor spot in any season of the year, this succulent design centers on an enchanting floral presentation that highlights giving various shades of blue to help accent a cool, inspiring arrangement. Comprised mainly of blue-tinged Echeveria peacockii plants, this alluring display can best be realized as it’s placed in upward spiraling two-tier fountain dish structure when growing plants in a succulent garden setting.
Multi-colored, this collection of succulent plants becomes the perfect stage for the many shapes, sizes and species of plants readily found in one place. Moreover, a focal point may be just what is needed to help create an interesting, yet high impact center for your garden setting.
2. Highway To Heaven
If you have a tree trunk in your yard, then it behooves you to put it to good use as a showcase for your succulent plant of whatever kind and color. While you are of course free to use whatever specie and size succulent you wish, keeping them small may be the best way to go. In fact, having various color schemes will give the illusion of motion, ever reaching towards heaven on a very natural wooden ladder.
If no tree is available, then leaning a single piece of tree trunk, or bark, against a solid wall structure will just as easily serve the purpose of creating the tranquil effect you so desire.
3. Living Waters
One imaginative use of large or medium-sized clay planters is this design giving the illusion of cascading water flowing out of the planter’s entrance. Perfect for an outdoor, ranch-like desert setting, this display arrangement can be easily created by having just one kind of succulent plant.
When the entire display is carefully placed within another garden bed, the effect is even more enchanting as you could almost swear the succulent display has come to life in streams of living waters. While a multi-color pattern is of course possible, one color scheme may be best to convey streams of waters flowing out of the terracotta container.
4. Over Finnian’s Rainbow
A virtual three dimensional effect with a myriad of color schemes can be easily designed and planted in a garden bed or a large container. An enchanting concept in plant decoration, vibrant succulents are augmented with other broad leaf plants surrounding the succulent array.
You can let your imagination run with this pleasing aesthetic design with virtually no limitation as to where you can place it in your home or outside in your garden. Especially appropriate for garden events or Ladies Club meetings, this is one display that’ll receive compliments galore as you proudly display the arrangement.
5. Rolling Along With My Wheelbarrow
Here’s one project you can really sink your teeth into, so to speak. Almost any backyard, or shed, has an old wheelbarrow lying around somewhere just gathering dust or rusting away. Why not put it to good use as you make a colorful garden center made up of cacti plants and a little bit of everything else?
All you’ll really need are the following supplies: one old wheelbarrow, some medium-size pea gravel or river stones, a piece of screen or mesh material that fits right into the bottom of the wheelbarrow and some cactus soil. If you have some miniature furniture and a really small succulent or two, you then have the makings of a unique and charming miniature garden.
6. By The Wayside
A truly creative way to put a side border to good use is this side succulent display presentation. There’s no watering needed here, but a ground cover of smooth stones or coral rock will do just fine. Pleasing to the sight and a practical way to use up space along a garden or house wall, your selection of various plants is dictated only by your taste in size and colors. This design particularly lends itself to either a multi-colored approach or a single color scheme design.
7. A Florentine Delight
Having an old fountain dish on a pedestal can be the makings of an antique Florentine floral arrangement. Adding to it just a few succulent plants, hanging plants and some vividly colored cacti will give it a distinctive look found no where else in your garden. Perfect for an afternoon tea, this is one piece that looks distinctly from another era; moreover, it is so inviting. A pink, blue and silver rosebud succulent placed strategically throughout the fountain dish adds a charming, elegant touch.
8. Caged But Wonderfully Free
This is one unusual display that catches one’s imagination in an enchanting manner. A bird cage, or any cage-like wire work, hanging succulent plants and even dried succulent flowers all serve to compliment each other in this delightful outdoor or indoor decor accessory.
The cage lends itself to being painted in metallic or rustic colors or just left as is. For an enchanting side touch, place a tiny sensor-driven bird mounted on its swing. It’ll be sure to catch anyone’s attention as they walk on by your caged, but wonderfully free succulent garden display.
9. Cinder Block Garden
If you’re like most homeowners, then you might have some old concrete cinder blocks in your backyard. Left untouched, they can be an eye-sore. However, using a little imagination with your succulent planting endeavors, you’ll create something that’ll become the talk of the town among your lady friends for sure.
Placing the blocks several tiers deep, add soil and place your cactus or succulent on a one per cinder block hole basis. Surround the blocks with small growing aloes, and don’t forget to get some plants that’ll hang down for a better visual effect. For even better results, try painting the blocks with glitter spray paint before setting up your choice succulent garden arrangement.
10. By The Old Water Trough
When you look for a rustic, natural setting, consider using wood. Inexpensive, visually pleasing and great for outdoor projects, you’ll especially appreciate their low-maintenance features when coupled with your selection of succulent flowers and plants of almost any style and color. In addition, using an old tree trunk or wooden board with cacti plants inserted in the soil inside guarantees a long, healthy life for your many plants.
11. My Hanging Garden
Vertical gardens are now coming of age and their versatility is well appreciated in balcony areas, walled areas and basically anywhere there’s a wall to hang this design. When hung from a painted wall backdrop, and planted with contrasting colored cacti plants, you’ll be the talk of your neighborhood as others grab hold of this innovative concept in both cactus gardens and vertical gardens.
In short, you’ve created a pallet frame that’s today become a growing trend in practical interior designs. Be sure to stock up with succulent plants that’ll fit well within the vertical garden frame, and use other variations of hanging plants that give your frame a beautiful cascading effect as well .
12. A Desert Sphere
An old chain link, either painted or left rustic in appearance, a round, wired shape that’ll hold as much peat moss as you can put inside and miniature succulent plants galore are all you’ll need to give a distinctively unique look to your backyard fence or anywhere else from which you can hang this beautiful design. If you can add some cactus planting soil, then by all means do so; it’ll help you in growing succulents to maturity so much faster and better.
13. Rosebuds In The Desert
Surrounding desert palms, or any other vertical plants, with a large-sized succulent give an amazing effect to your garden arrangement. The long, vertical-growing San Pedro Cactus and Zanzibar Gem provide an elegant backdrop for your growing, swirling Rosetta succulents encircling their upright vertical plant neighbors. For a stunning effect, you can choose any one of several blue-silver shadings, or give it a multi-color approach using your selection of cacti plants planted in their garden bed.
14. By The Beautiful Sea
A trip to your local beach is bound to yield an abundance of treasures such as beautiful, naturally sculpted seashells. Using a glue gun, glue these flat, uniform size shells to a terracotta pot leaving no spot undone. If need be, paint the pots beforehand to cover any exposed terracotta pot areas with the matching seashell color.
Then, fill the pots with potting soil and voila! A most unique and beautiful pot, or pots, for your growing succulents. For smaller planter pots, insert only a single, small succulent. For larger pots, you may try several sizes of plants.
15. A Desert-Friendly Oasis
In usually dry areas, or regions subject to drought conditions, your outdoor living doesn’t have to suffer where your plant decor is concerned. An outdoor patio area usually has ample side border spaces to plant your ultimate desert-friendly oasis. Not knowing what amount of water to conserve is difficult. However, it’s still possible to have a colorful and green garden area for those casual outdoor events.
Naturally, your best route is using indigenous plants since they are typically best-suited to the climate and possible varying weather conditions. Depending on the size of your space, large-size pincus plants and succulent varieties may be the best choice. You can also use fan-palms and other larger vertical varieties to compliment your outdoor arrangement.
16. Your Victorian Garden Chair
Just because you have old furniture in your backyard doesn’t mean you can’t still use it as a delightful focal point in your garden. An old wired chair, flat container dish and plenty of plants can easily turn into a delight in your garden setting. Hanging succulents, grounded rosebud succulents and just about everything in between from that piece of furniture creates a most unique and beautiful garden decor.
You can even opt to paint the chair before you start to build your garden chair, or you may decide to leave it au natural. Either way, it’ll serve as the perfect piece to gather around as your garden’s most focal center of conversation.
17. Regal Pathways
This is one display for those of you who have particular color favorites and designs in mind. Four to five pathways made up of single streams of colors will give the illusion of a winding river, or pathway, fit for royalty. In this particular design, a silver-blue combination is used as a lovely pathway that even a fairy would enjoy taking an afternoon stroll on. Rosebud cacti are bordered by purple, violet, white tiny flowers and greenery to the sides. Enjoy!
18. Wooden Wonderland
Having just a touch of Bonsai, this succulent arrangement will draw forth many delightful comments from your garden visitors. Dried out wooden logs, large rock formations and a piece of wooden deck set the stage for this alluring arrangement of succulents in your back or front yard area. There’s no restriction as to the succulent size or color you’ll use with this presentation–nor will you need a plant container. Just insert your cactus in potting soil and water sparingly.
19. By A River Stream
Another great presentation to use in limited border spaces where you want to enhance your garden visually, you’ll find this streaming river design may fit your hoped for effect quite well. Moreover, using any plant that you’d like, you’ll never be truly limited or restricted as to colors such as purple, pink, light or deeper blue give rosebud plants a third-dimensional succulent garden effect that mesmerizes visitors to your garden. This display can be planted in either a full-sun or a half-shaded area.
20. The Greatest Is Love
Monograms have never truly been out of fashion. When you spell a particular word out, your cactus design with its wide selection of multi-colored patterns, will make your succulent flowers presentation all the more lovely.
Using wooden alphabet letters spelling whatever sentiment you choose, simply insert your favorite cuttings in sphagnum moss planting medium, and let them take root. If you use wooden blocks, then consider making a delightful vertical succulent garden and turning it into an enchanting decor for that garden wedding or shower event.
21. Slower Than Molasses
Whether it’s a baby turtle plant or a full-grown adult plant you’d like to see in your succulent garden, either one will delight your visitors as you display how growing succulents has evolved into a full-scale artistic endeavor. In your local garden supply or hobby craft store you’re bound to find already fashioned turtle-shape wire designs or you can fashion them yourself with a little imagination and effort.
Then, filling your wire turtle with moss, you can start inserting your own preferred kind of succulent plant. Just be sure to leave its head and legs uncovered from plants so to create the contrasting features of your “slower than molasses” garden pet turtle.
22. Stand And Deliver!
Continuing on with the trending direction of vertical gardens, let’s keep in mind the various purposes for planting succulents as used in interior design concepts today. Using a wide selection of cactus-like plants becomes all the easier when you use vertical planters against a wall to save space.
As vertical garden frames come in many sizes and textures, you also have the option of either building or buying a single, double or horizontal frame. Likewise, you can stain any wooden frame in natural or dark wood tones, or give it an overall rustic look. Now, let your imagination run wild with your selection of succulent flowers.
23. Cinder, Cinder On The Wall
Once again using a decorative variation for those unsightly cinder cement blocks you may have in your future succulent garden scheme, you can opt to build a beautiful retaining wall, or a cinder block wall,for privacy from unwelcomed prying eyes. Simply arrange a straight line with your blocks and build a one, two or three-tier wall with the blocks leaving the top-most tier opened.
Next, plant your collection of plants in each opening. A beautiful sight indeed, but it can be made even more appealing if you put a bordered garden space up against the wall. Not everything needs to be a succulent plant: flowers of every color and kind can inhabit and enhance your bordered garden as well.
24. One To A Peg
You don’t need much to create this interesting eclectic design. Just choose the small-sized succulent plant of your liking, have on hand several rectangular or whatever shaped plastic containers of similar size and fill with colored gravel, or sand, of whatever color you choose. Your plants can set a single color scheme or they can be arranged in a multi-color scheme.
If you add a pearl or tiny seashell to each container, then you’ll be adding a bit of charm as well. Now, simply arrange your display on a garden bed of whatever kind, or a wooden pallet, and you’ve made a charming succulent garden arrangement.
25. Broken Dreams
Usually a backyard area is full of priceless items that you can use to bring restoration to your lifestyle arrangement. Broken pottery pieces or a broken terracotta planter especially provide a backdrop to creating some exciting designs when planting succulents.
Giving an enchanting illusion of being a miniature fairy garden of sorts, this is a design that is sure to make a unique impression on those who see it. Combined with other variations of greenery, and a miniature house or castle, your succulent collection adds the crowning touch to this exterior-friendly garden design.
26. California Dreaming
If you live in a particular region that’s prone to dryness, or even frequent drought conditions, then you might benefit both visually and practically from this self-contained reservoir garden delight. Although it’s not a water guzzler, you’ll still have to give this arrangement a drink every so often. However, overall, it can be considered a “camel” and a must under dry conditions.
27. I Wish I Were A Wishing Well
A quick visit to an online miniature furniture or hobby store will uncover a fascinating collection of treasures you can use in this unique garden display. A tiny wishing well, three miniature fountain dishes on their respective pedestal stands, an almost hidden tiny Bambi and a traditional white picket fence add all the charm in the world to this wonderful collection in a backwoods setting. Now be sure to insert your choice of succulent flowers to make your day in this forest setting complete.
28. Path Of The Chameleon
Yes, it can also be a lizard, but chameleon sounds much more classier. Then again, it can be whatever you want your new succulent garden to have as a lead design pattern. Fill your pattern design with hundreds of Echeveria “Imbricata” embedded in a mounded berm for optimum drainage, and you’ll have something to proudly display and cherish. Easy to maintain, this giant lizard sculpture is the perfect conversation piece for all of your bridge game afternoons.
29. Up Against The Wall
Elaborating on the ongoing and exploding vertical garden wall phenomenon, let’s have a look at this exquisitely designed succulent garden wall decor. A living piece of botanical art, this wooden main frame has been painted with matching colors to the wide selection of plants and colors appropriate to a vertical garden arrangement. In particular, Dudleyas and Sedums are especially simple to grow from plant cuttings and are even easier to maintain.
30. My Cup Runneth Over
An old garden watering can, or large canister filled with overflowing succulent flowers, makes one interesting piece in your garden. If your garden’s theme is rustic in nature, this display goes perfectly on an old table or wooden bench. Generous strands of “Silver Falls” Dichondra or another hanging species of the succulent family gives the visual effect of water that flows over from inside the canister or garden can. Naturally, you may opt to leave the canister or garden can just as it is, or you may decide to paint it before planting with brightly colored designs.