This gallery of succulent-topped pumpkin design ideas are mostly by Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity, who pioneered the concept in 2011. It caught on immediately, becoming as popular for fall decor as wreaths are for the holidays. After several years of making pumpkins for sale, Laura now devotes her time to designing in-ground gardens.

Laura Eubanks during our photo shoot for Country Gardens magazine

Pumpkin How-To

Succulent-topped pumpkins by Laura Eubanks exhibit her moss-and-glue method, as shown in my book, Succulents Simplified.

Pumpkin how-to

Pumpkin how-to from Succulents Simplified

So simple! Basically, Laura coats the top of the pumpkin with spray glue, adds dry moss, then hot-glues succulent cuttings and seed pods to the moss. The design possibilities are endless.

Succulent-Topped Pumpkin Video

We also made a video that shows how she does it.

Incredibly, hot glue doesn't harm the succulents, which root through the dried glue into the moss. The arrangement lasts for months---until early spring usually, at which time the pumpkin finally collapses and the plants can go into the ground. The pumpkin will rot much sooner if pierced or cut, so avoid doing that.

Designs to inspire you

Here are examples to help you create your own "pumpculents." Have fun!

The first nine are by Laura Eubanks. Which is your favorite?

 

This may be my favorite, despite not including succulents!

Pumpkins by other talented designers:

Pumpkin by Pat Roach

Succulent pumpkin

Laura Balaoro

 

 

Succulent topped pumpkin

Succulent topped pumpkin

I'll post more pumpkin photos as I run across interesting, eye-catching and innovative ones. Be sure to check back! -- Debra

Get colorful cuttings

Mountain Crest Gardens is a great source of succulent cuttings. Wait 'til you see their selection! (Affiliated link.)

 

More Fall-Winter projects

Make a Succulent Cornucopia

[With Video] A succulent cornucopia makes a refreshing update on the traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece, and then after the holiday, you can remove the plants and pot them.  As early as midsummer, craft stores begin stocking holiday containers like this wicker cornucopia

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Succulent Wreath Tips and Ideas

Do you like the succulent wreath that my friend Denise made during a wreath party at my home? To create a similar one, you’ll need about 100 cuttings, a wire wreath form, 24-gauge florist’s wire, a chopstick, and a bag of sphagnum moss. The form, moss and wire are available at any craft store. Cuttings will root right…

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Succulent Christmas Tree Holiday Centerpiece

[With Video] Make a succulent Christmas tree for your holiday tabletop centerpiece. This topiary cone with cuttings inserted into the moss needs less care than a floral arrangement and lasts much longer.

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Holiday Decorating with Succulents

Holiday decorating with succulents This time of year, the succulent elves bundle up, go into the garden, and transform it into a holiday wonderland. Should I reward them with cocoa, or considering their size, chocolate chips? When you’re not much bigger than a caterpillar, you take your life in your hands when you decorate a serrated succulent. But…

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3 Comments

  1. sandra bedard on October 6, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    I loved seeing all the ideas for pumpkins! I wish I had more varieties myself. I would then try a wreath.
    Our Garden Club did the pumpkins one year for our annual garden sale in October. it was so much fun that I did them for everyone that year.

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on October 6, 2020 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks, Sandra. You can make a lovely wreath even if you don’t have a lot of varieties. There’s something to be said for simplicity ;+)

  2. Lilia Bauner on October 25, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I heard so much about you. The Queen of Succulents.

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