Succulent Topiary Tips, Care and How-To

Succulent topiaries by Pat Hammer

Expert Pat Hammer shows step-by-step how to make a succulent topiary beginning with a moss-filled wire frame and cuttings. Pat shares design, DIY, watering, pruning, long-term care, and helpful tips.

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Make a Mounded Succulent Arrangement

Add soil to fill gaps (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Many eye-catching succulent arrangements are mounded, meaning plants are massed atop the container. Mounded arrangements look established right away and are quick and easy to assemble.

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Make Succulent Teacup Gardens

Succulent Teacup Arrangement (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulent teacup gardens are lovely on windowsills, sunny shelves and outdoor tables, individually or grouped. They’re quick and easy to make and perfect gifts for succulent lovers. When cuttings outgrow the cups, transplant them into larger pots or the garden.

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Make Succulent Doorstep Baskets

Square basket of succulents (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulent doorstep baskets are a great way to say “I’m thinking of you! Happy spring!” to neighbors, friends and nearby loved ones. These gift baskets delight all who see them. By showing recipients they’re cherished, you both feel connected—which is so important during uncertain times.

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Plant a Succulent Lantern

Succulent lantern with Portulacaria afra 'Variegata' (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

[With Video] Candle lanterns make lovely containers for succulents. Plant the succulents in a small pot and tuck it into the lantern, or if the lantern can hold soil, plant directly into it. Most aren’t watertight—a good thing, because when you water the succulents, the lantern will drain (leak).

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Six New Holiday Designs to Inspire You

Succulent topiary tree

To inspire and entertain you, I’ve selected six new, never-seen-before holiday design ideas featuring succulents. Do consider each as a launching point for your creativity, and feel free to share them with friends. I’d love it if you’d post photos of what you come up with on Instagram or Facebook, and tag me @DebraLBaldwin. Regardless, have…

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Succulent Centerpieces

Learn About My Online Class! Succulent centerpieces last months and look good long after the occasion you made them for. Shown here are ideas for tabletops, floral-style arrangements, groupings and more. Follow the links for additional info and how-to help. Above: Jeanne Meadow of Fallbrook, CA, keeps this succulent centerpiece on her patio table. Jeanne’s…

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Plant an Undersea Succulent Clamshell

Undersea succulent clamshell planter

Undersea Succulent Clamshell Planter Succulents that resemble coral-reef flora lend themselves to containers that immerse the viewer in an undersea experience. This succulent clamshell planter sits atop lava rocks near my home’s entry. It’s semi-shaded by Texas privet, the trunks of which frame the arrangement and repeat the upright lines of Senecio anteuphorbium. Certain succulents…

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