Succulent Color Wheel Rainbow Centerpiece

Succulent Color Wheel rainbow centerpiece from my online class, as seen in Garden Design magazine and my book, Succulents Simplified

I’m proud and pleased to announce that Garden Design, the premier magazine about the aesthetics of gardening, features my “Stunning Succulent Arrangements” online class and includes a photo of one of its seven projects—the Succulent Color Wheel rainbow centerpiece.

For the rainbow centerpiece, you’ll need a large pot saucer and about six plants in 4-inch pots for each pie-shaped section. Succulents come in all colors, so have fun selecting them at your local garden center. Or if ordering them online, here are some suggestions:

Green: sempervivums, aeoniums, Crassula lycopodioes (watch chain)
Blue: echeverias, Senecio repens, Sedeveria ‘Blue Elf’, Pachyveria ‘Glauca’, Kalanchoe tomentosa
Purple: Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’, Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’
Red: Sedum rubrotinctum, Peperomia graveolens
Orange: Sedum ‘Firestorm’, Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’, Euphorbia tirucalli‘Sticks on Fire’
YellowSedum adolphii, Crassula ovata ‘Sunset’

Method: Remove plants from their nursery pots and pack them tightly in a wide, shallow pot saucer so no soil shows. Place taller plants in the center, shorter around the rim, and arrange according to color. Water sparingly and give your Succulent Color Wheel plenty of bright light so hues stay vibrant.

The red-orange-yellow side of the succulent color wheel. 

Find many more types of succulents listed by color in my books. 

Related Info on This Site: Buy and Shop for Succulents Online. 

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  2. May on August 16, 2023 at 9:55 am

    How do you water if there is no drainage hole?

    • Debra on September 4, 2023 at 11:00 am

      Very minimally. Only enough to moisten the roots. When in doubt, don’t.

  3. […] Living Color Wheel of Succulents designed, planted and photographed by Debra Lee Baldwin […]

    • Lara on April 30, 2024 at 5:33 am

      What is the taller one in the middle that is green becoming coral pink at the top? It’s beautiful.

      • Debra on May 3, 2024 at 12:37 pm

        It’s Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’, commonly called fire sticks. This is a cutting from tip growth; the plant has the potential to become 8 feet tall over time.

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