DIY Succulent Driftwood Designs
When you make succulent driftwood designs, the plants resemble undersea flora, and the wood hints at something you'd see washed up on the beach. The two combine to make a special, almost fantasy-like composition that works well as a patio centerpiece or special gift for a friend.
Driftwood pieces (from Sea Foam Driftwood) come with pre-drilled crevices for potting.
Materials include cuttings or small, rooted plugs (tiny plants ready to be plugged into pots), sea shells, bits of tumbled glass, moss, rocks and sand. Tools are clippers, hot glue, and a chopstick for tucking-in plants and settling roots.
Begin by filling the planting hole with potting soil.
Add small rooted succulents and cuttings, envisioning them as undersea flora and fauna growing in and on submerged logs.
Use a chopstick to tuck floral moss into remaining gaps. Moss will conceal any exposed soil and help hold cuttings in place until they root.
Cuttings include trailers (Ruschia perfoliata, Crassula lycopodioides), colorful rosettes (Sedum nussbaumerianum and Graptosedum 'California Sunset'), and Crassula tetragona, among others. A sea urchin shell, attached with hot glue, is the perfect finishing touch.
Here's a slightly different assortment: Crassula lycopodioides (watch-chain crassula), a dwarf aloe, Aeonium haworthii, Crassula perforata 'Variegata' (a stacked crassula), and for upright interest (at right), Hatiora salicornioides.
Fill a piece of driftwood with pieces of jade, Kalanchoe pumila, variegated aeoniums, an echeveria, a dwarf aloe that resembles a sea star, and dainty cremnosedum rosettes. You might cluster smaller shells, too.
A long piece of driftwood, with several areas for planting, makes a good centerpiece for a rectangular outdoor table.
Watch my YouTube video: Succulents in Driftwood (2:51)
See “Marine Life Look-Alikes” on page 101 of Designing with Succulents (2nd ed).
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