Succulents are a decorator’s secret weapon. Lush and beautiful, yet versatile enough to put almost anywhere, succulents can quickly liven up your home or office. Thing is, like any exotic plant, they can be notoriously tough to keep alive. Let’s take a look at different kinds of succulents, and how you can keep them looking great.
Succulents come in all sizes and shapes in nature. From cactus to aloe, they are marvels to behold. They are typically found in arid climates, as their fleshy, thick leaves and roots are remarkably able to trap and store even the smallest amount of moisture. They tend to have waxy, spiny or slightly hairy features, which are meant to retain humidity around the plant…but also add to the striking appearance of each plant. As such, there is an amazing variety of exotic succulents with unique geometric features that stand out from the crowd. Many succulents tend towards the smaller sizes, which makes them ideal to be showcased in many different ways in several tight spaces. They are typically inexpensive, which allows you to get a wide variety for all of your rooms. So, keep an open mind and a sharp eye out for unusual species that can make your desk or side table beautiful.
Ways to Display
As we mentioned, the fun thing about succulents is their small yet interchangeable quality. You can display many different shapes and colors in the same arrangements. Round presentations let you showcase a larger dramatic species, and surround it with complementary shorter plants. We love the spiky agave rising up in the center flanked with darker green rounder types. Spreading white rocks around the plant bases with a darker planter gives great contrast to highlight the individual species.
You can also work with horizontal planters, which you can place in low profile spaces like a narrow desk or bookcase. Lining up three or four identical plants gives a sleek uniform look, while contrasting sizes and species gives an eclectic feel and definition. Air plants, while not technically succulents, have a similar appearance, and don’t even need soil (though you will need to submerge them occasionally), so they can be hung in glass globes at varying lengths for the vertical effect. And don’t forget the giant variety of cactus that can be used in similar ways…just watch your fingertips! They can add excellent vertical touches in corners and windowsills, and larger species can be accentuated with tall planters to accentuate them.
Maintenance and Care
Succulents can be tricky to keep alive. They need precise amounts of water (they can be damaged by too much or not enough), just the right amount of sunlight, and soil that has optimal drainage. Additionally, placing different species together in the same arrangement (as pictured above) can make it even more challenging, as each plant may have different care needs. If you want the exotic look of succulents in your home or office, consider these meticulously crafted artificial plants instead. Artists and horticulturists have collaborated on the design and execution of these beautiful plants, and the results show. The attention to detail shows on the slight imperfections and precise placement of the leaves, and the wide variety of species and planters available let you perfectly match the existing look in your home, or create a new one.
Do you have any tips for displaying succulents? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!