Saturday, 3 February 2018

How To Make A Succulent Garden

As soon as the Christmas decorations come down I want to hit the garden centre. The house looks so empty right? Well as we are still recovering from rising damp, have an attic renovation in full swing and Spring is the best time to buy plants I am trying to restrain myself. I could not resist a little refresh so I made a succulent garden. Succulents have thick flesh and retain water well, basically cactus without the spikes most importantly they are the real international blog stars of our generation - we seriously love them. One of the great things about these plants is they have a shallow root system that likes to stay close to the surface so they are the ideal candidates for a shallow bowl. 
I fell for the colour and texture on this bowl from Arighi Bianchi hook line and sinker and I wanted it to have a special purpose, elevate it beyond fruit. I think I pulled it off.
To make your own garden first find the perfect receptacle. Play around with the placement of your plants, I found tiny ones that were 80p each, bargain!
Add a small layer of gravel for drainage, I used fish tank gravel. Make sure you use soil that is specifically for cactus and succulents, it does not get easily waterlogged.
Add interest to your garden, I had driftwood from some beach combing and a few of Sebastian's rocks from his 'special stone' collection. 
I topped off the garden with marine sand and gravel from the pet store.
What do you think? This should see me through to Spring.

39 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! What a lovely guide too. This looks like such a therapeutic activity. I can't wait for Spring either! xx

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    1. I love planting things I got an allotment just before Christmas so I have a box of seeds ready to go as well

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  2. These are so cute! I can't believe you found them for only 80p each. I'm moving rooms in my apartment so my new room will definitely feel empty. I could for sure find space to create a lil succulent garden.

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    1. I know right my local garden centre had them and I bought a bunch

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  3. This is so lovely! I love succulents and they are so easy to look after x

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    1. Agreed am as plant killer but these bad boys always do well

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  4. I've fancied making one of these in recent years because if truth be told, I'm not all that great at keeping regular house plants alive! xxx

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    1. Nor I, I am sure they are on to me at the garden centre they know no one has a house that big they know I am replacing the dead ones

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  5. I adore this! such great tips xx

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  6. I love this, I've wanted to do something like this for such a long time! Thanks for making such a detailed guide on how to do so and it's great that you can get plants for a reasonable price too! x

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    1. They were a great find the place often has a range under £2

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  7. I can't wait until I have a garden and I can get some plants and shrubbery, I only have a balcony so there's limited things I can do x

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    1. Igor (happy interior blog) did wonders with his tiny Hamburg flat i say fill it up more plants

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  8. Oh wow! I love this SO much - succulents are amazing!! The dish you got for them is so perfect too - I'm actually looking for something just like it! xxx

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    1. That shop is a cave of yummy unique awesomeness the website does not do it justice

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  9. Your garden is so pretty! I need to do something with my succulent which outgrew the pot and also grew a cactus next to it (how strange is that?). I'll follow your idea and create a small garden for it.

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  10. This is such a lovely idea, and is something my son and his girlfriend have done. They had succulents at uni, as they were easy to look after, and have now moved them to their house (post uni). They have made a fab little succulent garden in their conservatory.

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    1. Oh I bet that is stunning I would love a conservatory filled with light

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  11. This is so gorgeous and such a great idea. Your guide is lovely too. I’ve only ever managed to keep one succulent alive, I don’t even know what I’m doing wrong.

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  12. Angela Ricardo Bethea9 February 2018 at 01:50

    Oh, I really love to have succulent garden in our garden. It is so cute and very neat.

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  13. Oh my! I love succulents. It's a big deal the past few months.

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    1. They are.too cute not to fill your house up and so many varieties

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  14. Oh wow how pretty! I love succulents but have never seen them in a bowl before. Definitely want to try doing this myself now.

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  15. This is gorgeous and something I could keep alive too!! 😂

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  16. Lovely! My sister in law is green fingered and loves succulents wish I had some patience

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  17. Oh wow that’s so creative. My family love hitting the garden centre the second spring makes an appearance

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  18. This is beautiful. I adore succulents and quite obsessed with them.

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    1. We bloggers love a good succulents Sebastian calls them alien plants

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  19. This is just so lovely and would be a great therapeutic activity to do!

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    1. True planting things is such self care for me atm

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  20. Great idea to add some wood and sand! This is so cute, I can't believe you made it yourself at home as these thing sell for so much!

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    1. Thank you I am glad you think I pulled off a pro look x

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