How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece

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To create the composition shown here, the designer chose a white-painted wooden urn 12 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall, with a basin 3 inches deep. Plants include ‘Sunburst’ aeonium, Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’, burro tail sedum, assorted blue echeverias, lithops (living stones), and Seneco radicans (fish hooks). Cut a circle from heavy mil plastic (such as a [...]

How to Make a Succulent Wreath

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  To make a succulent wreath, you'll need about 100 cuttings, a wire wreath form, 24-gauge florist's wire, a chopstick or ballpoint pen for poking holes, and a bag of sphagnum moss. The form, moss and wire are available at any crafts store. You don't need soil; the cuttings will root right into the moss. [...]

Spectacular Succulent Flowers

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  Is it any wonder I'm such a fan of succulents? In addition to being easy care, low-water and having architectural shapes, they send forth spectacular flowers. Some of the most amazing are those of aloes, most of which bloom in midwinter (in temperate climates). Shown above is Aloe x 'David Verity', in Patrick Anderson's Fallbrook, [...]

Front Porch Ideas

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Topiary closeup

Your front porch is the first room of your home guests see.  It sets the stage, reveals how tidy you are, and how much the aesthetics of your environment matter to you. A porch also can be a semi-public sitting area, combining elements of indoors and out. A red aeonium in the garden echoes the [...]

Succulent Centerpieces

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Chicweed w pumpkins

The ideal Thanksgiving centerpiece... -- Is low so guests can see over it. -- Is festive, in keeping with the holiday. -- Has colors that convey autumn. -- Looks good with your decor and china. -- Doesn't take up too much table space. -- Is simple to assemble and can be done days ahead. -- Is [...]