Succulent gardening is one of the easiest ways to turn your backyard or patio area into an colorful oasis. Succulents are extremely hardy and easy to care for – it’s actually substantially difficult to kill them. That makes them a top choice right there. But they also happen to be one of the hot new darlings of garden design. They come in such wonderful hues and textures and are no fuss, no bother plants. What’s not to like? We present 35 creative ideas.
Succulent gardening lends itself very well to container gardening. If you plant them directly in the ground in northern climates, consider them annuals. Extremely tolerant of drought, they don’t need much water with the exception of growing season.
Hens & Chicks
Hens & Chicks in bloom. They are an easy plant for those experimenting with succulent gardening for the first time. Source
This upcycled palette full of succulents is a cool idea, don’t you think? Source
A Hen & Chick lawn – no-mow gardening. That’s what we like. Source
What’s the difference between succulent and cactus gardening? Cacti are actually a subset of the succulent classification, but do not have leaves or branches. Instead, cacti have areolas (where spines emerge) and other succulents don’t. Clear as mud? Source
Succulent designs can be incorporated right into your outdoor living space. Source
This is an outstanding tumbling succulent design idea. Wouldn’t it be turning heads? Source
Often referred to as the Burro Tail Cactus, it’s not a cactus at all, it’s a succulent. And it’s a superb trailing/hanging plant in any garden. It is also referred to as Donkey Tail. Source
String of Pearls is a perfect succulent to use with Head Planters. Or any planter for that matter. Sometimes called the rosary plant, for obvious reasons.
This succulent garden design provides a plant wall on the deck. Source
This display is just dripping with succulents. Source
From the Succulent Cafe in Oceanside, California. In overall, a stunningly creative design. Source
Succulents grown in a birdcage – we love it, it’s a totally charming idea. Source
And the winner of the most creative idea in the succulent gardening category? The Jellyfish design. Source
Succulents in Frames for Outdoor Walls
Succulent gardening in picture frames. What will they think of next? Source
A shabby chic idea of succulent garden in a small frame. Source
This is a work of art! Source
A well-done combo of succulents. Source
Okay, okay, technically these are cacti. But a cactus is a succulent, remember? Source
Air plants are being touted as the new succulent – although many succulents will live happily as air plants, without soil. Source
We love the colors and textures of these gorgeous plants, grown in a small container. Source
Vertical Succulent Gardening
This is a recycled palette wall – if you plan to do this at home, ensure that the palette is untreated before planting your succulents in there. Source
A succulent garden wall made of bricks. Source
Another palette recycled. Bravo. Source
This small container makes a wicked vertical succulent garden design. Source
Driftwood garden from the Succulent Cafe – the place is one of the finest examples. Source
Succulent Gardening in Creative Containers
An old wicker picnic basket makes a great creative garden base. Source
This stone bird bath gets a new life as a garden. Source
A succulent wreath is a living outdoor decoration. How creative is that? Source
Succulents are always great in fairy small gardens. Source
Fantastic succulent garden on a stone wall. Source
Succulent gardening in the wood star – it’s everyone’s choice for creative container designs.
A creative succulent garden in a mini muffin tin. Now that’s a unusual container. Source
It’s incredible. Living, breathing succulent jewelry by Passion Flower on Etsy. It’s so incredible that we have to show you the necklace also (below).
Succulents as jewelry. Okay, maybe this entry beats the jellyfish. By Passion Flower on Etsy
This creative garden statue was created using succulents.