Calling all black thumbs!!! Succulents are for you. I promise. Take it from someone who bought a house that had BEAUTIFUL landscaping which she proceeded to destroy (unintentionally). Seriously, I killed almost everything. So recently I say to myself, man I really like the look of succulents. They are really unique looking and bring a little something different to the table. Then I find out they are sooooo easy to maintain and keep alive. Match made in heaven.
The best part is there are so many different varieties and they look great all mixed together. Different shades of green, brown and purple can all be thrown in a pot and it looks like you are a gardening genius. I’m not even exaggerating guys.
Thus I bring you the succulent wall! Guys this project is so freaking easy and it looks like a million bucks!! I can’t even describe the life it brings to our backyard (you know because I killed everything else).
I actually got both these planters and the planter wall mounts as a wedding gift from some of my fabulous bridesmaids. You can find them here and here. You can find succulents at most nurseries (if you are in Saint Louis definitely check out Rolling Ridge Nursery in Webster Groves) or home improvement stores that also sell plants. I found these succulents at Lowes which had great prices and a wide selection of colors and varietals.
Here’s what you have to do. Get all your supplies together. Your succulents, planters, planter wall mounts, potting mix, sand and screw driver. Install your wall mounts on an outdoor shed or fence in whatever arrangement strikes your fancy. Make sure everything is even by using a level. Fill your pots up with 3 parts potting soil to 1 part sand, mix together. Plant your succulents close to the top of the pot, they don’t need to be very deep and you want to make sure you can still see the succulent sticking out of the planter. Don’t be afraid to load them up. The succulents don’t have much of a root system so crowding them together gives them the support they need. Then go ahead and put those puppies into their appropriate wall mount. DONE! See I told you it was super easy.
I initially had a few concerns about planting these outside. First off, I have A TON of critters roaming around my backyard (apparently they are drawn to the weeds that make up my grass). I thought for sure a random squirrel or bird would find their way over to my precious succulents and think it was thanksgiving. Luckily, this was not the case. I have yet to find even a small nibble.
Secondly, I was worried that the plants would get too much water with the amount it rains here in the spring. They really don’t need much at all (they store water in their, um, bodies? leaves? whatever, you know what I mean) and too much water could damage them. But alas they’ve been doing great!!! No signs at all that they are struggling to keep up with the rain.
Voila! Look at you go you professional gardener you! Let me know if you decide to give this project a go, I’d love to see how it turns out!