Building a succulent mosaic is so satisfying to the soul; combining the myriad textures and colours of succulent plants in a mosaic or tapestry that can hang on the wall once it’s established brings a whole lot of beauty for very little effort.
Never has wall art had so much appeal - swirling designs of mandalas or monograms in succulents, patterns of rich color and texture are the succulent gardeners trademark.
See these mandalas for a jumping off point for inspiration.
All you need is a frame of wood with wire mesh stapled over it to hold the soil in place, lots of unrooted succulent cuttings, and a place to leave your mosaic to root undisturbed.
The main consideration is that the frame should be strong enough to hang on the wall without falling apart, dumping your precious succulent plants on the ground. Sturdy hooks into a strong fence or wall is crucial too.
Some of the best succulent species to use for outside are Sedum, Sempervivum and other hardy succulents. For indoor use; many of the smaller types of Echeveria, Crassula, tender Sedum such as Sedum morganianum (donkey tail) or Sedum calvifolia can be used.
Once they’re rooted and established, carefully hang the frame on the wall. Water by sprinkling occasionally, or take the frame and immerse it in a tub of water for a few minutes. Allow to drain, and then re-hang it.
Choose a brightly lit area to display your succulent mosaic, such as under a skylight. Your plants will flourish as long as they get enough light.
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This online course is an immersion into all things succulent; whether your focus is on making a mosaic, or some great topiary, or some other really unique garden crafts, this course will cover it all.
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Xeric gardens, due to the fact that at times the plants look a little tired of never being watered, benefit from really unique focal points to take the eye away from the bedraggled plants.
Here are a few rustic crafts that I showcase my succulents in:
Rustic salvage gives you the opportunity to save something from a fate worse than death in the landfill - look out for thrift store finds that you can use to plant succulents in...