Succulent garden designs


Due to their nature, sufferers are plants that do not require as much care as other types of plants since they are quite resistant to pests and diseases. These take very varied and striking shapes: oval, round, bushy, arboreal, with long or short spiny leaves. Given such a wide variety of specimens, it is relatively easy to get a suitable desert space in our home. In several sections, we will give you the necessary measures to design, care for and properly choose your garden for succulents.

Design a succulent garden

Designing a succulent garden is quite possible in warm, temperate, and moderate cold climates. However, if the location where you are located has a temperature where winter predominates most of the time, you can assemble it in pots to move it indoors or a greenhouse during the winter. Suppose you are not so ambitious or have few resources. In that case, you can opt for a smaller-scale garden inside your home. Here, we will talk about designing and caring for a succulent garden outdoors that allows us to play with the shapes, colors, and textures of these plants and thus make our garden a more pleasant landscape for our eyes.

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Create your own great succulent garden

In the design of a succulent garden, we consider the location, the type of soil, the level of humidity that it has, and the types of plants that we will use for the design itself. Remember that some succulents are more resistant than others. We must take this into account compared to the time with the time you can have to dedicate to the garden. You should always plan your succulent garden design, considering each one’s space to grow and develop.

Choice of terrain

The choice of soil is very important, as it always happens when you are about to start growing a new plant. The best soil for succulents is rich, full-bodied soil that is rich in nutrients and capable of absorbing excess water. Succulents require well-draining soil. Compo’s substrate for cacti and succulents has been used for a long time, and it works very well. However, in summer and in such dry climates, it can be too loose and dries too quickly. To increase water retention, the ideal would be to mix it with a universal substrate. But this is a factor that depends on the climate, and in each geographical area, this can vary. It is best to always start with a sandy substrate, with a tendency to dry quickly. Now we will mention some tips on how to choose the ideal soil for your succulents:

  • Choose a place that is sunny and that it traces the space you want to fill.
  • Verify that the soil and drainage conditions make a hole at least 12 inches deep and fill it with water. If the water manages to be drained in 30 minutes, the soil is porous and efficient enough for cacti and succulents. Otherwise, you will need to add at least 3 inches of sand to fix the drainage and texture.
  • Cover the area with a layer of pebbles so that these act as mulch that prevents any type of weeds.
  • Try to be very attentive to insect pests and combat them with garden soap and water.

How to use the right soil

Succulents are the plants for gardeners who have neither the time nor the experience to devote themselves thoroughly to the more conventional gardens since they grow in sandy and rocky soils. Also, an essential factor is that they grow better with less water than many flowers, grasses, and shrubs. They do not need as much care. What they need is the correct soil mixture. Regular garden or potting mixes often won’t cut it. The best way to ensure happy plants is to make your own mix with a few easy-to-find gardening staples.

Soil properties

Succulent soil mixes should be fast-draining. When these soil mixes do not drain quickly, this means that they hold too much water near the roots. It also makes them heavy and compact, restricting airflow to the roots. Excess water and packed soil don’t take long to rot the succulent plant’s delicate root system. To solve this problem, you must change the succulent’s soil with sand, gravel, or other materials to speed up drainage and create a more porous soil mix.

Soil nutrients

The best succulent mixes have enough nutrients to support healthy growth. As the plants consume these nutrients, they must be replaced by others of higher quality. It is recommended to use a fairly balanced plant fertilizer that contains a high amount of nutrients that can help the soil, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, preferably in a ratio of 10-10-10. Dilute the fertilizer to 1/4 of its normal strength and apply it when watering. Fertilize at least once in the spring and again in the summer when your succulents are growing the most.

Sand and gravel

In addition to the occasional fertilization, the soil mixes you create are all you need to grow healthy succulents. There are other tips you can take into account to give your soil even more improvement. A few other gardeners add a layer of gravel or sand to the top of the soil, which serves two purposes. First of all, you cleanly finish your planter. Second, it helps decrease the rate of evaporation of water from the soil, which lengthens the time between waterings.

Mix minerals

There is no one succulent confection that works best for all plants and gardeners. In fact, creating soil mixtures is an art form that gardeners often perfect over time. Gardeners use a mixture of 1/2 part compost, 1 part pumice stone or sharp builder’s sand, and 2 parts wood bark or coir-based potting soil. You can also try gravel, volcanic rock, or crushed granite in your mix.

Place the plants according to the needs of water and light

Ideally, when designing this type of garden, you place the plants due to their basic needs. As succulents are plants that need a lot of lighting, we must place them in a place where sunlight is almost always full. But do not overdo it. It would be best to find an intermediate point for these and thus avoid any type of problems with the plants. It is also recommended that plants with similar types of care are chosen to monitor our succulents is more simple. If you do not have enough resources, this measure can help you spend much less on material and money.

Succulents with matching colors and patterns

First, a small list of the colorful succulents will be released. Then they will be announced on how to do so that they can combine not only with themselves but also with their environment.

Truncated Haworthia (Haworthia truncata)

Hailing from South Africa, they have fleshy, bluish-green leaves that can turn orange, yellow, or coppery if they get a lot of sun. Some have small white flowers and can be placed in pots and planters in the living room or bedroom.

haworthia truncata
Haworthia Truncata @Pinterest

Red flames (Crassula capitella)

Originally from southern Africa, they have green and red leaves ending in a point. Being more intense, the more sun there is. In summer, slightly aromatic white flowers sprout. They are ideal for pots on balconies and the hall of your house.

crassula capitella
Crassula Capitella @Pinterest

Stone cactus (Lithops)

They are small, very fleshy plants from South Africa. Two leaves form them joined in their length with textures on their surface. Yellow or white flowers appear between the leaves and are used in pots in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom. However, they can also be used outdoors and look just as beautiful outdoors.

Lithops @Pinterest

Senecio seperns (Kleinia repens)

This South African species has thin, elongated bluish-green leaves with pointed ends, with small cream-colored flowers. They are usually placed in hanging pots in the living room or dining room and in the kitchen or hall.

kleinia repens
Kleinia Repens @Pinterest

Lavender pebbles (Graptopetalum amethystinum)

Native to Jalisco, they have thick leaves that form gray or gray-green rosettes, although some varieties turn purple and pink. They present white flowers in spring and are placed in combination with other succulents by the window, in the living room, kitchen or bedroom.

graptopetalum amethystinum
Graptopetalum amethystinum @Pinterest

Other succulents

A few Echinocactusgrussonii, Agaves, maybe a Yucca. All these plants are very compatible, requiring the same care, this being sun and regular watering 2 or 3 times a week. Of course, we must make sure that those that grow the most, like Columnar cacti, Yuca, Dracaena, and Agave, have the optimal space to be able to develop more naturally.

Take advantage of the stones and rocks to offer better contrast. Succulents don’t really need a lot of soil to grow and can even thrive on stones. So if you have very rocky terrain, don’t worry. Put a few succulents or cacti, and you will see it takes a very rustic and desert tone, quite good. As touch is significant and interesting enough, it is highly recommended to cover the ground with decorative sand so that the plants feel as if they were in their place of origin.

You can take advantage of the succulents’ colorful details to form a great contrast in your garden and make it look more striking. You can combine the plants, take advantage of the spaces in your garden, make the most of the rocks, stones, and even the own details of your home. And if you are looking for a more arid and dry style that is more like a desert, the best thing you can do is follow the recommendations above, so you have a good reference for it.


Finally, it is hoped that thanks to this knowledge, we can have more information when preparing our succulent garden, design it and also learn about how we should make it look aesthetic and neat. It also explains how we should choose the right soil and what to do so that this soil is not suitable if it is not the perfect one to grow our succulents.

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