My 4 Suggestions For Succulent Wall Planter Ideas (The Rest Belong To Your Creativity)

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Succulents, whether indoors or outdoors, are unquestionably beautiful. Unlike traditional houseplants that we place on top of a shelf, Succulent plants, on the ground or the windowsill, can be displayed in various unusual ways. Succulent plants have recently become very popular as vertical garden plants. As they can be grown on the wall, they cover an entire planting pit of the succulent wall planters, a small framed box, or a planter as big as the wall itself. Also, both the walls of the garden and the interior can be decorated with these wall planters.

Many people love seeing these plants grow vertically in wall planters. Because these plants are unique by nature, displaying them in a unique position is a fantastic idea.

Why Are Succulents Great For Wall Planting/ Decorating?

A succulent plant grows in the desert and can store much water. The word “succulent” is obtained from the Latin word “sucus,” which means “juice” or “sap.” As a result, they have thick, fleshy leaves and juicy bodies that store water during long periods of water shortage.

Why are succulents perfect for such wall planter ideas? Today, succulents are very popular as houseplants since they are hardy in all climates and require little care. In nature, succulents are frequently found growing in the cracks and cavities of rocks on cliff edges. They have shallow roots, so thriving in low-soil environments is ideal for vertical gardens (with a not-so-thick layer of soil).

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Succulents are aesthetically beautiful and low-maintenance. Making it perfect for wall planters. Photo by Blanca Paloma Sánchez on Unsplash.

Furthermore, succulents are compact and lightweight, perfectly fitting for frame organizing and hanging. These plants also come in different colors, so succulents are the ones to go if you want an impressive display.

Suitable Succulents For Making Intriguing Wall Planters

As we know why these plants make themselves compatible candidates for such DIY decorations, let’s discuss which type of succulent specifically. The criteria are among what mentioned above, including shallow roots, lightweight, compact in diameter, and hardy in most conditions:

NumberSucculent NameCharacteristics
1Echeveria(s)Rosette-forming structure, various colors and compact.
2Sempervivum(s)Resilient, compact shape with shallow roots. Cold-hardy, able to withstand cold outdoor conditions.
3Stonecrop Plants (Sedum)Lightweight and adaptive to different lighting conditions.
4Jade Plants (Crassula)Generally hardy and compact. Well adapted to outdoor conditions.
5Miniature Aloe(s)Visually appeal and low-maintenance.
6Haworthia(s)The same as Aloe(s)
7Gasteria(s)Shallow roots and compact growing structure.
8Portulacaria AfraCompact & drought-resistant. Unique look.
9Kalanchoe(s)Can handle hot outdoor temperature but resistant to frost. One of the low-light succulents.
10Graptopetalum(s)Similar to Echeveria(s)
The 10 succulent genera that contain many plants suitable for wall planting

My 4 Succulent Wall Planter Ideas/ Suggestions (Creativity Is Yours)

Now you know what succulents are the most suitable for the task. You may also have some ready in your garden. Vertical planters covering indoor and outdoor vertical surfaces (walls) transform space into a three-dimensional gardening area. It is a good idea to figure out what planter idea will work best for your space regarding its location (indoor/outdoor) and surface.

Idea #1: Mounted Shelves/ Boxes

These wall-mounted boxes/ shelves play as placeholders, looking fantastic despite being effortless to install. They can go along the walls/fences and create surfaces just to put your plant pots on. The arrangement is entirely up to personal preference (see a few examples in the images).

They can be boxed with 4 edges, and you can place succulent pots within and on the upper side or just a single shelf with 1 surface. Wooden-mounted shelves/boxes can give the space a cozy feel. On the other hand, shelves/ boxes made of rusted metal can bring a bit of a rustic feel. When installed on the fences, the cracks between the wood pieces on the outdoor walls naturally serve as a drainage hole.

Idea #2: Mounted Boards/ Frames

Unlike mounted boxes or shelves, boards or frames don’t create surfaces. They are materials to attach the container or the plant vertically. These framed wall planters propose to grow succulents on a vertical plane. Like a picture frame, a shallow box filled with succulents is hung on the wall. We also call these frames “living picture frames.”

They’re usually flattened on one side to keep the planters stable when mounted to the wall. Many are also attached to the wall with a secondary piece that sits between the wall and the pot and can hold multiple pots.

There are many containers for these types of wall containers, both online and on the cheap. Metal cans, mason jars, concrete pots, and other unusual planters contribute to the trend.

However, we recommend using a standard clay or ceramic pot, as these planters do not have holes in the bottom for drainage when hung indoors. It would be best if you exercise extreme caution when watering the succulent plants inside.

For an attractive but super easy succulent frame wall planter, you will need the following:

  • wood glue
  • hangers
  • staple gun
  • wirecutter
  • metal wire mesh
  • shallow wooden box
  • a wooden frame

A Step-by-Step Guide:

  • To begin, prepare your frame in the manner in which you wish to decorate your room. By measuring your frame, you can cut the wire mesh. Use the staple gun to secure the wire mesh to the backside of the frame.
  • The container box’s dimensions should be slightly smaller than the frame’s exterior dimensions. Use staples or nails to join two of them together. A hanging wire or a small hanging piece will be needed on the back of your box.
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The sweet result is when you build your first succulent frame wall planter.
  • Apply a rich amount of wood glue to the frame and the box to ensure a strong bond. Before planting your succulents in the box, apply glue to the wooden seams and let it dry completely.
  • This type of planter can be made with small succulent cuttings or leaves. Don’t try to fit the roots between the wire and disturb the plant. It’s easier to place these cuttings inside the wire mesh.

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Idea #3: Wall-Hanging Succulent Planters

Well, if you hang close to the walls enough, this makes it one part of this article haha. Hanging succulent pots are the most flexible way to decorate your walls. Containers are arranged vertically on the wall surface, but the plants are not growing vertically and merely changing the plants’ plane in the concept.

Because succulents grow in individual planters, you can be more creative by combining different species on a wall. Because they do not share a container, you have more options because you can choose succulents requiring different care levels.

Although there are various ways to hang containers, the most basic method is to use a cotton rope or steel string to hang your regular pots. You will need a pot, a string, and a wall hook. That’s it!

Idea #4: Succulent Garden Pockets

The hanging planters instantly transform any space into a living wall. This is probably the simplest way to create a succulent vertical garden. Place the plants in the pockets of the hanging planter, and you are done.

Organic material helps to keep the roots dry by retaining moisture. Besides, some hanging pockets come with a cold-protective cover, which may come in handy if your climate prevents you from keeping succulents outside during the winter.

The best part about these grow bags is that you can change out the plants whenever you want. Excellent for changing moods and arrangements.

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Closing Up

I am sorry that this post barely contains ideas and demonstrations (only a short DIY guide for the frame ideas). If you are looking for short tutorials/ motion visualizations for such ideas, check out Pinterest! However, nothing is the same. Let your creativity guide the way! This post of mine welcomes all the creative images from the community. Email me your images and your name/ website/ social pages. I will make sure the credit goes to you!

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Hey everyone! Welcome to Succulent City! We are all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, we began the journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, our fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and we gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!

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