Have you ever thought of having all your favorite succulents in one pot? You can plant different succulents together, but bear in mind that some need more care than others. You have to consider the water, soil, and light needs of the succulents you are planting together.
Pairing succulents can be quite tricky, especially if you are new to growing succulents. So, please stick with us as we show you what you need to pair succulents and how to do it.
What To Consider When Pairing Succulents Together?
Pairing succulents is not exactly an easy task. Still, when you see how the charming combination accentuates your home’s appearance, the sweat and energy you put into it are worth it. Here are some things to put into consideration when pairing succulents:
While some succulents need more sunlight to bloom, others need more water. Also, some succulents experience dormancy in the winter, while others in the summer. Hardy succulents can tolerate frostbite and freezing temperatures, while tender succulents will perish under such conditions.
When selecting succulents to plant together, go with those with similar care needs. This way, you can maintain your succulent appearance and freshness for a considerable time.
If the growing season, light, water, temperature, and soil requirements of the succulents are not similar, pairing them together will affect their growth and longevity.
For instance, jade plants grow best in winter, while California Sunsets thrive in the summer. So, pairing them together would be a bad idea. You can pair winter-sleeping succulents such as Sempervivum, Echeveria, and Agave together. Also, dormant succulents that grow well together include Graptopetalum, Aeonium, and Aloe.
Consider the height of the succulents you are pairing together. You do not want a situation where some tall succulents will completely cover shorter succulents. When it comes to succulents’ height, the best way to grow them is by following the thriller-filler-spiller method.
Thrillers are tall, attention-seeking succulents with colorful foliage and elegant shapes. When planting succulents together in a pot, plant the thrillers first, and at the center of the pot, with other succulents surrounding them. Because of their tall, bold, and colorful appearance, your eye will catch the thrillers first when you glance at your succulent pot. Some examples of thriller succulents include Agaves, Cannas, and Taros.
After planting your thrillers, the next step is to grow your fillers, which are billowy plants with fine textures. Fillers bring textural contrast to the thrillers and fill the pot. You can also use fillers to cover the bare, less attractive stalks and stems of neighboring succulents.
Some filler succulents include Begonias, Dusty Miller, Cupheas, Lantanas, Pentas, and Plectranthus.
Finally, add spillers to provide some form of the anchor by spreading out to the container’s ends. The spillers tumble towards the ground, making the pot appear to be rooted to the earth. You can choose spillers that somewhat contrast with the thrillers and fillers in the pot.
Some examples of spillers you can go for include Bacopas, Alternantheras, Nasturtiums, and Golden Creeping Jenny.
What makes succulents most attractive is their color. Besides the fact that there are many color options to choose from, succulents also change their color in response to light and high temperatures.
Although a succulent is elegant in itself, you will not know how much more refined it can be unless you plant it together with other succulents. When planting succulents of different colors together, it is essential to follow basic color principles.
Succulents of complementary colors (blue and orange, purple and yellow, and green and red) go well together. Most succulents have red and green colors, so this complementary color arrangement will not be challenging to create.
Another option is to choose a monochromatic color arrangement, with all succulents having the same color but contrasting tones and shades. For instance, green succulents are available in different shades and tones, so you can choose different green succulents that complement each other.
You can also use the analogous color arrangement in which you select three colors closest to each other on the color spectrum. You can choose yellow, yellow-green, and green succulents and plant them together in a pot.
One can use the warmth of a succulent’s color as a criterion for selecting succulents to plant together. For example, if you want a cold-toned color arrangement, you can pair purple succulents with blue-green ones. You can also pair red and orange succulents with yellow-green ones to get a warm tone.
Shape And Texture
Shape and texture are other factors to consider when pairing succulents together. You plant tall and upward-growing succulents like Aeonium and Sansevieria together. Trailing or cascading succulents like Senecio and Sedum pair effortlessly together.
To have a better eye-catching design, you can tweak succulents of different heights, textures, and shapes.
Succulents with white markings such as Aloe, Haworthiagive, and Gasteria have an excellent texture. Also, the Euphorbia genus provides a wide variety of textures you can choose from.
While many people are aware of the plump leaves and fascinating stems of succulents, not many know that several succulents form elegant flowers. You can include these flower-producing succulents in your pairing arrangement, and you will be blown away when they bloom.
Containers And Pots
There are tons of containers and pots for placing succulents. They come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. Choose succulent pots and containers that complement your succulents’ texture, color, body, and height. Using a monochromatic color arrangement, you can opt for a pot with a different color to provide a form of contrast and elegance.
Depending on the design of your pot or container, you can use pebbles and broken blocks to dress your succulents.
This one makes the most sense among all the qualifications for combining succulents. Succulents with the exact care requirements will grow harmoniously together, meaning they can be combined with no problem. Their sunlight, temperature, soil, and water needs will be the same and do not contradict each other. You may also consider combining succulents that are both summer dormant and those winter dormant. Hardy succulents must also be combined with hardy succulents only as well, this is to avoid unnecessarily killing your succulents. Maintaining these combined succulents will be easy as they will always look fresh and natural.
Can You Combine Succulents With Other Plants
Having companion plants for your succulents might be possible. The same criteria might be applied, such as considering the size, growth care requirements, shape, colors, etc. Typically, perennial plants are considered to be combined with succulents. Those plants must survive bright sunlight, minimal water, dry air, high temperatures, and good air circulation.
Aside from perennial plants, other plants that can be combined with your succulents are ornamental grasses and shrubs. Given succulents’ flexibility, it is not hard for them to survive in a similar pot with other plants.
All in all, pairing different succulents together helps to accentuate their beauty. You can even pair cactus and succulents together, but ensure you use a soil formulated for cactus. There is no limit to your succulents’ arrangement possibilities, so do not be scared of experimenting to know what works for you.
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