We just couldn’t get enough of Jocie Hagan’ssucculent garden ideas so she’s back with even more creative ways to bring your decor to life with three crafty succulent arrangements. Her blog-within-a-blog at One Project Closer (OPC) is all about thrifty and fabulous DIY decor and crafts. And there’s definitely a crafty element to her latest projects. Read on for the complete DIY tutorial.
I have admittedly gone succulent crazy! I am not a gardener and struggle to keep any plants alive, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. But I have found my gardening niche with succulents. They are fabulous plants because they are so hardy, low maintenance, and lend themselves to creative DIY projects! I first made a mason jar mini-succulent garden, but had a hard time stopping with just one garden. So, I kept going! Lol.
We asked a few of our favorite bloggers from around the web to craft unique projects using one of the most versatile plants in our garden center: succulents. These are the kinds of project covered in The Home Depot’s Do-It-Workshop Inspired by Pinterest: Succulent Gardens (more on that below).
Rayan Turner of The Design Confidential certainly lived up to her reputation as a DIY daredevil with these fabulously funky macrame succulent hanging gardens. Check out her unique take on an indoor hanging garden.
Nothing beats the winter blues like bringing a bit of the outdoors in. Spring is the perfect time of year to start thinking about some of those plants that are overlooked when the temperatures drop, and succulents are the perfect choice to usher in that warm weather. In my part of Northern California it heats up during the summer to temperatures that shouldn’t even be mentioned aloud. Succulents do best indoors or in somewhat filtered light outside, so this happens to be the perfect excuse for creating indoor succulent hanging gardens. They’re a fabulous way to brighten things up in this otherwise bland area of my home.
MATERIALS FOR THE HANGING SUCCULENT GARDEN:
Succulents in various types and color combinations
In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
We were pleased as punch when Courtney of Courtney Out Loud agreed to join forces with us to turn his small, urban backyard into a peaceful oasis. We knew that his killer style and modern edge would turn out a beautiful space perfectly suited to the Northern California aesthetic. Courtney takes us through the process of transforming his small patio into a special place for relaxing and entertaining. He shares some of his decorating ideas, and a few gardening tips he picked up along the way.
I can’t help myself but at the first signs of warm weather, I start daydreaming about dining alfresco, garden parties and lazy weekends spent soaking in the sun. Then I have a reality check remembering that (1) I live in Oakland/San Francisco, so after 6 p.m., it’s chilly; (2) I live in an urban condo with a patio, not an estate with an English garden; and (3) I have yet to spend a weekend doing nothing since moving into our home four years ago.
Like most urbanites, my partner and I found prioritizing outdoor space as a “must have” on our list when looking at homes, but when we finally did buy, the overwhelming task of pulling the interior of our home together took precedence over the exterior. It wasn’t until almost 2½ years into living in our home that we tackled the patio. In our first attempt, we primarily focused on foundational items such as patio pavers, replacing the gravel that perpetually found itself scratching our hardwood floors with moss and installing irrigation. I created what I thought was going to be the ultimate outdoor space for lounging and relaxing….and it sat unused for almost 1½ years until The Home Depot kindly invited me to participate in the Style Challenge: Patio Edition.
Succulents are a popular plant because of their structural shape, lovely sage green color, and easy maintenance. Gardening guru Whitney Curtis, the lady behind the blog The Curtis Casa, shows us how to make a succulent wreath that really lives! It’s a perfect centerpiece for your holiday table setting and will last long after the festivities are over.
To incorporate succulents into my holiday décor this year, I really wanted to make a succulent wreath. It makes a great for a centerpiece during the holidays while the roots are growing in and getting settled, and when the weather gets warm this spring, it’ll be sturdy and ready to go up on your front door.
There’s rising interest these days in growing drought resistant plants, which is exactly why The Home Depot is expanding its line of drought tolerant plants to more stores. If you haven’t already, you should soon be seeing more of these hardy varieties, including more than 75 types of trendy, mod succulents, in Home Depot Garden Centers across the southern United States.
These Home Depot exclusives are in the Smart Planet line, launched in 2010 by Altman Plants. The company’s mission was to create the most ecological plants possible. Altman Plants Vice President Erin McCarthy explains in the video below how the new drought resistant varieties were developed, and what Altman does to continue fostering a healthy planet even after the plants are sold.
There’s no standard definition of “drought-tolerant”, but Altman Plants estimates that the Smart Planet line uses between 30 and 70 percent less water, depending on the area of the country and climate, than non-drought resistant varieties. Many of the perennials and shrubs that Smart Planet carries are unique hybrids created for their water saving properties. And many of the succulents, which have been hogging the spotlight in the design and gardening world of late, have been grown for a while but are enjoying a revival.
“People like to make ecological decisions,” said McCarthy, “Sometimes they just don’t know how.” She hopes that the expansion of the drought-resistant line will give customers an easy, approachable way to conserve a precious resource.
Want to be a part of the water-saving solution? Whether you are ripping out your entire yard to plant smarter or just potting for the first time, read on.
Smart Planet Horticulturist Bob Reidmuller provided us with some tips for creating a visually appealing, easy-to-keep succulent garden at home: