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Gardening With Succulents: Tips for Creating Your Own Oasis

Summer is almost here, which can only mean one thing: Let the succulent planting begin! I absolutely love spending Saturdays in my garden, and have recently become obsessed with succulents. They’re everywhere I look! They’re a wonderful plant for warmer summer climates, and can withstand a solid week without a water (perfect for vacations).

Here I’ll reveal many innovative ways to style an outdoor succulent garden, so you can create your own wonderland!

DIY Succulent Panel

Photo via Flora Grubb Gardens

Explore my favorite inspiration for succulent garden design!

1. Vertical gardens

Vertical gardens are both practical and beautiful! Sometimes you love the idea of gardening, but your outdoor space is limited — these designs are the perfect solution. Personally, this is something I deal with living in Reno where grass is hard to come by and yard space even harder. This vertical garden showcasing succulents will wow your guests. Perhaps you’re wondering the secret to holding all the plants inside even when hanging? It’s initial horizontal planting. Planting your garden first in the panel, and allowing it to grow horizontally for at least a month will help you recreate this vertical wonder with no fail. The project does require a little bit of patience. (I always hate the waiting process), but it proves to be completely worth it for the work of art in your backyard!

Succulent and herb patio garden

Photo via Design Public

2. Patio gardens

Spice up your patio with a succulent and herb patio garden like the one seen above. It that will add color and life to your average concrete patio. This design also provides a convenient summer cocktail herb grab (mojitos and mint juleps anyone?). Another great thing about succulents are that they require very little soil to thrive, and the plants actually do well in rocky soil, allowing you to make your patio aesthetically pleasing, water-conservation friendly, as well as green and lively.

Vintage Planter and Succulent Garden

Photo via A Beautiful Mess

3. Vintage pot gardens

Thrifting old, large pots may work better than you think! Stop by your local thrift shop or a garage sale and scoop up some pots to create mid-century modern cuteness with these Vintage Planter Succulent Gardens that are sure to be a hit indoors or out! One of the great features about these mini-gardens is that you can easily transport them from your living room to your porch. They provide just the right amount of greenery-to-effort ratio, bringing beautiful peace into your hectic summer schedule.

I Love You Succulent Garden

Photo via Craftsy member Balatong

4. Creative gift gardens

Making a small succulent garden is a wonderful way to show your appreciation for someone this time of year. Write out a sentiment in tiny pots to create a miniature typography garden, or use garden twine and glue like Craftsy member Balatong did above for a presentation that will delight and inspire your friends.

Succulent Wreath

Photo by Craftsy member Carsok

5. Succulent garden wreath

Make a living wreath garden to hang either outdoors, or inside. Succulents are perfect for wreaths since they need very little maintenance once carefully set in place. This wreath is a perfect way to welcome guests to the gorgeous garden just beyond the door.

A few tips for gardening with succulents:

1. Lighting

Succulents need lots of bright sunlight. A great way to tell if a succulent is getting too much light is that its leaves will begin to look bleached out or scorched with a brown tint. On the other hand, if a succulent is not getting enough light it will begin to stretch out vertically creating an elongated stem and no new buds will form, or the leaves will begin to wilt or fall off.

2. Temperature

Succulents enjoy an average temperature anywhere from 40-85 F (typical desert temperatures). If you live in a place that will go below that range, try to make your plants mobile so you can bring them inside at night.

3. Water

The number one reason succulents die is over-watering. Succulents require a lot less water than we tend to think. I have personally killed a few succulents due to over-watering (one of my cacti was actually completely engulfed by mold). If you are over-watering, your plant will appear soft and discolored (possibly yellow or white). To tell if your plant is being under-watered, check to see if it’s shedding its leaves, as that would be a sure indicator. In spring and summer it’s best to water your succulents about twice a month, on average, and in the fall and winter only every month.

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Ethel Shelton

In what type soil should succulents be planted?

Roxie Scozzafava

Well draining cactus soil with sand is a good option. The root system of the succulents are generally smaller than with other plants.


I love succulents but some how I m not able to keep them healthy…. They tend to die if I water them less they start dying as their leaves turn yellow and die
I use spray so that less water is used but still.. What do I do?


I’m not the author of this article, but I was looking for inspiration for an outdoor garden and noticed that your comment was not replied to. Living in the desert I am familiar with these types of plants. First of all, do not spray your plants with water. Succulents are a dry area plant so they don’t love to be sprayed on a regular basis. Cactus grow in sand that dries quickly, so make sure your soil has plenty of sand and lots of drainage holes so the soil can dry quickly. Do a deep water only when the soil has dried completely. If you have never seen a desert monsoon, the rains are fierce and strong. The soil is saturated and then it is left to dry out until the next rain. If you water your plants this way it will teach your root system to go deep and strong. This way your succulents learn that it will be a while til the next “rain” and they will need to store the water with deep, thick roots. Doing a light spray on top doesn’t give your plant a change to develope the roots deeply and will keep your plant weak… Hope my answer helps.

Rose Coveney

These succulents are so beautiful. Someone gave me a planter filled with the most beautiful succulents in September. It’s Jan 5, and it now looks like something that belongs in a horror movie. And, I followed instructions to keep it healthy because I wanted to keep it forever.


I planted some succulents in cactus soil in a wooden frame and have noticed mold growing on the underside of the frame. How do I keep this from happening?


Cactus soil is a sandy soil that drains easily. My guess is the soil is draining your excess water and the wood frame isn’t treated enough to keep the water from absorbing into it. You may need to get a waterproof frame making sure there is plenty of drainage so water doesn’t have a chance to sit in the soil or absorb into the frame.


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