Building an Arrangement

Arid plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. This makes them ideal for arrangements, especially in event bouquets or center pieces. They’re also great because you can keep them, re-pot them after use, and watch those plants continue to grow. Other flowers require clipping and usually cannot be replanted after they’ve been used in a bouquet. With succulents, you don’t need to worry about preserving or drying out your bouquet to enjoy it for years to come.

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Several plants I saved and planted together to make an arrangement.


But where do you start? With so many options, it’s hard to decide.

The beauty of succulents is that for the most part, they all require similar care. Although some may need more shade than others, virtually all drought-resistant plants only need to be watered once a week. This eliminates the fear of building an arrangement and half of the plants rotting or drying up from improper care. 

The primary concern when beginning with arrangements is having a healthy variety of plants. Succulents come in so many textures, shapes, sizes, and colors that its almost unfair to have just echeveria or just sedum in one arrangement. Don’t be afraid to buy a couple spiky, alien-like haworthia and throw them in a pot with soft, fuzzy panda plants. Mix colors, or create a monochrome palette. Its all up to you!

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One of my first arrangements with various plant textures and colors.

One of my favorite parts of making arrangements is finding a container, whether it’s an old cookie tin or a beautifully crafted clay pot…sometimes a unique planter is all you need to inspire creativity. For example, pictured above is one of my first arrangements and I chose a variety of colored plants to accent the colors on a piece of pottery I had. Like I said before, it’s all up to you!

So get out, shop around, swing by some garage sales or thrift stores. Find something that truly inspires, fill it with some personally chosen plants, and find your new piece of art a sunny spot to rest.

The Savage Succulent is a great Instagram profile to visit if you want inspiration for your next project, they also have plant and pottery give-away contests on occasion so keep an eye out and you may win your next favorite plant!


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