Vertical Succulent Garden
What’s even prettier than an adorable terrarium of succulents on the coffee table? A framed succulent garden hanging on your wall! Succulents are so unique in so many ways! One of which is their ability to retain water. I planted these beauties, hung them up and forgot all about them for WEEKS before I remembered to water them and they still look great! It was so easy to do too! Here’s a step by step guide to get your own beautiful vertical garden growing:
Shallow wooden box or shadow box
Succulent starts, cuttings, or plugs
Hammer & brad nails
Buy a cheap picture frame and build yourself a shallow box to fit behind it. Mine was approximately 2 inches deep. OR, if you are a sane and logical person who values their time, buy a ready made shadow box from the craft store and find a frame that fits the opening. Works just as well. Now is a good time to attach whatever you are going to use to hang up your garden when you’re done. I used eye screws and picture wire.
Line your box with plastic and staple it down around the edge of your box. I used a trash bag because I’m cheap like that, but you can use a plastic baggie, painters plastic, actual plastic liner, or whatever you have on hand to protect your box from moisture.
Fill your box up with succulent soil. (See Succulent Basics for tips on mixing your own soil) Then spread a nice thick layer of moss over the top of your soil.
Measure and cut a square of chicken wire slightly larger than the opening of your box, then staple it over the top of your moss, securing it every couple of inches around the perimeter of your box.
Attach your picture frame to the front of the box using liquid nails, actual nails, or whatever sticky stuff you’ve got lying around.
Poke holes through the moss with a pencil or pen (or the paintbrush you pilfered from your kid’s art tote…) and insert your succulents in the hole you made. Pack your succulent roots in as best as you can, however I found that a lot of my succulents were still loose, so I stuffed extra moss under the chicken wire surrounding the base of the plant. Problem solved. Now give your garden a good spritz of water.
Hang that beautiful garden on your wall and invite your friends over to marvel at your craftiness!