Holiday Decorating With Succulents

Holiday Decorating With Succulents

Susie Nadler
Dec 3, 2009
Detail from a holiday wreath, including succulents, by Portland florist Francoise Weeks

A couple of fun recent posts about using succulents for centerpieces have us thinking about other ways to decorate with succulents at the holidays. The muted silvery tones of these hardy little plants blend beautifully with traditional evergreens and other winter foliage. Click through for some tips and ideas.

A succulent wreath is like a miniature vertical garden, welcoming your holiday guests with live plants. When the season is over, you can plant the wreath in your yard or break it up and plant the little succulents individually in pots. Here in the Bay Area, Flora Grubb Gardens carries them (though they're currently sold out); online you can try this one from Local Harvest (which also carries a succulent-wreath-building kit). if you want to try making your own, Martha Stewart has a helpful how-to, and here's a real-life how-to from a Craftster user as well.

Festive succulent centerpiece from The Juicy Leaf

Potted succulent centerpieces will last all season long; you can also use cut succulents in floral arrangement by cleaning the roots and wiring the stems. The Flower Duet has a helpful video tutorial that demonstrates the technique in detail. Wired succulents will last a good long time, too—at least a few weeks—and then you can remove the wire and plant them.

Another fun idea, courtesy of our friend Jim Kumiega, display genius at Flora Grubb: Use strands of vining succulents as holiday garland. Trim strands of "String of Pearls" or "String of Bananas" succulents and drape them around pillar candles, along your mantelpiece, or even on your Christmas tree.

If you're hosting a holiday dinner party, why not consider little succulents planted in glasses or cups as party favors? Floral grower and designer Jennie Love, on her blog Straight From the Garden, used flea market finds for her beautiful succulent gifts. These would look adorable awaiting your guests at their place settings, wouldn't they? Plant them in wine glasses, with some gravel at the bottom for drainage purposes, and you've got little terrariums.

Got plans to decorate with succulents this year? Please share!

(Images: Francoise Weeks; Flora Grubb Gardens; The Juicy Leaf; Susie Nadler; Jennie Love)

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