Summer Succulent Garden

Green Glass Styling

After a lot of plant trial and error, at Palm Urban we think we've come up with one of the best low maintenance looks for both indoors and outdoors. The Summer Succulent Garden you've seen styled on the website and product page for Green Glass is one of the easiest ways to brighten any living space without the headache of high maintenance crop. 

Back to Basics

For those not looking to reinvent the wheel, we’ve created a small guide on what to purchase for the Summer Succulent Garden look. For those of you just starting, you'll need the basics:

  • Small gardening trowel (single handed shovel)
  • Secateurs (gardening scissors)
  • Small square of geotextile fabric or a simple piece of cloth
  • Watering can

All of these items can be purchased for a relatively small cost at your local hardware store or any good nursery.

As with anything good in life, we started from the ground up and if you want plants that last its important you do too. For our soil base we used 35L of high quality draining cacti and succulent potting mix (we had a few other pots on the go so ended up purchasing 2 x 25L bags). A lot of people will debate blends of soils for appropriate plant mixes, but for those of us who aren’t yet green thumbs, this does the job nicely.

Shopping List

Now for the fun part, we sourced a range of popular Australian succulent species from our local nursery:

  • Echeveria |QTY 2
  • Sempervivum Tectorum |QTY 2
  • Senecio Serpens |QTY 1
  • Crassula Ovata |QTY 1
  • Senecio Rowleyanus |QTY 1
  • Crassula Arborescens |QTY 1  
  • Echeveria Agavoides |QTY 1  
  • Decoractive Lava Pebbles |QTY 2

Place your square of geo-fabric or cloth over the drainage hole and fill the planter base with soil to about three quarters of the base and map out how you want your end product to look. To help picture the final presentation, create small divots for each plant spaced at least 5cm apart to allow space to grow and then infill the plants accordingly with more soil until about 1cm from being flush with the top of the planter base.

Finishing Touches

For the final touches, we used decorative lava pebbles in charcoal to infill the surface soil. After planting, we gave the fresh plants a couple of litres of water. Succulents require minimal watering after establishment, so afterwards its recommended to just water modestly once per week. It’s important not to overdo it, however the drainage hole in the base of the planter will help with any overwatering (just make sure you do your watering outside or with a temporary catch tray underneath).

Onwards and Upwards

After a few months, it’s a good idea to buy your plants some extra nutrition. Plant and succulent fertiliser can be purchased from your local hardware store and applied directly to the soil or mixed in the watering can and spread evenly as per the instructions of your product.