Why I’m a Sucker for Succulents

altIt's probably time I came clean and let you in on my dirty little secret. I kill plants. Yes, you heard me right, I have a black thumb. And that's why I've grown to absolutely love succulents.

You might find this a somewhat an odd confession, especially since I recently wrote an article about vertical gardening for small spaces.  But the reality is, if you looked on my patio, all you would find are potted succulents.  Part of the reason for this is that I love the sculptural quality of succulents, and other part is that succulents are one of the hardiest, most forgiving varietals of plants on the planet. You can actually neglect them a little and they won't die and give up on you. In fact, one of the worst things you could do to a succulent is to overwater it or pay too much attention to it, so a little bit of neglect could actually work in your favor with succulents.
 
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So if I've got you a little bit intrigued and you'd like to try growing a few succulents of your own, here's a great DIY Rustic Cedar Wood planting box, that forms it's own sculptural art piece when hung on a vertical surface. When you buy this kit, it comes complete with instructions and some starter succulents, so all you'll need to do is buy yourself a bag of cactus soil mix to complete planting this project.

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This unique Gecko Topiary Critter Planter is another fun way to grow succulents and it's sure to be a conversation starter too. This planter is approximately 24" x 22" and it can either hang out somewhere in your garden or it can also be hung onto a wall in your garden or on your patio.

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However, if you prefer to choose your own pot or planting vessel, but you'd like some help with choosing a nice variety of Sedum and Sempervivum, then Laura's Sempervivvum & Sedum Collection might be just perfect for you. It comes with 18 of their best Sempervivums and 6 of their selected Sedums, for a total of 42 plants in the collection. So all you'll need to finish this project is an empty planting vessel and small quantity of additional cactus planting soil to fill in the small gaps between plants.
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