Finding Inspiration in: Succulents!
Happy Thursday! I hope you’re having a great day!
I love hens and chicks, not the poultry variety, rather the perennial variety. These little plants are sun-loving and perky, and also known as succulents. Despite my admiration for them, I never knew how to incorporate them into my garden. Until now! As I was perusing the fabulous perennial sale, I came across these succulents, and later on, a sphagnum wreath; the inspiration for a succulent wreath was hatched!
These rosette shaped plants are considered “ground huggers” and won’t grow tall, making them perfect for a wreath. The “hens” are the main plants and the “chicks” are the offspring, which start as small buds on the main plant and soon sprout their own roots, taking up residence close to the mother plant. See the motherhood symbolism? Great for a Mother’s Day gift!
Read on to learn how to make your own succulent wreath! DIY FYI: There are a lot of steps, hence a lot of pictures – so if you’d like the quick and dirty version, the slideshow below might help:
What you’ll need:
- A Sphagnum wreath – I found one for you here!
- A flat of hardy succulents – I used hens, chicks, dragons blood sedum and sedum. There are a lot of varieties, ask at your local greenhouse! Make sure that you choose hardy plants (they’re able to survive the winter).
- Planting medium (potting soil)
- A clear trash bag
- Flexible garden wire
- Water (from a hose is great)
- [optional] Pieces of felt for the back of the wreath
Once you’re done with this step, lay the wreath on the ground and give it a good soaking with the hose. The sphagnum moss will start to soften and puff up, now you’re ready to plant!
Succulent plants store water in their leaves and stems, which means that they don’t need to be watered as often as other plants. Start by watering them weekly, but watch them closely (especially in a sunny spot).
Now, the really great part about this wreath is that it will last from season to season. This fall, bring it into the garage (or greenhouse) and water it monthly throughout the winter. In the spring, you won’t have to do a thing, your hens and chicks will hatch again! Yay!