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How to Create an Amazing Succulent Garden

Think succulents are boring? Think again. Here are some easy ways to take them to the next level.

Whether you want to build a Santa Fe-inspired garden or bring some green into your living space, here are some tips on putting together a standout succulent garden:

  • Plant your garden in grass instead of gravel. The thick leaves of your succulents growing out of wispy, feathery grass will make an interesting visual combination.
  • If you’d rather grow in gravel, play with the sizes, shapes, and colors of the stones -- their many different looks can uniquely complement your succulents.
  • Throw some cacti into the mix! They generally like the same type of climate and care as succulents, so you won’t have to change your routine much to suit them.
  • Grow the plants in pots rather than in the ground. This works especially well if you don’t have a ton of space. Just plant different types of succulents in each pot, arrange them nicely, and there you go!
  • If you’re really short on space -- and all you have is, say, a small balcony facing south -- then try growing a succulent garden in a bowl. Just take a large shallow bowl, throw in some gravel, and start growing your favorite succulents. It really is that easy.

Nestpert: Thomas McClain is a Minnesota landscape designer and owner of GrowWithDesign.com.

-- The Nest Editors

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