10 Fresh Ways to Add Succulents to Your Home

Clean, modern, unique—and only look like you spent a ton of time on them. Even the brownest of thumbs can't kill these succulents, which actually do better when you don't water them. What's not to love?

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    Fresh New Ways to Use Succulents in Your Home

    Succulents are one of the most versatile plants out there, and we love how they can completely transform an area of your home. See how to use succulents in containers for a fast, easy way to modernize your spaces.


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    Start Small

    Succulents are the perfect plants for beginners. Start with a small combo and build from there—but don't worry about packing them in. Succulents are slow growers and don't mind being crowded. A small container like this 8-inch ceramic pot can hold six plants, no problem.

    Succulents in this container: Sedum sieboldii  'Mediovariegatum', Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg', Sedum 'Angelina', Crassula radicans 'Large Red Carpet', Cotyledon species 'Happy Young Lady', Portulacaria afra 'variegated'


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    Go Tall

    The same rules of all great container gardens apply to this succulent container: It contains a thriller (on top), a spiller (over the side), and filler (in the middle).

    Succulents in this container: Campo de Fiori 'Large Aged Full Moon', Senecio vitalis 'Serpents Blue Chalk Fingers', Crassula radicans 'Small Red Carpet', Kalanchoe thyrsiflora 'Flapjacks', Aeonium arborescens 'Tip Top', Aeonium hybrid 'Kiwi', Sedum nussbaumerianum 'Coppertone', Sedum 'Lemon Coral', Crassula ovata undulate 'Jitters', Aloe hybrid 'Jimmy', Crassula ovata 'Hobbit Jade', Graptoveria hybrid 'Fred Ives', Kalanchoe tedtschenkoi 'Variegata' South American Air Plant, Sedum 'Hispanicum', Mixed Sempervivums (Hens and chicks), Sedum 'Pachyclados', Sedum 'Coral Carpet' 

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    Add a Pop of Color

    Use colorful succulents to add a pop of color and tie together colors in your outdoor spaces. They can provide a modern, fresh-looking complement to pillows, cushions, and umbrellas.


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    Create a Living Centerpiece

    Usher in fall with succulents planted atop pumpkins and squash. They're a fresh, modern alternative to the traditional jack-o’-lantern and provide the perfect centerpiece for any autumn table.

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    DIY Succulent Container

    Follow these easy tips to making a gorgeous succulent container out of almost anything!


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    Living Table Runner

    A succulent table runner is simple to create and lasts the entire season. Just narrow your plant picks to a handful of favorites in contrasting colors and forms, then queue them up in a metal tray. Repeat varieties down the line to fashion a pleasing pattern.


    Succulents in this container: Echeveria imbricate 'Black Prince', Cotyledon tomentosa 'Shake Bear's Paw', Crassula ovata 'Baby Jade', Aeonium arborescens 'Tip Top', Sedum 'Athoum', Echeveria 'Blue Atoll', Faucaria hybrid 'Jaws' (flowering)

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    Use in Raised Beds

    Succulents are perfect for raised beds that receive ample sunlight—six hours or more per day is ideal but not required for these versatile plants.

    Plants in this container: Succulents, Aeoniums, Echeverias, Sedums, and Senecio serpens

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    Group Them Together

    Make a bolder statement with succulents grouped together in pots. Here, different shapes and textures create contrast while allowing individual plants to shine.

    Succulents in these containers: 'Durango Delight', Maguey Agave, Artichoke agave, mixed Echeneuias

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    Incorporate into Outdoor Furniture

    This simple bench or outdoor concrete table is transformed into a garden with the simple addition of a few succulents growing in rocks.

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    Make a Succulent Wreath

    Forget fabric and fake flowers: Make your door the focal point of your front porch with a living succulent wreath. It needs little water and provides stunning color all season long.

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    DIY Living Succulent Picture

    Whether you hang this indoors or out, this living succulent picture makes a bold statement. The plants take root within the frame, staying put and growing with minimal care.

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    How to Propagate Succulents

    Learn how to get more succulents for no cost and little effort.

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