How to Make a Succulent Topiary

This container garden with a twist bursts with colorful succulents. Not only is this topiary eye-catching, but it's easy to care for.

This container garden with a twist is bursting with colorful succulents. Not only is this topiary eye-catching, but it’s easy to care for.

This colorful succulent topiary sits pretty in any garden setting. Prep succulents a day before you start this project—the succulent cuttings will need to develop scabs where the stem is cut. To prepare, simply remove succulent plants from their pots and wipe away any excess dirt. Clip succulents, leaving a stem to insert into the topiary. The day of, prepare your moss by dampening. Soak your sphagnum moss in a bucket and squeeze out any excess water.

What You Need

  • Assorted succulents
  • 7- to 8-inch pot
  • Floral foam block
  • 1/2-inch dowel
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Small rocks
  • 6- to 7-inch preserved moss ball
  • Screwdriver or awl
  • Floral pins

If you're making your own moss ball:

  • Sphagnum moss
  • Sheet moss
  • Floral wire
  • Wire clippers

Step 1: Fill Pot

Place floral foam block in center of pot. Insert dowel into block (making sure that it's straight) and secure with hot glue. Fill pot with rocks to secure dowel's position.

Step 2: Insert Moss Ball

To make your own moss ball: Make this a day before you start your topiary project. Soak sphagnum moss and squeeze excess water out. Apply sphagnum moss evenly to the outside of floral foam ball. Cover that layer with sheet moss and secure with floral wire.

Use screwdriver or awl to poke a hole into the ball and use wooden dowel to deepen hole. Remove and fill hole with hot glue. Insert dowel and let dry.

Step 3: Add Succulents

To add succulents, use a screwdriver or awl to poke holes in moss ball. Be sure to leave room between plants for growth. Use floral pins to secure if necessary.

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