Vertical Succulent Garden

How to create a sturdy frame for planting a vertical succulent garden #diy #succulents #gardening

This weekend I attended a class on vertical succulent gardening at the Dallas Arboretum. I don’t think I would have figured out how to create a structure strong enough to support sideways plants and soil, so I was pretty excited to have an expert walk me through step-by-step. And I haven’t yet installed my garden along a wall, but when I turn it sideways, it seems to stay in place pretty well.

We started with the following materials:

  • Wooden Frame (our instructor made his own out of fence wood)
  • Flat piece of wood cut to the size of your frame
  • Plastic fence netting (I’ve also seen chicken wire used)
  • Black mesh fabric
  • Screws
  • Staple gun
  • Light soil suitable for succulents (our instructed recommended this soil mixed with crushed shells)
  • Succulent plants

 Here are the steps we followed:

How to create a sturdy frame for planting a vertical succulent garden #diy #succulents #gardening

Step 1: To create a strong framework, we cut the plastic netting and black mesh into rectangles that were slightly larger than the size of our frames. We pressed the plastic netting into the frame and stapled it along the inside of the frame; we repeated this step with the mesh fabric and trimmed both so that there wasn’t any extra coming out of the frame.

Step 2: Fill the frame with soil. We used a mix of lightweight soil and crushed shells. While sand is often mixed into soil for succulents, our instructor cautioned against this because it adds extra weight to the structure.

Step 3: Secure the flat piece of wood to the frame using screws.

Step 4: Once the framework was complete, we selected our succulents and arranged our design by setting the plants on top of the grid before we started planting.

Step 5: To plant each succulent, we cut a small square out of the netting and mesh – cutting an almost 2-inch square per 3 inch plant. Inserting each plant into the grid was the hardest part. We had to push all of the soil in the frame out of the way and then push the plant in, using a pencil to help push the base of the plant further into the soil.

This is my final garden:

How to create a sturdy frame for planting a vertical succulent garden #diy #succulents #gardening


I haven’t installed it vertically yet. Some tutorials suggest letting the roots take hold for a few weeks before hanging it, but our instructor said this wouldn’t be necessary.


Modern Mix: Planter Trends I Love

modern mix: a collection of planter trends #plants #garden #spring

I may be going a little overboard with the plants in our house. At last count, we had 32 plants (including Jenna’s indoor flower and vegetable garden). That’s a lot of plants, but the truly amazing part is that I’m keeping them alive. And as my plant collection grows, so too must my planter collection. I’m always on the lookout for simple, beautiful containers to add to my collection.

Some of my favorite dream planters above: cube, hanging, vintage, cement, geometric, retro stand, mid-century, garden box.

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Gardening, Almost

Every Spring, I become convinced that this is the year I will finally start a garden. This year is no exception. In fact, with the 80 degrees temperatures we’re already seeing in Texas, I think I’ve started my garden obsession even earlier. On Sunday, I took J+J out to buy a few plants at the hardware store. Our backyard needs some prep work before we can start planting, but I wasn’t up for that much work (you can see why the whole garden thing never really pans out) so I thought we’d start small with some potted plants for the patio.

We had a pretty good time, mostly due to the fact that I also let J+J dig in the backyard, something I almost never let them do. But since we still need to dig up everything from last year, I decided I might as well put them to work.

Needless to say, Jason was pretty excited to have access to this gardening tool and put in a fairly impressive effort.

Jenna also loves getting her hands dirty but definitely prefers planting to plowing.

They also took quite a few water breaks. There were breaks for spraying water and …

breaks for splashing in the water.

The best part, however, was watching them work together.

They make a pretty good team. Maybe someday I’ll have that garden afterall.