Framing Succulents in a Wall Hanging

I found a wonderful twig frame and decided to plant it full of succulents this year. The trick is keeping them in their so they can take root.  First I wove a wire backing on one side of the frame. Image Then stuffed it full of fresh moss from the woods in back of our house. (Which looked so terrific, I was tempted to leave it like that!) Image Image Then I laid in a layer of potting soil, which is held in place by the moss. Next time I try this, I might use a layer of window screen rather in the wire, which is what I often use to cover drainage holes in the bottom of pots for container gardens. It is sold by the foot at hardware stores. Now for the plants: Image I am using four kinds of sedum for this one, bought in small containers each under $5.00. The sedums are: Sedum divergens, (middle,green) Sedum borchii sport, (edges, green) Sempervivum ‘Hidde’, commonly known as ‘Hens and Chicks’ (Red), and another ‘Hens and Chicks’ I had never seen before Sempervivum a. ‘Cobweb’. (White and “fuzzy”.) I composed these in my cart on the spot the nursery, looking at other containers they had on display (see photo below) for inspiration. There is no right or wrong here –  just be playful and have fun! Other succulent plants could be used here too besides the sedum – Portulaca is one that comes to mind. Image   Almost done – need half of a plant to tuck in near the top left…and now just let it sit and wait for the plants to take root, about a month. In the meantime, plenty of sun and occasional watering. I used eight containers, so did the whole thing for $40. Image   I will hang this beauty on an outside wall in a month from now, and will follow up with a post. Stay tuned!

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About christinedarnelldesignstudio

Christine Darnell Design Studio is a landscape and garden design studio in Chester, CT. Imaginative plant combinations characterize the work with an artist’s eye towards texture and color. A strong commitment to environmentally considerate design runs through the practice, the support of local nurseries, and guidance towards the most environmentally sustainable materials and products. Adjunct Professor, Horticulture Dept. of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT , Wetlands Commissioner for the Town of Chester, Vice President, APLD, Connecticut Chapter.
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