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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Succulent Mini-Gardens - Mindful Creation

Have you attempted a mini or fairy garden yet? Using succulents in your landscape is a great way to get started!

Succulents are booming in popularity for two simple reasons: 
they are beautiful and nearly indestructible.
Technically, a succulent is any plant with thick, fleshy (succulent) water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, their stems or their roots. These plants have adapted to survive arid conditions throughout the world, from Africa to the deserts of North America. Fortunately for us, this adaptive mechanism has resulted in an incredible variety of interesting leaf forms and plant shapes, including paddle leaves, tight rosettes, and bushy or trailing columns of teardrop leaves.  (

As a group, succulents include some of the most well-known plants, such as the ALOE and agave, and many almost unknown plants. CACTI are a unique subset of the succulent group. Succulents make excellent display plants in dish gardens.

Use your favorite container for your landscape adventure! I love to use urns and flat dish containers a few inches deep. Make sure you drill in a drainage hole or provide a drainage system at the bottom of your container. I often use tiny rocks or a mesh drainage insert before adding a good potting soil.

Here I have planted a succulent in a mini-urn. A variety of mini-urns are available in our online boutique at COUNTRY VILLA DECOR.  Vine arbors and chairs pictured are also in stock!

The mini pots can hold a tiny succulent or a faux flower as well.

The new mini-chandeliers are to die for! We also have mini-cement tables and chairs coming in soon!

Here I've used a large tea-cup planter. The vine arbor fits perfectly !

When you pick out your succulents, look for distinctive blooms and stems and don't be afraid of them. Incorporate their quirky bends into your landscape. This one almost looks like a fruiting tree !

This is a new addition to our line of mini-garden accents. It's a gorgeous Pavillion accented with leaves and vines. They create a perfect space for placing a mini-bird bath. In addition to succulents you can add your favorite herbs. Pictured below,  I have added English Thyme and a tiny English lavender plant.

Notice the black urn on a plynth ! These are new this year! I planted a tiny succulent in both urns.

How cute are these mini round stepping stones? I have created a trail with shell chips. Placing the stepping stones into moss or your favorite sand, chips or other material will also work.  Let your garden dreams run wild ! Mini-gardens are so easy to create and a great conversation piece in your home and garden decor.


  1. I am cracking up because I have been looking for a good container for succulents and was just looking at some adorable little succulents by my place. I think I need to head to flea market or somewhere I can find something aged.

    These, you have in this post are darling!!!!

    1. Have fun Lucinda! It's pretty hard to go wrong with planting succulents in just about anything! Even an old shoe! Be sure to give a little drainage on the bottom and you're good to go. Here's the link to another post for more container ideas. If the link doesn't work just search above with the word "succulents" and you'll find a few past posts. Thanks for stopping by!

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