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Succulents…Who Knew?

CREATIVE WAYS TO USE SUCCULENTS

What plant is easy to grow, hard to kill, and can be planted just about anywhere? Succulents! These plants may possibly be one of the most versatile on the globe and they have certainly gained popularity recently. We are seeing them used just about everywhere. Because they have shallow roots, they can survive without a great deal of water or care and thrive in drought-like conditions. Succulents also have a variety of pleasing shapes and colors, and look good whether they have blooms or not! Not only are they amazing in the garden, but lately succulents have moved to center stage and are being used in a multitude of ways both inside and out. And, many people are using them in all sorts of way; as table arrangements, living sculptures, as cut flowers – the skies the limit when it comes to using succulents. Take advantage of these unique garden characters and challenge yourself to come up with new ways to display your succulents around the house. Whether you combine a few succulents together in a pot or arrange succulents to form a pattern in a vertical garden, they certain to add a burst of color and a little drama to your house and garden. Here are a few unique ideas for using succulents:

LIVING WREATHS
Succulent wreaths are a gorgeous addition to any home or outdoor living space. And, because succulents roots so easily, they are ideal for creating an easy to care for wreath. Simply lay them in place and in a few weeks, they will root into the soil or medium. Try using various shapes and shades of green succulents to create an interesting textured wreath that will continue to change and fill out as the plants become more established. Display wreaths on a door, as a centerpiece, or hang it on an interior wall – the options are endless! Succulent wreaths will thrive in a sunny indoor location or a partially shaded outdoor spot. And best of all, succulents require minimal watering to keep it growing!

CONTAINERS
Succulents are striking on their own but arranging them in groups or by introducing a colorful variety will surly up the wow factor in your home and garden. Experiment with these garden gems by adding a succulent container to a balcony, deck or patio. And don't fret, you don't have to live in a warm climate to utilize outdoors - there are plenty of cold hardy varieties that will weather the winter. Just be sure to ask which varieties are best suited for outdoor use in the Hampton Roads area. Or, plant the tender succulents in a container that you can bring indoors during those cold winter months.

TABLE ARRANGEMENTS
Succulents have become the hot new trend in table arrangements for both indoors and out. Whether you mix it with classic decor to add a touch of modern or incorporate it into your outdoor space to create a rustic feel, these living arrangements have a number of advantages. Succulents don't wither in the sun, cause allergies, or have to be thrown out, unlike cut flowers.

WEDDINGS
The succulent craze is fast becoming one of hottest trends in wedding decor! Succulents come in a vast assortment of shapes and colors from greens to dusty blues to serene pinks and purples and even oranges. And, there are countless ways to use succulents on that special day. Incorporate succulents into the bride’s bouquet and table-top centerpieces, or use as boutonnières for groomsmen and even as garnish for the cake.

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