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RL Tips: 3 Ways to Arrange Your Succulents

Maintain your plants with these easy tips


Succulents are plants with thick heavy stems that carry a lot of water. How do you arrange these easy-to-maintain greens at home? Here are a couple of ideas.

Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano. Shot on location at Sucker for Succulents.

Read the original article ("Style those Succulents") in the April 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Do large groupings.

Once your small succulents outgrow their small pots, transfer them to bigger planters. You may use varied pots. Arrange them in different heights – with some propped on a pedestal and a couple hanging on a wall.

To have a cohesive look, limit your succulent selection to just two or three kinds. Complete the setup by adding found objects such as old picture frames and figurines.

This setup will look great in casual family homes and bohemian homes. You may set it up by the main door. If you’re living in a condo, try this on your balcony.

Keep it uniform.

If you want a streamlined vignette, go for a grouping of similar pots in different sizes and with a single kind of cactus each. You can create dimension by arranging the cacti in varying levels. If you have neutral-colored pots, add interest by throwing in one or two colorful decorative items – like your kids/ small toys.

This will look great in minimalist-modern or modern-tropical homes. A uniformed look will look best on a console table at the foyer and on a coffee table or side table.

Tip: Small to medium-size succulents are best for this style. Try the echeveria family, the crassula conjuncta, aloe aristata, or crassula tricolor necklace.

Put them in a bowl.

Want your succulents to create a major impact? Group them together in one big bowl. You can group as many as seven to nine varieties. To make it more eye-catching, pick plants that vary in height and color then add a few small limestone rocks or dried flowers, like statice or baby’s breath for texture and visual impact.

This will look great in casual family homes and resort-style tropical homes.

A big bowl of succulents will work as a statement table centerpiece for your dining area or on your living room’s coffee table.

Tip: Terracotta pots are ideal as they provide good airflow and allow water to drain. If you prefer ceramic planters or glass pots, be mindful of how much water you give your succulents as too much moisture can cause your plants to rot and die.


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