“Human Beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.” – John Powell
There is something so inspiring about going to a nursery. My local favorite, Rolling Greens, has a location near my studio that is nothing short of breathtaking. I had always gone there for orchids (a monthly staple in my house), or to find beautiful things to plant outside. On a recent trip I ventured to an area of the property I had never explored. I was happily surprised to see row after row of succulents. Growing up in California, I always saw ice plants lining the highway because they are drought resistant and never gave them a second thought.
Seeing how many species of succulents there are gave me a new appreciation for these fatty leaved, water holding plants. I wanted to find a great home for them instead of just lining a property. Pictured above is a 150 year old urn I found and planted for a client’s front door entry. Shown species : Aeonium, Mexican Snowball, Echevaria Black Prince and Trailing Senecios
Vintage vessels are an unexpected way to hold succulents. Echeverias and Hen and Chicks are the tiny succulents planted in this milk glass compote. We topped it off with some recycled glass and a chunk of natural turquoise.
A touch of the ocean is created with coral, and conch and turbo shells planted with Donkey’s Tail and Echeverias. We set them on top of a vintage silver charger covered with crushed abalone shells.
Tillandsia, also known as “air plants,” are a part of the succulent family. Found in the swamps of Florida and the jungles of Costa Rica, these grown off of trees and do not require soil as they do not root themselves. Talk about low maintenance! These babies merely require a light misting twice a week to keep them fresh. Throw one on top of a glass urn of shells and you have an instant arrangement that requires virtually no effort. That’s my kind of house plant.
I have been wanting to add some flora to the outside of my studio for a long time and just couldn’t find the right planters. While scouting a Southern Antique Market, I stumbled across two faux bois troughs and grabbed them immediately. The front of our Motor Avenue location is now brimming with Sedum Adolphi, Crassula Perforata, and Echeveria Morning Light. We can’t wait to see them fill in!
Succulents are not only interesting to look at, but the perfect plant for dry, desert climates. I even added them to my front porch as we decided to plant our yard with local, sustainable, native foliage so we could enjoy their splendor year round. Happy Planting!