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vertical succulent garden – part 1

 

Succulents are all the rage these days. They are pretty low-maintenance, geometric, and interesting. The obvious fractal structure of these plants are naturally appealing to the eye.

I thought I’d try my hand at creating a framed vertical succulent garden. There is loads inspiration for these all over the internet. My favourite being Flora Grubb. If anyone executes these installations perfectly, it is them! They sell the panels to achieve this perfect in their web shop. While I love the look, I wasn’t sure I was prepared to pay the price in their web shop.

Thank goodness for the internet. There are a bunch of tutorials online. I like this one.

On the same trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens, we stopped at a little-known spot for succulents.

While not normally selling to the public, we convinced him to make an exception.

This place had many varieties, somewhat rare for Southwestern Ontario.

So, we carted off a box full of succulents, and got to work.

I found a great vintage frame in my Grandma’s basement – naturally the best place for that sort of thing! I cut up some wood pieces to bulk up the back of the frame. The dimensions of the frame are roughly 2′ x 3′.

After fixing the chicken wire,  I began padding it with some moss.
 

Next, I inserted the succulents. I tried to somewhat make a pattern, but it was a bit of a failed attempt.

I love the contrast of the distressed, yet intricate frame and the succulents.  I also ended up sticking in some ‘Jeepers Creepers’ creeping plant. Not sure of the actual name.

I can’t wait to hang this baby up!

I’ll update you in part 2 of the condition of the piece, so stay tuned for that later this week.

 

 

This post is cross-posted to my personal blog:http://gwynneburgess.com/blog/2012/07/vertical-succulent-garden-part-1/