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Succulent Topiary

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The 2011 Spring Home & Garden show is rapidly approaching. This year we will be collaborating with the new DIY Landscape Center to offer a wider range of products and services for homeowners who wish to achieve the high-end look- minus the high end price.

Although we don’t design a full garden for the show because it’s not cost-effective for our business (though our egos would LOVE to do it sometime), we can still come up with some cool special effects that our clients can duplicate. One such effect is adding succulents plants, both hardy and tender, to your landscape. We’ve done it up two ways- the easy way and the hard way.

Easy Way:

Succulent INSIDE the Topiary Frame

Pot up a larger succulent, like the ‘Flapjack’ plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) in that same container and do the reverse. Obviously, this is a MUCH easier method! (and about 2 hours into the topiary project I was WISHING I’d opted for this route).

Cagged Kalanchoe Closeup

Hard(er) Way:

Basic design elements, ready to assemble

A simple wire frame, filled with moss and soil, then carefully planted with a gorgeous array of succulent colors and textures. We’ll provide a complete tutuorial over on  The “finished” topiary below isn’t really “finished”.  The plants that were already rooted need to establish themselves.  Over time, the topiary will fill in until little moss is visible.

Topiary is planted and will now be greenhoused to ensure good rooting occurs.

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Succulent Selection

As so many people enjoyed they ‘greenwall’ we created last year with flats of mixed sedums, we’re hoping to offer up something even better this year. We shall see if it all comes together or not but whatever happens, you wont’ be disappointed in either our products OR our services!

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