Project Succulent

Genius Ideas for Arranging Succulents, Cacti & Air Plants


By Baylor Chapman

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Easy to Find, Easy to Grow, Easy to Love

Succulents appear in myriad shapes, colors, and textures and are some of the easiest plants to care for (less water is more!). In this step-by-step guide, adapted from The Plant Recipe Book, author Baylor Chapman shows us how to choose among these beauties to create arrangements and tiny terrariums like a Desert View, which includes burro’s tails and zebra plants, or the Zen Garden, with rabbit ear cacti, pincushion cacti, and a little Morgan’s Beauty.




Soil Cactus mix

Water Allow the surface soil to dry between waterings

Light Bright direct

Some aeoniums are branchy stalks while others grow in a flatter, round form, but the many varieties are prized more for their large succulent rosettes than for their flowers. But when they do bloom, some put on quite a show with a yellow pyramid of blooms. They have a wonderful size range, too, and can hang out of soil for a long time.


On Its Own


One 1-gallon Aeonium

Container and Materials

Glazed pot, 6 inches in diameter and 7 inches tall, with a drainage hole and a flat back drilled for mounting on a wall

One 1-inch square of screen

1 to 3 cups cactus mix

1. Choose a plant size that is close to the size of the decorative pot and complements its color. Set the plant next to the pot; it should be the same height and width. If not, you'll need to make adjustments in step 3. Line the bottom of the pot with the screen and add the cactus mix.

2. Unpot the plant and gently massage the roots to remove any extra soil.

3. Replant the aeonium in the decorative pot, making adjustments to the soil so that the plant sits at the rim of the pot, tipped toward the front. Gently tamp down the soil.

4. Mount the pot on a fence or wall. To water, remove the pot from the wall and water the plant in a sink, allowing the excess to drip through before remounting the pot. Make sure to let the soil dry between waterings.


A Miniature Landscape


One 2-inch dwarf tree aeonium (Aeonium arboreum 'Tip Top' is a nice choice)

One 2-inch Mexican snowball (Echeveria elegans)

One 2-inch crassula, in bloom (try Crassula pubescens ssp. radicans)

Two 2-inch bear's paws (Cotyledon ladismithiensis)

One 2-inch aloe (Aloe 'Christmas Carol' is a good choice)

Container and Materials

Recycled glass vase, 4 inches in diameter and 6 inches tall

1 cup decorative gravel

2 cups cactus mix

1. Pour a thin layer of the gravel into the vase (this will help you see any extra water, which you can then pour out by delicately tipping the vase). Add 2 inches of the cactus mix. Unpot the plants from their grow pots and massage the roots to remove extra soil.

2. Plant the aeonium first and then the other plants around its base.

3. Use a spoon to spread the remaining gravel on top of the exposed soil. Let the arrangement dry between waterings, and water until the soil is slightly damp. This arrangement should last between 6 and 12 months.


Woodland Arrangement


One large aeonium with at least three rosettes (Aeonium 'Sunburst')

One 6-inch hellebore (Helleborus)

One 6-inch rabbit's foot fern (Humata tyermanii)

Container and Materials

Porcelain bowl inches in diameter and 8 inches tall

3 cups potting mix

Skewers (if needed)

Coated wire or florist tape (if needed)

1. Select the large aeonium and snip off three rosettes with at least a 3-inch stem. Let the stems dry out (scab over) for a few days.

2. Place the potting mix in the bowl, then unpot the hellebore and set it in the center. If its crown is too low, create a mound with the potting mix.

3. Unpot the rabbit's foot fern and insert it into the open space to the right of the hellebore. Angle it so that it leans over the rim of the bowl.

4. If the stems of the aeoniums are too short, attach a skewer with coated wire or florist tape, or go ahead and skewer the thick stem.


On Sale
Apr 13, 2021
Page Count
112 pages

Baylor Chapman

Baylor Chapman

About the Author

Baylor Chapman is the author of Decorating with Plants and The Plant Recipe Book and founder of Lila B. Design, a San Francisco–based plant design studio. She has been a guest on PBS’s Growing a Greener World, and her work has appeared in Good Housekeeping and Better Homes & Gardens. When not in her studio, she’s scouring plant nurseries and leading workshops to help plant lovers of all skill levels feel confident that they can make their spaces feel like home with just a little bit of green. Check out her tutorials on and, and follow her on Instagram at @lilabdesign.

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