How and Why to Design with Succulents

With roots? Without? In pots?

However you incorporate or sell them, succulents have moved from the steppes and deserts to the garden to mainstream floral design. Industry insiders report succulent sales have tripled in recent years.

Why should you incorporate succulents in your floral designs? Where can you use them? What are the recommended design mechanics and techniques for root and rootless designs?

And even with the easy-care label succulents have earned, what should you avoid to protect your designs?

The answers follow.

You see succulents everywhere

The use of succulents in floral designs has expanded to every possible arrangement in every season. Yet they still feel like the new kids on the block.

And why not? They offer unique color, form and function when compared to more common fresh flowers and plants on the market.

Succulents come in a wide variety of colors and species. The soft blue-green hue mixes well with the neutral and natural color harmonies trending for special events and d├ęcor this year.

As low-maintenance and drought-tolerant garden plant alternatives, succulents are often chosen for their eye-catching sculptural shapes and unique blend of textures. These characteristics excel in floral designs as well.

A quick look on Pinterest, shelter magazines, or a Google search confirms these hardy plants have gone mainstream.