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Top 5 Succulents + DIY Succulent Terrarium

Succulents are easy-care plants that add bold forms, texture and color to gardens and containers inside and outside of your home. Continue reading if you would like to hear about some of my top picks and how to create your own Succulent Terrarium incorporating some of these fascinating plants.


The crown jewels of the rosette-forming succulents, is the easy-care Echeveria! They come in a rainbow of colors and are one of the most common succulents incorporated in gardens making them easily found at nurseries. Just to name a few the rose-colored ‘Afterglow’, frilly-edged ‘Blue Curls’, deep purple ‘Black Prince’, and pearly lavender ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ are some of my favorites.

Sedum (Stonecrop)

An excellent low-growing succulent to use as ground covers, incorporated with rocks or trailing over edges of containers, are the Sedum family. A few in particular that not only add a pop of color but also compliment the greyish green Echeveria is the Chartreuse Sedum ‘Angelina’ and beautiful yellow Sedum nussbaumerianum – Coppertone Stonecrop.


The fleshy rosettes of Aeonium come in a range of colors—from lemon yellow (Aeonium ‘Sunburst’) to deep maroon (Aeonium ‘Zwartkp’)—and take little water to thrive.  With their bold forms and upright growth habit, they’re a natural choice for accent plants in garden beds and containers.



Mostly from South Africa, aloes vary widely in form and size from 6-inch miniatures (Aloe ‘Blue Elf’) to tree varieties (Aloe arborescens). These showy succulents make great accents to Spanish-style and desert gardens.


The Senecio genus includes succulents from tropical and subtropical areas all over the world. The flowers are arranged in clusters at the top of the plants, and vary in color from white and yellow to red and purple.The cylindrical silvery-blue leaves of this low-growing succulent provide year-round interest in mild climates. Add to garden beds for calming swaths of blue or grow in containers in full sun. Most common varieties are Senecio mandraliscae ‘Blue Chalksticks’ and slightly smaller Senecio serpens.



Now that you know more about these particular water wise plants combine these and many more to put together your garden or follow the simple instructions below to bring these beauties indoors by creating your own succulent terrarium.



Step #1: Collect all your materials.

  • Some potting soil or Cactus Soil
  • Pebbles, Small Rocks, Crushed Gravel, or even shells!
  • Small Succulents
  • Container – It can be anything really! A glass vase, Mason jar, or even something you have lying around your home.


Step #2:

Grab your container of choice and line the bottom with a layer rock to help with drainage. You can also add an optional layer of sand on top (to give more texture).



Fill the vase with some soil, and then start adding your succulents. No exact precise measurement -this is a pretty simple process and there’s no exact science.  If your soil is a bit dry, give it a mist before planting. After the succulents are in place, add some more dirt to ensure the roots are covered. I recommend using smaller plants so they have room to grown.


Step #4:

Accessorize! Get creative and customize your terrarium with colorful rocks or tiny figurines to give it interest!