Succulents are hot right now! This latest trend using succulents as houseplants, in gardens and in arrangements, including wearable art like corsages, bracelets and headbands is definitely here to stay, and for many good reasons.
Being from Buffalo, you may be unfamiliar with these amazing and somewhat unusual plants, probably because succulents naturally grow in ecosystems with temperature extremes and little rainfall. They have adapted themselves with water storing systems to maintain life under these harsh conditions. Makes you think of a cactus, right? Well yes, but, even though all cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cacti. There are hundreds of different varieties of succulents, and they come in the most glorious colors, shapes and sizes. Some are actually winter hardy and can be planted outside in our area. These are great for borders or rock gardens, and places with little soil or where other plants just won’t grow. They look great, and you can just let Mother Nature do the watering for you. Even a pretty container with good drainage can look amazing planted with different varieties of succulents and placed in a sunny spot in the garden or on a patio. Bring it inside in late fall and put it in a sunny window to enjoy its beauty throughout the wintertime. What a great conversation piece to have in your home or garden! You can even grow succulents in wreaths and wall hangings. So versatile!
An unexpected accent in a floral arrangement, succulents can add just the right touch to make that gift of flowers extra special. For those people who love the unusual or want that extraordinary touch, succulents tucked into just the right spot in a floral creation can give a unique ‘wow’ factor that you won’t find anywhere else. And, guess what? Once the fresh flowers have faded, the succulent can be removed and planted to be enjoyed over and over.
Another way to add to special moments with succulents is by using them in corsages, boutonnieres or head pieces. Colorful and unique, the possibilities are endless!
I know there may be some of you who say that you do not have a green thumb, and you can’t keep plants alive. Well, we have great news for you too! Here at the Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, not only do we plant and arrange with succulents, we have realistic faux succulents that will last and last. So we have all the bases covered. Stop by to see our great selection!