Not for succulents the wilting business of cut flowers! These guys don’t even need to be sitting in water to stay perky and keep their stylish looks. So, for long-lived table settings, combine shapely, colourful succulents with a mix of other foliage and cut flowers and arrange in upcycled glassware pieces. Succulent cuttings form a ‘callus’ over the wound, which means they stay in fine form for many weeks (or even months) until you replant them in fertile ground.
Retro parfait glasses make charming homes for individual echeveria rosettes. Just sprinkle in a few polished pebbles (you’ll find them in bags at hardware stores), then push the plant stem in firmly. If you want to keep them beyond the party season, an occasional splash of water in the base will suffice – top up only when it’s evaporated.
Check out this creative re-use of a glass cake stand. Combine a posy of velvet-red roses with small-scale succulents like Kalanchoe tomentosa, red and green aeoniums and Aloe variegata for stunning style.
Turn a simple goblet into an enticing talking point by arranging a single pink rose bloom alongside the unusual succulent Fenestraria, with its cluster of cylindrical leaves. Surround with a ring of votive candles to light it up.
An all-foliage display can be just as effective as flowers, especially with a large echeveria rosette as the focus. Insert a piece of wire into the base of the floret to act as a stem. Surround it with fern fronds, variegated leaves such as weigela, and clusters of berries – or whatever you have in your garden.
To create this fabulous scene, sit a plastic planter bowl inside the lip of a larger glass bowl. Into a bed of florist’s foam, arrange roses, orchids and pink veronica, along with a frilled echeveria and clusters of succulent rosettes (these are sempervivums). Place a succulent or two on bamboo stems for a little extra height!
• You can use any succulents you love, but the rosette-forming types look effective with flowers.
• To keep the flowers at their best and freshest, insert the stems into florist’s tubes (or any other narrow vessel) and keep filled with water.
• Florist’s foam makes arranging easier, but you can certainly give it a go without foam if you’ve got the basics and want to improve your skills.
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