Succulent Aesthetic and Garden Design

Create Succulent Aesthetic Through Garden Design

Succulents bought at stores come in boring plastic pots in plain soil. While the plants themselves look beautiful, their surroundings could be much more attractive. As a result, observers will lose interest in your potted plants. Here are some tips to help design a beautiful, attractive, and unique succulent garden. Continue reading to find tips on boosting your succulent aesthetic.

Improving succulent aesthetic through terracotta pots.

Repot Store Bought Plants to Boost Succulent Aesthetic

Succulents from the store will almost always be planted in plastic pots. Most of them will certainly be an eyesore. To spruce up your succulent, transplant them into a pot that speaks to you. Try a sleek molded pot with a built in water reservoir. Choose a pot made of stone that gives a simple and natural look. On the other hand, ceramic pots can have beautiful and complex patterns. Feel free to look at some interesting succulent pot examples.


Terracotta pots are a classic. That is to say, they are simple, a good price, and a great look. Most terracotta pots will be a light brown color, in addition to not having any engravings. Some pots, however, will have attractive designs etched into them. Most importantly, terracotta is a very porous material that allows air to flow in and water to flow out. Therefore the soil will be drier and better for succulents that prefer less water.


Ceramic pots are the colorful versions of terracotta pots. As a result, ceramic pots can be any color of the rainbow and found all over the place. They can have beautiful designs painted or engraved on them and will surely attract attention. Similarly to terracotta, ceramic is a porous material that lets air in and water out. This creates drier soil that is perfect for succulents and cacti, while also creating a unique container.


Real stone planters can be rare to come by and expensive. However, they are worth purchasing because each pot is one of a kind. Often times they come in a gray color, but there are other options. Because they are chiseled out of real stone, they are usually quite large and require a lot of space. As a result, they can hold a lot of succulents together in a one of a kind garden. Stone, like terracotta and ceramic, is a porous material that is really good at letting air in and water out. Keep in mind that different types of stone have different properties, however, most stone pots are made of concrete or granite.


Molded (plastic) pots are what succulents will come in at stores. However, store molded pots are often a dull color and not durable. Molded pots that are a little more expensive can be worth a purchase. They can come in any shape and size. Also, they can come in any color and have any design. Further, they can be painted easily if that is something you are interested in trying. It should be noted that molded pots are much different from terracotta, ceramic, and stone pots. Molded pots are impermeable. That is to say, they hold in a lot of water. The pots also do not let air through. However, many molded pots come with attached reservoirs. This lets water drain out of the pot and be collected in a dish.

Simple and durable, molded pots are cheap and versatile. When used correctly, they can be unique and attractive.


Metal pots are very durable and usually have a simple silver design. They are ideal for outside use, so they can be great if used in areas that are warm all year round. Or, metal pots can be used for succulents placed outside in the summer months. They are the most stylish when used with other metal pots on a porch setting, and wide pots can house many different succulent species. Metal pots, similar to plastic pots, are very good at holding water. If you buy a metal pot, make sure that it has drainage holes at the bottom for water to escape. If the pot does not have drainage holes, use proper tools to make some in the bottom. Metal pots can be expensive and come in almost every color. They also can come with shelving and extensions that can be used to make interesting arrangements to attract attention.


Wood planters are rare and require the most maintenance of any pot on this list. These pots are great for indoor and outdoor settings because they look great next to anything. Furthermore, wood pots do not crack in cold weather which is an added benefit if you have cold resistant succulents. Wood planters contrast nicely with the vibrant greens of succulents, really making them pop no matter where you put them. There are problems with wood planters when keeping a succulent garden. For example, wood pots are prone to rotting if water sits in them for too long. Also, the pots naturally soak up a lot of water and this makes rotting even easier. If you plant to purchase wood pots, make sure water does not sit in them and they stay in a sunny/warm place that will aid in evaporation. Drill drainage holes if water is sitting too long.


Resin plant pots are probably one of the best types of planters on the market. The pots are made from molds and this lets the pots be made into any shape and size. Resin can accurately mimic terracotta, ceramic, plastic, stone, and metal pots. They are able to give and bend, as well as return to their original shape. This makes them durable and weather resistant. Because resin can be make into so many different forms, they are a great choice when looking for an attractive pot to plant anything in. Resin pots are good at holding water so be careful to look out for signs of overwatering. Overall, resin pots are sure to spruce up your succulent layout for a low price.

Add Rocks to Planters to Improve Succulent Aesthetic

Now that you’ve found yourself a nice pot to house your succulents (or other plants). its time to find something to make the soil more interesting. One of the best ways to make dull and brown soil look interesting is to add in some rocks or gravel. Above all, adding rocks will improve the health of your plants while adding a stylish aspect.

Benefits to Plant Health and Succulent Aesthetic

Adding rocks to a succulent garden can make it much more attractive. Furthermore, rocks come in every color you can think of and can be unique to you. Rocks are cheap and found in stores everywhere, so buying some for decoration is definitely worth a purchase.

Rocks and gravel can hold succulents in place and upright. Adding some to a pot will make sure your plants do not fall over due to weather, vibration, or watering. Rocks also are able to weigh down soil. For instance, watering plants can cause depressions in the soil as water weights down an area. The soil then becomes waterlogged and too dense for optimal root growth. Adding rocks to soil stops the impact of the water and allows the water to spread evenly across the top layer of soil. This will prevent the formation of soil depressions, waterlogged soil, and allow for optimal root growth. Most importantly, rocks prevent water from standing at the base of succulents and other plants. As a result, the succulent and other plants will be better protected from root rot.

If you are keeping for succulents outside, rocks are great for stopping weeds from growing in your pots. Rocks make it more difficult for weeds to break through the top of the soil and prevent them from spreading quickly. This will make your succulent garden look much more attractive without weeds, and it will also make your succulents healthier. Less weeds means that your potted plants will be able to absorb more nutrients from the soil, as well as more water.

What Types of Rock Should I Use?

Never use any type of rock that is covered in moss. Moss can spread very easily and will choke out succulents in its container. Moss is able to hold a lot of moisture, which will cause your succulents to rot and encourage the growth of bacteria and fungi in succulent pots.

Avoid using rocks that are porous. Porous rocks for example, include sandstone, limestone, and conglomerates. These rocks will suck up water and leak it back into the soil. This keeps the soil damp and can cause root rot or overwatering. Rocks that should be used and are not porous include: pea gravel, river rocks, and any type or glass marble/glass gem. Non porous rocks do not hold water and will not cause soil to become water logged.

Try experimenting with other types, shapes, and sizes of rocks. Adding a large rock or two to a succulent garden can make an interesting focal point. Different size rocks can make an arrangement look more natural, as well as break up the blending together of plants. Experiment with different colors and landscaping within a planter to make it unique and speak to you.

Conclusion to Succulent Aesthetic

Designing a succulent garden depends on the individual creating it. Every garden is unique and special in its own way, but by adding a few things your garden can really show itself off. Find a pot that is interesting to you and fits your succulent’s needs. Add rocks and gravel to make your succulents healthier and look more attractive. Play with landscaping and the types of succulents in your planters to create a beautiful, one of a kind garden.

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