Suc­cu­lents create a liv­ing pic­ture

A framed box of easy to main­tain, colour­ful suc­cu­lents makes a stun­ning nat­u­ral art­work, which changes as it grows

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With their thick, fleshy, sap-filled leaves and rain­bow colours, suc­cu­lents are both easy to care for and at­trac­tive to look at. They come in a va­ri­ety of shapes, from rosettes to trail­ing flat-leaved va­ri­eties, and re­quire no prun­ing and lit­tle wa­ter­ing, as well as stay­ing rel­a­tively pest free. Their shal­low root sys­tems and small size make suc­cu­lents ideal for adding green­ery and vis­ual in­ter­est to the home, par­tic­u­larly if cre­at­ing a ver­ti­cal wall hang­ing. A sim­ple wooden con­tainer is made from a seed tray and cov­er­ing of mesh, with lengths of wood to create a frame and add depth. Once filled with com­post, a var­ied se­lec­tion of suc­cu­lents are planted within the wire grid to hold them in place. The liv­ing ar­range­ment can be at­tached to a wall or sim­ply laid flat to dis­play on a ta­ble.

A sim­i­lar tray to the one pic­tured can be made by cut­ting a piece of wire mesh to fit on top of a seed tray and nail­ing four lengths of wood along each edge to se­cure it in place.

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