DIY: Plant a beautiful succulent garden

Plant, grow, love.

Our friends at Heartland Weekend believe you should always live life in full bloom. When the sun is shining, that’s not hard to do. But what about when you’re surrounded by four walls and a roof? The easiest way to invite the warm weather inside is by planting a succulent garden, according to Stacey Roth. She owns Glass Gardens by Stacey in the Jackson, Mo. community.

Together, assorted succulent plants bring a colorful, pop of texture to any room in your home.

Even better, Stacey says the plants are super low maintenance.

“They bring a different beauty to the room. They’re versitile. They’re so easy to care for.” – Stacey Roth, Glass Gardens by Stacey

Stacey fell in love with succulents many years ago. She’s since started bringing her creations to several farmer’s markets across the Heartland.

Thankfully she gave us a few tips to creating your own succulent garden.


  • A wide-mouth planter (Succulents can grow in pretty much everything including ceramic, clay, metal, and wood)
  • Cactus potting mix
  • A variety of succulents with different textures and shapes. Keep in mind the more colorful the plants, the more light they will need, Stacey says. The best idea is to find plants that need equal amounts of sun.
  • Gravel/Sand
  • A spoon
  • A small paint brush


  1. Drill a hole into your pot for drainage. Succulents don’t like wet roots. In fact, that’s the quickest way to kill them.
  2. Fill your planter with cactus potting mix. Stacey fills her pot, leaving about a centimeter or two of space at the top. Warning: you may need to take some out as you plant.
  3. Time to plant. Hollow out a space for your largest succulent. The hole doesn’t necessarily need to be in the middle. This is where your creativity can take over.
  4. Pack down the dirt around each succulent. This is where a spoon might come in handy to get under the leaves.
  5. Build out following steps 3 and 4. Don’t worry about planting the succulents too close. The goal is a luscious, almost crowded look.
  6.  Add soil wherever it’s needed to completely cover the roots.
  7. For a stylish look, add gravel or sand on top.