A Centerpiece of Succulents as easy as 1-2-3

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a centerpiece of succulents on a wooden table

My life, like yours I'm sure, hasn't gotten any slower over the last year. So I find myself looking for quick solutions whenever possible. But that doesn't mean I still don't want the solutions to work, reflect who I am, and look good. That includes when I'm working outdoors in my yard.

The drought is definitely here, so I've been trying to accelerate the conversion of my yard to more drought tolerant plants and decorations.

We became particularly interested in cactus and succulents a few years back, and we even joined a cactus and succulent club where we were introduced to a whole new world of fantastic plants and wonderful people.

At that time, there were just a few cactus and succulent choices available at our hometown nurseries. But now, look at the beautiful assortment of shades and colors I found at Lowe's.

collage with succulents, and a succulent centerpiece

Recently, the good folks at Lowe's challenged me to put together an outdoor project that is as easy as 1, 2, 3, which is just the kind of project I like. The project challenged me to find the quick solution I was looking for to add a little drought tolerant, beautiful detail to my garden table.

I found this beautiful Victorian floor diffuser inside the store, how's that for repurposing? And I found some cactus soil, decorative rocks and these beautiful succulents in the garden department. It took me 15 minutes at most to plant them up, it really was as easy as 1,2,3!

A few tips

  • Don't overpack the floor diffuser, or whatever you find to use, with the soil, you need to leave some room for the succulent's roots and the soil that comes with them. After you have planted them, add more soil if necessary. Also, use soil formulated for cactus and succulents.
  • Combine different colors and heights in your centerpiece.
  • You will find that this project is very easy but it can get a little messy while you are planting. Have a few brushes (the kind your kids use for watercolors work just fine) and brush off the succulents with them.
  • Another idea, in case you cannot find a floor diffuser, is to use a lantern like this Allen + Roth natural glass outdoor decorative lantern:
A collage showing how to make a centerpiece of succulents using a lantern
  • Lastly, remember to water your cactus and succulents to keep them looking nice, but watch out for overwatering. You can tell if you're overwatering them because the leaves will look very plump as if they are about to burst. Also, make sure they drain well and are not sitting in water.


Want some more “easy as 1,2,3” inspiration? Check out Lowe’s in Pinterest, or Lowe’s on Instagram, they are all loaded with ideas to inspire you.

Enjoy the Summer!

Silvia Martinez
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