Operation Houseplant: Succulents

by Julie on October 10, 2012 · 12 comments

Operation living houseplant continues.

The few fake plants that remain fall into one of these two categories:

Fake Trees

Both the fake ficus I bought back in the 90s and the better looking (but still fake) potted, lighted tree I bought at HomeGoods a few years ago.

I keep these around because my kids’ schools have always needed fake trees for something or other.

When they were young it was for Bible School staging or school play sets or transforming a gym into an 8th grade graduation setting.

Now with one left in high school (and on Student Council) it’s more like decorating a Homecoming hallway.

In any event, I’m sure that the moment that I pull into the driveway from taking the last one to Goodwill will the exact moment that it’s needed for something. So for the next two years at least they’ll be around.


I can’t get enough wreaths. I hang them on doors and on mirrors and on wreath stands. And living wreaths just aren’t practical, so fake it is.

Although I have become pickier about the ones that I buy. The Smith and Hawken wreaths at Target are awesome.

Wreaths will probably be my last fake plant holdout for a long time to come.

I have, however, found a secret weapon in my quest to have more live plants in my home:


I used to think I didn’t like succulents because I associated them with prickly cactus plants and Southwest motifs.

But then succulents started showing up around blogland and I realized how truly pretty they could be.

So on my last trip to Home Depot (or was it Lowe’s?) I picked up a couple of pretty succulents for just a few bucks and plopped them in some thrifted planters.

Instant living houseplants!

Because they’re so small they’re easy to tuck in around picture frames or in groupings with other plants. Or you can plant several in a larger, shallow planter and call it a dish garden.

And I especially love the fact that on the labels of some of them it said “drought resistant.” That’s code for “lazy gardeners won’t kill these.”

So far so good.

They’ve grown a little since I took these pictures a month or so ago, but I hope they don’t grow too much. I like them sweet and small like this.

Are you a fan of succulents? Do you have any other can’t miss houseplants?

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Mysti October 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I LOVE succulents. They are so cute and delicate, and perfect!


Julie October 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Perfect description, Mysti!


Little House October 11, 2012 at 8:54 am

I love succulents! Actually, most of my potted plants look like the one above (some have flowers, too). Since they sit on our west facing balcony and have to endure very sunny days and warm temps, they seem to be the sturdiest plants and last the longest. Succulents also come in different colors and textures to give potted plants more of a variety.


Julie October 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

LH, I look forward to looking for more varieties of succulents. Sounds like you have some lovely ones.


Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter October 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I love succulents. I have liked them since I was a kid. There are so many varieties. I have a few at work. They grow really well in offices.


Julie October 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Using them at work is a great suggestion, Miss T. Small in size and low maintenance. I can see why they’re good work plants.


Paula @ Afford Anything October 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I love them too. They’re great for small spaces, since they don’t eat up a large footprint. Plus they require almost zero maintenance. Who wouldn’t love it?


Julie October 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Exactly, Paula. :)


Jackie October 15, 2012 at 8:33 am

I love them but haven’t been able to keep them alive! But, I can grow orchids, so those are my favorite plants-that-will-actually-grow. They’re surprisingly tolerant of neglect followed by drowning.


Julie October 15, 2012 at 9:15 am

I’m so envious of your orchid skills, Jackie.


Audrey @ Mom Drop Box October 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Love that Julie- so pretty. I bought a few succelents recently at the farmer’s market and sadly they didn’t last inside… I think they weren’t getting enough sun.


Julie October 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

I hope I can keep mine alive, Audrey. I’ll keep your sun tip in mind.


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