Growing up in Ohio we had a lush 1-acre garden thanks to my mom's green thumb filled with rows and rows of beautiful flowers from dahlias to peonies, hydrangea, and roses. Alas, I did not inherit her green thumb, or patience. I also chose to live in drought stricken California...so what's a girl to do?
One word: Succulents. They're everywhere. They grow inside, outside, you can starve them, ignore them, and they continue to flourish. They're easy to propagate, require very little water, and are inexpensive. And what's more, yes the list goes on, they are beautiful! Succulents come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and have exploded in popularity (just look up succulents on Pinterest), from home and office decor to wedding bouquets. Here are some of my favorite (and simple - no wall gardens here) ideas to incorporate succulents into your home design.
This is our window box which gets loads of sun (perfect for succulents). Look for vessels in different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures to add variety to your display.
This is just too much fun and would make an awesome hostess gift for all your summer soirees. From CB2.
The great thing about succulents is you can use pretty much use any vessel you have around, such as a large bowl. These mini cacti are super cute and scream summer (someone in SF has to). Just make sure you are using cactus soil which is rockier and drier, and that you have proper drainage (succulents HATE being overwatered). From Etzer with Love.
This would look adorable in a kid's room! Full DIY instructions here.
And If I didn't have a curious baby, I'd love to have as many as these, from Sunset.
You don't have to go out and purchase a bunch of succulents. Just one or two can brighten up any space, and can casually be incorporated into virtually any vignette. Check out this friendly planter from Dronning Vintage. It looks very Jonathan Adler-esque and fits in perfectly with the vintage radio and tall vase.