I’ve started trimming back a lot of my outdoor plants for fall. Though I love this time of year, I do get a little sad clearing out the fading flowers from my deck and getting the planters ready for winter storage. I am especially sensitive because there is a real lack of light, and plants, in my main living space…The situation has helped establish my infatuation with decorating with air plants and succulents.
Anyone else have a similar infatuation?
I started an air plant style file ages ago. Here are a few favorites…
West Elm-Style Air Plants
With a little help from my friend Cynthia, I was able to recreate the fun West Elm style bubbles filled with air plants for pennies. Fortunately she already had an assortment of air plant containers to choose from.
I went with one of the round and two of the fun tear drop shaped bubble containers.
Truthfully, you could just stick the air plants right in the bubble and be done, but I wanted a bit more of a planted look. Plus, I ended up using succulents in my bubbles as well.
Place a little gravel at the bottom of your bubble. Aquarium gravel works great because you can pick up a large five pound bag for under $5, plus it has a polished look.
To prepare for the bubble containing the succulent, there was a little extra preparation. We added activated carbon to the mix.
I was super surprised by how resilient air plants are. I selected from a stash that Cynthia had at the greenhouse.
Air plants can be found quite inexpensively online, but you can also purchase them at Home Depot for a fairly reasonable price.
The air plants can simply be placed right into the bubble on top of the gravel.
In the case of the succulent, loosen the roots up…
Then you just pop it right into the bubble under the gravel mixture.
Perhaps my favorite of the succulents were the string of pearls. I was determined to include them…
I can’t wait to hang my bubble air plants…Now I just have to decide where…
By the way if you live in Utah, the Jordan Valley Conservation Gardens, where Cynthia works is an AMAZING resource. You should stop by, or at least check them out online.