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Simple Gardening Tips: Regrowing Succulents

You may remember my post a few months ago about making your own living succulent wreath. Sadly, one incredibly windy and stormy night, my succulent wreath was blown off my door and landed on my front porch. The succulents were not in great shape, as a lot of them had been uprooted from the wreath. Luckily, succulents are an incredibly strong and hardy plant, and I knew I could bring them back to life. If you didn’t know, you can actually regrow an entire succulent plant from one tiny leaf. That’s right, pull a leaf off any succulent…no roots necessary, stick it in some potting soil and watch it grow into a baby succulent!I gathered up all the loose leaves and clippings that I had in my wreath and potted them in a few pots to bring them back to life and eventually, recreate my wreath.

In the photos below, are all the succulents I took off my wreath and replanted (and, a perennial I’m trying to save as well in the blue pot). The pot on the left, is the one where I literally took a leaf off various types and they have already regrown into little baby succulents. So cute! I managed to keep my succulent plants alive through the winter indoors, so by next year I’ll have enough for another wreath.

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Whimsical Window Boxes

When we moved into our home 2 years ago, one thing I knew for sure, was that I was going to want window boxes that spanned the width of our front porch. There is something so magical about window boxes, and the amount of beauty they add to a house is amazing. Such a little fix with a huge impact! I have learned so much about gardening thanks to my master gardener mother. Not only has she designed what flowers went in our new landscaping, she also helped with our front tiered planters and designed our window box. I only wish I could take credit for how nice everything looks!

Here is what is in my current window box:

  • Heliotrope – Tiny purple flowers bunched together to form a larger flower. Adds height and lovely purple color
  • Tuberous Begonias – In Red and Yellow. These add stunning color and fill in the empty spaces
  • Lantana – One of my favorite flowers in the window box, these cute little bunches of flowers have gorgeous pink, orange and yellow varied blooms. They bloom all summer.
  • Lobelia – A trailing tiny blue/purple flower that cascades down the window box
  • Dahlia – Lovely pink blooms that stand tall in the middle of the flower box
  • Ferns – We put a super delicate fern on either side of the Dahlia
  • Ivy – Trails down the center of the window box
  • Fuchsia – Swingtime variety trails down the window box as well with delicate pink and white blooms

And that’s all! Sadly they have to be replanted every year, but there is nothing I love more than my window box:)

The finished window box



Fuchsia Swingtime

Pink Dahlia