Being creative with sedums and sempervivums

I am trying a few new projects, in between the barrowing of muck and the manic seed sowing, and one of these is to make a living picture, to hang on a wall, with succulents. The project is not complete but I thought I would show the early stages. The picture is about 1.2 x 1m in size and the first job was to make the structure to be planted. The marine ply back was covered in a plastic sheet and then a frame of timber about 3cm square and this is covered in stout wire mesh with holes about 2.5cm square. Once made it was ‘filled’ with compost – a mix of multipurpose with some loam and perlite and with some controlled-release fertiliser added. I gave it a good shake and a tap to make sure it was filled as evenly as possible but I am adding more compost as I go along. I thought about the pattern long and hard but decided to use a rough ‘Paisley pattern’ as the scheme and I roughly marked out where the teardrop shapes were to go with perlite.

Filling the frame with compost

Filling the frame with compost

filled with compost

filled with compost

Marking out the pattern in perlite

Marking out the pattern in perlite

I bought a load of mixed sempervivums and sedums for the planting. The sedums are not ideal as I know they will have to be trimmed or they will overwhelm the sempervivums but I was a bit limited for the plants. Anyway, I split the plants so I could make the intricate pattern and so far so good.

Planting begins

Planting begins

A little later

A little later

Detail of the planting

Detail of the planting

After the planting is complete I will leave it flat for at least two months so the plants can establish and root into the compost and once they are I will screw on a picture frame and let you know how it looks!

2 Comments on “Being creative with sedums and sempervivums”

  1. TheDigger
    March 13, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    Brilliant idea, can’t wait to see it when it’s established!

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