Succulent Arrangements: What Succulents Can Be Planted Together?

Having a single succulent is good, but owning several sounds better. What other way to do this than to make your little garden of succulents?

Though, what succulents can be planted together? Before anything else, you can group plants that have the same temp, soil, sunlight, and water needs. After that, you look through their height, colors, and textures for the combination that’s best for you.

Apart from their care and colors, other ways can make your succulents look fresh and new. Below, you can look through all the different methods to help you pick which succulents would work well together. Get your succulents ready, and let’s start arranging.

Close up of a succulent

1.  Consider Their Care

Different succulents have different care requirements. You need to deal with the following factors that help your succulents grow:

  • Dormant seasons
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Amount of water
  • Temperature changes
  • Type of soil

Some succulents need more water or sunlight than others. Plants that need the same amount of water should be potted together. This way, you can make sure all your succulents will be taken care of properly.

Temperature plays a huge role in the growth of succulents as well. The type of succulents that can handle winter is called hardy succulents. On the other hand, tender succulents won’t survive cold climates. In the same pot, gather only tender or hardy succulents for their health.

2.  Know the Texture of Your Plants

The shape of your succulents is another way to group your plants. Trailing succulents, like String of Bananas and Ruby Necklaces, would seamlessly meld together in the same pot. Same thing with tall succulents, such as Snake Plants and Sticks on Fire.

You can even pick out details about succulents that make the plants match one another. For instance, a container full of round succulents would look more natural when put together. Several Lithops with Strings of Pearls will maintain that effect.

If you want to add more surprises to your design, maybe get a few flowering succulents. When they start blooming, they’ll tie the arrangement together and give you a dynamic composition.

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3.  Choose Your Color Combos

Using colors is fun when creating a harmonious arrangement in the flowerpot. It either gives you a muted tone or a splash of color. Succulents come in so many colors to choose from too. These colors stay year-round for some, while others turn due to temp, stress, and light changes.

There are specific color theories that may help you out with your decision. They’ll make for cohesive color combos. You have the option of going complementary, analogous, or monochromatic.

Complementary Color Palette

Complementary colors are contrasting colors. They’re the ones opposite each other in a color wheel. An example of a complementary color combo is blue and orange. Combinations like this are vivid, making each plant pop.

Another complementary color scheme is red and green. Since a lot of the available succulents are green and red, you can easily set this up. An example of succulents that complement one another is Kamchatka Stonecrop and Voodoo Sedums.

Analogous Color Palette

You can start picking an analogous color scheme, around three colors right beside one another, with another turn of a color wheel. Yellow, green, and blue are analogous colors, just like purple, red, and orange.

Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ has this pinkish-purple hue to it. It would look great with something red like Sempervivum Red Lion, and something blue like Sedeveria ‘Blue Burrito’. That’s your analogous palette right there.

colorful succulents

Monochromatic Color Palette

Of course, you can always go monochromatic. Pick one color and use its different shades. It’ll create this wonderful depth just through a single color. Decide which green succulents you want to combine, along with what shades they’ll be.

‘Turquoise Tails’ Sedum and White Stonecrops would work well with this color scheme. With darker greens and lighter shades, you can’t go wrong.

4.  Think About Your Succulent’s Height

Not all succulents have the same height, as you can see while browsing garden centers. You might want to only use tall or short succulents. It’s solely up to you.

But if you want to add more character to your arrangement, consider using different heights by implementing the thriller, filler, and spiller methods.

Thrillers

Thrillers are the collective name for tall succulents. They also come with colorful and striking foliage. That’s where they get their height. These are the focal points of your succulent arrangement. You pick and plant your thrillers and work your way around with other plants.

Popular thriller succulents are Paddle Plants, Jade Plants, Agave, and the like. You can start there and pick more than one if you’re up for it.

Fillers

Succulents shorter than thrillers are called filler succulents. These are the plants you arrange around the main thriller plant. You do this so smaller succulents won’t get crowded or hidden from sight.

Hens and Chicks are wonderful filler succulents. Others could be Haworthias, Ghost Plants, Aeoniums, and the ever-present, Echeverias.

Spillers

Lastly, we have spiller succulents. These plants are the succulents you see hanging off of the sides of the pots. These trailing plants finish the overall structure of the piece, practically connecting the whole arrangement beyond its vessel.

Succulents like Burro’s Tails, Rosary Vines, Rope Hoya, and Ice Plants create this excellent wave effect all on their own.

Read more: How to Stress Succulents

5.  Combine With the Pot

The succulents are the star of this show. That said, when creating designs with these plants, you shouldn’t forget about the planter you’re going to put them in. Even if it’s not the focus, it doesn’t mean it should be overlooked.

You can choose a flowerpot that plays with the color palette and textures you’re working with. Match them, or contrast them with your selection of succulents. Either way, you’ll end up with something interesting. Don’t forget to get the right size to hold all plants and top dressings too.

6.  Incorporate Other Plants

A succulent arrangement shouldn’t just have succulents alone. On the contrary, the more, the merrier. Certain perennial plants can be planted with succulents. Succulents are long-lasting plants, so they could handle a few more additions.

Flowering herb plants (these are also perennial plants) are capable of growing with your succulents. Herbs like rosemary, yarrow, lavender, and sage are other great bets for your arrangements. 

Sage plant

Ornamental plants and grasses are good companions for succulents as well. The ornamental plants that can withstand the cold should be paired with hardy succulents.

The extra plants should have identical care requirements as the succulents, so they can for sure get along.

Wrap-Up: Succulent Arrangements

Succulents are such good plants to have and take care of that you can’t just have one. When getting your next addition to your garden, you should know what succulents can be planted together.

First off, group succulents that require the same amount of water and exposure to sunlight. Moreover, assemble plants that grow or go dormant at the same temperature.

A great way to arrange your succulents is by forming the right combination of colors. You can go with a complementary, analogous, or monochromatic color combo. Either one of the color schemes will work well.

The height of your succulents matters too. You can use the thriller, filler, and spiller methods to make things easier. As for the planter you’re using, you can pick that out to match the top dressings you’ll use and the plants you have decided to get.

You can add other plants as well. Keep in mind, the care requirements of the succulents and additional trimmings should be alike.