I adore succulents. Their startling shapes, unique forms and endless varieties are just to die for. It allows me to pick and choose what I want to add and they are dead easy to look after. In fact, most thrive on neglect and in our hectic lifestyles, that’s got to be a bonus! I like potting up succulents and using them as gifts to friends. As you can see from the photo, the ‘look’ is achieved using a taller succulent (Aeonium in my case) and then smaller ones (eg Echiverium) surrounding it to create a nice effect. The different colors only add to the charm of succulents. I usually use a terra-cotta flower pot if only because succulents prefer free draining soils and the rustic look just makes it the ideal flower pot for them. I find that you need to pot them up pretty high otherwise they just don’t look right. I tried on a few occasions to pot them lower (skimping on succulent potting mix – which by the way you can probably get away with mixing 1/2 sand and 1/2 regular potting mix) and they just looked wrong. Then add little pebbles or gravel to the top and voila – you have a wonderful personalized gift that is perfect as a house-warming gift.