Make an “Under the Sea” arrangement with succulents!

Succulents come in so many unusual shapes and textures and many resemble plants from the ocean. Learn how to make a stunning “under the sea” arrangement!

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There are so many great ideas for designing with succulents, but one type of arrangement that always catches my eye is an under the sea style.

Succulents are really unusual plants in that they have such a wide variety of textures and shapes.

Once you start thinking about it, you’ll be amazed at how many resemble coral and other plants you might see in the ocean. A little ironic that they don’t need as much water, right?

Don't some succulents look like coral - find out how to make an awesome under the sea arrangement with succulents!

I talked to the lovely people at The Succulent Source and asked if they’d send me some plants they thought would work well for an under the sea arrangement.

I had a few suggestions, but I love the plants they surprised me with even more! The crested cacti and Euphorbias were amazing!

Oh my goodness! These succulents really look like they came from under the sea!

Here’s a list of what I have above:

I found an awesome pot from Unurth that looked like the ocean to me. I decided to fill it with these under the sea plants. The pot wasn’t big enough to use them all, but I was able to fit in some of my favorites.

If you end up working with any Euphorbias, remember the white sap is poisonous and can irritate your skin. I finished off the arrangement with the Gold Tan Top Dressing from Bonsai Jack. The color reminded me of sand on the ocean floor but it had more texture.

Overall I’m really happy with how it turned out!

I love this unique under the sea arrangement with succulents!
Crassula ‘Baby’s Necklace’, Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Firesticks’, Sedum pachyphyllum, Cereus forbesii monstrose, Crassula argentea ‘Gollum’

As a little side note… when you’re working with a pot that has an obvious front, like this one I used (the “bubbles” you see on the side should really be in the front), make sure you remember to look at that when you’re placing the plants!

I realized after I had finished the arrangement that the front of my design did not align with the front of the pot. It’s not the end of the world… the “bubbles” still look awesome on the side, but I wish I would have paid more attention.

When you are deciding how to select and arrange succulents for your under the sea masterpiece, I’d recommend looking at my post with tips for designing with succulents. There’s a lot of great ideas there to help you pick the right plants to combine to make a statement and really show off how amazing these plants are.

Learn how to make crazy cactus and succulents look like a scene from under the sea

Something I want to do with my next under the sea creation is add in some sea shells or even little fish! You may have noticed I didn’t use all of the plants I got, so I’m definitely planning another arrangement.

I put together a wish list of some items I’m considering for my next work of art. Check it out by clicking here.

Also, keep an eye out for arrangements you see that have that “under the sea” look to them. While I was at Waterwise Botanicals, I noticed that several of the arrangements they had for sale definitely looked like something you’d see while snorkeling or scuba diving. That blue rock really makes the design pop!

I love that this succulent arrangements looks like it belongs on the ocean floor!
Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’, Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Firesticks’, Faucaria tigrina, Euphorbia tirucalli, Sempervivum calcareum, Crassula ‘Baby’s Necklace, Crassula argentea compacta, Senecio repens, Echeveria minima

Also, on my tour of Jeanne Meadow’s garden a few years ago I noticed she used sea shells as the top dressing for one area of her garden. Some of the plants in that area definitely looked like they belong in a coral reef.

Use sea shells for a unique top dressing in your succulent garden

The crazy bumps and waves on this succulent remind me of coral
Echeveria gibbiflora

So, the next time you’re browsing Pinterest, or at a succulent garden or nursery, keep your eye out for an under the sea arrangement or plants that would work for one.

11 Responses to Make an “Under the Sea” arrangement with succulents!

  1. Love it! Maybe just a bit cautious about using too many seashells due to salt issues that might change the soil pH. Maybe if they were washed and sterilized really well…

  2. I love this! And everything you post. I have all your ebooks and have learned so much about succulents from you. Enjoy your sweet baby girl! As we all know, the time you spend with your baby is the most important thing you will ever do. But I do look forward to your sharing of succulent knowledge and beautiful ideas!

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