I always like to have some sort of flower arrangement on my dining table. This only becomes a challenge when I’m entertaining and it’s time to eat.  Usually the arrangement needs to leave the table or is moved down to the end of the table so that everyone doesn’t have to fight the flowers in order to have a conversation. Half the experience of eating is visual after all, so it would be nice to find a way to keep it there. 

This centerpiece can remain in the center of the table because of its nonintrusive size. Not only that, it will last forever as long as you water it sparingly (once a week). It fits virtually any interior or exterior design style: traditional, modern, sophisticated, eclectic, romantic...You name it!

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All you need is a container (long, narrow, square, or round) as long as it is at least 3 inches and no more than 6 inches deep,


cactus or succulent planting mix to insure good drainage,

and one to three varieties of small succulents. I have found that Echeveria and Sempervivum work really well. There are several varieties to choose from. You can use all of the same color, shades of one color, or mix in a few burgundys.

All you have to do is pour planting mix into your container, place the succulents close together and level with the top of your container, firm the soil around each one, and “Presto” you have a fabulous centerpiece that you can use indoors and out!

Be sure that when you are not dining, your arrangement gets a fair amount of light or full sun.

A great place to get succulents is The Dry Garden Nursery. They have a large selection at very good prices. The succulents for my arrangement only set me back about $20. I found my container at Longs/CVS.


The Dry Garden Nursery

6556 Shattuck Ave. (between Ashby and Alcatraz)

Oakland, CA