If ever there were plants made to order for the flower arranger they are succulents. In no other class of arrangement materials can one find such dramatic lines, rich textures, and subtle colors combined with such easy use and incredible lasting qualities And in ho oiher group can one dispense so completely with the mess and bother of water and bowls, willed leaves and faded flowers. Succulents are probably the only plants Lhat can be used in an arrangement without water for a month and then planted again without losing a beat. The} simply let you have your cake and eat it too.

Il would be presumptuous to describe the materials ant) techniques of flower arrangement here, for any good book on the subject will provide the necessary basic information which can readily be applied to succulents. But it may not be amiss to suggest a few striking ways in which succulents have been used in home decoration. First, of course, there is the traditional arrangement which simply substitutes succulent leaves, stems, or flowers for more commonplace materials. Second, tlie more difficult composition which combines succulents with stones, driftwood, and other living or dried materials to create a studied contrast of textures and colors. Third, the purely functional arrangement which, for example, sets dozens of small echeverias in a cone of wire mesh to form a miniature Christmas tree, or in a circle of wire to make a lasting holiday wreath, or creates a stunning candleholder of a single large rosette And. fourth, iliere is the button garden in which almost any large button is used as a base on which leaves tip cuttings, or divisions of tiny succulents are fastened with glue or modeling clay to make a long-lasting miniature arrangement.

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