Plant Nite Terrarium Color Change

How to Update Your Plant Nite Succulent Garden

So you had a lovely evening at your Plant Nite event. You brought home an adorable and creative terrarium and learned how to water and care for your succulents. But now you’re thinking about changing the colors up a bit so that your little planter coordinates with your latest interior design. Well, here’s how you can update your succulent garden.

Plant Nite Terrarium Color Change

The good news is that we have all the answers for your lovely terrarium. Let’s say you bring home a delightfully adorable succulent container with red granite pebbles or plain sand as the soil topper, but you want to get something that coordinates better with your home design instincts. The answer is simple—there’s no need to replant your garden or dig out your creation. Just top your garden with a new color of topper and you’re good to go.

In the example (see photos), you’ll notice that I came home with a white marble topper and a cute little gnome, but I imagined a darker statement for my living room. I pulled the gnome out, then purchased black sand and sea glass to do my makeover. Using a bamboo skewer and a small spoon, I carefully drizzled and placed the sparkly black sand over the top of the white pebbles, covering them completely. Then, I placed a few chunks of sea glass around the succulents.

Plant Nite Terrarium New Colors

Bamboo stick to edit your terrarium

Plant Nite finished terrarium

Fun topper ideas

  • Colored sand
  • Tiny pebbles or rock
  • Crushed glass
  • Tiny seashells and sea glass
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Crushed wine bottle cork
  • Marbles

The sand placement process can’t be rushed. Smothering the succulents with sand is easy to do if you put too much on at one time. Take it slowly and pour a spoonful at a time over the top of the existing pebbles, until you’re satisfied with the sand placement. This is how to update your succulent garden with as little effort as possible, while having as much fun as possible. There are oodles of creative topper ideas listed above to help you get started on your design update.

If you love your succulent terrarium exactly as is, but want a new design look for your office or bedroom, get to another Plant Nite event. Find an event in your neighborhood. Happy designing!

Shawna Coronado is a successful author, blogger, photographer, and media host who focuses on wellness by teaching green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and anti-inflammatory culinary. Most recently Shawna has written the books, “Grow a Living Wall” and “101 Organic Gardening Hacks.”

Shawna campaigns for social and community good—her garden, food, and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues including television news programming, radio broadcasting, and PBS television. You can learn more about Shawna at


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