This weekend, I stopped in Santa Cruz to enjoy a perfect beach day and to also stop by a garden shop I'd been meaning to visit for some time now — DIG Gardens.
DIG (which stands for Design, Interior, Garden) cultivates a unique mix of chic style and practical products. You can buy baby chicks here for your urban chicken coop, or you can pick up one of the cool concrete and metal succulent tables from Five Feet From the Moon, a metalworking company whose wares are displayed at the shop.
There's an impressive number of lovely things to distract you at DIG, from terrariums and handmade pendant lamps to framed succulents and organic cut flowers. DIG is a shop that warrants a generous time allotment for browsing, and I did my share of wandering in the shop before picking up a few items to take home with me. As I was checking out, I couldn't help but snap a picture of this lovely mix of mercury glass and succulents, displayed at the front counter.
While I love succulents in many different types of vessels, this particular combination is really compelling. The mercury glass takes the elegance level up a notch, while the wildness of the succulents offsets the formality of the containers. This combination would work well in more traditional homes, such as Victorians or Edwardians, that would like to move in a more modern decorating direction.
If you're using a vase, cup, or other nontraditional planting vessel for your succulents, make sure to add a handful of pea gravel to the bottom of the cup and water sparingly to avoid root rot. Get started on your own mercury glass succulent collection by picking up mercury glass at flea markets or antique shops or by picking out some of these beauties below.