I get it. You're a plant killer. You've neglected countless plants that have met their end under your lack of care. But you just haven't found those convincing fake substitutes and, more importantly, haven't given up hope. My advice to you: get on board the succulent train and start small. Try your hand at a (mini) terrarium.
Succulents are like the anti-gardener's plant. They take little to no care at all - in fact, they actually suffer from too much care (just ask my mom, a legitimate gardener who actually managed to kill one due to overwatering). All they need is some direct sunlight and a cute little nook to settle in for a good long life.
Find a container, vessel, or any object that can hold dirt. I've chosen this antique gold trimmed glass box from Terra. It's a good size for holding a little village of tiny plants and can be closed when the cat comes around. (If anyone has figured out how to stop cats from chewing on plants, please let me know). I also like the idea that you can see through the sides, which will come into play later.
Note: Our gold glass holders would make perfect terrariums for a whimsical head table!
Pick your succulents! This is the fun part. There are so many varieties to choose from if you know where to look. And don't worry, I'll tell you! I found a couple succulents here and there at Walmart and Fortinos but hadn't had much luck with quantity and variety. I literally just bought every succulent I could find for a while (which was two or three at most). It wasn't until my mom, after her horrific succulent accident, went on the hunt for a new source and struck gold - Connon Nurseries in Waterdown. This place is succulent heaven. Not only do they sell a dozen different types, they all come in small, medium, large, and even extra large. There are fuzzy cacti, aloe, echeveria, dudleya (these are the classic chalky-looking ones), graptopetalum, and so many more! Yes, I had to look all these names up - I base all my succulent selections solely on how pretty they look.
The point is, the choice is yours. I'm not aware of any harmful combinations or restrictions so experiment with different types. At a couple bucks each, it's not a big commitment to figure out what works for your arrangement - hence the 'start small' tip, because your addiction will grow... unlike your succulents which will stay the exact same size forever (incredible).
Fill that container! Depending on the size and shape of the container you chose, you might need more or less filler, or none at all. In this case, I started with a layer of white rocks, filled in the gaps with sand, and topped it off with dirt. Now this is crucial for the whole not-drowning-your-succulents thing. The dirt is perfect for absorbing water but too much and our new babies will drown. The rocks and sand will soak up and excess water, taking one for the team and keeping this terrarium in top shape. I love that you can see all the layers from the side - kind of like one of those worm houses without the disgusting worms (did I mention I didn't get my mom's green thumb?).
That's it! Place your container somewhere where it can get sunshine and you're good to go. As for watering, I only do so when I actually remember (once every two weeks-ish). A great place for even lower maintenance is in your bathroom. The moisture from the shower will keep your little guys nice and happy.
It's amazing how one little bit of green adds so much life to a space. I'd love to see what you come up with so snap me photos of your terrariums using the hashtag #UHdecor