I've constantly adored visiting the desert, however moving so far away from the sea isn't for me.

To give myself a touch of the West on the East Coast, I planted a Wild West Garden. On the off chance that you live some place with moderate depleting soil that is unfriendly to succulents or need to develop some "daylight" to get you through a long winter, plant a western-themed indoor nursery. This nursery was roused by the turquoise blue yard furniture, which helped me to remember the painted metal seats my grandparents had on their ranch when I was pretty much nothing. In the event that solitary we'd kept those!




The blue in the chameleon rehashes the blue of the porch furniture and ties the plan together.


  • Turquoise porch set
  • Twig pergola (See directions for making this in Chapter 4)
  • Artistic chameleon
  • Artistic horned amphibian
  • Skeleton
  • Artistic desert plants
  • Corroded metal fence
  • Steer head skeleton


Plants in the Wild West Garden don't fit conveniently into classifications of "trees," "bushes," and groundcovers. There are taller plants and shorter plants to make layers of intrigue. The majority of the plants in this nursery are succulents or prickly plants. There are a couple of air plants cunningly put to look like tumbling tumbleweeds.

Tall Plants

  • Aloe spp., aloe
  • Crassula spp., jade plant

Short Plants

  • Sempervivum spp., hens and chickens (or hens and chicks)
  • Sedum spp.
  • Desert flora (there are numerous genera and sorts of prickly plants)
Estimating Animals
When searching for creatures to "live" in your nursery, attempt to discover some that are littler than the furniture. As far as scale, the horned frog and chameleon utilized in this nursery would be terribly enormous in the event that I met them for genuine out in nature.

Since this is an indoor nursery, the particular family of the succulents doesn't generally make a difference. You don't need to check for cold-strength. For whatever length of time that the majority of the plants will flourish with a similar general light necessity, you'll approve of whatever you pick.


This nursery is planted in a rectangular, plastic self-watering compartment. It is 22 creeps by 18 crawls by 6 inches down. Oneself watering part isn't significant for this nursery, yet it's genuinely simple to discover enormous, square shallow compartments when you take a gander at oneself watering area. Individuals use them to develop porch vegetables.

I kept the channel gaps connected this compartment, so I'll need to abstain from overwatering.

Gardening Soil


Blend perlite with gardening soil to make a lightweight desert flora and succulent blend.


1. Fill the compartment with the altered gardening soil blend. Spot the biggest extra—for this situation, the pergola—first. It will give a structure for different components and plants.


2. Position the plants in the nursery to check dividing before planting. That way, in the event that you have additional plants, you won't have bothered their finds by taking them of their pots. (You can plant an alternate nursery with any additional items.)


3. Plant the plants. You can take the pergola out on the off chance that you leave the plants in their pots set up. I utilized the sedum as "bushes" behind and around the pergola.


4. Include the mulch. Light-shaded pea rock keeps with the western shading palette without being as muddled as sand.
Tip: I utilized some messed up tumbled stoneware and glass in an alternate shading so as to make a sort of "dry waterway" through the nursery. You can see that before the porch set.

I utilized some messed up tumbled stoneware and glass in an alternate shading so as to make a sort of "dry waterway" through the nursery. You

5. Spot the extras. The prickly plants are example plants in this nursery and are planted around the front right corner of the pergola. A horned frog keeps watch by them. Water the nursery to settle the plants. You need the dirt to be moist however not splashing wet.


A hand-painted chameleon appreciates "conceal" from the aloe plant

Care and Maintenance

The greatest test with this nursery is watering accurately. If all else fails, let the plants and soil dry out a piece between watering. You shouldn't need to water these plants more than once every week on the off chance that the nursery is outside and at regular intervals if it's inside. Watch out for the plants; in the event that they look dark or wilted, they need water.


To water the air plants (one is along the edge of the front of the nursery and two are along the right half of the nursery) simply lift them up and absorb them a bowl of water for an hour once a week.

This nursery looks incredible when brightened for Halloween. It transforms into a mix of an surrendered gold-mining phantom town and a spooky house.