Make your own living succulent art We've all gone wild for those dramatic "living walls" of succulents. Here, grower Robin Stockwell shows you how you can make your own Plant a living picture Instead of framing a picture, why not a whole garden? Here, cuttings of assorted succulents knit together to create colorful, textural living tapestries. Click ahead for more photos and directions for this DIY vertical garden. Pinterest Buy a preassembled frame Build the vertical garden frame assembly yourself or purchase one. We got ours from Robin Stockwell’s Succulent Gardens in Castroville, California (831/632-0482). Cost: From $35 for a 6- by 12-inch frame. Gather cuttings Break the small “pups” from succulents you already have growing in your garden (the stems should be at least 1/4 inch long). Set the cuttings aside in a cool area for a few days to allow their stem ends to dry and callus over. (You’ll want about 60 for a 6- by 12-inch frame.) Add soil Set the frame mesh side up on a flat surface; fill it with moist cactus mix, working the mix through the mesh with your fingers. The mesh and a wood backing holds the soil in place. Plant cuttings Poke the cuttings’ stem ends through the mesh and into the soil. Leave the frame lying flat in a cool, bright location while plants take root, about 7 to 10 days after planting, then begin watering. Once plants are securely rooted―this takes between 4 and 12 weeks―display the frames upright in an area that gets morning or filtered sun. Water as soil approaches dryness, about every 7 to 10 days. To water, remove frame from the wall, lay flat, water lightly, and let soil drain before hanging up again. How to make your own succulent frame 1. For a 1-foot-square frame, cut four 12-inch lengths of 2x2 lumber. Nail the corners together for a frame 2 inches deep. 2. Staple or nail ½-inch hardware wire mesh to one side of the open frame. If desired, add trim on top of the mesh to hide it. (If you’re a skilled woodworker, you can also cut a channel into the wood and slide the mesh into the channel, hiding the mesh's cut edges.) 3. Staple or nail a 1-foot square of plywood onto the open back of the frame. Stockwell uses exterior plywood or 1x12-inch redwood. All-in-one succulent garden kit Don't have any succulents growing in your garden? Buy a kit that includes a frame assembly, cactus mix, and succulent cuttings (from $65 for 6 by 12 inches; sgplants.com or 831/632-0482). Completed succulent “paintings” are also available (from $95 for 6 by 12 inches). A little more inspiration See more about that idea house A vertical wall of succulents by Flora Grubb Gardens was on display at our Modern Cottage showhome.