Ingenious Ways to Use Snake Plants in Garden Landscaping

Discover creative snake plant landscaping ideas to add something different to your garden. Use their unusual foliage to develop unique landscaping features.

Snake Plant Landscaping Ideas


  • snake plants offer a unique texture that stands out in outdoor gardens
  • they are hardy and tolerant of varying conditions, making them perfect to use as companion planting in landscape features
  • easy to care for and low maintenance, it is simple to create stunning garden features with great landscaping effects

In this article, we’ll explore our favorite snake plant landscaping ideas and hopefully give you some inspiration for ideas to use in your garden.

Why are Snake Plants a Good Landscaping Plant?

It is no secret that we are big fans of Snake plants at the Garden Bench Top.

They are versatile plants that can add color, texture, and variety to an otherwise dull landscape.

They are incredibly hardy plants that tick all the right boxes:

  • low maintenance
  • easy to care for
  • drought resistant
  • evergreen plants
  • can tolerate varying light conditions

Okay, that’s enough gushing over snake plants – if you want to read more about the advantages of using snake plants and how to care for them, you can read our other article HERE.

Our Favorite Snake Plant Landscaping Ideas

Let’s now get into what you are here for – ideas for using snake plants in your landscape.

Succulent Gardens

This idea may sound obvious. However, there are succulent gardens and then there are SUCCULENT GARDENS.

Check out a few of the succulent gardens we found on social media platforms.

Without trying to state the obvious, snake plants are succulents. And they are genuinely unique-looking succulents, at that.

They can be used to significant effect with their tall vertical-reaching foliage as the centerpiece of the succulent garden.

Alternatively, choose a low-lying variety of snake plants, like Sansevieria Parva, Sansevieria Pinguicula, Sansevieria Ehrenbergii, or even Sansevieria Patens. You can easily use them to fill the ground space in your succulent gardens. Something that is more challenging than you would think – due to the solitary growing nature of succulents and cacti.

Snake Plant Parade

One of our favorite ways to use snake plants is as a hedging plant along pathways or sides of houses.

Snake plants love to grow in close quarters to one another, often sprouting snake plant pups from rhizomes (underground stems) that develop from their root systems.

This growing pattern creates thick clusters of snake plants that are effective at creating a green wall of beautiful sword-shaped leaves that can grow 4-6 feet (121-182 cm) with a large variety of snake plants, like the Sansevieria Trifasciata.

If you plan to use snake plants to line a footpath, we’d opt for medium-sized snake plants that grow between 2-4 feet (60-121 cm) in height.

Feature Planter

A captivating way to use snake plants in your landscape is to use their tall structure to catch the eye of any visitors to your beautifully manicured landscape.

In gardens with a formal feel, we like to include them at the center of feature planters. Their towering foliage acts like a beacon, with magnificent companion plants filling the space around the planter’s base.

Check out these examples of snake plants in feature planters.

Alternating Snake Plant Wall

Did you know snake plants come in various colors, shapes, and sizes?

The wide-ranging varieties allow landscapers to get creative with the looks they can create in gardens and houses.

Many snake plant varieties have the same growth patterns. Still, they can range in color and variegated markings, which provides an excellent opportunity to create a visually stunning green wall in your landscape without appearing too busy.

Ideal Poolside Deco

Snake plants are the perfect plant to use next to pools and water features, such as ponds.

A big part of their appeal is their slow growth and evergreen features.

These two features combined result in little to no debris dropped from the snake plant in the form of dead leaves. This means less maintenance and constant leaf collection to keep your pool spick and span.

If you have ever had to maintain a pool, you know how big a deal this is!

What Are Your Snake Plant Landscaping Ideas?

We hope some of the images in this article have inspired you to get creative with your garden. We’d love to see pictures of how you have incorporated these wonderfully versatile plants into your landscape. Feel free to send us pics or tag us on socials.

As we always say at the Garden Bench Top – go get your hands dirty!