I think they turned out very good.... I did use a special kind of succulent/cacti potting soil. I just took my pot with a hole in the bottom for drainage, then filled it with a little soil. The plants I just got from the garden store im not sure what the names are. Just arrange them how you want and pack more soil around them, Then I took some pea gravel and put it over the top. For the orchid I didn't use any soil. Succulents are super easy to grow. I have had some alive for over a couple years now; only watering them once a month during the summer and like maybe twice total during the winter. The geodes are actually Lake Superior Agates that I have found around my home town.