Design Plants

Succulent Container Gardens

May 11, 2010

Succulents are some of my favorite plants because they combine being both fairly easy to care for with overall attractiveness. Plus, there are thousands of different variations to choose from so it’s simple to find something that matches your taste and design scheme. While succulents are more than stylish enough to display on their own, one of my favorite ways to pot them is in close quarters with a selection of other plants. I recently filled in an existing cactus garden with a few new succulents I picked up over the weekend. Here’s how it turned out.

A few pointers:

  • Don’t worry so much about packing them in. Many of these plants like to be root bound and close to other plants.
  • Do make sure you pick plants that have similar needs in terms of water or you’ll be flooding or drying out some plants.
  • Make sure your pot is well-drained. Root rot is deadly and easily come by if you’re not careful.
  • If you’re planting prickly cacti, you can avoid tearing up your hands too badly by wrapping a strip of newspaper around the plant. See more detailed instructions here.
  • Also, be careful that the spines of the cacti don’t poke into your fleshier plants.
  • Just have fun! Most of these kinds of plants can be purchased inexpensively, so even if you totally mess it up you won’t be out loads of cash.

Here are a few other succulent displays I love. Use them as inspiration to create your own!

Image Credit: nky335

Image Credit: Dare to Dream Blog

Image Credit: Illustrated Gallivant Blog

Image Credit: ElaineVDW

Image from: Container Gardening for You

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