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Happy Weekend Friends! Last weekend I had the chance to go down to one of Home Depot’s San Diego stores for their Drought DIY Workshop. Here in California and many other states, we are suffering drought conditions. How we use water… what we plant and how we use water is having to change. I love succulents. They are low maintenance, take only a little bit of water each week and I think they are gorgeous. I love the look of a well landscaped yard, but honestly I just don’t have the time… so succulents are perfect for me. So today I’m going to share what I learned about creating a succulent planter.
I went to my local Home Depot and collected my items for this project.
- pots (I used 3)
- lava rocks
- potting soil (for cacti – succulents love it!)
I decided I wanted to put pots on the 3 pillars in our front yard. I picked two pots in a deep red shade and one green.
I picked succulents that would contrast and yet compliment each other. I first picked a large succulent that would be in the center of each pot. In the red pots I picked a lighter green succulent similar to the contrasting pot and in the green pot I picked a succulent that had a lot of red tones to it.
Just like in home decor the “rule of 3’s” works in planning your landscaping and your potting.
I picked 3 smaller succulents to place around the large succulent and then filled in the spaces with succulents that would cascade out (I love that look).
I kept within the same colors… looking for succulents with red tones and the light greens.
So to start your potting. I placed some landscaping fabric in the bottom of the pot… that way the water can drain, but the soil will stay in.
Then place a couple inches of lava rock in the base… that will help with drainage.
Then on top fill with cactus potting soil. Fill just high enough so you will have space to put in your center succulent plant.
Once you placed in your center succulent add some more potting soil, filling almost to the top. Then add your 3 smaller succulents, creating a triangle around your large succulent.
Then adding the cascading succulents in the open spaces. Add potting soil if needed between the plants to help stabilize it.
And that’s it!
You could use the same formula in a larger pot, just increase your numbers… like 3 medium size, then 5 small size succulents.
Give your pots a watering, just enough till the water is flowing through the base. Once a week is all they will need and even less if they are lucky enough to get rained on.
If you’ve never been to a Home Depot workshop you should check them out! You can click on the image to see what workshops are being offered at your local store.
I hope I’ve inspired you to plant some succulents. They are a great, low maintenance, water wise plants.
I love how my planters turned out. They are the perfect addition to our patio pillars.
Thanks for stopping by!!!
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