Creating a Drought Tolerant Succulent Planter

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Today I’m talking about creating a drought tolerant succulent planter. 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 water each week and I think they are gorgeous. Succulents have a high drought tolerance and are perfect for where I live in Southern California, with our dry climate. 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 garden.

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I went to my local Home Depot and collected my items for this project.

Materials Needed

Planting Succulents

Choose Succulents

I decided I wanted to put pots on the 3 pillars in our front yard to go up to our walkway. This area gets full sun for about 9 hours of the day. 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. For 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-tone foliage to it.

Just like in-home decor the “rule of 3’s” works in planning your landscaping and your container gardens.

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 light greens.

Prepare The Planter

So to start your potting, place some landscaping fabric in the bottom of the pot… that way the water can drain, but the soil will stay in, creating good drainage.

Landscaping fabric

Then place a couple of inches of lava rock in the base… that will help with drainage.

Lava rocks for succulents

Then on top fill with cactus potting soil. Succulents love a cactus soil mix. Fill the pot just high enough so you will have space to put in your center drought resistance succulent plant.

Once you placed it 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.

Beautiful succulents

Then add the cascading succulents in the open spaces.  Add potting soil if needed between the plants to help stabilize it.

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And that’s it! I hope you found these drought tolerant gardens instructions helpful!

You could use the same formula in a larger pot, just increase your numbers… like 3 medium-sized succulents, then 5 small size succulents.

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Care For Succulents In Your Planter

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.

I hope I’ve inspired you to plant some succulents.  They are great, low maintenance, water wise plants. You can your local nursery to ask about native plants in your area. They will typically grow better and are used to the amount of rainfall that your area receives. For my area that is drought resistant plants.

I love how my planters turned out.  They are the perfect addition to our patio pillars.

How to Create Your Own Succulent Planter

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  1. If you search the internet, there is a lot of information on succulents, including how to mix your own succulent soil. I have read in several places, that succulents need to be watered deeply about once a week, depending on the heat and humidity. That encourages them to put out new, fine roots to reach the water that help them survive during periods of drought. Less frequent, deep watering is desirable.
    One recent winter, I did not water my houseplants regularly and most of my succulents died. I had a burro’s tail that had branches that hung over the shelf in the widow that were about 2 feet long* and that was a big loss. Others that I had for more than 40 years since college, also died. It was a sad event all around, though I must have watered my other houseplants because most of them survived. I foolishly thought the succulents did not need weekly watering and that was a huge mistake. Please learn from my foolishness.
    *I did not leave them that long, but cut them back and stuck the pieces back in the pot. Have always done that with my trailing succulents but sometimes let them go too long and they hand too heavy. Another thing to learn from.

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  3. Hi! I live in india in Hyderabad where the heat during summers is extreme, where temp crosses 100 easily.
    My succulents start to shrivel and die and if I keep them in full shade they get lanky. Please advise which is the best way to care for these beauties in summers!

  4. Please tell me about the weather requirements/restrictions for succulents. I live in North Georgia.

  5. So glad that succulents are becoming mainstream (although sad for the reason). I’ve been growing them for a lot longer than they’ve been popular this time around, and it’s nice to see great pots paired with beautiful plants.

  6. This is beautiful! I might have to go for this type of plant, because I certainly do not have a green thumb. The less watering I have to do the better. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Lovely post! I like succulents very much, my mother grows tons of them in her garden. I moved recently and wanted to take some withe me to plant in my new place, but I moved in an apartment instead in a house and there was no garden for my succulents. Your post is a great idea for me, I don’t know how I didn’t think about making a small succulent garden to grow inside. Thank you !

  8. I very much enjoyed having you co-host our Drought Tolerant Workshop last week, MaryAnn! Your succulent arrangement here is very pretty. You did a great job!

    1. Thanks Mary Beth… they really are so simple when you know the tricks 😉

  9. Love the planters! Thanks for all the succulent planting tips – it seems I can never get those to grow right! Here’s hoping!

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