Creating a succulent container garden display 

Creating a succulent container garden display 

As part of the Great Yard Renovation of 2016 we created a special succulent container garden display area in our front yard. This was really the part of our landscape design plan about which I was most unsure. But I realize there are times when we all need to step out of our comfort zone (i.e. hedges and groundcovers) and try something new. This project is certainly that. In my mind this achieved several goals: – It cleared all (yes, all!) of my potted plants off our our back deck. This pretty much sold Mike on the whole thing. – It actually gives the succulents better growing conditions. Our front yard is much sunnier than the back. I make the argument that I have to keep these because of the presentations I give on growing succulents in Florida.… Read Full Post
Brain Plants and Pot Heads…

Brain Plants and Pot Heads…

Brain Plants and Pot Heads?  How can you be anything but intrigued by this title? My now infamous “pot heads” all started because of one plant. This guy, an Echinobivia cristata ‘Rainbow Bursts’ that we came across at a nearby Lowes. It was so awesome that Mike actually found it! AND wanted to buy it!  As you might guess, we have a plethora of plants at our house and it is very rare that he thinks we need to buy a plant. It certainly looks like a brain plant, doesn’t it? Even the fissure down the center just screams “brain!” at you. As we were walking around the store looking for a few other odds and ends I offhandedly mentioned that I could make a pot for this where the face would be the bottom part and the top would be open for the “brain plant” to stick out the top.… Read Full Post
Make Your Own Hanging Succulent Terrarium

Make Your Own Hanging Succulent Terrarium

Have you noticed these cute hanging succulent terrariums popping up in your favorite catalogs and decorating blogs? Don’t be fooled by their sleek design and beautiful colors, these are extremely simple to put together and are a great way to add plants to even the smallest spaces. Read on to learn how I make mine and how to maintain your plants. Supplies. Keep it simple. All you need is some potting soil (less than 1 cup per globe), simple top dressing like these stones, succulent cuttings and your globe. The one that you see here is from CB2 and is actually in their catalog as “whirly hanging candle holder.” They are pretty cheap at $4.95 each and I love the flat bottom on the globe.… Read Full Post
Succulent Planter Windowbox

Succulent Planter Windowbox

A boring fence in our backyard has been calling for some attention lately and I finally found the perfect project for this area. This succulent planter window box seemed like a great way to add to my succulent collection (obsession?) and also add another element to our garden. I found this 30″ long window box at Lowes and it came with the liner and the frame. It didn’t take more than five minutes to put a couple of screws into the cross-piece of the fence and hang the window planter. Let’s be honest, most of the time window boxes require an amazing amount of work and dedication to keep them watered and growing well. With succulents you certainly don’t have to worry about that part and good drainage is a non issue.… Read Full Post
Best Succulents for Florida

Best Succulents for Florida

I love succulents. My passion for these plants means that I have bought, begged, and even “borrowed” many different varieties along they way. I embrace my plant dorkiness and don’t even try to hide my enthusiasm when I see something new. (I have been told not to gasp with excitement when I see a great plant as Mike is driving though.)   That being said, I’ve also killed WAY more than my share of plants too! I think you can consider yourself a true plant person when you no longer feel bad about having a dead plant and instead think of it as an opportunity to plant something new. Okay, back to succulents. There are some succulents that grow beautifully in California and on the West coast and yet, even with the best care, will wither away to nothing after a summer in Florida.… Read Full Post
Succulent terrariums

Succulent terrariums

Succulent terrariums are a tricky thing. Pick the wrong plants and they stretch out and turn ugly. Pick the wrong container and, well, same result: ugly. Read on to find out how to easily make your own succulent terrarium that will look great and last for years. Traditional terrariums and succulent are quite different and we need to think about them in different ways.  From the container selection to plants, this is a different process. Traditional Terrariums:   Have an enclosed environment (lids or bottle) that retains moisture. Think of these as their own mini-environment. By not letting any water out, there is the process of evaporation, transpiration and condensation all within this little container. Proper terrariums will not even require additional water to be added.… Read Full Post
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