Secrets to growing and displaying succulents
Once you get the knack of growing succulents, see Part 1: How to grow succulents, the fun part is choosing a container or spot in the garden to place them. Mostly low-growing type of plants, Echeverias, sedums, aloes and cactii make fascinating and hardy ground covers. They drip and drape over the sides of pots or metal containers, filling in all the nooks and corners of the space given them like in Amanda Azevedo’s ‘tiny dancing’ shoe, left.
Color, too, is a factor when choosing a container. Bluish-grey galvanized tubs and pails are an excellent choice and the blues blend well with the blue-green and grey-green varieties. For contrast with succulent colors, and for our rust lovers, rusty containers make an awesome contrast color-wise, just look at the Ghost Plant ‘hens and chicks’ tucked inside this rusty old brake rotor.
Other Flea Market succulent containers to use:
- Galvanized mop buckets
- Iron pots
- Hypertufa troughs
- Shoes and boots, large or small
- Enamel pans
- Porcelain or granite sinks
- Nooks in statuary
- Terracotta pots
- Cracked concrete birdbaths
- Abandoned fountains
- Old typewriter!
- Old wheelbarrow
- Wire baskets
Hypertufa troughs and containers are well suited to succulents. They grow similarly to the tiny plants that alpine plant hobbyists love to grow in stone troughs. Learn how to make your own easy hypertufa troughs!
Sometimes you don’t know if a succulent will bloom. Nancy was quite surprised at this odd one!
Want to learn some growing tips for succulents? See Part 1 here.