One of my favorite things to do, when it comes to gardening, is use containers. Container gardening is easy and not at all overwhelming. You can grow exactly what you want, where you want it…even on your coffee table! I’ll share where I got my inspiration for this Coffee Table Succulent Garden later on in the post.
Here’s what you need to get started: Cactus and succulent soil mix, small pebbles, vintage containers (I used silver and one ironstone tureen) and succulent plants. Click HERE to see the soil I used. (The man at Lowe’s said it would work just fine.)
First, pour pebbles into each container. This will keep the succulents from getting water-logged. If you want to drill holes into your containers, you can skip this step.
Next, put a little potting soil into each container. Gently remove the succulents from the plastic pots and loosen the roots. Nestle them into the containers, adding more soil to keep them in place. For small containers, use just one plant. For larger containers, use several.
I was hesitant about picking out the succulents, but I decided I was not going to let that stop me. My hope is that since they were for sale at Lowe’s, in Ohio, they will be just fine for my zone. The pic below shows the plants I used.
When it comes to care, as I was reading the plant descriptions, I discovered they all were pretty much the same.
- Needs well-drained, sandy soil
- Heat tolerant
- Part sun to full sun
- Protect from frost
- Do not overwater
- Suitable for containers
Since I really didn’t know what I was doing, I decided to pick the plants that had the most interesting shapes. I varied the color so some were dark green and some were lighter.
This was not at all scientific…and time will tell if they thrive. As soon as it warms up I am moving them out to my back porch. I have always wanted plants out there and I thought this would be worth a try. I am prepared to transplant them into bigger pots if need be, but I hope that’s not necessary this summer. I am crossing my fingers that in the fall, they can move back inside to my coffee table.
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Now I want to talk about where I got the inspiration for this post. Sometimes inspiration is an unpredictable thing. It can go missing in action for weeks and then, when you least expect it, it knocks on your door. That’s what happened when I treated myself to a gardening book called Garden Made. It’s written by my friend, Stephanie Rose, who also writes the gardening website Garden Therapy.
Stephanie has an amazing story about perseverance and overcoming incredible odds. She shares that in her book, along with “40 down-to-earth ideas for inspired garden crafts, including containers, handmade gifts, outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, and more.” One of the projects in her book is called “Vintage Silver Planters.”
When I saw it, the first thing that popped in my head was “I can do that.” Anyway, I love Stephanie’s book and if you are in need of inspiration, I highly recommend it. Just click the image of her book for more information.
*This is not a sponsored post. Stephanie is a lovely person and a good friend, so I wanted you to meet her. The link to her book is an Amazon affiliate link so if you buy her book, I will make a few cents too. Thank you for that!
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