Here are the planters I had seen at Southern States
and just HAD to have one.


I bought this green one:


This was a HUGE debate! I loved all the colors, but this seemed right…


Step One

There were no drainage holes in the bottom and for succulents this is an absolute must. You need to have good drainage and the right soil mix. So out came the handy drill; we made about eight holes in the bottom.



Step Two

The soil and the mix is very important. You want a loose, granular, well draining soil so the roots will not rot with too much water. I actually bought a Cactus Mix then added some sand. Underneath that I put some pink bark mulch, as suggested by one of our local nurseries, The Unique Plant. 



Here are the plants they sold me…whoops, that Euphorbia snuck in there!


Step Three

Choose your plants and put them in. Again, from The Unique Plant, I put in agave lophantha ‘Splendida’, sempervivum ‘Hens & Chicks’, agave parryi truncata, and a sedum mix.





Lookin’ gooood!



This is the corner where I was placing the pot. Keep in mind, this was almost two months ago! Unfortunately, it is pouring today: I was going to take another, updated picture to show you how it has all filled in, but no go.


 However, you CAN see the honeysuckle vine (‘lonicera scarlet’) on the two trellises (and read about them) here:



Then I cut some honeysuckle and combined it with white stock and orange ranunculus and love the effect:




That’s it for the week; this weekend I’m off to more garden tours, thanks to
The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program in Raleigh  .
I’ll report back to you on a few of the gardens…..