Here are instructions on how to plant an elegant and easy care container full of succulents that stand up to heat and drought.
It's so tough trying to keep planters watered during the summer months that planting them with drought tolerant plants makes that process much easier. This arrangement is perfect for sun-baked decks and patios. And it's pretty throughout the growing season - especially if you mix annuals and perennials for lots of color and interesting texture.
Start by selecting the planters that you wish to use for this arrangement. We recommend that you use a "High Fired" garden planter that is meant to hold up over time. This step will avoid having to re-pot your plants every year or so. The planters in the photographs shown are the Vietnamese High Fired Black Clay Low Bowls. Make sure whatever containers you do use have a drain hole.
Photo 1 - shows the bottom of each planter pot lined with landscape cloth. This helps to keep the potting soil from flowing out the drain hole and it still allows the water to drain off. As you can see a number of different sizeswere used. This helps with adding depth and character to the final display.
Photo 2 - Fill the planters with potting soil to about 2" inches from the rim of the pot. Set the nursery containers with plants where you want to plant them, on the soil so that you can see the arrangement in advance. Make sure you take into account that you will want some plants to droop over the sides of the pots. Gently remove the plants and place them in the soil. Water right after planting with a gentle sprinkle.
Photo 3 - As you can see from this photo, different sizes, shapes and styles make the arrangement of pots more interesting. The larger the planter the more variety of plants you can use. Make sure to keep them watered as their roots develop. Once established, these plants will last up to 2 weeks