|Project by Gone_Tropical||posted 01-30-2011 07:29 AM||5247 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
Heat loving succulents are drought-tolerant, maintenance free, easy to grow and so unique. Growing them in dish gardens add year round interest.
What I used:
Clay pot saucer, fiberglass saucer, shallow hypertufa bowls
Drill with concrete drill bit for adding drainage holes to pots
Well draining soil mix, either mix your own or buy cacti soil mix
Pebbles, rocks, shells, etc.
and of course the Succulents
There are of course many different ways to create your dish garden, I like the rock garden style, so here is how I did mine:
I mixed pebbles with the soil mix for added drainage and piled it onto the pot saucer to form a mound. The succulents don’t really have a huge root ball, it is easy to plant them. I liked the tall one in the center and added the others around it. A couple of bigger rocks add interest and a layer of pebbles give it a neat finish and holds the soil in place.
Some things to keep in mind:
Don’t plant your succulents too deeply
They prefer sun to part shade
In rainy summers, move the dish garden under cover after a couple of days of rain
Protect from frost
During the winter months, keep on the dry side
Any of the smaller growing succulents will be a good choice for dish gardens.
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