Photo: Ralph Anderson
What's in the Pot?
'Perle von Nurnberg' echeveria
'Red Stem' portulacaria
'Black Knight' echeveria
'Violet Queen' echeveria
"Few plants are easier to grow than succulents," says container guru Carmen Johnston, owner of Nectar and Company in Macon, Georgia. That's why she loves planting these textural beauties for clients who enjoy traveling. "There's no guilt if you aren't there to water," she says.
To get Carmen's look, fill glazed pots with a mixture of 3 parts moistened potting soil and 1 part sand. Put the small pot inside the larger one, leaving room toward the front. Plant succulents shoulder to shoulder. "Water only when the soil is dry to the touch, but don't mistake low water for no water," advises Carmen. Feed monthly with a quarter-strength water-soluble fertilizer. You may be surprised that succulents thrive in both sun and part shade. This makes mixing and matching your favorite forms and colors simple—just pick what you like and plant. It really doesn't get much easier than that!
Try a Twist
Strawberry jars aren't just for strawberries—they're ideal for growing succulents. The one below has a bright orange glaze, but a plain terra-cotta one will work fine. You can find them in lots of shapes and sizes.
Begin with some premoistened soil. Fill jar up to the first opening on the side. Add your favorite succulent. Put in more soil and then more succulents. Don't be shy about packing in the plants. They like company.
Displaying Succulents in Strawberry Jars
Planting in a pot gives you some flexibility. Put your container on a patio wall, or use it as an informal centerpiece on an outside table.