Succulent Container Gardens That Still Look Good Even If It's Pushing Triple Digits Out There
Succulents are a Southern favorite thanks to their hardiness and heat tolerance. For those of us who can’t remember to water every day, succulents are the easy-care solution we’ve always wished for. Make your own succulent container garden, implement a few of our tips, and in no time at all, you’ll have a cheery, easy-care container for all seasons. Still need some help planting and caring for your succulents? Just ask the Grumpy Gardener. He has plenty of succulent care advice for novices.
Hanging Succulent Container
Plant your succulents alongside wispy blooms, like this purple fan flower, for a pretty pairing.
Hen-and-Chicks Single Planting
Hens and chicks is a favorite succulent form, and they look utterly charming planted all together in a container. Cheery and low-maintenance. A win-win.
Re-create this succulent planter with three additions: flapjacks (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora), ‘Spaghetti Strap’ agave, and ‘Hope’ peperomia. Each brings different architectural interest to the container, and the combination is simply gorgeous.
This planter is the best of all worlds. It’s heat-tolerant, colorful, and it incorporates pretty purple succulents alongside vibrant red blooms and bright green plants. We love this color combo. It’s simply inspired.
Festive Succulent Wreath
Who says succulents only belong in pots? They also look great hanging on your front door. Just ask this gorgeous succulent wreath.
Make the Wreath
Hanging Succulent Basket
Choose a cone-shaped hanging basket for perfect succulent style on your deck or patio. We used rush (Juncus sp.), oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea ‘Vittata’), echeveria (Echeveria sp.), and string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus).
For an even-easier-care succulent container, make a terrarium. With a glass container and plants like ferns, succulents and mosses, you’ll have a gorgeous tabletop display. Here, we used kalanchoes and miniature moth orchids.
Red flowering kalanchoe adds vibrant succulent style to this pretty container. Pair with mahogany fern (Didymochlaena trunculata), episcia (E. cupreata ‘Silver Sheen’), and Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) for a dreamy container.
Choose your favorite succulents and design your container garden around your favorites. The variety will keep things lively, and the mix of leaf shapes and textures will look great.
Agave plays well with many other plants, and it’s a hardy addition to your garden. It’s native to Texas, so it can withstand very hot and arid climates.
You’re creating a succulent planter, but that doesn’t mean it has to be totally green. Choose succulents with vibrant red, purple, and orange hues to give your succulent container a fresh update.
What to do with a large, unused container? Fill it with succulents. This container serves as the centerpiece for this garden room. It requires little maintenance, and its lush design adds the perfect touch to the space.
Varied Succulent Palette
Gather an assortment of your favorite succulent specimens in a varied color palette, and plant them in beautiful combinations. Add in succulents with purple, green and gray hues for visual interest.
Mini Succulent Mix
Choose your favorite miniature succulent specimens and plant them together for an infusion of small-space style.
For a container in a challenging climate, choose succulents that thrive year-round. This container showcases fall-blooming succulents that do well in the colder winter months.
A surprising (but always striking) pairing is succulents and grasses. When planted together, the structure of the succulents juxtapose the wild whimsy of the grasses for an eye-catching effect.
This container is filled with tillandsia, stapelia, rhipsalis, cryptanthus, and ‘Aquamarine’ pilea. It is a real “hands-off” container and only requires occasional watering, a bit of morning sun, and afternoon shade.
Succulent Container Trio
Combine succulents that have different foliage colors, shapes, and textures for the most variety—and the most bang for your buck. Choose a well-draining potting mix and container to keep your succulents happy.
Simple Agave Container
Keep your succulent container streamlined and simple by planting one statement succulent. This agave planting is surrounded by stones for a southwestern vibe.
For those wild about succulents, you may find it hard to plant just one. That’s ok. Try a bit of everything. Layers and stacks of succulent plantings can create a pretty garden vignette, as with these planters. These containers include echeveria, stapelia, flapjacks, braided sansevieria, ‘Aquamarine’ pilea, Moses-in-the-cradle, hechtia bromeliad, rhipsalis, cryptanthus, hoya, and variegated trailing jade plant.
Subtle Succulent Wreath
This leafy wreath combines beautiful colors and textures for an utterly dreamy look, and it also tucks a few succulents into the mix.
This grouping of containers creates a lovely vignette for a garden, patio, or deck. To re-create this look, include topiary juniper, helichrysum, lamb’s ears, and assorted succulents.
Easy Care with Impact
Want major visual impact with minimal effort? Go for a large-scale planting like this one. Choose one that will thrive in your area. We’d recommend checking out agave or aloe—they’ll grow to an impressive size.
Mini Tabletop Succulents
Succulents are ideal for outdoor containers, but they’re also perfect for an indoor tabletop container, especially one placed in good morning or afternoon sun. To re-create this container, choose a variety of small succulents, like these aloes, echeverias, ‘Flap Jack’ kalanchoes, and haworthias.
Cheery Moss-and-Succulent Wreath
Have a bright front door? A succulent wreath made with echeverias, sedums, jade plants, kalanchoe, and graptopetalums will look gorgeous and green year-round.
A beautiful container is a shortcut to style. Plant new succulent designs in your favorite containers each season to keep things fresh.
For a fall display, pair purple-hued pumpkins with vibrant succulents and mosses. (Bonus points for incorporating the display on a tabletop like this one!) We included ‘Marina di Chioggia’ pumpkins, echeverias, sedum, and Scotch or Irish mosses.
If you have a challenging color palette such as, say, a bright yellow wall, choose a succulent container. The varied greens will keep it visually interesting while also complementing the brightness of the room.