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Succulent Container Garden DIY

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I really noticed succulents last year for the first time and instantly fell in love. What’s not to like about them? They’re pretty to look at and hardy, easy to grow plants. I’ve been wanted to make a succulent planter for a long time, but never found the right plants. 

Succulent Planter DIY

That all changed recently when I headed to a new to me garden center and found the mother-load of succulent plants for sale for $3 each! I was so excited that I almost bought one of all of them. But I made myself stop at 11, because I already had a gorgeous hen and chicks plant at home to add to the mix. Here’s what I did with them!

Succulent Container Garden DIY

Really, you guys. As with most of my projects, this one is so easy. Just find a bunch of succulents, a nice pot, and get some succulent dirt. Then put it all together and you’re done!

Succulent Planter DIYCollage

I found my succulents at a place called Garden Greenhouse. If you’re in Eastern Iowa and would like to go there, it’s definitely off the beaten path, located just outside Blue Grass off Coon Hunters Road from Hwy 61 – 12577 95the Ave, Blue Grass, Iowa. I didn’t find a website for them, but they’re open from 8 am to 7 pm and have a nice, reasonably priced assortment of plants. They also have pre-made succulent gardens, if you’d rather buy one, but I thought it was cheaper and more fun to make my own.

Gather supplies

Succulent Planter DIY - gather suppplies

  • Assortment of succulents
  • Draining pot
  • Succulent dirt
  • Garden tools & gloves, if you want.

Succulent Container DIY - hens & chicks

I used 12 different types of succulents, and boy I wish I knew the names of them to share with you, but I have no idea what they’re called – except the hen & chicks plant that I picked up at Menards. I like to shop at Menards because I generally have rebate money to spend, but I’m not always thrilled with their assortment of goods.

Succulent Planter DIY - drape some over the sides

In creating my container garden, I wanted a variety of heights. I got some plants to trail over the sides. And some taller plants to add depth.

Succulent Planter DIY - close up of succulents

I also wanted different colors – oranges, greens, pinks. I even found a couple of delightful flowering succulents to add to the pot too!

Succulent Container Garden DIY - finalAll told, I spent just under $40 on 12 succulents at the Garden Greenhouse (I also bought an aloe plant that I put in a different pot) and I think it was well worth the money! I’ll bring this planter inside for the winter and put back out again next summer. I’m excited to watch it grow.

Do you grow succulents? Do you know the names of any of the succulents in my new container garden? I’d love to know what they’re called. 

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Thanks, Val! Succulents are members of the cactis family so the soil is quite a lot different from our rich, black dirt here in Iowa. It’s really quick draining and sandier. I’d probably recommend buying a bag. It wasn’t that much – $6 at Menards. However, I did reuse a pot from last year that already had good soil in it – I just used the succulent soil to pack them in on the top. And yes, I am keeping it outside this summer and will move them in for the winter.

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