Potted echeveria garden

Echeverias do great in containers, so why not plant an echeveria garden all in pots? Because echeverias have great color, symmetry and resemble fleshy flowers, my own potted collection suggests an exotic flower garden. Although a few Echeveria cultivars do OK in garden beds---notably 'Sahara', 'Blue Sky' and 'Crimson Tide'---most need and deserve TLC. Nothing is as gorgeous as a perfectly grown echeveria. Otherwise, why have them?

A year ago, after a trip to Wright Nursery (owned by famed echeveria hybridizer Dick Wright), I planted an echeveria garden in five large pots on my home's east-facing deck.

The 30-square-foot potted garden enhances my dining room view and is easy to tend. In winter I move pots closer to the railing to give them rain or greater sun. In summer, I slide them back into a north-facing corner for greater shade. Every couple of months year-round, I rotate the pots 180 degrees for balanced light exposure. This is important because echeverias lean toward greatest sun, which can spoil their symmetry.

Is it a lot of work? Not at all. The pots are lightweight, and I'm blessed with a hose bib on the deck. My biggest challenge is not splashing the window. The pots sit atop plant stands to give them greater prominence and height, and to enhance air circulation. (This also helps protect a wood deck, but ours is now a synthetic impervious to water. Over the years, potted plants rotted the original wood deck, which we had to replace.)

To celebrate its one-year anniversary, I did a 5-minute video of my potted echeveria garden. I think you'll agree it's both practical and eye-catching. As for which varieties I used, there are so many to choose from! Find specific names on this site's Echeveria page photo gallery, noted with an asterisk. But I don't think it matters much. I basically mixed what I liked and was available, then filled in with graptoverias and other common intergeneric crosses.

Floral style succulent arrangement

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4 Comments

  1. Pat Frankenfield on June 10, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    You are the gift that keeps giving! Thank you for your excellent information.

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on June 10, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you, Pat — made my day!

  2. Edith on June 13, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Hello. I Am new in planting succulents. My question is when to water after I plant them? Your Echeveria potted garden is absolutely beautiful. I want to plant the same style but I can’t find a big plants like yours. I order online. It came in 2 inches pot. Plus I want to let you know I live in zone 7b here in Alabama. I am not quite sure if it’s ideal climate for succulents. I appreciate it if you answer me. Thanks!

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on June 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Hi Edith — Anything with roots should be watered after planting to help the roots settle in. If you’re planting cuttings, that’s a different matter—insert them in the soil so they stand upright, and keep the soil barely moist to encourage root formation but not so wet it might cause rot. Growing succulents in the South is challenging because they don’t like humidity, and there’s not much you can do about that. Give them good air circulation, keep them outdoors where they’ll get half a day’s sun and the rest in dappled shade, water minimally, and shelter them in winter when the temperature drops into the 30s.

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