Fenestraria aurantiaca (Diana Clark)

Got a Pot? Elevate it!

Potted plants look better atop stands, says San Diego designer Diana Clark, who sometimes has them custom-made to enhance her succulent compositions. Diana created all the plant-pot pairings shown here. As you look at them, ask yourself: Does the stand matter? Would the composition look just as good without it? Chances are you'll agree with Diana that "everything looks better elevated."

It’s surprisingly easy to find stands at thrift stores that are perfect for pots. Look for metal ones once used as candleholders. Make sure that whatever you use is stable, because pots tend to be top-heavy. Also whatever the stand is made of should be waterproof. Keep in mind that water that flows out the drain hole shouldn't puddle beneath the pot. Sitting in water can cause roots (especially those of succulents) to rot.

Learn more about Diana’s Asian-inspired aesthetic and see more of her designs in my YouTube video.









For more great succulent plant-pot pairings and design ideas, see my book, Succulent Container Gardens. 

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  1. Carla on June 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

    These plants look good elevated, I love each one of them, and the variety and sizes of the pots makes them look even more interesting and exciting.
    Well Done! Diana

  2. Deb Cook on December 30, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    These are so beautiful Diana. I am sure practising how too create like you is going to make 2019 more enjoyable. How do u safely drill holes into your more fragile containers.

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