I went all out for succulents this year and had some fun putting together a range of containers using tender plants. I live in a colder climate where tender succulents must be brought inside to overwinter, and for this reason I have tended to stick to making mixed plantings of hardy succulents only (with the exception of echeveria). While I grow many tender succulents, I often relegate them to one plant per pot to make shifting them between the outdoors and in an easy task. But not this year. This year I let my succulent love flourish!
The following photos are of one of the mixed succulent containers I planted this year.
I purchased the large, bright red, plastic pots at Target this past spring (I tried but am unable to locate them on the website). I also bought a couple of self-watering hanging baskets in the same red. One is hanging in my office and holds a very large opuntia (I posted a quick shot of it over here) and I used the other to grow a petite currant tomato variety called ‘Sweet Pea.’ Please note that the latter was an experiment to help me gauge how far I can push that particular plant variety. The pots are categorized as #5 Polypropylene, which is considered “safer,” but my advice regarding plastics for growing food crops is to use common sense and err on the side of caution.
From Left to Right: Senecio jacobsenii (thanks go to Uli who identified this plant.), Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi ‘Aurora Borealis’ (the variegated plant), Sedum nussbaumerianum, Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ variegated plant on right).
Tall Plant in Back: Senecio cylindricus
Close up on the Senecio cylindricus.