Today we’re heading to Georgia to see a potted succulent garden and to learn about a way to grow these plants that will work for nearly everyone, even if your climate isn’t usually succulent friendly or you don’t have a lot of space.
Hello! My name is Whitney Shaffer, and I garden on a 4½-acre property in rural Georgia. I have three boys and work part-time as an admin for my husband’s business. Gardening is my ME time! I have also been sharing my love of gardening through my personal blog, WhitneyKShaffer.com.
I have several different gardens (veggie, shade, iris), but I wanted to share my succulent container garden with you today. Succulents don’t do too well in the ground here, due to our high humidity and average rainfall, but I have found that they do quite well outside in containers under the cover of a porch or veranda, where the gardener can more closely control the soil and water conditions. (Editor’s comment: For those of us in cold climates, succulents in pots are also easy to bring inside for the winter, again allowing us to grow plants that normally wouldn’t thrive in our climates.)
I always put my succulents in terra-cotta pots for their neutral look and their even evaporation of water from the soil.
In utilizing container gardening where needed, you may be able to tend to plants you otherwise thought would never thrive in your current zone. Out of all the plants in my gardens, succulents are the ones I get the most comments on.
Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’ (Zones 10–11), Graptoveria ‘Francesca’ (Zones 9–11), and Senecio haworthii (woolly senecio, Zones 9–11)
Echeveria ‘Lola’ (Zones 9–11)
Aloe, Andromischus cristatus ‘Key Lime Pie’ (Zones 9–11), Echeveria ‘Blue Reef’ (Zones 9–11)
Aloe ‘Crosby’s Prolific’ (Zones 9–11)
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