Succulents do grow in Florida!
Why grow succulents?
Heat loving succulents are drought-tolerant, maintenance free, easy to grow and so unique. Growing them in dish gardens add year round interest.
This I held as a topic for the Avalon Park Garden Club, but I am offering succulent dish gardening periodically as a workshop for Avalon Park residents here in Myrtle Glen. Follow my blog for updates and schedule.
Succulent Dish Gardens
What I used:
- Clay pot saucer, fiberglass saucer, shallow hypertufa bowls
- Drill with concrete drill bit for adding drainage holes to pots
- Well draining soil mix, either mix your own or buy cacti soil mix
- Pebbles, rocks, shells, etc.
There are of course many different ways to create your dish garden,
let your imagination be your guide.
I like the rock garden style, so here is how I did mine:
I mixed pebbles with the soil mix for added drainage and piled it onto the pot saucer to form a mound. The succulents don't really have a huge root ball, it is easy to plant them. I liked the tall one in the center and added the others around it. A couple of bigger rocks add interest and a layer of pebbles give it a neat finish and holds the soil in place.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Don't plant your succulents too deeply
- They prefer sun to part shade
- In rainy summers, move the dish garden under cover after a couple of days of rain
- Protect from frost
- During the winter months, keep on the dry side
Any of the smaller growing succulents will be a good choice for dish gardens.
Some succulents are better suited for hanging baskets, for example:
String of Pearls
String of Bananas
Dog-tailed cactus (pictured)
Succulents to plant in your Florida yard
Create a raised bed in a sunny location, use large rocks as outline and
to hold the soil in place. For soil, mix sand, compost, pebbles for
a loose and well draining medium and pile it up in a mound.
Consider adding boulders, river rocks, driftwood pieces.
We do not have a rock garden in Myrtle Glen, simply because I don't have the space at this time. But here is a list of plants I like to suggest based on my experience growing them:
- Agaves, Yucca
- Ponytail Palm (a member of the agave family, not a palm)
- Madagascar palm
- Crassula (Kalanchoe, Echeveria, Graptopetalum paraguayense, Sedum, Jade plants)
- Adenium - Desert Rose
- Euphorbia (Crown of Thorns, Pencil cactus, Medusa's Head)
- Cacti (Opuntia - includes prickly pear, mammillaria)
- Pitaya - dragon fruit
'A garden isn't
meant to be useful. It's for joy.'