Succulents do grow in Florida

Heat loving succulents are drought-tolerant, maintenance free, easy to grow and so unique. Growing them in dish gardens add year round interest.

Plant a Succulent Dish Garden

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.
  • Succulents

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 the sun to part shade
  • In rainy summers, move the dish garden under cover after a couple of days of rain.
  • Protect from frost
  • Water sparingly during the winter months
Any of the smaller succulents will be a good choice for dish gardens.

Some succulents are better suited for hanging baskets, for example:

  • Donkey's tail
  • String of Pearls
  • String of Bananas
  • Dog-tailed cactus

Plant succulents in your Florida yard

by making an alpine rock garden

Create a raised bed in a sunny location, use large rocks as an 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 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

Visit my Succulent album

'A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy.'
[Rumer Godden]