I was enjoying an evening on my patio the other day and I felt like my table was a little naked feeling. So I grabbed a sun tolerant houseplant and plunked it on the table and sat down. I then realised I was looking over the plant like Wilson from 'Home Improvement'. Well that wasn't going to work! Could I have left my table empty? Yes... but I am no quitter... and a certified plant junkie, so I knew this was the perfect excuse for a new acquisition.
This perennial planter will be perfect for a space which gets bright, direct sunlight as 'Big Red', 'Benimusume', and Hens & Chicks Echeveria are all extremely drought and are tolerant of our West Coast winters. I love how this arrangement is subtle and sophisticated and yet is super low maintenance and contains all perennials, so you can enjoy this planter year round!
If you want to make your own you will need the following materials, which are all in stock in the store at the moment!
1 x 4" Echeveria 'Benimusume'
1 x 4" Echeveria 'Big Red'
1 x 4" Sempervivum 'Hens & Chicks' variety of your choice - we have many!
1 x bag of PRO-MIX Potting Soil
1 x 8"-10" Ceramic Bowl with drain hole
1 x bag of white aggregate/pebbles
All Purpose Fertiliser - I used Orgunique All Purpose Food 4-3-9
Fill your ceramic bowl with a well draining soil like the PROMIX potting mix. This is important because these plants do not like to be soggy or damp, so good drainage is important. If your container is deeper, feel free to put 1/2" of rock in the bottom to encourage better drainage.
Tip! If you do not want soil to leak through the hole in the bottom, but still want drainage use a small piece of landscape fabric or even a coffee filter to line the bottom of the bowl.
Next I mixed in roughly 2 tablespoons of the granular Orgunique fertiliser in the soil - but follow the specific instructions of the product you are using.
The arrangement of this planting is in a triangle shape with plants at 12:00, 4:00 and 8:00 positions. So with your hand make a hole at 12:00 for the 'Big Red' which has the largest leaves. Gently loosen the soil and roots with your fingers before planting each plant. Next I placed the 'Benimusume' and the 'Hens & Chicks' at the 4:00 and 8:00 positions. I dangled the 'chicks' over the edge for a fun effect; however, you can always harvest and replant those if you like!
Fill any gaps or spaces with remaining potting soil and lightly tamp it down with your hands. Next, with clean-ish gloves place white gravel on the surface of the soil - being sure to get the stones as close as possible to the base of the plants to have a professional looking finish.
Lastly water the planter thoroughly and stand back and admire your handiwork!
Before I leave you I just wanted to let you all know about our upcoming sales this weekend (July 19-22). Enjoy BOGO - buy one get one free - on all of our 12" flowering hanging baskets, 2 gal. organic tomato plants, and all 4" bedding plants!