Anne
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Asked on Apr 16, 2019

How do I create a succulent garden in a narrow space?

ShirleyWoody513Dorothy A Crowley
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How do I create a succulent garden along a narrow bedding area (see photo)? I want to have a high/low design with some plants that grow taller against the house and low/fuller plants that filled in with some cascading over the edge of the brick.


Anne


7 answers
  • Add hens and chicks and also put in some stones for extra visual interest.

  • Dmotan
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Love succulent plants. Don't know where you live. I am in zone 7/8 so I purchase winter worthy succulents.

    Succulents don't particularly like a lot of fertillizer. I would put a small amount of espoma fertillizer in and mix with some compost and vermiculite. Dig deep in putting these amendments in. Mine are in boxes but I used a good mix prior to planting . U can use some small evergreens with the succulents to make it look like a miniature garden. I've bought many at big box stores BUT do not buy what is in their greenhouse as they are for hot climates or for in the house. Of course, if you live in a hot weather zone, go for it. Very seldom do I fertilizer. Yes, I do water since living in our hot Virginia weather. The deal is to water deep rather than often. Please be sure they have good drainage ad no standing water.

    I would google succulent gardens and have fun looking at the beauty of it all.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Make sure the soil drains well and you can put a variety of succulents,, including the cascading kind. I added rocks to my potting soil where I put them in. They were cutting from a friend and so only out my labor. I was surprised at how well they did. I am in 7b.

  • Robyn Garner
    on Apr 16, 2019

    I don't think you'll get the kind of height variances you may want without adding rocks, boulders, pots or other things besides succulents. Additionally, unless you want to spend a bucket load of money, most succulents are TINY! Hens & Chicks multiply like mad and I love them but my growing zone doesn't.


    Perhaps consider a blended bed of perennials for your growing zone in a variety of heights and a separate section (or 3) with stones and large rocks for succulents?

  • Dorothy A Crowley
    on Apr 17, 2019

    go to Lowes and get some succulent/cactus soil and mix in with soil, lay down some weed cloth cut holes to place all different types of plants or just mix a couple up. Lowes have a pretty good selection . I would do low ones, you can always thin out as they get bigger. Then place some type of rocks to fill in, river rocks or which ever ones you find/buy. Look up succulent gardens. Have fun

  • Woody513
    on Apr 17, 2019

    Try sedum. Many varieties, some around 2' tall and others more like ground cover. All are drought tolerant perennials. But be careful, I have experienced many die with too much rain and poor draining soil. If you put them in containers remove the saucers under the pots.

  • Shirley
    on Apr 17, 2019

    There is a tall sedum, in various varieties, with different flower colors. The original, Autumn Joy, has a rusty pink flower. I bought Pink Frost. They may even vary in height. There are many sedums (and they bloom!) that would work in a succulent garden along with hardy succulents found in your local nursery. Be sure you check the info on each one for hardiness according to your zone. Many of the prettiest are tender and won't survive cold weather. Hens & chicks are a great choice for a discrete area, but don't plant them the whole length. They do reproduce well, and I just love them. The care tips from Dmotan above are good ones.

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