How do I create a cascading waterfall effect in a bird bath?


i love your beautiful cascading pot!!

I recently bought a $25 old concrete bird bath and want to plant it with cascading succulents like you did. What plants did you use for the waterfall effect? I love the seasonal touches❤️ My basin isn’t very deep. Could the cabbage stems be short? Do they grow dwarf succulents so they don’t overpower my bird bath?

here are pics of my bird bath and some examples I like from online. I’m a succulent novice and would appreciate anyone’s suggestions.

q cascading waterfall effect in bird bath
q cascading waterfall effect in bird bath
q cascading waterfall effect in bird bath

My new old birdbath

  5 answers
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 02, 2018

    Hello Nancy,

    I have been very sucessful with very sturdy sedums, tho no significant flowering. They drape downwards beautifully.

    Here pictured below are the sedum that are surviving the 90-100 degree temperatures we are having now in central Virginia, zone seven -both in the garden as well as surface pots and hanging planters.

    I’ve had these plants for several years ( From big box hardware store) on a sun scorched deck and on a deck hook independant of care -survived ice and snow and below zero temperatures to sunny scorching summers assault! They return every year.

    ......if you feel they are too bushy or overpowering they can be clipped back, the clippings transplanted -placed in a new pot to establish a new plant. Its that easy!

    Hope this helps.

    • Nancy Nancy on Sep 02, 2018

      Thanks. I’m in Cali in zone 9-10. Gets over 100 but not nearly as cold as you. Thanks for the help!

  • Sharon Welton Anderson Sharon Welton Anderson on Sep 03, 2018

    I made mine into a fairy garden!

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 06, 2018

    Hi Nancy,

    I am also in Cali, I forget what zone, but I have several Sedums (donkey Tale) Jade, Echeveria they grow all year long here in the hot & cold. Mint also works well in both hot & cold weather. I have Lemon Balm Mint, Sweet Mint, Peppermint. You can add Mints of any kind to a salad, or dinner or even a drink ,lemonade, Mint Juliep. Mint loves water & sun. I water the mint every other day, We also planted Trailing Rosemary on a slope, it loves the sun & we were told once it gets established you can water it every week or so, but water it once a day in the morning or evening until it gets established. They are very hardy plants, so is Mint. You can use Rosemary or Mint to add zest to any thing that you want to spice up.

    Hope this helps


  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 06, 2018

    You will probably have to drill holes in the bottom because this type of plant needs good drainage. I added gravel to my potting soil for mine but I have a friend that bought succulent soil.

  • Nancy Nancy on Sep 06, 2018

    Thanks everyone my fountain isn’t very deep and i may not have a drip line for it so something hardy is important. I liked the idea of a fairy garden with trailing cascading succulents. I’ll post after I get it complete.