Before and After Succulent Dish Gardens
Many of the projects illustrated in this section show the transformation of objects in our lives that have outlived their original design purposes. Succulents have a way of bringing new life to items that would otherwise create cluttered eyesores in our homes or go unnecessarily to a landfill.
This 1947-1954 Chevy Grill was turned upside down and backed with plastic board to create soil reservoirs for the installation of succulents. Wait for it...
1947-1954 Chevy Grill with a new life!
Da da! Here it is, in all its succulent glory.
New Life bursting with succulents!
The old mailbox is currently displayed on the ground next to the new mailbox with a cheery new message.
This poolside planted pot went from sad to spectacular in its full sun exposure. This was achieved by replacing the tired Chrysanthemum with a variety of sun-loving succulents pulled from multiple containers scattered around the property that had no visual appeal on their own. Now the pot shouts with glee to “Look at Me!”.
Water Fountain turned Succulent Fountain
California’s 5-Year drought fueled the inspiration for transforming the below water fountain into a stunning succulent container feature - a large container at over six feet in height. The fountain is located at the end of a long walkway that makes a sharp right turn to the homeowners front entry. It was originally planted by The Ruth Bancroft Garden Nursery staff in May 2016. A truckload of mature plants was brought in to source from throughout the planting process. The homeowners were not interested in having juvenile plants installed, which would force them to wait for the plants to grow into the space. They wished to have instant impact. This technique produces a shorter life to the planting. Succulents do not mind being over crowded but depending on the species, they can eventually overpower a container and produce an unbalanced or lopsided effect causing the need to replace them sooner. More frequent pinching or pruning is required to maintain the compact, bushy appearance. Overgrown succulents can become lanky and unsightly. Succulents with more aggressive growth habits can crowd out succulents with more delicate foliage and/or slower growth rates.
The photo on the right above shows the first tier planted with Lomandra ‘Lime Tuff’, Yucca gloriosa ‘Tiny Star’, Cotyledon orbiculata, and Euphorbia ‘Dean’s Hybrid’. Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ and Oscularia deltoides are added later.
Voila! Finished fountain…the first planting.
A year later in April 2017 a few plants had failed and needed to be replaced as illustrated by the flagged areas in the below photos.
The next two photos were taken the same month following the installation of the replacement plants.