A Succulent Planting for Outdoors

If you're looking for a simple and rewarding beginner planting project, a tabletop succulent garden is a great start! Succulents are water-storing plants that require minimal water and care. Succulents can easily adapt to dry humidity, and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. A custom succulent planting makes a beautiful addition to any outdoor space.


Gather Your Supplies

Before you get started, find a container that is both outdoor proof and has a drainage hole. A shallow dish works great for planting succulents. A good potting soil combination is also helpful for growing succulents in containers. It is important to use a soil mix that will drain quickly as succulents don't like to sit in water. A mix of general potting soil combined with sand, or another gritty medium works great.

Prep Your Plants

Using a variety of succulents in color and size makes for an attractive planting. Make sure your plants are healthy and remove any broken or rotten leaves. Once you remove your succulents from their plastic pots, gently loosen the soil.  

Line your vessel with potting mix, and gently place the succulents into the vessel with careful consideration for placement and scale. Continue to add more plants until the container is full. For this planting we used a variety of succulent types—Echeveria, Gasteria, Kalanchoe and Crassula.

Finishing Touches

Once all your plants are in, review the overall planting and make any height adjustments. Add in any additional soil in spaces that are low. Choose a finishing stone that complements the planting and add them in the empty spaces between the plants.

Once complete, find a nice sunny location and let it thrive outdoors. And don't overwater! Succulents store water in their leaves and will be firm to the touch if they have adequate hydration. Make sure to move your container under cover if heavy rain is predicted, to avoid drowning the planting.

Practice your green thumb and create a wonderful outdoor succulent planting that will last all summer long. Play with different varieties and vessels for a completely custom look. Happy planting!