Ideas & Inspiration

Ideas for Succulent Containers

Cluster Succulents Together
Colorful succulents in a white container.

Cluster your succulents together for an interesting visual and colorful effect. Many succulents come in shades of green, pink, purple, gray and blue.

Perfect Pairings
Succulents and cacti in a ceramic container.

Unsure of what to pair together? Try Drop-N-Bloom succulents, hanging baskets with selections of succulents or ready-made containers.

You could also try a sedum tile, or tray with a variety of succulents grown together on a coir mat. These look beautiful hung vertically.

How to Plant Succulents in Containers
Terra cotta planter filled with succulents
  • Use containers or dishes with drainage holes and fill with a potting soil for succulents.
  • Combine arching, spreading and towering plants for a winning combo or amass in containers beneath tall plants. 
  • Remove plants from pots and place in shallow holes. Cover so that 1/4-inch of roots are out of the soil.
  • Feed with a half-strength solution of water-soluble fertilizer and water well.
  • Top with decorative rocks or moss.
  • Water only when soil is dry.

Gorgon's Grotto
Gorgon's Grotto succulent in container.

The colorful Gorgon’s Grotto is an extremely drought-tolerant echeveria succulent. It looks ornamental with its large leaves edged with crinkly sections of rose.

Paddle Plant
Paddle Plant succulent.

These plants get big paddle-like leaves with brilliant red edging when exposed to the sun. They are a member of the Kalanchoe family.

Donkey's Tail (or Burro's Tail)
Donkey's tail succulent.

A type of sedum, donkey’s tail succulents grow in long, hanging bunches of small blue-green, bean-shaped leaves. Long stems look beautiful hanging over planters as a “spiller.” Donkey’s tail is not frost tolerant, so bring it inside before cold weather hits.

Mimicry ("Living Rocks")
Living rocks succulents in a container.

Often called “living rocks” or “toad stools,” mimicry add points of interest when mixed with other succulents in a container.

Elephant Bush
Elephant bush succulent in a container.

Yes, elephants actually eat this plant. It's a form of jade plant. Elephant bush plants grow well in warm temperatures with bright light and can grow bushy. Fun fact: Jade plants are considered symbols of good luck.

Little Jewel
Little jewel succulent in a container.

Little jewel is a great succulent for beginners. They’re easy to find and easy to take care of. Known also as Pachyveria, little jewels feature chunky and colorful rosettes.

Blue Chalk Sticks
Blue Chalk Sticks succulents in container.

Pencil-like leaves bring great contrast to container gardens. These succulents can be shrub-like or low-spreading. Despite the name, blue chalk sticks often look more green or gray-green.

If you’re busy, travel frequently or are guilty of a little plant neglect, succulents are for you. There’s only one rule: Don’t overwater! They will rot and you'll have to start over with your succulent container garden.