Perfect for Pots

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Greek Proverb.

Whether you simply love the beauty of little sedum and succulents or whether you opt for them due to lack of available outdoors space, these beautiful little plants are perfect for pots. I chose a potting compost from a sustainable source, rather than peat, and bought a couple of terracotta pots. The pots are quite low but are broad; for here we need the width of space to enable the planting of several little plants that will spread a little, as they grow.

I look to achieve a contrast between colour and shape, with these little beauties. There are so many varieties to choose from and I msu admit that I have not kept a note of the name of the varieties I planted. I will see if I can add those to this post, later. For me, I am just approaching this type of task from an artistic perspective. Planting a pot of sedum and succulents is a little like painting an artwork. I considered not just the juxtaposition between colours and shapes, but shades of light and dark, the position of plants that will gradually grow to overhang the pot edge and the interplay between the plant and the colour of the pot, itself.

Another consideration was the appearance of the pot, once planted. Seeing the earth between each plant, simply brown and bare, looked somehow too sparse. So, what I do with all pots that I plant up, I added pebbles. I tend to seek out relatively flat pebbles and lay them on the surface of the compost, between each of the little plants. This adds yet more colour and it also brings in a contrasting texture; the stone material against the soft or spikey plants.

Don’t worry, for as the plants grow, you can lift up a pebble, here and there, or you may want the plant to grow across the pebbles, if it is one to send out longer growth. Whatever you decide, adding something with texture, to the top of the soil, adds the perfect finishing touch to your planted pot. Here are mine; these were planted at the beginning of May and they are nicely established now.

(c) Deano Parsons. 2021.
(c) Deano Parsons. 2021.

One little tip is to leave around 0.5-1cm gap at the top of your compost filled pot. this will both allow for the addition of material, such as pebbles, but it also means that when you water the pot, or when rainfall does that job for you, the water will not simply fall away from the pot. The little gap will allow for the water to remain in the pot and this will prevent the pot from drying out; the most common reason that people lose their potted plants, in my opinion.

Are you one for planting up pots? Do you also like sedum and succulents? Please share something of your own gardening joy, in the comments below.

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