The fastest way to spruce up front porches, decks and patios is with containers filled with heat-loving, colorful flowers and exotic succulents.
Buy ready-made containers for a quick splash and guaranteed success. Or get creative and personalize containers with flowers or succulents.
Trendy succulents are low-care plants with colorful leaves that thrive in hot sun and less-than-ideal soil.
Get Wow Now with Ready-Made Containers:
- Buying for sun or shade? Select a ready-made container that suits your light conditions.
- Once home, soak container in a bucket of water or with a hose. Do not soak succulents.
- Slip the entire container into your own pot and hide edges with decorative moss.
- Or, remove flowers and succulents from the container and replant into your favorite pot.
- Fertilize per directions. Succulents rarely need fertilizing.
- Keep flower containers well-watered, but keep in mind that succulents need only a light watering, or they will rot.
Build Your Own Container:
- Buying for sun or shade? Select plants that suit your light conditions. Succulents love the heat.
- Choose tall plants for the back, mounding for the middle and trailing for over the edge. Design succulent containers separately from other flowering containers.
- Remove old plants and soil from existing containers. Clean containers.
- Soak new plants in a bucket of water or with a hose. Give succulents only a light watering.
- For flowers, fill container 3/4 full with pre-moistened potting mix containing a slow-release fertilizer. Succulents require a special potting mix that provides excellent drainage. Look for mixes labeled for cactus and succulents.
- Play with placement of plants.
- Gently remove plants from original containers, loosen roots and plant.
- Top with potting mix, gently pressing down. Water and let soil settle.
- Mulch flowers with decorative moss to retain moisture. Mulch succulents with pebbles to help with drainage.
- Water when soil is dry.
If you’re using a large container, fill the bottom third with filler materials like aluminum cans, plastic containers or packing peanuts.