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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Succulent Container, My Favorite

I like to repurpose things. I never had good strawberries in this good quality heavy terracota pot. 
The strawberry plants needed to be watered daily, were drying fast and didn't give us big berries. 
This year, I decided to choose new residents for the pot. They got excited and jumped right in:


This is the very beginning:


Senecio mandraliscae Blue Fingers is the main plant here.
I love its silvery-blue color! Blue fingers grow vertically.


This is the latest picture. All plants got considerably bigger:


Blue lobelia gets along with drought tolerant neighbors. Being drought tolerant doesn't mean they do not love water. Succulents do love water!  I bought lobelia for other containers in my garden and had several tiny plants left. When several 'windows' in the strawberry pot  became unoccupied, I went around the garden looking for candidates. Lobelias were asking for a home, and I decided to try. The experiment gave good results - plants with different watering needs coexist peacefully.

Do you like it?

***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS

27 comments:

  1. I am definitely a fan of succulent (and other drought tolerant plants) containers and am gradually going in that direction year-by-year.

    I like your arrangement and you have some plants that I've never seen around here.

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  2. I love it, very pretty! I just got photos of my container with my Sempervivum to post this week. One of the Hens was blooming so needed to get a shot of that.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  3. That looks great. I'm surprised to see the lobelia with the succulents. A nice combo. I saw a cool strawberry pot today. May have to pick one up and try something like this too!

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  4. I do like your container, especially that last shot of the blue Senecio with the Lobelia flowers. They look great together.

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  5. Hi Tatyana,

    Lovely pot, I love blue fingers and how you've combined it with the lobelia :)

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  6. Had to comment because I love it! Blue fingers points the way in colour and unique shapes so the companions are perfect. Very artistic, it could do with a title

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  7. Did you say Succulents ?
    Love love this post.
    You know your giving me ideas.

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  8. So lovely, that blue.

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  9. Your photos are stunning. I love them all.

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  10. plants with different watering needs coexist - I agree - another 'rule' discarded

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  11. What a wonderful combination of plants. Just lovely.

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  12. Oh I LOVE it! What a beautiful way to display your succulents. I am feeling very inspired! Ok strawberries you are officially getting the boot! I'm trying this =)

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  13. Amazing! I love the colors and the lobelia. It is great. Thanks for sharing such a good idea.

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  14. Maybe don't taste as good as the Strawberries but those drought loving plants look just great with the Lobelia.

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  15. I love your natutality me too this year wildflowers among the tame sandy

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  16. Love succelents and have lots in terracotta pots as drying out not such a problem for them. Strawberry pot looks great planted up like that.

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  17. Do I?! I LOVE IT. Stunning color combo of the blue lobelia with the succulents. Repurposing is one of the best things about gardening!

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  18. Thank you, my friends! This is my first Blue Fingers. I am not sure if it'd survive the winter. What would you recommend me to do with it? Should I bring it indoors?

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  19. Fabulous, Tatyana. I love it. I wish I would have kept my strawberry container. Ah, hindsight...

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  20. Tatyana, Your Blue Finger succulent looks great. I just planted one in the pot on my patio table. Against the lake and the sky - looks pretty good if I may say so myself. As it grows this summer should even look better. Enjoyed your post today. Jack

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  21. Oh I like those kind of containers where the plants can grow out every which way! The succulents look great in there too and lobelia always makes a nice filler, doesn't it?

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  22. Clever, Tatyana ... I really like this!

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  23. Great looking pot. I especially love the Senecio mandraliscae Blue Fingers. Will you overwinter this in your house?

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  24. The color of that main plant is so beautiful, and it looks so healthy. That container, i also learned from another blogger yesterday is a strawberry container. I wish we have that style here too. I want to grow Portulaca there and i can visually see the hanging stems all filled with flowers.

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  25. I love it!! I've seen other blogs with clever uses of strawberry pots but yours is the only one with succulents. I might just give it a try next summer. :o)

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