Succulent Savvy: We Show You How With Cool Containers & Expert Tips



We’re big fans of going green — and that means more than just grabbing a reusable tote and buying a bottle of super juice. When it comes to home design, a perfect way to go green is by adding a fabulous plant to the mix. Admittedly, for many years we weren’t fans of plants- save for the always-elegant orchid. The other ones just conjured up thoughts of Little Shop of Horrors houses teeming with everything from overgrown spindly varieties to those starter plants in jars of water, roots exposed. No thanks.

But then over the past several years, succulents took hold indoors (not your mom’s favorite jade plant) instead of just in the garden and we fell in love with their great architectural lines, longevity and hassle-free nature.

“Succulents can grow in just about any kind of vessel,” said Clover Chadwick of L.A.’s Dandelion Ranch, a Hollywood A-list favorite known for its beguiling arrangements and natural approach to floral design. “When planting outside, look around your neighborhood for unique containers – at garage sales, flea markets or salvage yards. We look to the street for things we can re-purpose such as car tires, old sinks, air conditioning ducts or rain gutters.”

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Tackle box succulent arrangement from L.A.’s Dandelion Ranch

Chadwick is a fan of having fun with your succulent containers. “For keeping succulents inside your home, vessels like cute nesting bowls, tea cups, soup cans or an old jewelry box would do the trick. It all depends on your style! One of my favorite containers is a rusty old tackle box that belonged to my dad.”
If you’ve got plenty of space for a full-on horticultural display or you’ve only got a little bit of wall to spare, it’s as easy as adding a little green to these great pieces.
First time playing with plants? Check out our picks below for vessels of all shapes and sizes.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • Even succulents need water, so remember to give yours two tablespoons of water about every 10 days.
  • “If you want to keep your succulents in their container permanently, they will need drainage,” said Chadwick.
  • Plants and succulents thrive in light, so place them in a sunny spot. If you’ve got a room that doesn’t get much sun, opt for green plants instead of grey-tinged ones, they’re more likely to survive in low light.


Images courtesy Pottery Barn, West Elm, Target and Anthropologie

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