Driftwood as Planters

Driftwood as Planters

Easy Succulent Garden Project

In my post where I remodeled my potting bench, I mentioned that I do NOT have a green thumb.  However, some sort of displaced guardian angel seems to be watching over all my gardening projects, as they all seem to be doing just fine...despite me.  

The one type of plant that I seemed to struggle with for a while were succulents.  I know...how can you screw that up?  Trust me, I did.  And even though it seems that I am better at cultivating the little guys, I still can't help but worry for their safety.  

Today I was compelled to take on a rather different approach for a planter. My father lives on the quaint little island called Camano here in Washington, and he has access to the most amazing beach full of driftwood! On his last visit he brought me some great, interesting pieces. Yay for me!

Some of these pieces of driftwood take on the most unusual shapes, and in the case of this piece, it has grown around this beach stone.

Heart of Stone

 A great place for succulents

The side was hollowed out, making an ideal place for planting.

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Gathering all my supplies

Use the right supplies

I am a firm believer that to succeed, you need to use the right supplies.  If ever there was someone who uses shortcuts, that would be me.  And sometimes I'm wrong. Only sometimes (and don't tell my husband I said that).  When I was first trying my hand at succulents, I just threw them in regular potting soil and called it a day.  And they died.

When I switched to cactus potting soil, miracles happened.  I wasn't killing innocent plants anymore.  I have had huge successes with Miracle Grow Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Soil.  And on top of that, I love the Foaming Succulent Plant Food.  It's so easy to use and my plants love it.  

It goes with saying, start by purchasing healthy plants.  I bought a flat of ground succulents and a pot of larger ones.  

I laid the potting soil in the  driftwood where I planned on planting.  Normally you would want a layer of gravel or rock for drainage, but working with driftwood does not leave any room for this.  Fortunately, the wood has natural drainage.  

Before making anything permanent, I arranged the plants on top of the soil where I thought they would look good.  You want a good balance of height, color and variety. In these pictures, I am working on two pieces of wood.  The one on the left is flat with a bowl type depression.  Perfect for this project!

After you have your desired placement, gently push the roots into the soil.  Fill around all plants until they have a good base.  Afterwards, I used decorative pebble rocks on top of the soil.  This not only makes for a pretty arrangement, it helps anchor the plants and soil.  You can add larger rocks, shells, etc.   And that's it!

Finished planter

Pretty succulents

Table topper

So pretty

This was such an easy, inexpensive garden project and it adds visual interest to our patio. I can't wait to see what driftwood my dad brings next time!

All my best, 

Swedish function meets Japanese beauty

Swedish function meets Japanese beauty

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