Plant a Succulent Container Garden

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Succulents have naturally geometric shapes that lend themselves so well to being displayed in a configuration with a repeating pattern. This makes a tremendous low-maintenance centrepiece for a dining or kitchen table. The resulting display is fascinating when viewed as a whole, but its also entirely possible that dinner guests will get lost in admiring the intricate detail of the individual plants.

Choosing a Container

Choose a shallow dish for the container; it need not have drainage holes, but take care not to overwater the plants.

A circular dish is ideal, but rectangular and square vessels also work well, especially if they have sharp rather than rounded corners, which will give the display a very modern look.

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What to Plant

Providing they are small (i.e. supplied in little pots), any succulents or cacti would be suitable for a centrepiece.

At its simplest and best, a container could be filled with alternating diagonal stripes of two different species of houseleeks (Sempervivum) or Echeveria. Some of the latter have such glaucous tones that would work particularly well against other darker and greener species, such as E. elegans and E. “Black Prince”.

The aim is to have several of each plant arranged in a pattern that best sets off their distinctive colouring, shapes and heights, while still achieving a pleasing overall display. Sedum also works particularly well in this kind of succulent centrepiece.

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Both succulents and cacti prefer well-drained soil, so use a half-and-half mix of multipurpose compost and grit (horticultural-grade fine gravel, available from garden centres).

Before planting, lay the plants out to check the spacing; for the best effect, there should be no visible bare compost.

Water carefully so as not to over saturate the compost.

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Keep the planter in a sunny position, and water as required, aiming to get the spout of the watering can directly over the compost rather than splashing over the leaves, which can rot if left wet in these conditions.

In the summer months, a half-strength diluted liquid fertiliser will also be of benefit to your plants.

Pick or cut off any shrivelled, dead or rotting leaves as necessary; a pair of tweezers is a useful tool for this.

Any baby plants produced can be teased out, cutting away some root as well as the tiny rosette, and planted in their own pots. Replant the whole container after a year or so, in springtime, to refresh it.

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Step by Step

Prepare Your Pot; you can use a pot without drainage holes, or even an attractive glass vessel, but, in this case, you need to prepare the base of it. Start with pebbles or gravel to a height of 2 cm, followed by a further layer of crushed charcoal, to another 2cm. Taking care with this level or preparation will ensure the soil doesn’t become waterlogged.

Fill the Pot; it is now possible to buy ready prepared succulent potting mix from reputable garden centres. This has been specially formulated to drain quickly, creating the ideal environment. Otherwise, as described above, use multipurpose compost, thoroughly mixed with grit. Fill the pot to within 2cm of the top of it.

Plant Your Succulents; before planting, you could lay out your succulents in the approximate design you would like, to ensure the plants look pleasing together. Plant each one carefully, and make sure the roots are fully covered by the soil mix. Succulents have no problem being placed close together if this is the look you are wanting.

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Add Finishing Touches; if there are unsightly gaps between the plants, and you don’t wish to see the soil, you can add decorative pebbles or pieces of mosaic glass.

Clean Your Plants; your succulents will benefit from a quick wipe, as no doubt they will have become dusty or have soil on them. An old paintbrush or toothbrush is ideal for this task.

Water the Centrepiece; be careful not to overwater, as this can rot the roots. Simply moisten the surface.


This is an attractive perennial, evergreen succulent with spoon-shaped leaves, coloured dark green with a purple tinge. Its name translates as “ever alive” thanks to its tolerance of extreme temperatures. They are commonly known as houseleeks, as they were grown on roofs in the past and thought to deflect lightning. The leaves are arranged in rosette fashion and have short, dense hairs which almost gives it a furry, velvety appearance. During the summer months, it produces star-shaped yellow or pink flowers and is easy to care for, requiring no pruning and can survive on very little water.

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The Echeveria succulent is easy to grow and maintain, able to withstand neglect and requiring little water or nutrients. It has attractive coloured leaves in various tones which form rosettes and is slow growing. The fleshy leaves have a waxy exterior which can leave marks on the skin if pressed too firmly. It prefers a bright, well-lit interior and should not be overwatered; the soil should be left completely dry. Never stand the plant in a saucer of water as this will cause its roots to rot. There are trailing varieties of Echeveria, which are ideal for the edge of your succulent centrepiece.

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This gorgeous perennial, a semi-evergreen, grows in small clumps, no more than 10 cm, making it ideal for indoor planting. The dark green fleshy leaves have a pink and white edge, with bright yellow flowers making an appearance in late summer in star-shaped clusters. They are simple to grow, and don’t even need to be planted; they can just be laid on the soil, and their roots will reach out by themselves. They require very little care, other than occasional watering, but may need pruning as they can spread rapidly, and their weight may cause them to topple over.

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Share Your Story

Do you have a centrepiece on your table? What is it composed of? Which succulents would you recommend for a centrepiece? Feel free to add any comments below.

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20 thoughts on “Plant a Succulent Container Garden”

  1. Hello. Succulents are unique plants that can be placed indoors. I commend you for writing about succulents, which I’m not familiar with before. However, after reading your article, I think that these plants can be a nice centrepiece on the table just have you mentioned. And I would like to give it a try. I prefer the Sempervivum and Echeveria for centrepieces. Simply, place them in beautiful pots and indeed your centre table will look attractive. As well, thank you for providing tips on how to plant and water them. Wishing you the best!

    • Hi – thank you for your insightful comments on my article. Having succulents as a centrepiece is always a talking point with my guests. All the best, Diane.

  2. Hi, I read your article very carefully. I am very enjoyed to read your writing. Because this article is very important for people like me. Because succulents are a hobby subject. I also plant them and get many more new ideas from you. Thank you so much for writing the article.

    • Hi – thank you for reading my article and leaving comments. I hope you now have a clearer idea as to how to look after your succulent plants. All the best, Diane.

  3. This is such good information. I always find a way to ruin my plant projects but after reading this article I think I will try again. I love plants but can’t seem to get it right. But the information you provided here is valuable and I see now several areas that I can improve on. Thanks for the specifics of the entire process. I can try to bring some natural life to my home again. Keep up the good work.

    Coach Zia

    • Hi Coach Zia – I appreciate you leaving comments after reading my article. Hopefully, you can now look after the plants in your home with more success. All the best, Diane.

  4. Hello, 

    I have never been a plant enthusiast, but maybe I should change that after reading this. It’s very useful all the information you provided and the step-by-step guide made it look easier than what I thought it would be. 

    And all the details you gave are really important, especially for beginners, just like me, who don’t know what is required for the maintenance and such things.

    Thank you so much for this article.



    • Hi Mariana – thank you for reading my article and leaving comments. I hope I have changed your mind, and you now become a plant enthusiast. All the best, Diane.

  5. I was actually under the opinion that cacti didn’t mind water on them, but I  see that you recommend rather to specifically water on the compost so as not to cause them harm.  I  didn’t know that before. Thank you for bringing so many good points to our attention.
    Your recommendation to put several different cacti in a pot is a novel and attractive eye-catching idea, this would make a great improvement to those beholding it.
    Much appreciate the effort you went to provide useful ideas for us.

    • Hi – thank you for reading my article and leaving comments. I am pleased you found my suggestions useful. All the best, Diane.

  6. hello, it is a great and nice feeling to know that someone will create a great website like this and also create a write up on an article like this. the beauty that some succulents give to the house can be amazing and some of them have a good fragrance. I am happy I read this article. it is really helpful. thank you very much.

  7. First of all, thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us. I was not keen on planting plants inside my house. But after learning about Succulent in your article I became very interested. I enjoyed reading your article and personally I like Sempervivum very much. And I think it’s a wonderful way to get my table sorted. And I will definitely try it out and make my table very attractive. And as an assistant, your article has given me all the tips from the planting point of care, and I am very pleased. 

    Lastly, I hope your other friends will learn a lot by reading your article and their new section will surely share with you. May I share your article on my social media?

    • Hi – thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment. I am pleased you enjoyed my article and I hope you have success in creating a succulent centrepiece. All the best, Diane

  8. Bringing nature close to our living environment makes us healthy and balanced. I always enjoy and appreciate their beauty of succulents, which is in their arrangement displaying their distinctive color, shapes like you mentioned.
    For me, I always love the green purslane and mezzo trailing red for their fast growth and lovely form of a mat.

    • Hi – thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment. I am pleased you appreciate the beauty of succulents. All the best, Diane

  9. Hey, I enjoy a lot while reading on the Succulent Centrepiece. I find it is very useful for everyone. While reading I know that  Succulents have naturally geometric shapes that lend themselves so well to being displayed in a configuration with a repeating pattern. Simply, place them in beautiful pots and indeed your centre table will look attractive. As well, thank you for providing tips on how to plant and water them.

  10. I truly need to initially value your exertion in assembling this incredible site and composing this article. Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article about  Succulent. I have some Succulent plants in my balcony. After reading your article, I never think that these plants can be a nice centerpiece on the table. I like this idea. It’s valuable all the tips you gave and the step-by-step guide made it look easier. I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Thanks

    • Hi – thank you for taking the time to visit my site and leave a comment. I am pleased you enjoyed my step by step guide, I am glad you found it informative. All the best, Diane


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