Monday, July 15, 2013

My Terrific Succulent Troughs

So you know how I have been bugging my husband to rip up the grass.  Don't get excited, he hasn't said yes yet but I think he is bending a bit.  LOL  Keep working on him!  So every area that I can find to plant my succulents is being made into a planter.  I did have a challenge on my hands with the one behind my house.

Project before

This photo was taken before we painted the house.  You can see it is stucco and the planting area is very long and narrow.  I wanted to build up a planter but you can't put wet dirt against a house!  What to do????  So I put this question to my Facebook friends.  And a wonderful gal Christina from The Garden Coach suggested horse troughs!  At first I thought WHAT?  Then she show'd me a photo of hers planted with glorious plants and I was sold!

Before and house not painted yet

First thing I had to do was get the area ready for the metal troughs.  I dug up all the weeds and yucky plants.  There was mostly mint, an old azalea and the geranium you can see.  I went to a local feed and tack store and found 2 3X2X6' new horse troughs and brought them home in my old van.  I even bought a 4' one and kept it for tomato plants.

Lots of dry stall and dirt

We painted the house first then added large pavers on top of the dirt for added support.  We then put our water toughs (holes drilled in bottom) in place and started filling them up with soil and dry stall.  This was a lot of work.  But I really wanted good drainage.

Aeonium decorum 'Cyclops'

Once we had the troughs full I started adding plants.  Since I had been to Succulent Gardens recently I had a whole bunch of great succulents to add.  I also added some cuttings from different plants around my garden and believe it or not I added some companion plants!  WHAT, did she say that right?  Something other than succulents?  Yes indeedy.  It's an experiment.

Since the troughs are on the North side of the house I get some shade here but also some sun.  So I had a lot of options!  I wanted a lot of Aeoniums in the back so this is one I added.  It's called  Aeonium decorum 'Cyclops'.

Terrific Troughs 2

Here are just some of the companion plants I added.  The large photo on the left is Kangaroo Paw plant.  On the right at top is Spotted Dead Nettle, Starburst Dianthus, Geranium and Trailing lantana.  The Dianthus and Dead Nettle don't seem to like the heat very much.

Senecio Kleiniiformis

I put in this large Senecio Kleiniiformis that has just finished putting out tons of flowers!

Echeveria 'Princess Blue'

Echeveria 'Princess Blue'

Echeveria Gibbiflora hybrid

You can see the Princess Blue to the left in this photo.  The Echeveria gibbiflora hybrid wants to take over.  Don't you love the caruncles on this beauty!  You can see behind it a couple different Aeoniums I have planted.


I love the variations in color and repeating shapes in this shot.

Aeonium 'unnamed'

I don't know the name of this Aeonium but I so love the color.  See out it gets so green in the center.

Echeveria Gibbiflora hybrid

This hybrid looks violet doesn't it.  Another beauty from Succulent Gardens.  The lantana is growing in and around the succulents now and looks really cool!


I received this cool plant from a couple of friends on Facebook.  I planted them together and they have taken off.  I love the spots.
Ok so I have teased you enough.  Here are the troughs.

Finished horse troughs

This photo and the following two were taken a few weeks ago so things have changed and filled in even more now!

Do you see Scout

Scout l;likes to have her photo taken!  LOL

Trough under window (right)

This is the trough on the right hand side under our kitchen window.

Trough on left

And this is the succulent trough on the left hand side.  I can't wait to see things grow in here.  Since Aeoniums are winter growers these will really start taking off in the fall!

Thank you Christina for this great idea!  And remember everyone:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Jeanne Eige said...

Love, love these horse troughs Candy!!! <3

Julie said...

Oh, Candy, these looks fantastic! What a fantastic idea!!! I love having the raised heights too! They look so pretty filled in with all your gorgeous plants! Best of luck with all of them, but I know you won't need that luck, cause everything you touch does just so well, girl!!! Fabulous!!!
xoxo- Julie

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thank you so much you guys! What a super duper idea wasn't it! And I don't have to bend over far to garden!

Jess said...

These are so gorgeous! What a fantastic idea.

Stephanie said...

Hard work pays off! Cool wall colours and very pretty succulents. Candice. Btw I think the higher planter let you enjoy the beauty of the succulents better (closer to eye level) correct?
You have a great day!

Spiky Obsession said...

Those look great well done. The Aeonium decorum 'Cyclops' if it is the same as the UK forms get really big, a friends has grown close to 5feet tall!

Mara Paz said...

Those troughs look beautifu!. I am falling in love with succulents but only have a few. I must get more because it's very hot and dry here, too.

Gardening Succs said...

Nice! Those look absolutely terrific, Candy! What fun it must have been to plant them. :)

Claude said...

Horse troughs are wonderful planters, Ive sen several over the years, and h your s look great.

Jane said...

What is the dry stall that you used? I use cacti soil with equal parts pumice stone.

gwenniesgarden said...

They look absolutely stunning ! and so does your new yellow wall !

Sheila Zanella said...

Amazing work Candice!! Absolutely beautiful!! Your succulents are the best!! Every corner of your garden looks like a picture.

Love your garden!!


Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thank you so much Sheila! You are so sweet!


Emilee said...

Oh I'm so jealous of your garden. I can't leave my babies out in the winter or I would do the same thing as you. Are these troughs very expensive? I could use them for veggies in my yard.
Absolutely stunning!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks Emilee! I have to cover my succulents in the ground with frost cloth when it will freeze and rest go in the garage or my gazebo turned into a greenhouse. It all depends on the size of trough you get. I think the large ones cost about $150 or $175. Not bad!