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DIY Succulent Garden

Our porch designer, Crystal Nagel, has been sourcing some finishing touches for our porch and sent over some gorgeous clam shell succulent gardens for the counter top under the TV. Like most things she’s sourced, I fell immediately in love with the idea and was so excited. Then, two things popped into my head — 1. I already own a ginormous clam shell…which I was pretty sure was hiding somewhere with a disintegrated poinsettia from Christmas. And 2. I took a succulent arrangement class last year in Dallas during a work trip. I could totally pull this together on my own!!

And so I tracked down my shell, scraped out what was left of the plant and moss and cleaned it up. Then I ran to home depot for all the materials to begin my project. It was super easy to pull together and took me maybe 20 minutes? Here’s how I built my succulent garden…

You Will Need

Clam Shells
Succulent Garden Pots

Step 1

Clean out your container then add a thick layer of rocks, pebbles or stones to help with drainage. 

Step 2

Top the rocks with a layer of soil. Then place your succulents (in their containers) inside your pot until you like how your arrangement looks. Once you’ve decided on placement, remove succulents from containers and dig small holes to plant your succulents in. After your succulents are planted, pack some additional soil around them to secure them in place.

Step 3

Add a layer of decorative rocks on top of the soil, filling in any gaps between the succulents.


Water your succulents once a week by giving the soil a generous soak (if your planter has holes, you should see water draining out the bottom during watering) then let the soil get completely dry before watering again.

Underwatered succulents will have wrinkly, shriveled up leaves. Overwatered succulents will have soft, mushy, almost translucent leaves.

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It’s been a hot minute since I tackled a fun planty project. If you liked this post, you should check out my DIY Bright Summer Pots post.

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Florence Chow

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

It's beautiful. Do you mind sharing the names of the succulents you used in this post? Thanks a lot.

Geri Addamo

Monday 10th of August 2020

Malone's Succulent Greenhouse in north Charlotte. Not a fancy place but AMAZING and so very reasonable. Open 7 days, nicest people.