Succulents are the plants of the moment. Their fascinating shapes and colorful variety combined with their laissez-faire care requirements make them in demand for planters inside and out. In a Bill Cunningham-esque sequence, everywhere I go I have been seeing dish gardens with succulents.
I hope I won’t embarrass my horticultural followers by pretending any horticultural knowledge here but I am guessing that the colorful plants are a moon cactus? These baby owls are hiding out among the succulents, too, in a hand-made hypertufa container.
In Virginia, these hypertufa containers were filled with a handsome variety of succulents. Going out on the botanical limb again to guess that the hippo-mouth-looking-plant is a Pleiospilos nelii, commonly called split rock plant for obvious reasons.
Each pot was different in the selection of plants used along with charming miniatures. The candles, interestingly in groups of threes, began to glow and the gardens became more shadowy and atmospheric.
Outside of Kamilla’s Florist in Millerton NY, an old hollowed tree stump serves as the dish for this assemblage of succulents both planted and potted. The pots and shards serve as colorful accents in the design.
Inside the shop are a number of dish gardens designed to hold a candle as well. This one has the addition of wrapped cane ornaments for textural contrast. Their see-though quality opens up the design.
With plants like Asterias ‘superkabuto’ out there, what have you got to lose? One succulents and cactus site with good pictures is www.cactuslimon.net, but I’ve never used the site for plants. Have fun!