A visit to the Sherman Gardens, Corona Del Mar Succulent garden

Visit to Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar, California.  The succulent garden here at Sherman gardens has a great use of succulents in small spaces.   I love how the staff and designers incorporated color and texture with the rocks, glass and succulents.  I am a big believer in mixing product if the plant product will survive the temperature and water requirements. 

How to make a beautiful succulent table top container...

How to make a beautiful succulent table top container.

1st pick out the container.  Make sure the container  has drainage holes.  This is a must.

2nd pick out the type of plants.  Pick colors that you love.  Pick lower growing plants to fill the bottom below the bigger plants.  Sedums are usually great for the fillers.

Pick some smaller and larger succulents to change up the height and texture.

Get a soil mix that is good for container planting.  I always say if you have a chance to smell, touch and feel the soil before you purchase it.  You can tell if its rich in nutrients.  Make sure the soil has some pumice in it to help the water move through the soil.

First pour alittle soil in it stage your plants and fill it up with the rest of the soil.  Your container is finished.  

Enjoy it.  Remember the more sun exposure the more color will pull from your plants. 

Container Designs - 101

Here are some ideas and designs on how you can take the plant material and combine it together to get a dramatic look.  The set up is easy to do and once your plants are set up, there is very little work to maintain it.


Agave Manfreda Bloodspot and Sempervivum Sir William

Agave Manfreda Bloodspot and Sempervivum Sir William

Agave Attenuata Marginata planted along with Campfire

Agave Attenuata Marginata planted along with Campfire



This showcased succulent planter we have picked due to its rich colors.  This will last for many years. And you can make your own too.  Here are the succulents featured in this container:

  • Aeonium Sunburst 
  • Aeoinum Tricolor Kiwi
  • Echeveria Afterglow
  • Echeveria Subrigida
  • Echeveria Glauca
  • Echeveria Topsy Turvy
  • Echeveria Black Knight
  • Echeveria Black Prince
  • Sempervivums

At this site there are four planters on each pillar around an infinity pool which makes for a beautiful scene.



This featured palm is one of our very own Kentia Multi 15 gal. Palm trees.  Encased with a slight hint of color from some Bromeliads.  These two together create a tropical look.  Easy to take care of.  If you want an instant tropical feel, this is how you get it!