I’ve managed to evade the succulents trend until recently, but they’re slowly starting to pull me in. They’re just so low-maintenance. I’ve begun a small collection. This corner of my front porch just cries out for a small container garden, but the protection from sun and rain is too much for most plants. Happily, these seem to be doing okay so far. On the left I have aloe, which has also been growing happily on my kitchen windowsill for some time so I feel good about it, echeveria (I think?) in the middle, and hens and chicks over to the right. I’m not so sure about the hens and chicks. I think maybe it gets leggy in the shade.
The pots on the ground have been there longer and I’m amazed at how well they’ve held up. Bird’s nest fern and snake plant (sansevieria?) have proven nearly impossible for me to kill! There’s ivy growing in the bed nearby that I’ve trained to come up onto the porch. When we first bought our house the ivy was out of control, but we keep it in check now and I actually kind of like it.
That metal birdcage thing was a gift from my friend Laura and I love the way it looks with the ivy. I’ve got a pot sitting inside it but nothing’s planted there. I need something easy that’s shade and drought tolerant, and preferably a creeper or climber. Any suggestions? It’s so nice to have some plants that aren’t dying on me. I’m trying to get better about watering, too. Maybe I can keep the big ferns by my front door looking nice for a while instead of allowing them to die a slow and painful death before replacing them with new ones.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We got some stuff done around the house and spent time with friends. It was really nice!