These cradle style planters worked out well at the breakfast room windows because the feet sit securely in the window frames and drilling into the stone for standard window boxes was out of the question.
The last two years I tried annuals here but there's not enough room for soil to keep annuals watered. It's no problem for succulents with their small root system and limited water needs. We enjoy seeing these green plants from inside and most of these will eventually bloom as well.
Strawberry jars with their interesting little planting pockets are a favorite of mine. The problem is it's especially difficult in our hot, dry climate to keep many types of plants growing in them. That may be why I find so many at garage sales around here. I picked up these two in April for just $2 each.
This year when I planted strawberry jars, I took inspiration from my friend Ragna and went with succulents all around. Succulents work so much better than annuals and I don't have to worry about the plants drying out. I like mixing varieties of plants, mostly from plant swaps.
A welcoming grouping works at the top of the deck stairs where it's been difficult to keep plants growing. These are planted with Aloe 'Blue Elf', Kalanchoe, and Portulaca. Deer love these so all succulent planters stay on the deck,
I enjoy making my own pots from concrete and hypertufa mixes. Concrete will dry out plants and soil quickly, so succulents are the answer here too.
Three planting problems solved with succulents and I'm still looking for opportunities around here.
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