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Succulent Container Gardens Giveaway

by Tom Fischer, Editor-in-Chief on May 3, 2010

in Gardening

How do you feel about succulents? How about succulent container gardens? How about Succulent Container Gardens?

Aha! A fan, you say? Well, in honor of Debra’s new podcast, we’re hosting a month-long book and gift certificate giveaway!

Here are The Rules:

1) Create a succulent garden in a pot. Go wild! Use wacky succulent combinations; plant succulents in strange containers (Crocs, anyone?); make a Star Wars montage with succulents — anything, really. And if you need extra help, Debra will talk succulents and design  on our podcast every Monday in May.

2) Take a picture of your masterpiece, and post it online. Send us the link in the comments. You may submit no more than two succulent arrangements. (Or rather, you can submit as many as you like, but only two will be eligible for the competition.)

3) Comments will close May 31st, and shortly thereafter Debra herself will serve as judge, and select a winner from all the entries posted in the comments. The winner will get signed copies of both Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, plus a $25 gift certificate to a local nursery.

4) Sorry, we can only ship to Canada and the US. But feel free to submit a picture anyway, for bragging rights!

5) Not sure how to create a succulent container garden? Here is Debra’s “How To” video for some inspiration.

Have fun!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kerry May 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I’m a huge fan of Debra Lee Baldwin’s. Her books are beautiful and beautifully written. Succulent Container Gardens is truly inspirational. Couldn’t tell from the ruls if it is it kosher to post two?
Succulents in a, Mary Martha Collin’s Vessel
Succulents on the Halfshell

2 Chani West-Foyle, Marketing Associate May 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Hi Kerry,

I love the succulents in a half shell.

I’m going to say that two is fine, and I’ll modify the rules.


3 Michelle Derviss May 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

We call this succulent planter “Carmen Miranda’s grandson”
Link to photo via Picasa Photo Album:

Another photo of him for scale and his placement. He is about 34 inches tall

One of my “Pot Heads”. I have about 6 of them, all of them are planted with succulents.

If you’d like to see more of these Pot Heads with succulents or the rest of the garden, feel free to visit my photo album

4 vanessa - everything gardens May 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

what a great challenge! we’re succulent crazy… can’t get enough. here are a few of our favorites!

a client of mine wanted a dramatic piece in her little courtyard so i suggested a 3 tier fountain. we planted it with strings of pearl over the side for a water reference.


and a second relatively simple one which i just love how it filled in. i am happy and peaceful every time i look at this:


5 Jennie May 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm
6 Tina May 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

Mine doesn’t even come close to being as nifty as the ones already posted, but I love my shoe!

7 max May 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm

a silly planting, but I get points for awesome plants right?

8 Chani West-Foyle, Marketing Associate May 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

Thanks for all the great entries, everyone! Keep ‘em coming!

9 robert bornstein May 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Great photos everyone, they are so beautiful. I love my succulents also and have a small collection, The florida snails, weeds, and drought have taken their toll, so I will have to baby them a bit before they have a photo shoot. An extreme makeover is needed!

10 Kelly May 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Great contest! I used to always plant one succulent per container, but after seeing how Debra Lee Baldwin does it, I am starting to add more variety to my pots! Here’s a link to a post about my front porch deer-proof succulent container: http://myimaginarygarden.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/deer-neighbors/

11 Teresa May 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Really beautiful designs here. I too love succulents and seeing all of these is very inspiring. I have one to show but I did not make it, just saw it in someone’s yard. I repeat..I didn not make this. It made me laugh to see the way they can grow. I am not entering the contest by any means but I thought you all might get a kick out of it. Even succulents can look silly! Can’t wait to see the winner. good luck to you all. This is a last year’s post on my blog……http://blog.gardenshoesonline.com/index.php/interesting-garden-planter/

12 Kathy J, Washington Gardener Mag May 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

I had fun making my two entries. Dug through my Barbie collections to find just the right pieces. See my entries at:

13 Jeanette Cisney May 26, 2010 at 6:01 am

Oh Joy- Succulents be still my heart. The podcasts have been great and easy to listen to for some mid-day inspiration for succulents…My entries sit on an old wooden bench adorned by hypertufas of many cute succulents.

14 Tami Joplin May 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm
15 Sandi May 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

It is still early in the season here:

16 Jane Auerbach May 31, 2010 at 12:38 am

One’s a former fountain that kept running dry, so now it’s a wall-mounted xeriscape with trailing plants to suggest flowing water: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nowhereonearth/4654952183

The other contrasts a rough gray container with bountiful color: blooming Kalanchoe pumila, variegated Aeonium decorum and Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy-turvy': http://www.flickr.com/photos/nowhereonearth/4655570064/

17 Christina Salwitz May 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm

My entry is a container that I planted up in the beginning of April at the little nursery I work at. I took a picture of it and it’s one of many containers on my blog this month. The Slide that it’s attached to is obviously NOT a Succulent entry. :-)

18 Chani West-Foyle, Marketing Associate June 1, 2010 at 8:18 am

It has been fun to look at all the entries! Debra will step in to pick a winner soon, and we’ll notify that person and post the results here. Thanks for playing!

19 Hewey September 21, 2010 at 2:27 am
20 Drew August 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

^ I want to know too! Please respond and let us know who the winner is!!!!

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