Stacked Pot Surprise
This playful stack of cobalt blue pots planted with the succulent string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) was created by a friend of mine, Annie*. The containers sit on top of a ceramic stool in a corner of her garden during the warmer seasons. Amazingly, the glaze on the stool picks up the hues of the blue pots and the green foliage of the succulent plant.
Originally, Annie purchased one senecio growing in a four-inch pot. She divided it, planting the division into three pots filled with good potting soil and extra pumice mixed in for better drainage. Even though the plant has never been fertilized, four years and three winters later, it still looks fresh in the garden.
This senecio is a tender plant in the Northwest, so Annie protects it in an unheated sunroom during winter. While the plant is dormant, water is withheld.
*Annie is not her real name; she prefers to remain anonymous.