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In this easy-to-make display, we've combined Aloe variegata with Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf' and smaller succulents haworthia and kalanchoe. The metal planter creates a contemporary feel, while the horticultural grit looks fresh and stylish, while aiding drainage.
These succulent plants are frost tender, so are perfect for using in an outdoor summer display in a sheltered position, which you can bring indoors in autumn. As the plants grow they will need to be transplanted into larger pots, which you can use to create different succulent displays over the years.
Drill drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, if necessary, and add a few crocks to aid drainage. Mix your compost with horticultural grit, to create the perfect growing medium for succulents.
Fill the container two thirds with your compost mix, then add the aeonium to the back of the container, tucking the smaller plants around it.
Fill in compost around the plants, firm them in, and then top-dress with a thick mulch of horticultural grit.
Water the plants well and allow the container to drain before moving to ts final position.
Keep this container in the sunniest position possible and water sparingly. Move the container undercover in autumn, and don't put it outside again until all risk of frost has past the following year.