Newsletter Sign-up


Lovely Sponsors

Currently Obsessed


Lovely Press


From time to time Creature Comforts may include affiliate links to products featured in their posts and/or affiliate banner ads. However posts and featured products seen on Creature Comforts are never controlled or selected by advertisers or affiliates. Featured items are products that we personally like, and would share regardless of affiliate partnerships. If you choose to purchase an item that has been featured from an affiliate link or ad banner, we may receive a small commission on that sale.

Privacy Policy
Hosted by


Creating a Mini Succulent Planter Oasis

O·a·sis  | /ōˈāsis/ | Noun

1. A fertile spot in a desert where water is found.
2. A pleasant or peaceful area or period in the midst of a difficult, troubled, or hectic place or situation.

With our moving truck still missing (I haven't heard from them once since they hauled my stuff away 3 weeks ago) it has become increasingly challenging to remain calm and keep focused on the positive. And it probably goes without saying, but finding entertainment inside an empty house is getting a little hard to come by as well. Fortunately the weather has been gorgeous here...perfect gardening weather!

So while my gardening skills are pretty much maxed-out with silk plants and pre-cut blooms from the grocery store, I decided to give succulents (real plants!) a try. Rumor has it they are pretty difficult to do away with. After watching a handful of YouTube videos on how to plant succulents and feeling only marginally more prepared, my daughter and I trekked off to the local hardware / nursery store and dove right in.

Time to create a mini oasis! Back home I poured my special cactus mix soil (supposedly good for succulents...but we'll see) into the large pot I'd picked out and started arranging the plants in the soil. I didn't really have a rhyme or reason for where each plant ended up...I just wanted there to be nice contrast and a bit of a wild feel about the finished look.

The thing is, that even though I have been a horrid gardener up to this point in my life, I have always had a deep affinity for succulents. They will forever remind me of childhood visits with my grandparents here in California. As a kid who lived neck-deep in snow most of the year in Minnesota and Montana, stepping off the airplane and into a place warm with sun and brimming with plants and flowers was something more than just a little bit magical to me.

So now that I have my very own little spot of planted magic, I'm going to be keeping a watchful eye on it...and will hopefully have nothing but good news to report about it's progress as the year goes on. Maybe one day soon I'll even have a chair (what a novel idea) to prop beside it where I can watch the sun set in our neighborhood. How beautiful would that be?!

By the way, I'm by no means a plant expert. But after sharing a photo of my little succulent plantings over on Instagram a request for plant identification came in. So since most of the pots that my plants came in were not labeled, I made a trip back to the store and wrote down all the names that I could find to share with you here today (hence all the succulent identification above). If you notice that I got anything wrong, please feel free to send the correct details my way! I hope they will come in handy for you if you decide to create your own little succulent oasis someday soon. xo Ez

P.S. For those of you turns out that we legally have to give the moving company 21 "business days" (not 21 actual days) to return our things to us. This is why you haven't yet seen me calling these horrid people out all over social media. When the time comes I promise to tell you know exactly who they are so that you can keep yourself and everyone you care about as far away from them as humanly possible!

Reader Comments (32)

WOW! Such a beautiful little garden :) And the photos are amazing! :)

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Drawingdream

I'm loving succulents right now (but then again, who isn't?)! I've been holding off on piling up on them yet though because I'm waiting to get a discount first. But I have a few places in mind for them and a few ideas for arrangements. I love that you I.D.'ed all the photos :)

Oh, and WTF with the moving company? They just, like, ran off with your stuff? What kind of stuff? What's going on???
And where did the 21 days come from? The company, or a lawyer?
Best of luck with that, truly!!

♥ Ashley

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Lovely!!! All of them. The last one seems like a Kalanchoe, Tormentosa maybe? :)

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarina

I love this post!!! I've been thinking of getting a little succulent for my city apartment, and seeing all of your beauties is really inspiring :)

I've been on pins and needles for you and your daughter, hoping against hope that your belongings are just taking a road-trip of their own! Sending you so many good vibes and happy thoughts. I cannot even imagine what you are going through.... (I feel really silly writing this, since we've never met, but I love reading your blog (it's one of my favorites!) and I figure you can't ever have too many happy thoughts going your way....)

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmmy

EZ that's an awesome little succulent container garden! I am sitting here w/ my ire raised that someone would do this to you and your daughter after the stress of moving. I hope the time does not come for you to "out" them online. Instead, I hope you get your belongings and can get on with your new life. Sending positive thoughts your way.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

EZ, lovely garden. So serene and beautiful. I am completely obsessed with succulents. The echeveria elegans are my fav. so easy to grow. Can't wait for Summer!

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAraya@windandwillowhome

You are handling this situation much more gracefully than I probably would. It is really unbelieveable! My heart goes out to you and your daughter. I've been praying that they show up quickly with each and every one of your belongings.

The succulent garden is so beautiful. I love that you are able to still looking for beauty even in the midst of such a mess.

And on another note, when I saw the class you're taking I eagerly joined too. I haven't put my idea on yet though. Thanks for sharing this fun opportunity. I've been wanting to grow my new digital illustration skills.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn

Beautiful! You would never know this was your first time making a pot of succulents. Are you keeping them outside? or Inside?

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

oh ez, what a lovely idea! i'm moving, too, and the thought of losing my beloved succulent (my longest-lived plant!) is just much so, i might not be able to part with him (yep, it's a him). maybe i'll make him a home with some friends? :)

also, i am crossing all possible-to-cross body parts for you that the truck comes through, unscathed, with your wonderful belongings. what a horrible ordeal to have to go through!! <3

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterindreams

I can't believe you don't have your belongings yet! That is just horrid. I think the mystery plant may be echeveria harmsii

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobbi

This is beautiful! I'm such a huge succulent fan because they are so easy to care for! I went to college for horticulture so if you ever need help with plant ID, i'm here! :)

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily @ Peck Life

OH YAY!!! you posted it... and you even took a trip back to the store. It turned out amazing. I would never have guessed you were a novice. the arrangement is beautiful-- the textures, colours, EVERYTHING!
Can't wait to try it... I killed a jade plant once, so hopefully this one ends with a better result.

Thanks again :)

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Love this planter and what it represents. I see it as creativity coming into existence as a pleasant means to allow for your moving situation to be as it is (for the moment). Incredible courage and patience!

Keep watch on the Hen and Chicks and the Sedum Hispanicum. They are quick ground cover and may try to choke out your other plants. Good news is they tolerate dividing and repotting quite well, so you will have many new starts for more pots. Lovely, by the way.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob Fannin

It turned out really gorgeous, Ez. Great combination of colors and textures. Thank you for labeling the plants as well. How big is the planter? It seems rather large.

Re. moving truck: it's unspeakable that it hasn't showed up yet! I can't believe they even call themselves moving company. Hopefully it arrives any day now. Hang in there!

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYelena

Oh no, I've been waiting to hear good news about the moving truck! I hope you get your belongings back and don't need to stress anymore. It's amazing how you can spread such beauty and serenity even in the most stressful situation!

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJutta

How gorgeous! Love how it turned out. I've been looking a lot into succulents too as my new appartment doese have a balcony for outdoor plants. Love that you can keep them inside and not worry too much about them! You made such a beautiful selection, thanks for sharing!
Ps. sending lots of positive vibes your way, I hope your truck comes soon, can't believe that it has still not arrived how horrible and unprofessional!!!

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTania @ Tdesign

First off, I love succulents and like you, about the only thing I can keep alive. I like to give their little leaves a friendly squeeze too, they're so squidgy :) Regards your moving situation, this sounds like a living hell and I really hope they turn up soon. Thoughts are with you xx

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeanda

Nice poat ! i love it thanks for sharing

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbusiness statistics

Maybe you can have a fundraiser on here/your print shop... My heart goes out to you and yours. I am glad you have the sunshine though, you will get through this! Maybe it's good to clear everything out of your life?

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGia

The mystery plant is Echeveria pulv-Oliver.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Your arrangement is stunning! I'll have to read up on some of these varieties and see how they'd do in the SW Ohio climate!
I have been thinking of you & your daughter and hoping the moving truck shows up soon. I will keep sending good vibes.
Have a lovely weekend!

Oh my word, I'd be so over the top angry if that happened to me moving. I don't have to worry because hubs, as much as he hates snow (which we still have, BTW) we won't move except to a nursing home, drooling on our bibs (a quote) or in pine boxes. No moving trucks involved. We plan to do succulent garden for outdoors in summer, if it comes, and move indoors for the rest of the year. Yours is going on Evernote so it's in my iPhone when we go shopping. Great post, thanks.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

They are absolutely beautiful succulents! I too like planting succulents!

March 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterem

Love this! So pretty!

March 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Wow! I'm loving all of them!

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>
« Orange You Glad It's Friday! | Main | DIY Springtime / Easter Tulip & Egg Centerpiece »
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...