Far Out Flora

Make Over: Succulent Wagon


The sad before

About a year ago I blogged about the Little Red Wagon of Succulents for the first time. As you can see from the above shot, it’s been needing a makeover for awhile. I don’t always do a lot of pre-planning when I shove plants in things. When I first put this guy together we didn’t have tons of cool succulents to cut from.

Drainage rocks!

When I pulled out all of the plants it was pretty moist. Okay, I’ll be honest it was muddy and nasty. There were some drainage holes from the first installation, but Matti drilled some more. I threw in a layer of gravel to help out with the water flow. It would probably help if we put it in a sunnier spot, but I think of it as more of an experiment with succulents in bright shade.


Here it is looking all bright and shiny. Max is sitting in the shady spot where it normally hangs. I think he approves.

Closer look

Here’s a better view. I tried to plant things that don’t get super tall this time around. If you click on the picture it’ll get bigger. While digging around in another part of the garden I found a clump of Ledebouria socialis (weird spotted bulby looking thing) buried under a fuchsia, and thought it would look cool in the middle. My indoor guy seems to put up with quite a bit of neglect. I’m sure a couple won’t make it, but that’s okay. I have a new favorite garden quote by J.C. Raulston: “If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener.” I love it! We don’t kill a lot of plants, but it’s nice to know that when we do it just means we’re gardening to the extreme.

Permanent parking spot


  1. Love it! I planted succulents in an old rusty wheelbarrow once.

  2. Wow, that is gorgeaous, what a fabulous idea! I want an old Radio Flyer Wagon now…

    I wish it was warm enough here to grow suculents outside, I will have to make do with my little cacti in teacups for now.

  3. radio flyer never knew what was comin’!

  4. You guys are on a roll! Another ultra-cool project – thanks for sharing! (p.s. we’ve got some broken radio flyers at the nursery just waiting for some, um, artistic expression!).

  5. Controlled turning radius prevents wagon from tipping. Indoor Plants

  6. so cute! and you can move it wherever it is happiest!

  7. That is so cute! I might be asking for some help with my theme garden project sooner or later. You always have such clever projects to share!

  8. Thanks for all the sweet comments! We’re going to have to hit up the garage sale circuit soon to find more “containers” to fill with plants.

  9. That turned out awesome. I find making odd things into a planter can be quite fun and a bit addictive.

  10. Looks good and will be interesting to see how it turns out once it fills nice some more, and I love that quote at the end.

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  12. love it, its very sweet

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  15. i think i have your wagon’s twin! so now that you’ve given yours such a nice makeover, mine is ready for it’s debut. must drill more drainage holes and park it where it will show off it’s new look. i’ve never given succulents much notice probably being that i’m in the northeast. but you’ve shown such great ideas with your table and now this wagon. i must give them a chance. thanks!

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