This post explains the steps for creating a DIY Succulent Birdbath Garden.
Who doesn’t love a beautiful flower garden? And there’s something so sweet about a birdbath, right? In this post I’m going to walk through a fun combination of the two. You’ve seen them before, and thought you might like to try it. You’re in luck! This novice gardner is going to complete a DIY Succulent Birdbath Garden Project with you.
You can view a Master’s Garden in a post I wrote several years ago here: Strolling Through a Master Gardner’s Yard.
Supply List for a DIY Succulent Birdbath Garden
- River Rock
- Cactus Palm and Citrus Potting Soil Mix
- Various Succulents
Any size birdbath will work for this project. This concrete birdbath with the scalloped edge was listed on a local marketplace, and was a great size for the space I had in mind.
Steps for Creating Your DIY Succulent Birdbath Garden
- level the birdbath
- place a layer of rock
- pour in potting soil
- create a center mound
- place succulents
- scatter rocks along the exposed top soil
Level the Birdbath
Be sure to level the birdbath first thing. You can place a level across the top to make sure you’re ready to begin.
Place a Layer or Rock
A layer of rock along the bottom of the birdbath will help with drainage. Almost all birdbaths are designed to hold water for the birds. For this decorative garden birdbath, you need a layer of rock to keep the plants from sitting in water after a rain.
Pour In Succulent Potting Soil
I used Miracle Grow Cactus Palm Potting Soil. It’s created with a mix that works great for succulents. I pour the first layer of soil in with care not to disturbe the single layer of drainage rock.
Create a Center Mound
With your hands, create a mound in the center of the birdbath. This will provide a beautiful feature height for your thriller succulent.
Place the Remaining Succulents
You can place several succulents around the focal plant leaving room for growth. Don’t forget to add a few spiller (trailing) succulents around the edge for a beautiful feature.
Scatter Rocks Along the Exposed Topsoil
To help prevent soil loss, you can gently add river rock atop the exposed topsoil. I love the way it finishes the project.
This is such a simple project, and one I couldn’t wait to share. I hope you will give it a try.
DIY Succulent Birdbath Garden
If you can’t get to the gardens here’s sources for shopping online for these items: