Succulents on Ice

Glass mulch can be a pricy indulgence, one I don’t often make. But I was recently given a pound of some icy mulch from Building REsources in San Francisco. Why can’t I always get presents like this? What luxury to plunge one’s hands into a whole sack of this stuff and dress up whatever pot needs a little icing. Rich as Croesus is how I feel.


Icy chips for Senecio medley-woodii and Sedum dasyphyllum var. major.


This Aeonium balsamiferum used to be upright, a tower of leafy rosettes, but then maturity and gravity caused its branches to tumble down (happens to plants too), which exposed bare soil on the surface of the pot.


Today when I passed by the collapsed aeonium pot, I remembered that, for the moment at least, I was flush with glass mulch. This hand-thrown pot, brought back in a suitcase from an English pottery, made the trip back intact, only to get chipped here at home, but the aeonium now happily exploits the flaw and spills through the breach. I ultimately decided to tuck in a couple echeverias I had handy into the soil around its collapsed branches. And then I topped it off with a little glass mulch for good measure.


Just like everything else horticultural, fine glass and stone mulches can be addicting. There’s a new store in town, Exotic Pebbles & Aggregates that I can’t wait to check out.

This entry was posted in succulents and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Succulents on Ice

  1. Julie says:

    Hi. What a beautiful post. Wish I could see more of the stones though…but your sux are really beautiful! I have used the inexpensive glass rocks, but this just takes everything over the top! Will check it out. Wish I could find beach glass like we used to be able to as kids!!!

  2. Matti says:

    Great look. and shout out to Building REsources. Odd enough, still have not made it over there. Seriously, this place looks like this weekend trip. Matti

  3. Melody says:

    Beautiful glass and such a great for succulents! Lucky lucky you:)

  4. Cindy says:

    Gorgeous pots! They’re scrumptious and then you added icing — gotta put such a present on my wish list for the future…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *