Face Pots

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Face pots straddle the line between whimsy and kitsch. I photographed these while working on my last book, Succulent Container Gardens. Two made it into it.  So what do you think? Any of these that you would want in your own garden…or that you particularly like or dislike?

A hippo’s headress is Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’ and graptopetalums.

String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) makes great hair.

As does this ornamental grass. I think the blue echeveria adds a certain something, don’t you?

This face pot has a bonnet of echeverias, sempervivums and sedums…

…as does the rest of the family.

He looks mad, but I love his red haworthia hat.

Her flapjack chapeau is very comme il faut.

This dog (lion?) looks tickled pink to wear a ‘Sunburst’ aeonium.

Have we crossed the line of good taste yet? Wait…

Isn’t this pot head planted with the wrong thing?

Another from the same collection.

And four more, a pair of snails.

If you have a face pot, do check its nose for cobwebs.

Here’s one that made it into the book. She’s wearing an Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ rosette.  Can you guess which other made the cut?

Are there any face pots in your own garden? What do you have growing in them?

My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via , , , , , , and social media ( and ). My books: , and .   

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Debra Lee Baldwin

Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
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