Container Recipe from Baylor Chapman: Aloe Recipe 2: With Company

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We are excited to welcome Baylor Chapman of Lila B. Design to Succulent Extravaganza this year! She'll be giving a tour and a talk and will sign copies of her new book! 

To get you going in advance of the event, we have a recipe to share with you!

Aloe Recipe 2: With Company

Excerpted from The Plant Recipe Book by Baylor Chapman (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014.
Photographs by Paige Green.


One 4-inch aloe hybrid (Aloe ‘Pink Blush’, A. ‘Peppermint’, and A. ‘Bright Star’ are good choices)

1 lichen-covered stick, about 20 inches long and 1 to 2 inches in diameter

Two 4-inch burro’s tails or sedum burritos (Sedum morganianum or S. ‘Burrito’)

Two 4-inch cathedral windows (Haworthia cymbiformis)

Four 4-inch zebra plants (Haworthia fasciata)


Container and Materials

Copper bowl, 24 inches in diameter

1 cup of small lava rock

10 to 12 cups of cactus mix

2 cups of decorative gravel


  1. Pour a thin layer of lava rock into the bowl, whose scalloped edges will play off the sharp, pointy leaves of the aloe and zebra plants. Add cactus mix to fill the vase about two-thirds full, and create a slight mound in the center. Unpot and replant the aloe to one side of the bowl.


  1. Divide the bowl in half with the lichen-covered stick. Unpot and replant the burro’s tails so that they drape over the stick. Then unpot and replant the cathedral windows so that they sit snug against the stick and at a slight angle, as if they were growing from just under it.


  1. Unpot and replant the zebra plants so that they also appear to be growing from under the lichen-covered stick. Then, using a spoon, cover the soil with a layer of decorative gravel. Let the soil dry out completely before watering about once a week. This arrangement will last about a year.

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