Succulents in the Gutter

A few months back I begged Matti to build me gutter gardens, so I could produce mass quantities of strawberries, lettuce and other edibles. As soon as summer (the rain free time here SF) arrived I got sick of watering it, ripped everything out and planted succulents. I could have set up irrigation… we have a line near the gutters, but I had recently ripped apart a couple of containers and had a bunch of homeless succulents laying around.

It’s going to be interesting to see how they all do as the back fence doesn’t get much sun in the winter. I think most everything should be fine.

We picked up the stainless steel gutters for $6 a piece at Home Depot. I prefer the Lowes less than a mile from our house, but they only had vinyl gutters. I probably would have spaced them a little closer together to squeeze one more in if succulents were the original plan and not lettuce.

Matti punched holes in the bottoms every 18 inches or so. We used a succulent mix to aid in good drainage, too. It probably won’t need watering again until spring, but I always check the bottom gutter to make sure it’s dry before watering it all.

Here’s another view with the succulent table and Zoe’s playhouse. I have big plans to transform the playhouse roof in to a succulent driftwood heaven.

Danger Garden commented on my last backyard post that she didn’t see as many succulents as normal, so this post is for you 🙂 We may have a few less than when we lived in Outer Sunset, but we still have tons jammed in all over the place.

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  1. Jerry says:


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  3. Loree says:

    YAY! Good to see you haven’t changed THAT much. The succulent gutters are fabulous. I would love to do something like this on the back of our garage but it’s in a super shady spot so unless I can convince our neighbor to cut down a tree or five (not likely) I’m going to have to plant ours up with something like ferns…which won’t be that bad I guess.

    1. Angel S says:

      You could try shade loving succulents like some Haworthias, Gasteraloes, Sansevieria, Aloe aristata.

    2. You could get deeper, nicer gutters for bigger rooted shade plants like ferns. I’m sure you could find some other cool shade lovers. What about a begonia wall?

  4. Angel S says:

    I don’t think anything will replace the succulent heaven you had in the beach house but all looks good. From time to time I drive by that house in Rivera St? the corner house with all the succulents and driftwood. I don’t live there anymore but sometimes when my Marin commute is a hectic one I just take the scenic route. I stop by my old sunset rental, the driftwood house, Sloat Garden center and then cut through the traffic mess to cross the GG bridge.

    1. I still like to cruise around the sunset to check out all our favorite old gardens, too. The gate for the driveway behind our old sunset house is usually open, so I’ve peeked in a few times over the fence. The old neighbors still remember us. I’ve also noticed quite a few Sea Cliff folks are modernizing their front gardens with cool plants.

  5. Hi! I want to do this . but how did you attach gutters to your fence Matti?

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