I figured it was time for another “Where Are They Now” post. You may remember that last year I made some outdoor shelves. Then, I turned one of those shelves into a vertical wall planter for some hens and chicks. It started off pretty slowly. Okay, really slowly. When this puppy first started. I just had a few little baby chicks from my brother’s driveway.

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

Anyway, during this last year I added a few more plants to fill things out. By the fall, it was getting slightly fuller. I left the planter hanging in that very spot all winter. Hens and chicks, unlike most succulents, can survive very cold weather. Still, I was a bit nervous about whether these would actually come back.

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

Well, I have good news. Not only did they come back, but they are thriving.

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

And I mean thriving, They are unbelievably-ginormous-growing-out-of-the-planter thriving. Seriously, who would have thought!?

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

I did give them a couple good doses of Miracle-Gro Plant Food this year. I also tucked in a little more dirt. Other than that, I’ve really done nothing to it. That’s my kind of gardening.

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I was even more thrilled to see that one of these guys was flowering. I didn’t know they did that!

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

All in all, I’m super pleased with this project. Since I still have people asking me about it, I figured a little update was necessary.

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

Some related posts: You can see how I built the outdoor shelves here; How I built the vertical planter; How I water it; And a little update on how it looked this past spring.

Hens and Chicks Wall Planter via Inspired by Charm

In other news, apparently I decided this would be my succulent porch. In addition to my colorful potted succulents, I just received this succulent wreath that I ordered from this Etsy shop. Isn’t it cute!? Understandably, it’s a little flat and beat up from shipping, but I think it’s perfect for the space.

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I’ve been struggling with what to hang on my front and back doors. I’ve just not been impressed with most wreath options these days so I was glad to find this happy addition to my back door. Now, I just need to tackle the front one. Any suggestions?

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That’s it for my update on the planter and my new wreath! Has anyone made a similar vertical planter? I’d love to see it!

Comments

  • Brandi at

    So impressive! Seriously Michael, I’m convinced you have the Midas touch! In my eyes, you can do no wrong!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww, you are so sweet Brandi. Thanks a million!

      xo Michael

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle at

    I have loved this from the very beginning, and seeing it all filled out? Totally jealous!!! I wonder how those plants would handle our Arizona heat. That is just the coolest thing ever, Michael. Well done!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Looks like you’ll have to make one! Yeah – hens and chicks may not be the best choice for your temps, but I’m sure you’d have a plant that would work. Maybe succulents??

      xo Michael

  • Colette at

    I. am. in. LOVE. You have completely inspired me to give this a try! I am amazed at how quickly the plants filled out; they look awesome! Great job Michael!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out!

      xo Michael

  • karla at

    Those are the biggest hens I’ve ever seen! Thanks for the update. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now and have wondered how it held up.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know, right!? It held up beautifully!

      xo Michael

  • patti barber at

    What a great idea it looks so healthy! and I love your wreath, it looks amazing.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Patti!

      xo Michael

  • Sandy at

    I love this! I showed my husband in hopes he will make me a planter like yours. I also pinned this.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hopefully he does! It’s a pretty simple build. Good luck!

      xo Michael

  • F Joe Bonadio at

    I delighted with every detail that your project. I’m in love with succulents and was quite charming this little space.
    Joe 😉

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Joe!!

      xo Michael

  • Debi at

    Love it… unusual and beautiful!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Debi!

      xo Michael

  • Claire @ A LittleCLAIREification at

    Wha?? I cannot believe how the vertical planter came back after Winter and flourished like that… Gorgeous. I live in Florida and {while we can swim and jump on trampolines and dance on patio tables all year round} 😉 I don’t think we could pull that off!! Love.
    Pinning now and adding to my buffer to share tomorrow!!
    XO

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know, right! I can’t either. It’s amazing. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Country Charisma at

    Your hens have been busy laying! What a neat combination of sizes and display. Love this! Will you be able to keep you wreathe over winter too?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha! That’s one way to put it. Hopefully, but the wreath will have to come inside during the winter.

      xo Michael

  • Maureen at

    I have to admit I am not really a fan of chicks and hens, but you make this look like art! I might just have to change my tune and try this myself. Well done!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Maureen, to be honest, I never really was either. Now, I think they are gorgeous and totally unique. Plus, they even flower! Who knew!?

      xo Michael

  • Alison at

    Love this! looks fab. I love your mailbox too. Is there some more info on this?
    thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Alison! My mailbox has been mentioned in posts, but I’m not sure where. Haha. It’s a vintage find. I painted the word ‘mail’ on it with craft paint.

      xo Michael

  • Ashleigh Pinkerton at

    Those are the most impressive succulents I’ve ever seen! I actually found some cute little succulents at the thrift store the other day – 4 for $0.25! They are super tiny, but I can always dream that they will be super awesome some day, right? 🙂

    PS: I was NOT expecting to find succulents at the thrift store – so random! But I’m not complaining!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Succulents at a Thrift Store!? That’s awesome! Congrats!

      xo Michael

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha! Or 5!! Thanks D!

      xo Michael

  • Rachel at

    I made a vertical succulent frame about 2 weeks ago. I was worried that it isn’t full enough. Hopefully mine will fill out the way yours did! Thanks for sharing the updated picture!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – it totally should! Just give it some time.

      xo Michael

  • Carrie at

    I’m picking up my Hens and Chicks tonight ! Where can I find plans for the planter so that my husband can start building ?!?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Carrie – everything is linked up in the post above, how to build the shelves, the planter and how to water.

      Good luck!

      xo Michael

  • Terry at

    Michael where did you “winter” the box of Hens n Chicks? Here in GA some leave theirs outside but I didn’t have good luck with that and I now winter mine indoors.
    Also, does the box ever get direct sun?….if so for how long? Hate to bombard you with the questions but I’d love to try this and it’t not like this is a pot that you can move all around to find the perfect spot!
    Thanks!!!♥

  • Terry at

    Oops! Reread your post and you already addressed the “wintering” part!!!…sorry! ♥

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha – No problem.

      It get’s the morning sun. I’d say only about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight.

      xo Michael

  • Cody at

    I want to try this, but what do you use for the build. I have chicks and hens that my grandma gave to my mom and they double every year so i can get plenty. Can you make a tutorial or do you already have one?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      There is a tutorial already. Check out the post above for all the necessary links! 🙂 Good luck!

      xo Michael

  • GoodLooknOut at

    Wow! Stunning…. I just got into succulents and I’m ALL IN! I love them so much 🙂

  • Sue at

    AAhhh! Succulent love! I can never get enough of these. They don’t grow as big up here in Washington as they do in San Clemente (Where your wreath came from and where I vacation every year) but I plant them all the same. Large or small, they are beautiful! I totally love your vertical garden! I tried to make one last year from an old pallet, but I didn’t do it right, so it’s still horizontal. Oh well, next time!
    Sue

  • tam at

    Super cute wreath!! Etsy finds are amazing. Love the update, saw a pin on pinterest and immediately knew it was the Inspired by Charm baby chicks n hens project I read about so long ago. I’ve been wondering how they did, and here they are like the super heroes of chicks n hens. Jealous, grasshoppers are making a tattered mess of every plant I put out, gonna have to move my succulents out there just for some green. Thanks for the inspiration and the update. : )

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Grasshoppers!? Oh no! Is there something you can put on your plants to protect them? Good luck. Thanks for the love!

      xo Michael

  • Tara Ziegmont at

    OH MY WORD! I was not expecting THAT when I came looking for the update on your original planter. I thought my hens and chicks went crazy (and they do multiply like crazy), but they’ve never grown like that. I guess I need to break out the Miracle Grow.

    You’ve probably figured this out by now, but when these guys flower, they die. There’s nothing you can do to stop them from flowering; it’s their last hurrah before they rot away. As you well know, new ones will fill in the empty spot.

  • Nancy Hastings at

    Wondering about these on the E/NE facing back wall of my house in Eastern NC where they would get full sun all day until the house provided its own shade. Would it be too hot for hens and chickens? Portulaca did fairly well last summer in a hanging planter on that house wall. Also wondering if you have a description somewhere about how you did the sectioned glass item in your photo.

    Thanks,
    I enjoyed your site.

  • Ralph at

    I like this. I also like colorful ceramic pots. Where did you get them?

  • Robin All Things Heart and Home at

    Oh my goodness!!! I never comment but I had to this time! That vertical garden is amazing!!! I’m so excited about it 🙂 I’ve seen a hundred but none look like yours…just amazing.
    Wonderful porch…xoox

  • Renie at

    I loved this so much I finally made one myself (kinda a lie…my husband made it for me!!!). I love it..not quite finished as I am waiting for the succulents but it turned out great. Thanks for the inspiration. I got a cool cover for the top with some iron work and put that over the top of it all. It looks amazing.

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