Growing up, my mom always planted her own pots. In fact, she even started all her geraniums from cuttings – I have to give her kudos for this! For many, this seems odd because nowadays you simply can go to a big box store and find numerous planters all potted up and ready to go. As with just about everything else in my life (ha!), I have a need to be more original. But I also happen to love to save agave and succulents to use as showpieces around The Farm. It’s like I’m almost a glutton for work! While it takes some work to keep these agave over winter I think it’s definitely worth it. Personally, I strive for eye-catching textures interspersed with a few annuals for added interest. Planters you pot yourself don’t always have instant satisfaction, but long-term, they are worth it. When everyone’s else’s planters are spent and over, yours will still be lush and beautiful! I hope this inspires you to plant your own!