Forage Your Plants
First things first, get some succulents and cacti — not only are they indigenous to L.A., but they are also much harder to kill than your average houseplant. You can buy 'em at any plant shop, but you could actually just scope them out around town, too. “Succulents and cacti are everywhere in Los Angeles, and easy to forage,” Waterhouse told us. “Take a walk and look for succulents that seem to be full and happy. Look at the plant and break a piece of it off at the joint. You want to take this piece from a spot where no one will miss it.”
Gather the Rest of Your Supplies
Get that Green Thumb Going
Once you are home with all your supplies, you can start planting. Take one of your planters and layer a half an inch of charcoal at the bottom. Then, add an inch of the rocks and finally cover with soil. As you plant your succulents, try to think of the way they visually complement each other. “When you plant it, make sure your succulent looks safe, but not too comfortable and coddled,” says Waterhouse. “The soil should be fairly loose, to allow for adequate drainage, but not so loose that the plant will fall over if someone touches it.”
If all of this seems far too basic for your expert DIY hands, then you can take it to the next level by creating your own planters from recycled wine bottles. Head to Eagle Rock’s Stained Glass Supplies and pick up an Ephrem's Bottle Cutter, and ask a few friends to hold on to bottles from their dinner parties. "Line up the bottle and rotate it evenly scoring (that means scratching the glass with your cutter) the outside of the bottle,” instructs Waterhouse.