Turn Flea Market Finds into Plant Containers
Easy Birdbath Planter
Worn out garden accents can be upcycled planters to house your favorite plants. Turn an old birdbath into a sweet succulent planter in a few simple steps.
Stepladder Plant Stand
Given thick, sturdy boards laid across its rungs, an old stepladder can become an instant plant stand. This one balances Portulacaria afra (elephant bush) emerging from a whimsical faux-shoe planter, echeverias, a container holding a maidenhair fern, and a ceramic hen bristling with Sedum rupestre 'Lemon Coral'.
Chicken Feeder with Hens
An antique 16-inch-wide colander filled with Senecio, Kalanchoe, Lampranthus, Portulaca, Aeonium, and Crassula ensures the succulents don't get waterlogged. For open-slat containers, such as egg baskets and colanders, utilize a moss mat as a liner. Burlap sacking and window screen can also be used to hold the soil intact.
A slatted metal olive bucket finds another career holding brightly colored 'Stained Glass Copper' coleus. A creative eye and sense of experimentation can turn most castoff items into vessels for plants.
A black coal scuttle makes the flower colors pop with Dorotheanthus 'Mezoo', Arcada Begonia 'Light Pink', Fuchsia 'Mary', and Aquilegia 'Leprechaun Gold'. When looking for containers to host flowering plants, make sure they are at least 7 inches deep and have drainage holes. Drill a few holes if necessary.
Leaky Can Solution
Drilled with some screw holes for hanging, a vintage painting tray becomes a planter for succulents. Only tiny plant plugs will fill its narrow pocket.