- Potting Succulents
- 11 Clever Succulent Planting Ideas – No Pots Required
- Succulents are great to plant in an atypical container because:
- Succulents planted in rain gutters
- Old wash basin planted with succulents
- Succulents planted on palm debris
- Hanging succulent trained on wire
- Old work boots planted with succulents
- Old candle lantern used as a container
- A fish tank filled with succulents and coral
- Succulents displayed in a vintage bird cage
- A bamboo steamer used as a container
- Kid’s rain boot filled with succulents
- A cute mug used as a succulent planter
- Succulents growing in a toilet
- A glass candle holder planted with succulents
- 1. Colander Flower Planter
- 2. Wire Dress Form
- 3. Violin
- 4. Dresser
- 5. Vintage Bathtub
- 6. Wellington Boots
- 7. Watering Can
- 8. Succulent Bird Cage
- 9. Vintage Toy Truck
- 10. Tin Can Chain
- 11. Kitchen Sink
- 12. Vintage Bicycles
- 13. Typewriter
- 14. Old Style Tin Box
- 15. Patio Chair
- 16. Garden Tools
- 17. Empty Fountain
- 18. Tree Stump
- 19. Wheelbarrow
- 20. Book Planter
- 21. Milk Carton
- 22. Chandelier
- 23. ‘Burst’ Tire
- 24. Picture Frame
- 25. Ice Cream Dishes
- 26. Sea Urchin Shells
- 27. Cinder Blocks
- 28. Dipped Paint Cans
- 29. Tie and Hanger
- 30. Boat
- 31. Garbage Can
- 32. Natural Rocks
- 33. Tea Cups
- 34. Retro Tea Pot
- 35. Upcycled BBQ Grill
- 36. Pallet
- 37. Wine Corks
- 38. Magazine Rack
- 39. Toolbox
- 40. Jean Planters
- Let’s Round up Some Fun Succulent Planters!
- Household Items used as Succulent Planters.
SERIES 18 | Episode 03
Succulents have become extremely popular and fashionable garden plants. That’s because they can thrive on minimum water. Some have true succulent foliage, others, like cacti, develop spikes on the surface, which reduces wind speed and thus water loss. But the great thing about succulents is you can use them in the open garden and also in containers to create wonderful displays to decorate a terrace or patio.
Lyle Fillipe grows and collects cacti and succulents from around the world. While many of his plants are incorporated into the surrounding landscape, he also displays them in a variety of pots and containers.
Lyle says that as a general rule most succulents can be planted in containers. It actually bonsais them and by containing the roots, it shortens the growth.
It’s possible to plant succulents as a mosaic in a shallow but broad container, and they look fantastic, or make an old-fashioned carpet effect with lovely colour swirls.
Echeverias with their very low, flat growth are perfect. Try Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ and ‘Violet Queen’, and plant them so they fill out the pot.
A perfect container for the display is quite shallow but also quite wide, so you get a lot of surface area. The plants don’t need much root depth. Use an ordinary potting mix, but add sand and gravel, so that it gives it much sharper drainage. They don’t want to become waterlogged. Mix the plants to create a pattern – a little like a carpet – so they cover the surface and each of the plant textures relate to the other.
Cram the plants in so they knit together to form a wonderful mosaic. Don’t fertilise them much because they will lose colour. They need to be treated quite mean. A little dressing of slow-release fertiliser is perfect and add some gravel, just to throw the plants into relief. They will spread and knit together and the mosaic will come through. Water them once a week in summer, maybe once a month in winter – they’re not going to use much. And don’t use a wetting agent with the potting mix because they’ll become too wet.
But it’s also possible to grow much larger succulents in containers. For example an Aloe plicatilis – a fan aloe from South Africa which gets its name from the fan arrangement of its leaves, has lovely trunks and makes a beautiful bonsai specimen.
Lyle says you can keep them containerised for a while. “They have roots that regenerate from the base, so they can stay containerised for a long time, not like normal plants.”
The Aloe will be potted up with an Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ – another beautiful succulent, with its cream and gold variegation which is almost like a flower itself. It rarely flowers and is mainly grown for its dramatic foliage. It will work with the silver foliage of a Pachyveria, which has amethyst or pinkie coloured flowers. It’s more of a ground cover and something low to spill over the bowl.
Lyle suggests that when potting up succulents break quite a lot of soil away because they grow with small root systems, so you can take it away without much damage.
The great thing about growing these plants in containers is they have excellent drought tolerance. Who hasn’t forgotten to water a container from time to time – well you can do that with these plants and they survive. They give you wonderful textures and colours and will grow in a container for many years. So they’re the perfect arrangement for low-maintenance gardeners.
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Growing things: it’s not my strong suit.
BUT, I have been getting better over the years, and with a record-breaking number of seven plants in this house still thriving (office, laundry room, kitchen, dining room, AND the living room), my skills with indoor plants are ever-expanding. So, I decided last week to retry keeping succulents alive for May’s small DIY project.
Thinking back on previous succulent casualties, I think my biggest mistake was probably a combination of over-watering and not having great drainage. So this time, I’m using a new trick to help solve both of those issues — and best of all, it’s stupidly simple (my favorite kind of solution).
One of the most annoying things about plants is that they can die. I think they’re gorgeous and absolutely necessary for the home (enough to keep trying even after killing them before), but they… you know… need things to stay alive. And once they die, it’s like burning money to me. So I buy plants that are really cheap, but I also try to buy the correct potting materials. The good news is that both of these things can be easily purchased at a home improvement store or big box chain.
What you need (some links contain affiliates):
- succulents in plastic containers (with holes in the bottom)
- decorative pots
- cactus potting soil
- tiny pebbles or vase filler
I picked up these really cute tea cups at Goodwill a little over a week ago and thought they’d be great for some little plants. I’ve been working on a larger plant project out on the patio (to reveal at a later date), so when some of the smaller plant bits broke apart from larger plants with roots intact, I realized it would be the perfect time to try to pot these little guys. But I wondered: how do I get great drainage if there are no holes? As tiny as these pots were, I wasn’t keen on drilling into the bottom.
The answer hit me when I realized that my success with indoor plants has really changed ever since I was lazy smart enough to keep them in their existing plastic containers and just plop them inside more decorative pots. I originally chose to do this thinking that they’d probably die like all of my previous indoor plants, so why bother repotting them when simply removing & tossing the plastic pot is easier? To my surprise, they all stayed alive, largely in part to the extra space & drainage they get from staying in the plastic pots (most people will tell you to always add pebbles or even packing peanuts to elevate the plastic container from the bottom of the pot, but I’ve still had pretty good success for over a year now without this since I’ve been really careful not to over-water). The best part though is that you can’t even tell which plants are potted and which aren’t unless you look for it!
I never said I was smart about this gardening stuff. I just try until something works.
Anyway, I wanted to take the same concept with these succulents, but the main issue was that these tea cups were tiny. That meant that whenever I tried to use the ol’ plop-the-plastic-container-in-the-pot-and-walk-away method, the plastic stuck too far out of the cup to be hidden.
A pair of scissors changed that pretty fast.
I had some tiny decorative pebbles left over from another project (I bought them at the dollar store, FYI) and put one on the bottom of the cup. I found that just one flat-ish one worked well to elevate the hacked off container just so (even if it was a little wobbly/crooked, the potting soil would stabilize the rest), and used that to allow for some drainage at the bottom. This also eliminated the need for me to have to go out and buy things like sand, activated charcoal, and other drainage materials I didn’t feel like tracking down.
Next, I stuck in the plant and filled in the surrounding area with cactus potting soil. Since succulents are a desert plant, it needs soil that drains really well, and this stuff supposedly does the trick.
Then, just pick a spot that gets plenty of filtered/indirect sunlight (my laundry room window ledge seemed perfect). I’ve read in a few different plant forums that unlike repotting other plants, it’s a good idea to wait about a week after repotting a succulent before watering because it allows the roots time to heal before exposure to excess moisture (they thrive in arid climates, remember?). The cactus soil was a little humid in the bag to begin with, so it’s probably enough until next week.
Time will tell if this works, but I have also bought some succulent plant food that I can distribute with just a pump from the container, so I feel somewhat prepared to take care of my new green pets.
They look awesome at the moment and brighten up the new laundry room shelves, so I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. Got any of your own tips for how I should care for these guys growing forward (plant pun, couldn’t help myself)?
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In an effort to add some more life to my outdoor space recently, I’ve been trying my hand at growing some succulents in containers. I’m pretty lucky that I have a ready supply on hand from my parents’ garden.
My dad is a pretty lazy gardener so years ago he replaced all his high maintenance plants with drought tolerant succulents and cacti, every time I visit them I bring home a bag of cuttings and pups.
Now the only problem is, I have more plants than pots. I’m always on the lookout for interesting containers when I go op-shopping, but lately everyone seems to have the same idea and nice plant pots are hard thrift. As always it’s Instagram to the rescue.
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Turns out the succulent growing community on Instagram is enthusiastic, creative and generous with advice and inspiration. I found some clever succulent planting ideas that use interesting alternatives to the traditional plant pot and I thought I’d share them with you too.
I’ve embedded the Instagram photos of these planting ideas so you can go ahead an follow the grammers profiles right here from the blog.
11 Clever Succulent Planting Ideas – No Pots Required
1. Rock Crystal Geode
Wow so pretty. I don’t have any chunks of amethyst hanging around but you could totally do this if you have. Isabelle Cameron teaches plant workshops in Brisbane.
A photo posted by Isabelle Cameron (@terrariumsbybella) on Mar 23, 2016 at 4:38am PDT
2. Picture Frame
The original vertical garden. This colourful frame was created as a special order for the Good Morning Cactus Etsy store*.
A photo posted by marissa engoy || @missengoy (@goodmorningcactus) on Apr 1, 2016 at 6:01pm PDT
3. Sea Shell
What an adorable spot to nurture little baby succulents. Of course they would grow out of this shell quite quickly, but it’s certainly a much more whimsical succulent nursery than a black plastic pot.
A photo posted by Jen Tao (@jenssuccs) on Mar 30, 2016 at 7:25am PDT
4. Old Tins
I have an old tea tin that would be perfect for this. The advantage of tins is that you can punch holes in the bottom for drainage. Containers without drainage holes can’t live outside as the rain just sits inside and rots the roots.
Take a look at the selection of vintage tins on Etsy*.
A photo posted by Kathy Smith (@justkathyslife) on Jan 3, 2016 at 8:09am PST
This rainbow creation is giving me major succulent envy. I never thought to colour code my plants but it’s certainly on my radar now.
6. Tin Lunch Box
This arrangement has the benefit of being portable. Just pack it up and carry it with you wherever a little plant colour is required. Not really! But it’s a fun idea.
A photo posted by Debra Lee Baldwin (@debralbaldwin) on Apr 1, 2016 at 10:05pm PDT
7. Tea Pot
Tea pots with lost lids make the perfect containers. Without drainage add a good layer of gravel in the base and keep them in a sheltered location with only occasional watering required.
This is definitely the most original use of a typewriter I’ve seen. It’s the hippest of hipster decor tends combined into one adorable offspring.
A photo posted by Aysenaz Karayalcin (@_after_a_while_) on Mar 31, 2016 at 7:18am PDT
I actually made an almost identical plant arrangement today with a wire Easter egg basket that Emma received with her chocolate eggs. I painted it black and lined it with coconut husk fiber. Instead of just planting on top I stuck little plants through the mesh in the sides so eventually the whole basket will be covered with succulents. I’ll share a photo when the plants fill out a bit. This one is perfect for outdoor use as it’s got plenty of drainage.
A photo posted by Charming Succulents (@charmingsucculents) on Mar 29, 2016 at 11:27pm PDT
Such a cute and quirky idea. This would make a terrific gift, who can resist a ladle full of baby succulent love.
A photo posted by Decola Zakka (@decola_zakka) on Mar 23, 2016 at 9:34pm PDT
Antique bird cages are perfect for making hanging succulent planters. Make your own or buy them ready made from WA seller Charming Succulents.
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Bonus Succulent Planting Idea – Propagation Inspiration
If you don’t have a ready supply of free succulents like I do it’s time to get propagating. Lay out the leaves from an existing plant on moist well drained soil and in a few months little baby plants will shoot up from each leaf base. Only a bit of patience required.
A photo posted by Jen Tao (@jenssuccs) on Mar 23, 2016 at 8:01am PDT
I’ve started on my propagation attempts, if all goes well I’ll be needing so many more containers to plant my succulent babies in.
Are you inspired to try growing succulents?
Here are more ‘No Pot’ planting ideas you may like to try:
- How to make a Kokedama Hanging Plant
- Polymer Clay Mini Planters
- Upcycled Dolls Head Planter
Updated March 2019. Original post published April 2016
Are you bored with the usual store bought containers to display your succulents? This will give you some ideas and inspirations on how to use unusual things in which to display and plant your succulents.
Succulents are great to plant in an atypical container because:
-They have small root systems. Therefore, they don’t need much space or dirt.
-They don’t mind being pot bound.
-They’ll grow crowded in just fine.
-You won’t need to water them all the time.
-Caring for them is super easy.
– These babies are very resilient.
– You can get them in really small size pots and also as cuttings. This makes them easy to work with.
– And last but not least, aren’t they the cutest?
Succulents planted in rain gutters
This is a trend that’s been hot for the past couple of years. Rain gutters will add a rustic feel to the display. If you’re looking for a way to showcase your succulents and all the containers seem not long enough, rain gutters will allow you to go the distance.
Old wash basin planted with succulents
Here’s an unusual one mainly because old wash basins are not things we see every day. This is a great way to give life back to an old wash basin. The succulents will make it look trendy and hip!
Succulents planted on palm debris
If you live where there are lots of palm trees, I’m sure you’ve seen debris on the ground after windy days. The debris is the base of big palm tree leaves. Because of their shape, they make good containers for plants that have small root systems and don’t need a lot of watering.
Hanging succulent trained on wire
This is the first time we came across succulents trained on hoops. We found these String Of Bananas rings at Sherman Gardens in California. Have you ever tried this before? Let us know – we’re very curious!
Old work boots planted with succulents
I bet you’ve seen succulents planted in shoes before. The trick with these is to choose a pair that has a bit of character. I wouldn’t go for some modern looking ones with a lot of color for example. If you want them to last longer you can treat them with a weather resistant spray.
Old candle lantern used as a container
I’ve seen this one quite a bit – succulents planted in all different kinds of lanterns. Here I share two very different ones.
A fish tank filled with succulents and coral
I really like this display because they not only repurposed the tank, but they also reused the corals. Corals and succulents are always a good combo in my book. Just make sure not to have this display in a super hot place or in direct sunlight. You don’t want your succulents to burn and die from heat exhaustion.
Succulents displayed in a vintage bird cage
Looking for a whimsical container for your succulents? Get that wonderful old bird cage and fill it in with your favorites. Adding hanging succulents is highly recommended!
A bamboo steamer used as a container
Don’t get rid of that old bamboo steamer! Reuse it as a rustic container.
Kid’s rain boot filled with succulents
If you’re looking for a smaller display, use a smaller shoe! In this case, a kid’s rain boot. Poking a drainage hole into the bottom of this one will be easy to do.
A cute mug used as a succulent planter
Maybe you just broke the handle of your favorite mug. Don’t get rid of it quite yet! You can still enjoy it but in a different way. Glue the handle back on and fill it with mix and succulents.
Succulents growing in a toilet
This one’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. But it’s curiously odd and will certainly be a conversation starter.
A glass candle holder planted with succulents
You can even add a hanging succulent for some extra interest.
Hope these inspire you to find an odd but interesting container for your succulents.
Container gardening has so many advantages over the traditional practice of growing in the ground. Not only does it save on water and fertilizers, but pest control is easier, harvesting is a breeze and you can move your containers to wherever you would like them – even indoors if you prefer!
This type of gardening isn’t just functional though – using a variety of planters is an easy and inexpensive way to liven up your garden and provide a unique conversation starter.
Here are 40 exceptional container gardening ideas:
1. Colander Flower Planter
Brighten up your garden in just five minutes with this super quick and easy-to-make container.
2. Wire Dress Form
Add a shabby chic vibe to your garden with a living flower dress!
Give a new lease of life to damaged and abandoned instruments in your garden. Violins, trumpets, pianos and even drums make for a magical, musical sight.
Dress up your plants in an old dresser, revamped with a lick of paint and colorful embellishments.
5. Vintage Bathtub
There’s no better use for a faded and cracked old bath tub than in the garden, filled with trailing vines and bright blossoms.
6. Wellington Boots
Contrast tough and functional wellington boots with delicate leaves and petals and you’re onto a winning combination.
7. Watering Can
A different take on using a watering can in the garden, this cute planter even features crystals at the spout to create faux water droplets!
8. Succulent Bird Cage
Put empty bird cages to better use by filling them with plants rather than creatures – it’s sure to be a stunning focal point in any garden.
9. Vintage Toy Truck
All manner of children’s toys can be turned into whimsical planters, although this vintage toy truck is one of the best ones we’ve seen yet.
10. Tin Can Chain
Save on space by threading some colorful tin cans to form a cascading garden planter – perfect for trailing vines.
11. Kitchen Sink
With thrift store crockery and the use of delicate white flowers to imitate dish soap suds, this kitchen sink planter will fit into any quirky backyard.
12. Vintage Bicycles
Eye-catching bicycle planters are one of the more popular containers out there – and with good reason. They look simply fantastic!
Writers and book worms will relish the opportunity to transform a rusty, damaged old typewriter into a fabulous and unique plant pot.
14. Old Style Tin Box
Keeping with the vintage theme, old style tin boxes – like this one for dog food – are ready-made planters which require few alterations before placing in the garden.
15. Patio Chair
Repurpose unusable patio or dining chairs into handy garden containers – perfect for those with balcony gardens.
16. Garden Tools
Garden tools aren’t just useful to plant with, they’re pretty handy to plant in as well!
17. Empty Fountain
This stunning succulent display is made by planting in a dried up concrete fountain.
18. Tree Stump
Finally, a use for those old tree stumps at the bottom of the garden. Plant new life inside and watch it blossom once again.
Dress up your tired old barrow with an array of colorful flowers and luscious green foliage – you’ll hardly believe the transformation!
20. Book Planter
These beautiful upcycled books add a little charm to your home or office without too much effort on your part.
21. Milk Carton
Milk cartons are cut and wrapped in linen to form these beautiful spring centerpiece containers.
Add a touch of luxury to your outdoor living space with its very own chandelier – filled with colorful and trailing flowers.
23. ‘Burst’ Tire
Tires can be used in the garden in so many ways – from making ponds to raised beds – but these ‘burst’ tire containers are one of our favorites.
24. Picture Frame
Hang on to old mirror and picture frames and re-create this piece of living art for your backyard.
25. Ice Cream Dishes
A collection of vintage silver ice cream dishes house tiny succulents which make for an incredible centerpiece when grouped together.
26. Sea Urchin Shells
A beautiful blooming plant in a gorgeous pink sea urchin shell – perfect for any home or patio space.
27. Cinder Blocks
Even boring old cinder blocks can be used for container gardening! These ones are especially striking as they have been livened up with some neon spray paint.
28. Dipped Paint Cans
Dip old paint cans into bright colors for a quick and entertaining project that even the kids can get involved in.
29. Tie and Hanger
A fun Father’s Day gift, these quirky and intriguing suspended succulent planters can be made with household items.
The nautical theme never goes out of fashion, which is why your garden needs this boat container. Fill it to the brim with flowers of all varieties, and partially bury it for a shipwrecked look.
31. Garbage Can
Trash cans have never looked so good and, best of all, this look can be achieved for just $5 and 15 minutes of your time.
32. Natural Rocks
Nature provides its own containers for your garden – in the form of natural rocks. The stunning contrast of stark stone and luscious greenery is hard to beat.
33. Tea Cups
These plain white cups and saucers make beautiful containers for bright little blooms. Vintage teacups, which you can pick up at a thrift store, also look fantastic.
34. Retro Tea Pot
Once you’ve transformed your tea cups, it’s time to turn your attention to the tea pot. This plain retro one looks especially good when paired with rich greenery.
35. Upcycled BBQ Grill
Turn your utilitarian old grill into a quirky pop of color on the patio – the perfect spot to enjoy summer drinks while admiring your handiwork!
Reclaimed pallets have so many uses around the home and garden – including for this easy, low-cost pallet planter which is as functional as it is beautiful.
37. Wine Corks
Proving that no item is too small to be used as a garden container, these tiny wine cork planters can be made in just four easy steps.
38. Magazine Rack
This magazine rack turned planter brings a certain elegance to the garden, don’t you think?
A clever and fun way to repurpose an old toolbox, while still retaining a sense of its former function.
40. Jean Planters
Probably the most comical planters on the list, these denim flower containers are sure to garner a lot of attention and laughs!
Succulents are so versatile and easy to care for. They are very drought tolerant, perfect if you have a “brown thumb” and look great planted in so many ways. These 25 fun succulent planters will show you that if it can hold dirt, it can be planted with a succulent!
If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It tells what to look for, what to avoid and where to find succulent plants for sale.
And for tips that outline everything about growing them, be sure to check out my tips for how to care for succulents.
Planters can be very expensive to buy retail. But with succulents, why bother? A quick check around your house will reveal lots of different ideas for planting these hardy plants.
Let’s Round up Some Fun Succulent Planters!
Kitchen items used as unique succulent planters
Succulents are super easy to propagate so you may find yourself with so many of them that you are looking for interesting items to plant them in. One of the best places to find some interesting succulent planters is in the kitchen. Check out these ideas!
This pretty succulent display started out as an old wooden drawer with compartments. The project is easy to make and only cost me about $3!
This charming metal fruit basket is lined with sphagnum moss and then planted with a variety of succulents. To water it just place it in the sink, water and allow the extra moisture to drip away. So pretty!
If you have a spring form pan, you have a rustic succulent planter! The spring form pan is placed in a terracotta saucer and filled with soil and then planted with this pretty crassula plant. Sit it on a plant stand in the garden for a great look.
Dutch ovens are not just used for making a one pot meal! This ceramic dutch oven has seen the last of its kitchen days. It had been re-purposed into a home for sempervivum – hens and chicks.
Any coffee or tea cup is a perfect succulent planter for a small sized individual plant like this crassula. Just be sure to add some rocks in the bottom for drainage. Anyone for a cup of crassula?
I had so much fun making this succulent terrarium from my old Mr. Coffee pot carafe. See the coffee pot terrarium project here.
Colorful old tin cans make a unique succulent planter. Just be sure to add rocks for drainage. Use shears to cut a fancy edge to the top and plant with either cacti or succulents for a fun kitchen look. There is no need to paint or cover the outside. The fun rustic look is just right for succulents.
Traditional Succulent Planters.
There are hundreds of retail products that are great for planting succulents. Terracotta or hand fired clay pots are often used since they compliment the look of succulents. Here are some of my favorites.
Jade plant or Crassulata Ovata – is also called a money plant. It can take the shape of a tree easily. This large terracotta tub has a distressed look that pairs perfectly with the aged look of the plant.
This adorable tricycle planter was a teacher’s gift to me when I taught preschool. I used it inside my home with silk flowers for years and then realized what a great outdoor succulent planter it would make for my string of beans plant – Senecio herreanus.
Cacti and succulents, by nature, have a minimalist look to them. They go beautifully with round cement planters to keep that look when you display them. This senecio and cereus monstrose are perfectly balanced in these simple succulent planters.
Since succulents and cacti are grown mainly for their leaves and have a compact shape, adding color in the form of planters is a fun idea. This bright red tin planter is the perfect home for the panda plant – (kalanchoe tomentosa) succulent and the small barrel cactus in the background also looks great in the brightly striped ceramic planter.
Air plants are a special type of succulent that has a very limited root system. Displaying them is a lot of fun and many containers can be used. See some other ideas for air plant holders here.
Household Items used as Succulent Planters.
Look around the house and you’ll find all sorts of items to use to plant your succulents in. Will it hold dirt? √ Is it rustic looking when planted? √ Then plant it up!
This bird cage is lined with sphagnum moss and then soil is gradually added as it is planted with succulents for a totally charming look. See how I made my bird cage succulent project here.
Most people would throw these old boots away. They are covered in moss and have pretty much seen their better days. But what a great succulent planter they make for hens and chicks! You can even leave them outside since sempervivum is hardy. Just water when dry and allow the outside covering to the boots get more and more rustic. Perfection! (Any kind of shoes will also work as planters.)
Don’t throw that broken urn away. Just plant the broken area with hens and chicks and watch them start to fill out and cascade over the opening for a wonderful rustic look.
This fish bowl is the perfect home for succulents. You will rarely need to water it, and the fleshy haworthia, crassula and echeveria all look right at home planted in this bowl that is positioned sideways to allow for the cascading nature of some of the plants.
Embroider up a small patch with the word flowers and attach it to a rustic and sturdy small rope basket. Then add soil and plant with a few small crassula plants for a farm house look.
This is my all time favorite succulent planter. This metal cowboy boot has some star shaped cut outs on the side that are just perfect for small succulents. Then fill with soil and add some larger ones on the top. Southern Country chic at it’s best.
If you have an old thick book that has a few ripped pages and a bad cover, don’t throw it out. Recycle it as a succulent planter. Just open the book to the middle and use a sharp exacto knife to hollow out a rectangular area on one side. Fill the hole with potting soil and add a few sedum plants for a unique and charming look.
Let’s head outside to see what we can use for a succulent planter.
There are so many items found outdoors that can be used to plant your succulents in. They normally already have rustic look and lend themselves to this type of project. Here are a few fun ideas.
I have a whole collection of watering cans that I use as planters. Some have a sentimental value like these three that my mother had in her garden, and others are items that I have picked up at consignment shops. I have them planted around my garden beds with various plants. This grouping shows echeveria and sempervivum potted up in a charming way.
Watering cans are so versatile in the garden. They can be used as planters or just as decorative items. See more inspiration for watering can planters and garden art.
When you cut down an old tree, you’ll be left with an unsightly stump. This photo shows it put to great use as a succulent planter for this yellow senecio. It will keep spreading and cascade out, eventually covering the stump beautifully. Any type of logs can be put to great use as planters.
Old pieces of slate stones are arranged here sideways with an opening left for plants. A big agave attenuata is the focus of the planter and the smaller pachpyturn will spread out in time.
Even an old car can be turned into a succulent planter. The lid of the car has been removed and soil added around the engine area. The whole front of the car is covered in succulents. What would have been an eyesore is actually quite charming and rustic!
I have used cement blocks in two different projects to house my succulent plant collection. In this photo I used them to make a raised garden bed, and a few years ago, the same blocks were fashioned into a unique corner plant stand for my succulents.
Got a brick? Make it into a planter! These tiny crassula and sempervivum are the perfect size for the small holes in this single brick.
This simple wooden box has been transformed into a charming planter for echeveria and agave plants. I’ts simple, rustic and just screams farmhouse chic!
Strawberry planters are perfect for succulents.
Strawberry planters are large upright planters designed for the cascading nature of strawberry plants. Each time the mother plant sends off a baby, just plop it into one of the side pockets and it will root there. Any cascading plant such as spider plant and strawberry begonia will also work just fine too. But so will succulents! Check out these two ideas!
This pretty blue strawberry planter has small individual succulents and cacti in the side areas and some larger plants for height and a cascading succulent on the top layer for a pretty look. See this strawberry succulent planter tutorial here.
And finally, the mother of all strawberry planters! I discovered this on a trip to Biltmore near one of their small cafes that had loads of succulents in planters. Ferns, cascading plants and succulents were planted for a dramatic focal planter that was about 5 feet tall!
What have you re-purposed to use for planting succulents at your house? Please share! I’d love to see your creations in the comments below.
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