Vintage Silver Planters
Using a collection of silver pots and some colourful succulents, this weekend project is whole lot of vintage with a healthy dose of rock and roll.
The first thing I armed myself with for this project was Debra Lee Baldwin’s Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants . Within the pages there a veritable wealth of information on many different kinds of succulents including Aeoniums, Haworthias, Lewisias, Sedum, Sempervivums and a whole bunch more I’ve seen before but couldn’t name.
Beyond the information, Debra Lee Baldwin has shared some of the most stunning photos of containers. These living works of art come with seemingly endless design ideas for building your own containers. With suggestions on how to best use colour, texture, shapes, contrast and repetition, it’s almost impossible to not be inspired to try a project of two.
A Note about Drainage
To create container gardens out of found pots you must first consider whether you plan to use the outdoors or inside. Succulents generally like to go almost completely dry between watering and standing water in the bottom of a pot will likely cause its demise. Outdoor pots will need drainage holes to deal with rain and garden irrigation systems. A very helpful suggestion from the book is to ask your local nursery for help drilling holes if you need them.
As my pots are intended for inside the house, I choose not to drill drainage holes. I find that I’m pretty good at managing to not over or under water my plants. I also change up my plantings often which means the soil will get the needed attention. That being said, drainage holes are recommended if you plan to do a bit less fussing with the plants.
- Vintage silver pots
- Cactus and succulent soil mix
- Various succulents
1. Choose you pots, plants, and location. Succulents like to be in bright light indoors, out of direct afternoon or hot summer sun.
2. Removing the succulent from the nursery pot, place in the silver container and top up the soil with a cactus soil mix: generally a mix of peat moss, hummus perlite or vermiculite, and compost. It is specially blended to have good drainage and the right mix of nutrients for these unique plants.
3. Top the soil with pebbles, to create a neutral background for the succulent to shine. Play with composition and use a number of different varieties of succulents in the same pot.
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