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Salvage Plant Containers

With a little creativity, farm and household castoffs can become unique and rustic plant containers as demonstrated by Jan Richenburg of Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts.
  • Well-Drained

    An antique, 16-inch-wide colander filled with Senecio, Kalanchoe, Lampranthus, Portulaca, Aeonium, and Crassula ensures the succulents don’t get waterlogged.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Edible Bath

    A vintage infant bathtub cradles dinosaur kale, basil, parsley, nasturtium, copper fennel, and ‘Bull’s Blood’ beets.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Chicken Feeder with Hens

    Hens & chicks (Sempervivum) nestle on either side of an Orostachys planted in a repurposed, zinc chicken grain feeder.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Olive Bucket

    A slatted, metal olive bucket finds another career holding brightly colored ‘Stained Glass Copper’ coleus.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Coal Scuttle

    A black coal scuttle makes the flower colors pop with Dorotheanthus ‘Mezoo’, Arcada Begonia ‘Light Pink’, Fuchsia ‘Mary’, and Aquilegia ‘Leprechaun Gold’.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Milk Box

    Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’ now sprouts from a vintage metal milk box that once graced a front porch.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Leaky Can Solution

    Extended a rusted watering can’s life beyond its ability to hold water by popping in Salvia splendens Ablazin ‘Tabasco’.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Painter's Tray

    Drilled with some screw holes for hanging, a vintage painting tray becomes a planter for succulents. Only tiny plugs will fill its narrow planting pocket.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Farmhouse Ready

    On cottage steps, an enamel bucket becomes an aquatic garden with water hyacinths and Ruellia brittoniana ‘Purple Showers’ (Mexican petunia), while a milk bucket is planted with Salvia farinacea Sallyfun ‘Blue’ and a double petunia.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • 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 hen bristling with Sedum rupestre ‘Lemon Coral’.

    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
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    Date Published: April 13, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016

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