New galvanized wall planters hold succulent cuttings

Spring fever has hit! For me, that manifests as refreshing my many pots of succulents, some of which have been inside all winter, others huddled against the house, and others (too big to move) left to weather as they will. If they took a winter hit, I’m not afraid to rip them out and start over. After all, succulents last a long growing season here in Austin, and it’s worth it to buy a few new 4-inch pots each spring to freshen up winter-weary containers.

Even more fun, I’ve been creating new containers with cuttings from winter-hardy succulents that needed a trim, tucking in a few new plants and decorative accents. Kitschy, fairy-garden flamingos stalking through a succulent jungle? Heck, yeah!

But let’s start with the planter. I found three galvanized wall planters at Target a couple of weeks ago, lying forlornly on a back-corner shelf before all the other spring garden stuff came out for display. I’d seen these online and coveted them, but they weren’t available for shipping, and Target’s website indicated there were only a few left in stock at various stores. So I wasn’t expecting to find them, but then I did! At only $8.99 each, I snapped up all three. (And no, I’m not getting paid to promote these. I just like them.) They look like deep-dish pizza pans to me.

The pots didn’t have drainage holes, so I used a hammer and nail to punch a few holes in the bottom of each one. Then I filled them up with cactus/succulent potting soil (you can buy it by the bag at most nurseries), tucked in a few cuttings from my succulents (let them harden off a few days after you cut them, before planting, to avoid rot), topped them with a thin layer of small gravel, and voila! So. Easy.

The copper-and-glass sun and the flamingos came from The Natural Gardener‘s gift shop. Anything can work for an artful or playful accent, though. Maybe a plastic dinosaur? A small Buddha figurine? A vertical piece of driftwood?

Succulents can easily be pulled out and refreshed with new cuttings when they grow too big or get leggy. In our hot climate, be sure to place them in dappled shade or morning sun only. Afternoon sun can fry them.

Here’s where I hung them, over my new galvanized potting bench, also from Target, which I assembled and placed in my side yard. After years of potting over a low table, I’m loving having this taller potting station, and my back is thanking me too. I’ve stashed potting supplies in a couple of galvanized pails with lids, and I’ll be rotating plants and pots through here all spring.

In fact, I’m going outside right now to do a few more pot refreshers. Spring feverrrrrr!

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13 Responses

  1. Kris P says:

    What great finds, Pam! I’ve seen similar containers with much heftier price tags. Your little embellishments are perfect too.

  2. What fun. All of that galvanized metal looks good in your garden. A recurring theme. I think it is such fun to use plants you already have in the garden to make up other pots. It won’t be long and I will be doing much of the same thing. We are back to a cold spell here. I had my little Mobys outside and had to bring them back inside.

  3. Laura Munoz says:

    They look great. I love the look of galvanized metal in a garden. I’ve had something similar happen finding a trellis I coveted. Found it on the web, but it was too pricey especially with shipping. Stumbled upon the exact same trellis locally on sale for half the web price and bought it.

  4. Margaret says:

    LOVE those – a double whammy as I love all galvanized containers AND I love succulents! I’m getting a little bit of spring fever as well – we were out just yesterday and I purchased another “decorative” item to hang on the hilltop arbour. But, unlike you, it will be a while until I’m actually able to do that. P.S. Love Target and was so sad when they pulled up stakes here – but I always find time to visit one when I’m in the U.S.

  5. jenny says:

    Those are delightful Pam. And so is your new potting bench. Target really came up trumps on this one(bridge term)!

  6. I woke up in Adelaide with a free day ahead of me and was thinking about how to best arrange my succulents under the pergola. And lo and behold, you have a post on succulents, arranging them and planters! You are magic, girl! Thanks for this post. A few of the others tend to be lost on me, esp the ones on talks and meets due to the tyranny of distance. But this one was tailor made! :)

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