Do you have an old cement bird bath? I really prefer the cement ones because they last forever! Well, maybe not forever, but many many years. But eventually they might crack and no longer hold water, so what good are they then? You can recycle a cracked birdbath into something really cool.
You may have seen pictures of planted bird baths but a water tight bird bath doesn’t work very well for a planter for that very reason! Your plants will drown because there is not a drain for excess water. But a cracked bird bath is the perfect unique planter.
This shallow birdbath doesn’t hold much soil, so I chose to plant succulents in it. If you have a deeper bowl on your birdbath, you would have many more options. Since I live in south, I needed plants that could stand our HOT summers and still be smiling!
The antique enamel pitcher that I used in the birdbath is one Mr. Menace and I found when we took a trip down memory lane at his Grandparents homeplace and found the foundation for my HERB BED. The pitcher is missing its handle, but it is a precious artifact and I enjoy being able to still use it, albeit, in a new way!
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When I added the potting soil to the birdbath bowl, I hollowed out a hole in the potting soil for the pitcher to sit in and packed the soil around it. I thought I might have to use some rocks or something to hold it up, but that proved unnecessary. I also filled the pitcher with potting soil.
Fill the bowl with a mixture of succulents, being sure to include a healthy dose of trailing varieties.
One year I was incredibly lazy and just filled the whole bowl with the trailing sedum. It was GORGEOUS!! If you are interested in this “no kill” sedum, you can read more about it in 3 Easy Care plants.
Both of these options are easy care. Succulents can stand the heat and don’t need much water. Plant it and forget it, that’s what I like!
This bowl of sedum is in my Ginger Rock Garden. (aka Purple garden) I also fill my antique wheel barrow with the same sedum. That’s another recycled planter.
Do you have unique planters? If you enjoyed this, you might like to see more of my Garden Art.