Some Tips and Tricks

There are lots of interesting containers to plant succulents in but some of the coolest are made of metal – especially if it means recycling old junk into planters to fill with beautiful plants.


Wrought Iron Basket made into a planter

Some Surprising Choices – metal planters range from tin cans salvaged from the recycling, to granite ware pots and pans.


Cake Tin Mosaic

There are lots of options – the main thing is they should always have a drainage hole or two.

I like to make planters out of all kinds of junk. That’s what my garden is all about; recycling, refurbishing and reusing. Here’s a few of my favorite metal containers for succulent plants;


Chrome Basket from the thrift store

Junk salvaged from the junk pile make the most amazing containers – especially for succulents.

Even though these plants are tough, keep metal containers in a partially shaded area, even succulents can get their roots burned!


Wire Fruit Basket lined with moss

Be prepared for a little extra maintenance in the way of watering.

I’ve got lots of open basket type planters made from wire, lined with moss or some kind of mesh. They don’t hold any moisture at all, and dunking them in a bucket is the only way to fully wet the soil.


Tin Olive Oil Cans make great and really unique planters

Scrounging through the recycle bin can give you more options – coffee cans or tins left from baked beans or canned vegetables are a fine way to give something a new life – combine with a rustic twig for even more mileage;


Rusty Tin Can Planter on a twig

These are just some of the many metal planters I’ve made out of junk and scrounged stuff, or that were shared by visitors and friends.

They are some of the most amazing containers – although not all plants will survive in them due to the way they conduct heat and cold, they are easy to refurbish each spring.


Old Worn Out Wheelbarrow gets a new life

Sometimes I’m amazed at how well the plants do in them.

Oh, yes, by the way – these examples have all been in my garden at one time or another…and shared on various of my websites, if you’ve seen them before.


Collage of Metal Planters

Have you been inspired to try using some metal junk to plant your succulents into?

Succulent Planter Gallery

How do you contain your succulents? Share it! Do you have a crafty way to display your collection of succulent plants, Sedum, Sempervivum or other gorgeous Drought Smart Plants? Add your favorite planter to the Gallery for inspiration and ideas.

See other Succulent Planter ideas below…

…click on the links to get inspired…


Succulents in Enamel Ware 
Rustic and Unique Containers for Succulent Plants Planting succulents in enamel ware will give you an endlessly different look for your garden. …


Tin Can Succulents 
From Humble Origins, Recycled into Greatness Tin can succulents – recycling and re-using to make some of my favorite succulent containers from the humble …


Rustic Galvanized Tub  
One day my husband was helping to rip down an old farm house. In the attic he found an old galvanized metal bathtub. He knew I would be delighted with …


I got tired of this unused birdfeeder hangin out in my garage. My husband wouldn’t let me toss it away sooooo I asked him if I could have it……..and, …


Grilling Thyme 
I found this old BBQ and decided to fill it with drought-hardy plants. The bottom of the grill is filled with various sized stones, then a layer of …


Brass Swan 
I had so much fun planting this brass swan. I drilled holes in the bottom and planted Sedum ‘Tri-Color’ in it. It is swimming on a sea of Wooly Thyme. …


Grazing Through the Garden 
I found a way to use an old mop bucket and give this hippo a home all at the same time. : ) He is grazing on a mix of Wooly Thyme, hardy sedum and Rosularia. …


Burnt Metal with Sempervivum 
I found this little odd metal basket in the thrift store, which although it was painted black was really not quite my style. I routinely check to …


Oh My Ant 
This is a metal ant container planted with two S. ‘Oh My’ sempervivum


Succulents in a Rustic Birdcage 
I’ve had this little metal birdcage for a long time – originally it had a tea light candle in it, but I decided to burn the paint off it in the bonfire, …


Hens and Chicks in a Rusty Kettle 
I love old rusty funky stuff, and this kettle just begged to be planted with hens and chicks – some people call them houseleeks, or sempervivums – whatever …

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