“One man’s trash is another’s man’s treasure.”  How true!  A discarded or unused canister may actually be the perfect plant container. Take for example these funky succulent gardens that I planted in containers that had been discarded by the previous owner.

plant container

This metal container was literally “in the trash” and a garage sale in a box marked “free for the taking”!

metal plant container

I immediately knew I could do something with it, and I did!

plant container completed

The best part is I already had everything I needed just laying around the house starting with the pretty robin’s egg blue spray paint.  The plants were all in need of replanting – some of them are from my daughter’s wedding last year and had out grown their current containers and others were taken from container gardens that were bursting at the seams.

succulent garden plant container

When the planting was done, I remembered the beach glass, that my husband had collected over the years walking on the beach in Rockaway, that wound up stored in the attic after some renovations we did.  How perfect do the pieces look tucked in between the plants?!

succulent plant container

If I remember correctly I think I paid $3 for the watering can!  All the plants were salvaged and given another lease on life.  I just thought why not give them a try and let me tell you they are really starting to thrive in their new home with their new plant buddies.

These are the perfect plants to have in a summer house that you might not be at every day.  They thrive on neglect and just keep looking better and better!

Check out the new Plant Shop that 1-800 Flowers just launched to find the right plant for you.


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the 1-800-Flowers.com brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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