Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make me smile the most. Like finding some cute little potted plants on clearance at Lowes, too good to pass up. I’ve collected so many little vintage planters too over the years, from yardsales, thrifting, etc. and what better way to use them than their intended purpose? Plop a little plant in there and watch it grow. Even if they don’t all make it over time, it’s worth it to me. I have to replace them after a year or two, but I just enjoy having real live plants around me all the time. If you have enough sun coming in the windows, you can make them work in most every room. I have them scattered around my house and they just make me happy.
I found all 3 of these plants at Lowes in the clearance area outside in the garden department. $1.25 to $1.49, what’s not to love about that? When potting my plants in planters that don’t have drainage holes, I always add some rocks to the bottom to help with water control. Just a few pebbles in the bottom of the small planter will help keep the water from sitting right on the roots, so that’s what I always do.
This little galvanized planter I have hung on to since Birmingham days, when I found it at a yardsale. It has been waiting for a plant all this time and I finally got it planted. I don’t know the official names of these plants, but they are common house plants and usually do very well. Of course, I threw out the labels.
I’ve had pretty good luck with this type of plant before and it was the perfect complement to my vintage aqua planter. I think I scored this one at Scott Antiques for $3 on one of my excursions there. I have a few more that don’t have plants yet either, so looks like I’ll be on the hunt for more plants to pot up.
This wasn’t a thrifty find, but I got the plant and pot at Ikea. They are always reliable for inexpensive plants and pots. I know the pot was $1.99 and I think the plant was $9.99, so more of a splurge. I think it will be hardy though. All the plants on my porch will have to find a place inside once cold weather hits.
I’ve replaced the ivy in this cute white vintage planter more times than I care to admit. Ivy can be a bit difficult to keep it watered all the time. But I don’t mind replacing the ivy again, I love how it trails and flows.
I’m not sure what this plant is either, but it came from Ikea for $1.99. Maybe a ponytail palm. I think it should be hardy in my office window, hope so at least.
I do love having real live plants around, don’t you?
Are you looking for clearance plants this time of year?
Check out the big rolling carts at the home stores for great deals on plants at end of summer, you never know what deals you’ll find!
I know I need more plants around the house. Last Christmas I bought two beautiful orchids which flowered on my mantelpiece from December to March, I am thrilled to say one of them has two more branches and the first flower came out today. Sadly the other one only has a tiny branch but with some careful feeding I have hope. I have put the flowering one on my console in my entrance way, I can’t wait till its fully blooming.
ann weisman says
HI Little hint I learned the hard way.. You are probably watering the ivy too much.. That kills it really fast. Let it dry out before you water.
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Awesome planter finds! They all look good! I really love the galvanized one!
Megan @ The Brick Bungalow says
I love real plants! I keep a lot in my classroom (I’m an art teacher so my kids draw them too) but they decorate my front porch over the summer. A few smaller ones stay in our house but one is poisonous to cats so it stays out of reach. I have a cat who will taste every plant. My poor ivy has teeth marks on a lot of leaves but it’s still growing! The vintage planters are the perfect touch!