Part of the fun of container gardening is coming up with new ways to showcase a collection of plants. While most of my flower pots are either contemporary ceramic pots or terra cotta, I recently found a retro, vintage ’60s flower pot at a rummage sale that was just too cool to ignore. Here is how turned this retro pot and a collection of succulents into a retro accent piece.
Finding a pot
The most important part of making a retro container garden is the pot. Vintage pots are a dime a dozen at the thrift stores and come in a wide range of colors from retro blues, pinks, white with flecks, and buttery yellows. Popular ’50s and ’60s era brands to look for include Haegar, McCoy, and California Potteries.
You will also need some potting mix, small rocks or small pot, perlite, a bag of white aquarium rocks, small trowel, and a collection of succulents or cactus. I prefer succulents over cactus myself since they are easier to care for and can handle the cold temperatures of northern climates.
Creating a water reservoir
Vintage ceramic pots usually don’t have drainage holes which is why it’s important to layer the inside of the pots so that the roots won’t be sitting in water. I usually fill the inside of the pot with several inches of rock which will act as a reservoir for any excess water. What’s great about having a reservoir is that the plants don’t have to be watered as frequently which makes them a perfect option for keeping on the porch or hard to reach areas.
Mixing the soil
Cactus and succulents do best in well drained soil. A mix of 1 part potting soil, 1 part perlite (or chicken grit) and 1 part sand works best for my area. (You might have to juggle around the ratio to come up with a formula that works best for you.) Once the potting medium is mixed, pour it into the pot until within a couple of inches of the pot’s rim.
Creating the container garden
Now comes the fun part! Depending on the size of your pot, plant one or more succulents into the pot. Water in. Sprinkle the aquarium gravel on top. Arrange one or two large rocks around the plants. You could also add a retro looking accent pic if you’d like.
Making a vintage 60s container garden is a fun DIY project. A cool looking retro flower pot and vintage accents is all that’s required to pull off this retro look.
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