Coffee Table Succulent Garden in Vintage Silver

Coffee Table Succulent Garden in Vintage Silver. Shows how to plant succulents in vintage containers for a lovely coffee table display.

One of my favorite things to do, when it comes to gardening, is use containers. Container gardening is easy and not at all overwhelming. You can grow exactly what you want, where you want it…even on your coffee table! I’ll share where I got my inspiration for this Coffee Table Succulent Garden later on in the post. 

Coffee Table Succulent Garden | Shows how to plant succulents in vintage containers for a lovely coffee table display.

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One of my favorite things to do, when it comes to gardening, is use containers. Container gardening is easy and not at all overwhelming. You can grow exactly what you want, where you want it…even on your coffee table! I’ll share where I got my inspiration for this Coffee Table Succulent Garden later on in the post. 

Coffee Table Succulent Garden supplies needed:

  • Cactus and succulent soil mix
  • small pebbles
  • vintage containers (I used silver and one ironstone tureen) and succulent plants. Click HERE to see the soil I used. (The man at Lowe’s said it would work just fine.)

Coffee Table Succulent Garden | Shows how to plant succulents in vintage containers for a lovely coffee table display.

First, pour pebbles into each container. This will keep the succulents from getting water-logged. If you want to drill holes into your containers, you can skip this step. 

Next, put a little potting soil into each container. Gently remove the succulents from the plastic pots and loosen the roots. Nestle them into the containers, adding more soil to keep them in place. For small containers, use just one plant. For larger containers, use several.

Coffee Table Succulent Garden | Shows how to plant succulents in vintage containers for a lovely coffee table display.

I was worried about picking out the correct succulents, but I decided I was not going to let that stop me. My hope is that since they were for sale at Lowe’s, in Ohio, they will be just fine for my zone. The pic below shows the plants I used.

Coffee Table Succulent Garden | Shows how to plant succulents in vintage containers for a lovely coffee table display.When it comes to care, as I was reading the plant descriptions, I discovered they all were pretty much the same. 

  • Needs well-drained, sandy soil
  • Heat tolerant
  • Part sun to full sun
  • Protect from frost
  • Do not overwater
  • Suitable for containers

Since I really didn’t know what I was doing, I decided to pick the plants that had the most interesting shapes. I varied the color so some were dark green and some were lighter.

Coffee Table Succulent Garden | Shows how to plant succulents in vintage containers for a lovely coffee table display.

This was not at all scientific…and time will tell if they thrive. As soon as it warms up I am moving them out to my back porch. I have always wanted plants out there and I thought this would be worth a try. I am prepared to transplant them into bigger pots if need be, but I hope that’s not necessary this summer. I am crossing my fingers that in the fall, they can move back inside to my coffee table.

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Coffee Table Succulent Garden | Shows how to plant succulents in vintage containers for a lovely coffee table display.

Now I want to talk about where I got the inspiration for this post. Sometimes inspiration is an unpredictable thing. It can go missing in action for weeks and then, when you least expect it, it knocks on your door. That’s what happened when I treated myself to a gardening book called Garden Made. It’s written by my friend, Stephanie Rose, who also writes the gardening website Garden Therapy. 

Garden Made | Stephanie Rose

Stephanie has an amazing story about perseverance and overcoming incredible odds. She shares that in her book, along with “40 down-to-earth ideas for inspired garden crafts, including containers, handmade gifts, outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, and more.” One of the projects in her book is called “Vintage Silver Planters.”

When I saw it, the first thing that popped in my head was “I can do that.” With inspiration, even a coffee table succulent garden can be easy and fun. Anyway, I love Stephanie’s book and if you are in need of inspiration, I highly recommend it. Just click the image of her book for more information.

Thank you for stopping by…see you soon!

 

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22 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your Succulent Garden with us at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.
    You will be one of our features this week!
    Jemma

  2. Cat @ Pocketful of Posies says:

    This is so pretty! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I love all the vintage silver! Pinning and sharing!

    Cat

  3. I grow and propagate succulents, so I love this post and the way that you have created such a beautiful garden using your silver too.
    So great to have you join us at TOHOT!
    Jemma

  4. Marie-Helene Belanger says:

    Love this idea and the different containers you used for this project, especially the ironstone tureen.

  5. I just love the simplicity of these plants and the way you’ve arranged them in the tray!

  6. Sheila DelCharco says:

    I have a small silver pitcher I picked up at a thrift store that I’m not sure what to do with. Now I’ll pick up a small succulent and use it as a planter! Thanks for the inspiration Ann!

    ~Sheila

  7. I love that, Ann! I don’t have any tiny silver containers, but I do have a hammered copper tray that I could plant succulents in! I just might have to try that;) Have a great day!

  8. Karen K from Buffalo says:

    You made me think of a perfect ironstone dish I have & since I’m from N.Y. we are probably in the same planting zone. Thank you for the idea & inspiration to have a little garden on my table outside!!

  9. I love all of your ideas. Right now I am redoing my guest room with a blue and white theme and trying to decide if I will use yellow as a third color. Inspired by you.

  10. Stephanie Rose says:

    Ann, thank you so much for the kind words! Your planters turned out beautifully too.
    xoxox
    Stephanie

  11. Sherrie Pfeiffer says:

    I love this look! Adding a collection to a tray makes them easy to transport inside and out. Thanks so much for your creative ideas. And beautiful photos, as always. I’m definitely checking out Garden Made.

  12. Shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Beautiful Ann…I will have to look for Stephanie’s book!….Love her blog.

  13. Dawn Cain says:

    Cute as ever and I find succulents are hard to kill so for me they are a winner :)

  14. Ann Marie says:

    I think you will be delighted with the outcome! These succulents will grow to a point where you will need to divide, and once you do, you will have plenty to give as gifts. Last year my daughter was married and in many of the arrangements we used succulents. After I harvested the bouquets, the succulents took root and grew. I have propagated them twice now, and have enough to start Christmas wreaths in May!

    And, you are right on the mark with varying hue and shape.

  15. A lovely idea! The containers are unusual and gives permission to use absolutely anything. I love it!

  16. Your little coffee table garden is too cute..
    Thanks for the how too’s.
    Have a great day.

  17. This is a great idea, Ann. Thanks for sharing. The succulents are lovely colors and a way to have nice “little” plants on a coffee table.

  18. Adorable! I have quite a few containers containing succulents. They are extremely hardy and easy to propagate. If they get too tall or leggy, simply break off, remove any bottom leaves and and place directly into the container soil. And I promise, you’ll be able to bring it back inside in the fall.

  19. I love this idea Ann. I have a couple of silver dishes collecting dust that I could use for this. I also have a silver bowl that I use as a fruit bowl and a platter that I use to display collectables. I don’t mind that they get tarnished. It adds to the character. I mention this simply because a lot of people put their silver away and old get it out at the holidays. That seems wasteful to me so I use mine and I love it.

  20. I’m new to your web-site — but I do like it… Very simple and practical and personal… I’ve made a few terrariums for gifts…(I use pretty glass containers) …. they’re fun and pretty and very easy care… Your ideas are similar.. Thanks

  21. Kathy Moreland says:

    I love this idea, Ann! The ones you chose are so pretty. I have a few succulents. They didn’t grow very much last year, but I’m using succulent plant food on them now, and they are looking really good. Love what you’ve done here. :)

  22. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    I find caring for succulents very easy. I throw an ice cube in the planter every so often to water. They seem like a forget and enjoy their beauty kind of plant.