I’ve noticed a new trend towards unusual or found container plant arrangements in many nurseries, garden centers, private homes and have even started some new containers combinations of my own recently.
When I recently visited Flora Grub, one of my favorite garden centers in San Francisco. I was in awe of some of the amazing container vignettes that were set up there and went on a photo frenzy to keep as a reference and to create this post. You won’t believe some of these amazing vignettes.
Here’s one amazing vignette, an old Ford Edsel that was left over at Flora Grub (which used to be an old gas station). This amazing transformation is just out of this world with an amazing collection of unusual specimens and plant combinations that also add to the visual impact. Don’t you just love the Bamboo Palm sticking out through the roof of the car?
Here’s How it looks at the front hood with a variety of bromeliads, succulents and this silver
leaf phormium like plant or maybe its a bromeliad, anyone know?
One of my favorite planters was this wall of succulents with various echeverias, sempervivums, graptopetalums and many other jeweled succulents. I would like to make one of these eventually, I’m sure a custom made wall like this would be a couple of thousand dollars, I think I’ll have to do it myself :)
Here’s an great succulent collection housed in an old and rusting car part like it was just tossed
aside and re-purposed just for this vignette.
Have an old used bicycle, why not turn it into a planter like this and put some spanish moss
and tillandsias and voila a living sculptural piece!
This is a new exciting product that Flora Grub showcases. Its a tough canvass bag that is lined
and can be place on any wall environment and material. Since the fabric is lined, there is no
leakage involved with wall space.
Here are some of my small forays into unusual containers, I collect some interesting blown glass
rejects and light globes that I have combined with some of my bromeliads and succulents.
I’m sure if you look around at some of your discards, you can successfully re-purpose them into interesting container plants, then you can tell some amazing stories to your gardening friends when they come and visit your garden.