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Unusual, Small Scale Planter Ideas

I have a collection of vintage McCoy planters that boggle the mind of everyone I know because plants hate me and I feel the same.  At one time we had many plants, including a thriving Hibiscus (Hubert, RIP), many
cacti, a jade plant, African violets, etc.  They did well in our old
apartment, because utilities were included so in the winter we kept it
positively tropical.  Once we moved and started paying for heat, things
got a little chillier (I bought a pair of indoor boots and I wish I was
kidding).  Plus, the lighting is different here and many plants acquired real estate a little further from the window.  Combine that with a lot of traveling, including my four month stint abroad, and the plants slowly died one by one.  One of two may have been put out of their misery before their time.  Hubert the Hibscus just passed away last week (natural causes) and the grandma who gave him to me (and created him from a cutting TWENTY plus years ago) is going to murder me.  Only
a much, much smaller jade plant remains (he’s the Benjamin Button of my plants, getting teenier each day).

The lone survivor got smaller digs because I found a cute glass vessel thrifting that I thought would make him look less sad and lonely because the scale is more proportional to his tiny nothingness.  I know he should have drainage and blah, blah, blah but the little guy should be happy I even remember to water him. 

Small scale glass planter

Small scale glass planter

This teeny glass “planter” is melting my heart (and looks great with my Iittala collection below it).  Look how many cute ideas there are for when a wee plant is all someone can manage . . .

Tea cups, Corks, Wood Egg Cups, Tin on Saucer, Tin Can, Copper Caps


  1. Dana@Mid2Mod
    June 5, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    The cork idea is really cute. I may have to try that!I thought the "new digs" meant you were buying the house…What's the word?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 5, 2013 / 7:56 pm

      I'm the biggest tease. We went to see it yesterday. Details soon, I promise.

  2. Amy
    June 5, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Love it! I'm a plant killer too… I'm not sure there's rehab for us!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 5, 2013 / 7:56 pm

      This is why I love Lily of the Valley. They don't need sun and they muscle out every other plant in a garden. They are hardy and don't need me. My kinda plant.

  3. Lets just build a house!
    June 6, 2013 / 12:04 am

    i thought this would be a new house post….crossing my fingers still?? I planted succulents in tiny containers and i love love love them. and so far they are still alive!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 9, 2013 / 5:00 pm

      Haha! Sorry! MONDAY, I promise!

  4. Vintage Market Place
    June 6, 2013 / 2:48 am

    So long since I have been able to stop by and chat Tanya.Did I miss on the house hunting, whoa I hope you guys get the dream home.As for the plants you are talking to the leading plant killer of them all.I totally bought all new succulents for spring and they are all dead! HOW they are supposed to be dead free. but I didn't let it stop me and I went out and bought new fresh air plants and garden flowers and so far so good!Amy

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 9, 2013 / 5:01 pm

      Your succulents died? That stinks! We never did house hunting! We found one, Hubby liked it, I liked it, details Monday!

  5. Cullybaby
    June 6, 2013 / 2:34 pm

    Try putting some stones in the bottom of the planter for drainage – it really helps!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 9, 2013 / 5:01 pm

      I really should, thanks for the tip!

  6. Mickey@EuroAmerican Home
    June 6, 2013 / 2:50 pm

    Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one naming her plants with alliterations. So far we have Greg the Gardenia and Charles the Chives. We started with Bob the Peace lily, but somehow that just didn't sound well. I like the tiny plants ideas, although the corks might be a little overkill (literally).

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 9, 2013 / 5:02 pm

      I love those names! Charles is my favorite.

  7. cred
    June 6, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    It's true… you're killin' us here. I thought you meant you were getting the lakehouse!Lovin' the mini plants… the jade is nice in that glass planter. Whenever I see little pots of succulents on pinterest I get a crazy. I want to recreate them all even though I have no more good light locations. I copied an idea in a design magazine using succulents in 4 white espresso cups. Turned out cute and I paid more for the tiny plants than I did for the cups that I found at Goodwill. Don't feel too guilty about the plants, it likely has less to do with you than it does the house (another reason for the lakehouse- it looks like it has good light). Natural light and humidity make a bit difference from house to house. And more plants die due to over watering than under watering. Although, I have done that more times that I should admit.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 9, 2013 / 5:03 pm

      Yes, let's blame this house!! It is pretty windowless. Darn townhouse.Monday I will spill all of my beans.

  8. Jordana @WhiteCabana
    June 6, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    I LOVE those copper caps! Great ideas here!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 9, 2013 / 5:02 pm

      Isn't that clever?? I've walked by those caps so many times at the hardware store (I even bought some for another project). But it never would have dawned on me to use them for that!

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