Price points: Terrarium

terrarium choices | H is for Home

Terrarium? Terraria? Terrariums? Which is the correct plural term? Following on from last week’s cactus lights round-up, today we’re looking at the real thing.

We don’t have that many house plants, but we seem to be able to maintain our little collection of cacti and succulents. A terrarium is the ideal micro-climate for housing these kind of plants; keeping them in this way makes these low-maintenance plants almost no-maintenance!

Gimme Five! Metal planters

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selection of galvanised metal planters

Lots of the plants in our garden are in need of potting on. In the past couple of years, some of the plants have become pot-bound, crying out for a bit of leg room. We used to have lots of lovely terracotta pots but after a couple of harsh, cold winters most of them have cracked and shattered.

Little by little, we’ve been replacing the terracotta with more hardy galvanised versions. We’re in the market for quite a few more metal planters. We love vintage dolly tubs but they can be quite dear – some fetching about the £50 mark.

Galvanised metal planters looks great in groups of different sizes and shapes and some have lovely corrugated patterns. Here are some of the best ones we’ve found.

  1. Fallen Fruits balcony zinc rectangular planter: £13.99, Wayfair
  2. Two aged zinc troughs – £45, Cox & Cox
  3. Single galvanised pot: from £2.99, Crocus
  4. SOCKER plant pot: £6.50, IKEA
  5. Galvanised iron planter: £7.95, by Ella James on Notonthehighstreet

Galvanised Garden

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stacks of of vintage galvanised zinc florist's pots

We’ve just added a dozen of these galvanised metal containers to our garden – the tall shape is a give-away as to their original use.

vintage galvanised zinc florist's pot with drainage holes drilled

They’re actually vintage flower sellers’ tubs that once housed the long stems & blooms. A few holes drilled into the bottom and they were ready for their new role as garden planters.

vintage galvanised zinc florist's pot used to grow herbs

Over the years, we’ve replaced most of our terracotta pots with galvanised containers. We just love the colour of the metal and the small details such as seams & rivets. There’s a great variety in size & shape which makes a collection visually interesting. Dolly tubs, tin baths, water tanks and buckets all make great planters. Another huge advantage is that they don’t break or frost shatter like terracotta and pottery.

collection of vintage galvanised zinc florist's pots used to grow herbs

We decided to grow all our culinary herbs in this batch of pots – and they’ve taken very well to their new homes!

G is for… Garden

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photo of our garden with vintage floral sun lounger | H is for Home

Our small Pennine garden has woken up – well, started to at least! We’ve been out at the weekend sweeping, potting up seeds, planting strawberries and some colourful annuals.

strawberries growing in our garden | H is for Home colourful annuals in our garden | H is for Home

We have lots of shady corners, so hostas and astilbes do really well.

astilbes growing in pots | H is for Home hostas growing in posts and vintage dolly tubs | H is for Home

Ferns like it here too – we’re really fond of these little ones which self-seed and sprout from the old stone walls.

ferns growing between stone bricks in a wall | H is for Home ferns growing in pots and between stone bricks in a wall | H is for Home

self seeding clover type plant | H is for Home

This is another self-seeder. It can take over a bit if left unchecked, but if it’s restricted within pots and cracks between paving it looks wonderful – the bright green leaves and pretty white flowers really lift the shaded areas… and it’s always good to get plants for free!

We have a little project for the summer, renovating this little, old greenhouse which was about to be thrown on the tip. It’s a house in the loosest sense of the word – being only about 4 feet wide. We’ll try not to lose any of its shabby charm, but if it doesn’t get some TLC soon it will fall to pieces.

vintage mini-greenhouse | H is for Home

We love these bits of metalware in the garden – old dolly tubs, buckets and watering cans.

vintage galvanised metal dolly tub | H is for Home large pottery urn | H is for Home

Also the drainpipe hoppers which look lovely when the flowers start to spill over.

old cast iron hoppers being used as plant pots | H is for Home

We’ve got our seating arrangements sorted out, picking up a Victorian cast iron bench over the winter.

Victorian garden bench | H is for Home

Also a more portable 1960s metal & plastic weave chair… and this fab 70s floral lounger.

old dandycord chair | H is for Home vintage 1970s floral sun lounger | H is for Home

The birds are well catered for…

hanging bird feeder full of peanuts | H is for Home stone bird table | H is for Home

Although its about time they started to find their own food now.

We’ve made a good start, but there’s plenty left to do… and Fudge is always happy to supervise proceedings.

Fudge the dog asleep in the garden | H is for Home

It’s nice to be able to sit back and survey work done so far though… and plan the next move from our strategic headquarters.

garden shed | H is for Home