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Bird bath as a container garden??

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I just bought a bird bath with the intent of using it as something other than a bird bath. I was thinking of turning it into a container garden -- are there any plants that will grow in very shallow soiil?? Being a bird bath, there isn't a lot of depth for plant roots to grow in.

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I'm so focussed on using the bird bath as a planter, I never even thought of doing something like a zen garden or candles -- thanks for those suggestions :)

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Ivy and impatiens. I have seen quite a few birdbath containers in my long walks and they have these 2 plants in them. They look amazing!!!!

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I think I remember Jennifer Reynolds putting together that garden on an episode of H&H. Thanks for mentioning it -- maybe a combination of succulents and rock garden plants will work :) Now I just have to go find them!!

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Here is another pretty succulent that would look nice and add more colour. It is called Sempervivium 'Red Ace'. It was shown in June/July issue of gardening Life on page 40. So pretty!

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You could do a variety of succulent plants. In the Jan/Feb 2003 issue of Gardening Life pg 24, Jennifer Reynolds designed this bird bath planter for indoors but it would be fine outdoors as well.

The article reads...
"A high birdbath makes perfect planter for low-growing, jewel-toned succulents. Spread a thin layer of sandy potting soil (Nature's Mix Cactus and Succulent Soil) one inch thick over a quarter of and inch of gravel in the top of a birdbath. Add large Echveria rosettes in hues of blue, rose and emerald green, and soften the edges with lime green trailing sedum (sedum morganianum). Kept in a sunny place with minimal water, this arrangement will thrive--maybe even flower."

I don't have a bird bath for indoors or out but I like to bring my hen and chick plants inside in the winter and put them in bathrooms. They do really well inside and hardly need any care.

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You've all given me some great ideas -- I'm going to turn this bird bath into a container garden yet!! Of course, the bird bath is currently outside in the rain, so for all I know, the birds might have taken it over!!

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I love your bird bath container garden, Lisi!! It's lovely!!

Unfortunately, my bird bath is nowhere near as deep as yours -- it's maybe an inch deep in the center, at the most. Do you know of any plants that would work in such a shallow container??

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