Re-purposing antique bird cages for a unique display is a fresh idea that makes a new and striking twist on a current favourite.
Re-purposing antique bird cages for a unique display is a fresh idea that makes a new and striking twist on a current favourite.
Re-purposing antique bird cages for a unique display is a fresh idea that makes a new and striking twist on a current favourite.
Re-purposing antique bird cages for a unique display is a fresh idea that makes a new and striking twist on a current favourite.
Re-purposing antique bird cages for a unique display is a fresh idea that makes a new and striking twist on a current favourite.
Re-purposing antique bird cages for a unique display is a fresh idea that makes a new and striking twist on a current favourite.
Decorate your garden this winter to add whimsical charm and interest, writes Sacha van Niekerk

And simultaneously, they understand the toll that the colder months take on their sanctuary.

You can, however, get creative by taking interior principles outdoors. After all, row upon row of the same terracotta pots lined up against walls and on window sills don’t necessarily do anything special to show off your wonderful work. After trawling the web for inspiration, here’s a list of creative ways to spruce up your garden:

A fountain of succulents

With waxy leaves in shades of minty green and deep violet, succulents have become very trendy for more than just their appearance. Their thick, fleshy leaves store water, so they typically only require watering weekly.

Create a waterfall of green in an empty fountain by planting these beauties with a variety of foliage spillers that have a cascading quality (dichondra, sweet potato vines or petunias, for example). During drier months or a drought, it’s the perfect way to save water.

A flowering chair

With a few minor alterations, old chairs can be made over into stunning flower beds. The easiest way to make a chair planter is to cut a hole into the seat of a chair and fit a container into it. The lip of the container should sit above the perimeter of the hole, so it doesn’t fall through. With the added elevation and the rustic feel, your plants are sure to stand out.

Dress up your plants

A fresh lick of paint is all you need to transform an old shabby dresser into a makeshift plant display. Have it nestled in a corner among the shrubbery, drawers open and brimming with flourishing potted plants. Aside from the fairytale charm, the various heights of the drawers gives you full access to each section, making watering easy and ensuring that each plant gets enough sunlight.

A garden tea party

Small, dainty and elegant, vintage teacups are impossible not to love.

With their scalloped edges and floral designs, they are the perfect vessel for holding all your prettiest flowers.

So don’t throw away all your chipped or mismatched teacups, re-purpose them to use as pot plants instead.

If you wish to start a herb garden, mint, thyme, basil, coriander and rosemary are just a few examples of herbs that grow well in small spaces.

Bird cage

Utilise vertical spaces and add colour to dull areas by hanging birdcages with flowers in them. Instead of sewing the seeds in the cage, buy a grown plant from a nursery, preferably plants that grow outwards rather than upwards as well as foliage spillers that will creep through the bars and over the edges.

Multiple cages hung in a tree have a magical effect and really elevate the beauty of the plants.