How to find the perfect brass planter on a budget

You might remember a few weeks ago I decided to go with the trend and get some houseplants.  You can read all about it on my previous house plant blog. You may also recall my next mission was to find some fabulous planters, which I had great fun doing. I was looking for treasure…. gold maybe?  No, I was looking brass, the gold colour without the expense. Oh did I mention I was on a budget.

I was taking a trip to the Lake District UK for a bit of hill walking (I’ll show you the pictures in a later blog) and on the way decided to stop over in Lancaster. Noticed there was a big antique centre just on the outskirts of town so thought it would be worth popping in for a browse.  I love poking around an antique centre, this apparently is one of the largest indoor centres in the UK, GB Antiques Centre .  Great place to visit, a really huge place.  We had to do some hunting (yes Mr Husband was there too), but found an old brass planter, which was v large and only £15.  It’s got a dink or two but only minor.

umbrella plant in brass planter

A few weeks then passed and I found myself one Sunday in the border town of Leominster, with only antique shops.  Hiding away on the 3rd floor of such a place I found this brass jardiniere, it weighs 5kg but cost only £25! Snapped it up. Luckily Mr Husband was on hand to carry it back to the car.  It polished up a treat and is the perfect vessel for my crazy spider plant.  It also doubles up perfectly as a champagne chiller! It’s a beauty.

spider plant and brass jardiniere


Decided that was probably enough brass for now so turned my attention to this elegant Sylvac planter circa 1940’s I think, but I really don’t know. It’s in perfect condition and was only £4 for a local Buxton fair. Now I will be perfectly honest with you, this planter is a little too small as the plastic pot peeps out the top, you can spot it hiding under the leaves.

gardenia and sylvac

I still needed to find another planter as I’d bought a new little palm.  This pottery planter was just the ticket and found in a local Buxton charity shop for less than £1… Plain white with a geometric pattern, it will be very flexible around the house for years to come.

palm in white planter


Here’s the whole collection, as you can see I’m still managing to keep the houseplants alive.  I love reusing old things rather than buying new…. saving the planet and all that. But I’m always mindful the house doesn’t start looking like a museum, blending the old with the new works for me. What do you think of my choice of planters?

group of house plants


3 Indoor plants to try in your home

Indoor plants or house plants, call them what you want they are very on trend.  In my younger days, my house was full of plants, they were on every window sill and spare gap on the table.  It was a more of a gardening extension rather than a design thing. However, as life went on the house plants disappeared, I think a lot to do with taking holidays and at one point we were living in a fairly dark house.  However, now it’s time for them to return and bring life and air purifying properties to my home!

So, I recently ventured to a local garden centre to see what they had as I’d remembered they had an unusually large selection of indoor plants.  I picked three, I thought I’d start small and as I’m always looking to get something for free was looking for plants large enough to divide and make more plants.  These are the plants I finally chose.

Easy care Indoor house plants

Let’s take a look at them one by one considering their needs for light and water as these seem to be the key things to keep them alive and looking healthy.  A dying plant is not a good look, trust me I’ve done that experiment.

Schefflera Arboricola dwarf umbrella tree indoor house plantThis elegant plant is a Schefflera Arboricola or to give its common name (and we all like a common names) Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Water: Wait until the soil in the plant dries out and then thoroughly soak.  I would stand it in a few inches of water (maybe in the sink) and let it suck up as much water as it wants. Yellow leave falling off is a sign you are watering it too much.

Light: It likes light but not direct sunlight.  Not enough light and it gets leggy, too much light and the leaves will burn.



Gardenia indoor house plant


Next we have a glossy Gardenia.  Now reading about these they appear a little fussier.

Water: They like a consistently damp but not soggy soil, they also like high humidity so give it the occasional misting.

Light: These also like bright but not direct sunlight, and as me they like it on the warm side, which might be challenge in my flat.

So, this little chap is already sounding challenging, but I’m going to persevere as it will have vivid white flowers and produces a gorgeous fragrance.  Since getting this plant my living room has been smelling delightful despite the plant only having one flower.

Spider plant

A finally this beauty is a Spider Plant, a house plant favourite. Apparently these are one of the easiest house plants to care for, so I had better keep this one alive. As you can see mine already has many little spiderettes, which I’ve already potted to make new plants.

Water: Not too much watering, they don’t like it soggy. They like to dry out between watering.

Light: Again, bright but not direct sunlight but they do like it a bit cooler.

Now I know how to grow these plants 🤞 there are still a couple of things I need to decide. Firstly, I need to choose some planters.  At the moment, the pots are on plastic trays to stop water and soil leaking over the furniture.   I need to think about how the planter sits against the decor where the plant will live.

And that brings me on to the second thing I need to decide, where to put them.  I’ve been moving them around constantly.  I think they will all sit in the living room, but when I get the spiderette plants growing I’m going to have them hanging in the kitchen.

I hope my ramblings have inspired you to get a few house plants and you’ll can join me on the ‘journey’ of keeping them alive.  I will update you in a few weeks when I’ve select planters. A blog post consisting of dead plants is not attractive so I need to get my green fingers out 🌱🌱🌱

Plant selection