Urn as patio table - or container for a living bouquet

Unique ideas to use urns in the garden

Urn as patio table – or container for a living bouquet

Looking through this tabletop is like peering into a tidepool with leafy greens at its depths. The succulents rooting here include hen and chicks, red-blushed Aeonium arboreum, a spiny aloe, and tiny sedums.

Thomas J. Story

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Patio table greenhouse

When Sunset's test garden coordinator Bud Stuckey roots succulents, he puts them in an 18-inch-diameter urn filled to 6 1/2 inches below the rim with potting soil, then centers a 24-inch round of tempered glass ― sold as a tabletop ― on the rim. The mini-greenhouse doubles as a table for a lightly shaded patio. To keep condensation from building up on the underside of the glass, he removes the glass tabletop every few days for an hour or so. Once the succulents are rooted (in four weeks), he transfers them to pots or garden beds.

Between periods of use as a mini-greenhouse, the urn displays objects such as glass balls.

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