Creeping Jenny and Ornamental Peppers Behind Bars

Caged PlantsI was at K-Mart the other day picking up supplies for my classroom when I saw some lovely white decorative bird cages on the summer outdoor items closeout rack.  They had been $25, but I got two of them for only $8 each.  And of course they are the perfect decor for us!  The tag had no “intended uses” printed on it, but I had something in mind already.

I’d find a planter that would fit inside (no easy task… it had to be no more than 7″ across, have straight sides, and be no more than 4″ tall) and put some interesting plants inside.

Today I went to Merrifield and found the only planter they had in stock that would fit in one of the bird cages.  Unfortunately, they had only one of that particular style, so I will have to keep an eye out for another similar one at some point.  I decided to get some yellow-leaved Creeping Jenny and a small ornamental pepper plant to go inside.  I thought the yellow-green, rounded leaves with their trailing habit was a lovely base for the dark green spikes of the pepper leaves, and the vibrantly-colored peppers themselves.   I ended up dividing the Creeping Jenny because the root ball from the whole thing was far too big for my little planter dish, and if what I cut off survives, I will also have some in the urns on my front porch.

All in all I think it makes an exceptionally interesting planted display and I’m looking forward to figuring out what to do in terms of plant color scheme for the second cage!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Elvira on September 28, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Great idea!

    Reply

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