Reuse & Recycle: Spring Flower Pot Ideas

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff

With Mother’s Day around the corner and the weather getting pretty nice, many of us are just getting ready to plant our summer hanging baskets and deck planters. Here’s some tips on how to reuse many of our plants, hanging baskets, and deck planters so that you save money while having beautiful flowering decorations all year long. Plus reusing old plants helps make a much more varied hanging basket or deck planter.

Clean Up and Reuse Old Baskets and Flower Pots
Clean, paint and add fabric to add a new look to your old flower pots. Old hanging baskets where the hanger breaks can still be used as deck planters. Remove the root clumps and reuse half the soil from your old basket and put in new soil, mixing it thoroughly with the old and with manure. Plant them early with spring blooming bulbs, then reuse the planters by replacing the bulbs with your summer annuals after May. If your hangers break on your hanging basket, reuse an indoor plant cord to hang them or set them on the stairs.

Reuse Ivy and Other Ground Cover in Flower Pots
Split Ivy, Hostas, Ferns, and other long lasting leafy plants and reuse chunks of them to add contrast to my flower baskets and deck planters. When planting a hanging basket, use the largest you can find, I will plant a tall flowering plant in the center, then plant a ring of four to six starts around it, alternating by twos or threes. Use two bundles of leafy plants per hanging basket and position them on the edge. When you pick up your spring starts, this will save you a lot of money.

Reuse Last Years Garden Perennials as Your Center Flower
Stick a tall perennial in the center of a large 10″ hanging basket or deck planter, then add a petunia on each of two sides and greens or Lobelia on the sides since they drape rather nicely. Lobelia is one of the least expensive hanging basket plants and often comes in a six-pack sold for under $2.

Remember that gardening is a wonderful breast cancer recovery therapy.  Gardens have been proven to be therapeutic while offering both comfort and hope for breast cancer patients and their families.


Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.

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  1. Strongly Agree With You


  2. Reblogged this on Cayisa's Blog and commented:
    Great Idea for reusing flower pots!


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