A concrete birdbath seemed like a good idea when I acquired it over a decade ago. For years, it resided in our garden under a shady tree. In all that time however, I never once saw a bird bathing in it. They preferred to splash around in random puddles on our driveway after a soaking rain. Every now and then, a neighborhood cat would drink out of it, but other than that, the birdbath sat idle.
When we moved, the birdbath came along, but I was reluctant to fill it with water. So it sat in our basement until this summer when I decided to use it for something else entirely — a planter.
The birdbath is somewhat shallow, so I figured the only plants that would thrive are tiny succulents and rock garden plants. Luckily I found a few small varieties at a nearby garden center. I planted them and then used recycled glass rocks to improve drainage and cover the soil.
I placed the birdbath on a shabby vintage table in a spot that gets lots of afternoon sun on our front terrace.
This welcoming outdoor area features a couple of wrought iron chairs, my favorite broom that was handmade in Appalachia, a primitive cottage painting on the wall, and now — our birdbath-turned-planter.