Do you remember the wall planter I created last summer for my hens and chicks? Well, it hung outside on the wall all winter long, and I am happy to report – she survived!

A few weeks ago when it warmed up a bit, I took the planter off the wall and gave it a really good soaking with the hose. The plants were looking a little brown and sad at the time, but in a few short days they really came back to life. There is so much new growth. Those mama hens had a lot of little chicks over the winter. From what I understand, these suckers are pretty hardy and can survive most conditions. I give them credit because I barely survived this past winter. 


Anyway, remember what it looked like when I first started?

And now. What a difference!

In case you missed it last year, you might want to check out how I made the outdoor wall shelves here. Then you can see how I put together the planter here. I also talked about how I water it here.

 After I give the porch a good scrubbing, I’m going to get these shelves dressed for the season! Bring on the sunshine, Mother Nature!

How did your plants survive the winter? What are your plans for sprucing up your porch decor for the warm months ahead?

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  • Shavonda at

    I love this. Ive been wanting to give something like this a try for a while. I would love to use succulents, but I worry about the weather here. We get super hot and dry summers. A bit more research I guess.Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – let me know what you use. The hens and chicks do really well. It seems they can tolerate a lot. Good luck!


  • {northern cottage} at

    so glad to hear your babies survived the winter – this space and project is just plain GORGEOUS – love!! I posted on fb this am the SNOW (yes snow!) we’re getting now – ugh – check out the pic if ya want {}
    happy day to you buddy!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      More snow!? Oh no! Will this winter ever end!? Hope you have a grand weekend!


  • Rebecca at

    this is awesome! i want to make one!

  • Anonymous at

    love love love from sounth central Pa. Just penciled this in at the top of my gardening to do list!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hello PA friend! Yes – this project is a must! Good luck!


  • Elle at

    Hens and chicks remind me of my mom. She got hers from a neighbor and had fun planting them in nooks and crannies near the front porch. Happy Gardening!

  • at

    I’m usually a black thumb when it comes to gardening, but I really want to make one of these. It’s great to see the progress from last year!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – I’m sure you could handle this one. I kill plants all the time and these are still alive – that should say something.


  • Mike @ Semi Sweet at

    I just discovered your blog and I love all your amazing ideas and style! This wall planter especially. It’s lovely to see all the hens and chicks survived the Winter. Your red patio door and accents rock too BTW.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! So glad to connect!


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