Green Tea Anyone?

We love our front hosta garden… the different textures of the leaves… the different sizes and heights.

There are hundreds of different types, and we’ve collected our hostas over time

They’ve filled in very nicely, and the front shady garden is a very peaceful place to be on a hot summer day.

Hosta gardens

But it does need a little color and whimsy.

metal chair before makeover

Enter this vintage metal chair that I found at the Re-store for $5. It’s very sturdy and will work beautifully in the garden.

I was waiting to find another one before I put this one into the garden. Not a match per se, but a chair that would complement it, but I just couldn’t wait any longer so one will have to do for now.

metal floor lamp before makeover

I also found this lamp at a garage sale. It was just $3. I cut off the electrical cord because I don’t plan on using it in the house.

metal side table before makeover

And we already had this little metal table.

wire teapot and teacups

I shared these thrifted $1 metal teacups and chicken wire teapot a while back. They’re so cute, and will be the perfect little containers for this project.

filling wire teapot and teacups with cocoa fibre

To keep in the soil I lined them with spare bits of cocoa fibre.

spray painted metal chair, lamp, and side table as planter display in hosta garden

I spray painted the chair a bright turquoise, the lamp a hot pink, and the table a lovely sunny yellow.

planter used as lampshade for garden cafe display

This wire planter makes a perfect garden lampshade.

Garden cafe planter display with metal chair, lamp, and side table

To make it super easy I used a ready made hanging planter that came with pink geraniums and a few other flowers in the chair.

Metal wire teapot and teacups filled with hens and chicks

The teacups and teapot were spray painted a happy green, and they sit on a vintage black grill for a tray.

spray painted metal wire teapot and teacups filled with hens and chicks

And it’s green tea time.

Can I pour you a cup of hens and chicks? 🙂

Don’t forget to pin it!

How to create a cafe garden vignette with spray painted metal chair, lamp, side table, and more

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Oh I love it all! The bright colors you chose are so perfect. I especially love the chair. Such a happy spot…:) Have a wonderful week.

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. Oh, Tuula! I love this look! It would be perfect in the back corner of our walled garden. (Which right now is just weeds.)

  3. Tuula,if anyone knows how to add color to a spot, it's you! I love it! That lamp is fabulous and so unexpected in a garden. But then so is succulent tea. It's all lovely, whimsical and fun!

  4. I hope the hostas are happy with their new roommates. A delightful pop of color. Those hostas are quite amazing. You truly have a green thumb … and a pink one, and a yellow one, and a blue one.

  5. Oh this is just beautiful Tuula – love all of it -but that tea pot and cup set are the most darling things I've ever seen in a garden – well the lamp is too –
    What vision – I have the perfect corner in the back for something like this – talk about charming !!!

  6. You really have a great eye for garden decorating! I love what you did with all your thrift finds Tuula. Do you fertilize those hostas? They are so lush and full!

  7. As a matter of fact, Tuula, I will take take a cup of hen and chicks! LOL
    This is such a fun element to the yard. I have hosta envy because they die in my yard.
    I love this, clever girl. 🙂

  8. You are so clever Tuula. Love the bright colors and that is just the perfect spot for them. Love that lamp shade too. I am sure my wild deer would love me to plant some hosta. I think I have a wire cup and saucer someplace … now, I know what to do with it.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  9. Love this "tea time" garden decor design! You have the neatest ideas. Brilliant putting the hens and chicks in the teapot and tea cups. Thank you again for sharing!

    1. Thanks Shiela! I have to say that this is one of my favourite garden vignettes. I'm still looking for another metal chair for the other side. When I find it I'll post it.

  10. I forgot to add, you have also inspired me to add more hostas to my gardens. I have them, but I think I'll look for more varieties to add into my gardens. Yours are so lovely.

    1. Thanks Sheila. Yes, we went a little crazy collecting hostas a few years ago. At one time we had 88 different varieties, but we've lost a few since then. We do love them, but we ran out of shady places to put them so we had to stop. The ones we have are getting so big we're having to divide and give pieces away.

  11. Mother Deer says:

    That is fabulous! I love the colors among the hostas 🙂

  12. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR IDEAS for the garden. Would love to find the wire tea set. It’s beautiful.

    1. Thanks Linda! That tea set was a lucky thrifted find, and it was so easy to spray paint.

  13. Donna Wilcoxson says:

    Absolutely love this. Love the fun colors too.