How to Plant Ornamental Kale in Ironstone Containers

Have you guys started thinking about holiday gift giving yet? We always have a lot of people to buy for so I like to start as early as possible. Even having a plan of what gifts you’re going to purchase feels like progress, right? We have a few gifts picked up for the littles already and my sisters and brothers in law are all doing gifts of service this year. I’m pretty sure I’ll be painting a piece of furniture for one sister and organizing closets for the other – hello, so much fun!

I’m super thankful our family values the “best gift” belief because gift-giving can sometimes be really stressful. There is always a fine balance between getting the person what they want coupled with what you can afford mixed in with something that feels special all at the same time. And yet…when you give your best gift (think time, creativity, talents, resources in any capacity) it totally takes the pressure off because the gift immediately becomes heartfelt.

If you’re looking for a budget friendly gift idea to share this holiday season with friends, neighbors, coworkers or family members, consider giving a gift that can be enjoyed throughout the year. You can find most any container like this or similar to this at your local antique store, charity shop or thrift store for a reasonable price. I’ve been collecting ironstone and cream ware for a few years now and I swear the hunt never gets old. I’ve been thinking about how to make those collections and containers more functional and decided planting ornamental kale in them would be a win-win.


Start with a clean container of your choice…


then layer the bottom with pea gravel/river rocks/pottery bits and


healthy soil.


I bought these ornamental kale plants at a big box store but you can also find them at your local nursery. Take the plants out of the plastic container and break up the roots just a bit then gently place them over a layer of rich, healthy soil.


These ironstone chamber pots are a good size so I’m using three plants but a single plant would look just as nice if you have a smaller container. Make sure you water well before…


adding a thin layer of moss which you can find at any craft store or sometimes even the Dollar Tree to give it a more finished look.


If you’re giving this as a gift you may want to leave the plant tag in the container so the recipient will know how to care for the plant.


Paper whites, ornamental kale, tulips and amaryllis are all great seasonal and cold weather plants to give this time of year. Bonus, the recipient can continue to use the container all year long!


We’ll be using these as part of our dining room tablescape and they couldn’t be easier to pull together for a low key seasonal look!


See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share a simple holiday update to make silver platters more festive. Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,



  1. Bonnie says

    I didn’t even know ornamental kale came in white CoCo I thought it only came in purple. These are really pretty. Thanks for sharing so I can be on the lookout, Bonnie

    • says

      I was sort of surprised to see these white ones too, Bonnie! We got these at Walmart several weeks ago and they were a little less than $4 a plant if that helps. I know you’re a bit south of me but it’s worth a try. Hugs, CoCo

    • says

      Thank you, Mary Beth! We pick a different gift giving theme each year and it’s always fun to see what people come up with. With my parents living in multiple cities throughout the week and my sisters littles taking a lot of extra time (as they should) we all just decided we wanted a way to serve each other with our best gifts. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Sending you hugs for a happy day, CoCo