Thursday July 2, 2015
A container garden provides a wonderful way to add color and plants in any space, no matter how small. You can use planters, of course, but if you’re a gardener who likes to think outside the flower box, here are some unique container garden ideas.
Cut a hole in the seat an old chair (wood or metal), or remove it all together. Insert a pot that fits tightly in that space or staple chicken wire to the opening to provide drainage. Make sure you shape the chicken wire to form a bowl under the seat, rather than straight across. Paint the chair in colors that accent the plants in this container garden, add a hook for a watering can, and use the back of the chair to drape your vines.
Other pieces of furniture, like a dresser or just the drawers can be upcycled into a stunning container garden. Refinish the exterior, punch holes in the drawers, and line them with plastic trash bags before adding soil and plants.
Search flea markets and yard sales to find reusable and vintage pieces that spark your creativity, like metal baskets, bath tubs, sinks, and washtubs. Kitchen items like teapots, colanders, soup tureens, and stock pots can be repurposed into planters for container gardens. Succulents (e.g., cacti) do well in shallow containers, so look for pretty serving bowls and birdbaths.
An old bicycle can get more mileage with a makeover. Paint the bike (including the tires), attach baskets to the handlebars and saddle (or wherever you please). While we’re talking wheels here, think about upcycling an old wheelbarrow or a child’s wagon. Car tires also make great container garden planters. Paint them in vibrant colors and stack them for an eye-catching container garden.
The key to finding unique container garden ideas is keeping your mind and eyes open to anything that could hold soil and provide drainage. It could be plastic, wood, metal, ceramic, stone, or any combination of these materials. A plastic mop bucket, wicker laundry basket, or a wooden toy chest can do the trick. Check your basement, attic, garage, and yard. Visit flea markets and garage sales. Browse the clearance areas of department stores. Most importantly – have fun with it!