Growing plants in containers is effective for all types of gardening endeavours. Naturally ideal for smaller gardens, balconies and decks, containers are also highly effective in larger plantings to fill in gaps with a punch of colour, create interest in off seasons, hide an eyesore area, add tender plants that are difficult to grow in the ground, or add light and brighten a dark corner.
Container choices are unending, anything that will hold a bit of dirt can be used as a growing container. You can purchase large urns and stone planters at a high price, or with a little imagination you can find and use many budget ideas from discarded and recycled items.
I’ve gathered up a few ideas that I thought were very clever and effective. Most can be done by anyone, no special skills or equipment are required. I’m hoping these ideas will inspire you to get creative, look around your own surroundings and create your own unique, creative garden containers.
Find a few old teapots, kettles or even a water dipper. Plant them up with colourful plants or succulents and hang or place them anywhere. You can even use an old lantern.
Old buckets and barrels make excellent containers. Many old tubs are made of galvanized steel, and for larger containers try potting up old wooden wine barrels.
Dig up a few old worn out and character style boots to pot up. The more worn probably the better.
Old rusted wheelbarrows are full of character. You can spruce them up with a fresh coat of vivid paint or leave them rusty. These can easily be moved around to different areas of the garden as you see fit.
Pull out that old bicycle from the shed and bring it back to life with fresh paint. Hang a few baskets from it and plant them up with overflowing flowers.
Cut a hole in the seat of an old chair and place a pot full of colourful flowers in it. Use lots of spillers so the blooms drape over the chair.
Take cheap pots and paint them with colourful designs, or wrap in cotton string.
Use tin cans or cheap plastic pots that you paint in bright cheerful tones. Plant them up and hang on walls or fences.
Get the kids involved and use some of their old toys as containers. These trucks are perfect and the kids can place them wherever they like.
For more ambitious projects for the very large garden, old cars and even an old tub can be used. Lots of originality here.
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