UNIQUE CONTAINER GARDENING IDEAS

A traditional container garden is typically created from classic terra-cotta pots.  But other common options to consider would be the following: 

  • lightweight fiberglass planters
  • outdoor plastic planters
  • colored concrete planters
  • glazed ceramic planters
  • natural wood planters (teak planters, cedar planters)
  • aluminum, cor-ten steel or other metal planters

Anything that can hold soil?

Is this how you “contain” ivy?

However, anything that can hold soil can be considered a potential planter, and with a bit of creativity, distinctive container gardens can be shaped from these old receptacles and salvaged for a new use. Look anew at antique urns, discarded tubs, and galvanized animal feeders.   

Sometimes the “flourish” can be found in the planter design rather than the planting design!

Wellies are a fun planter once they’ve past their functionality as a rain boot.

Beautiful display of wellies as flower pots outside of Sloane Square tube station in London, during the Chelsea Flower Show of 2016

Be inventive! Planters can have unusual shapes and even different uses. They can be placed indoor or outdoor, hung, put on a surface or made of various materials. Regardless of the container you use, there are certain basics to follow to maintain your container garden.

A very fashionable container design!

A very fashionable container design!

CREATIVE GARDEN CONTAINERS – UNIQUE PLANTER IDEAS

Recycling older materials that have exceeded their common everyday usage, finding a new use or “upcycling” them, here are some wonderfully witty and creative ideas for planters.  Look around the house or scour thrift stores and flea markets for unique vessels to hold plants.

Consider a recycled bathtub as an excellent container garden. Grow herbs, vegetables and other edibles within. No worry about toxicity in your soil. Great drainage too!

Consider a recycled bathtub as an excellent container garden. Grow herbs, vegetables and other edibles within. No worry about toxicity in your soil. Great drainage too!

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