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Creative Garden Planters

Planters come in all shapes and sizes. Every gardener knows that finding creative things to put plants in will add interest to their yard. This is a guide about creative garden planters.
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September 16, 2009 Flag

My husband is in the construction business. One day he brought this old salad display home. It is the large kind you see at buffets. It has a sneeze guard on the top. I put it on my back porch and planted herbs in it.
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There is more than ample room for the soil and it even has a drain hole if the herbs get too much rain. Underneath are cabinets to store my gardening tools and seed. You can pick these up from restaurants that are being remodeled. They will give them to you. I love mine.

By Eveh from Gulf Coast

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you for sharing this. Just wish I had access to one, but could make my own with left over house project material. Sure to fool those pesky garden & herb robbers, above & below ground!

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March 18, 20170 found this helpful

Shoe planter attached to a fence.

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Go on a treasure hunt in your home with an eye to items that can be converted into unique planters. This is a guide about planter ideas from every room in your house.

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March 3, 2014 Flag

My daughter loves anything old or antique and loves rag rugs, so I decided to use the rag rug technique and make her rag flower pots.

I cut rag strips, braided them together and then hot glued them to plastic tubs from the Dollar Store. Everyone in the family now wants rag flower pots.

Source: I just kinda thought of another use for the rag rug technique.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh4 found this helpful
April 13, 2011 Flag

Planning ahead for the seasons can add challenges to spring planting. Instead of planting each season, plant now to create an entire yearly display for much less than you'll pay to replant it each season. Why pay money to purchase plants and then throw them away?

The Front Stoop Planter

Brighten your entryway by adding a planter to welcome visitors and draw attention to your front door. The look of your home's front door is an important element in your landscaping. Pulling out the season's flowers and replacing them is not only time consuming but expensive.

Think about the year ahead instead. We consider an entire season's planting when digging flower beds in the yard, but we often ignore them in potted displays. While pansies and winter cabbage are attractive, save them for your yard and keep them out of the potted plants. Instead, think about plants that will die down and reappear each year. Yearly plantings should be reserved for the larger planters.

Spring

For spring, plant some tall bulbs in your planter at a depth of six inches. This will allow the other plants to sit on top of the bulbs so the transition from spring to summer will be a seamless one. To protect your bulbs from squirrels, place a small cut piece of mesh wire on top of the bulbs before adding the remaining soil.

Summer

In summer, choose some perennial plants that can grow beneath the spring bulbs and continue to flower throughout the season. Opt for plants such as snapdragons. Then, to layer your look, add some taller greens in the back. This is great place to place herbs such as chives that not only bloom but also offer interesting greenery and useful seasoning.

Autumn

When autumn arrives, the addition of chrysanthemums is too pricey and short lived. Instead, plant marigold seeds beneath your summer plants halfway through the season. The marigolds will grow amongst the summer flowers, adding to their beauty at the end of the summer. Their bright fall colors will brighten your planters, and they will withstand cooler temperatures before frost comes. Collect the dead flower heads and store them in a dry place for next year's planting.

As the frost line approaches your home, consider covering the planter with an old bed sheet at night. This will keep your flowers blooming and healthy longer. When the cold comes on strong, if you live in a colder climate, you'll have to add to your planter manually. Prune some interestingly shaped branches from around your yard and add them to the planter. If they have colored leaves, this will add to the display until the leaves dry. Bare sticks will continue the autumn look while adapting to the harsher temperatures.

For those who live in planting zone 6 and further north, this time period of autumn into winter is tricky for planters. Explore your recycling options. Continue to add the bare sticks as well as any dried berries and fall items you might find in your yard. Then, recycle the jack-o-lantern by turning his face to the back, covering it with the sticks and findings, and using the orange color to accentuate your display.

Winter

As winter approaches, create displays that look nice with and without snow. Keep the bare sticks and the recycled pumpkin in the display until the pumpkin freezes. Then, add pine branches cut from your trees or a neighbor's tree. As branches fall during ice storms, build on your planter's look.

With a little investment, purchase a small evergreen for the center of your pot. Keep the other flowers growing around it, and decorate it according to the season. The evergreen will look lovely with smaller spring bulbs around its base, small summer flowers such as sweet alyssum around its base, sticks and marigolds in autumn, and mulch in the winter.

It's important to mulch your planter during the winter. Keeping it close to the house or under a porch will help to protect it. Adding pine needles as mulch is also a cheap and decorative solution.

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November 7, 20151 found this helpful

Terrific article which has given me many ideas. Like especially the one about adding branches from the garden and the country. Alyssum self-seeds here ( in Northern Ireland! ) so that's another item to add; marigold seeds I have, so it's just the perennials and bulbs and perhaps a tiny conifer to find. Should you take it apart and replant it every season? Because it will make heavy demands on the soil's nutrients.

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March 8, 20071 found this helpful

a boot with succulents

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Here are ideas for reusing items as planters or pots from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own unusual planter ideas below.

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

Strawberry pot with a glass table top.

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Plant with trailing plants and add a top to a strawberry pot and you have an attractive side table for your deck or patio. This is a guide about strawberry pot side table.

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November 1, 2015

cactus in plastic truck

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In the Dollar Store we found some plastic toy wheel barrows and dump trucks. We set them on a mat that keeps weeds out with pea pebbles, and filled them up (first hubby drilled drainage holes) and set them out front.

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February 20, 2007

Wheelbarrow Filled with Flowers

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I used an old wheelbarrow by drilling holes in the bottom for drainage, throw in some gravel then top w/soil and plants. Plants that hang off the sides look great and something big and flashy in the middle.

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February 13, 2012

nasturtium in tea kettle

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Interesting focal points in your garden don't always have to include terra cotta pots. See what you have around the house that would make a creative planter.

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August 2, 2011

Several galvanized tubs with vegetables planted in them along gravel driveway

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My yard is mostly shade with the gravel driveway being the sunniest spot on the property. I refused to give up vegetable gardening when we bought the place, so I gathered up my galvanized tub collection.

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September 14, 2009

Blooming pants.

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This is a recycling craft using children's pants as a holder for potted plants. Quite unique and cute. I saw the idea in a Birds and Blooms magazine and used it myself.

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July 31, 2007

Flower "Bed" That's Different

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Want something different for your front lawn or garden? Use an iron chair or glider and fill it with ivy and flowers. My husband put some wooden sides on it and I lined the bottom with coconut liners.

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May 4, 2015

Toy Box Planter

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On a recent drive around town I saw this fun planter in someone's yard. They used a Little Tikes football toy box, which I frequently see at yard sales and thrift stores. Drill some drainage holes in the bottom and you have a durable planter for your flowers.

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October 20, 2009

wine press planters

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This wine press has been in the family for about 50 years and has seen many, many boxes of grapes and we have enjoyed many, many bottles of homemade wine. The day finally came when the press was ready for retirement and I turned it into a lovely garden piece.

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June 23, 2012

Petunias in galvanized calf feeding pail.

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I keep my eyes open for any old galvanized buckets, tubs, and pails that I can use in my garden. This one was once a "calf-a-teria" complete with rubber udder where the hole is at the bottom.

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January 23, 2014

Used Pool Filter as a Garden Plant Stand - flowerpot on top of filter

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I hated to throw away our used swimming pool filter and thought it looked so interesting. I stood it upright and put a flower pot on top of it. It adds prominence to an empty space in the garden.

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September 22, 2009

Last fall I took a large pumpkin and cleaned it out, filled it with potting soil and put a mum plant in it. I used it as a decoration on my front porch. At the end of the season, I took the mum/pumpkin and planted it in the ground.

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July 30, 20050 found this helpful

driveway planter with flowers

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This is a very long driveway planter. It is made from long narrow shipping crates that held steel roller assemblies. I painted them and my husband moved them into place aligned and attached them to make one long planter.

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January 13, 20160 found this helpful

A hanging bottle planter

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This is a guide about making a plastic soda bottle hanging planter. Help give your plants an inexpensive new home and keep plastic bottles out of our landfills by making this easy hanging planter.

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January 21, 2009

Plate Gardens

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They are easy and fun and require basically what you can find around your home and yard. Use old clay or ceramic plates, soil, small rocks or pebbles, dried flowers, sand, moss, etc., to create little faerie gardens or as my daughter calls them "Ladybug Gardens.

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September 8, 20040 found this helpful

Today I was driving by someone's home and saw what I thought were pretty white "pillars" down the side of their driveway with gorgeous plant boxes sitting inside of them hanging down over the sides of the "pillars".

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January 19, 2012

Recycled ceramic planters from coffee cups and other dishes.

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With the cold weather, I do my gardening indoors. I use cute planters from thrift shops like coffee mugs, porcelain creamers, or ceramic pots that strike my fancy.

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November 30, 20111 found this helpful

Recycled wooden chair planter.

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This is a guide about making a chair planter. Recycling and old chair into a creative planter provides you with a unique, creative garden planter. Not only is this project a good way to recycle, but also a crafty outlet for your combined gardening and craft skills.

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August 15, 2007

Flower Bed Glider Filled With Flowers

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Want something different for your flower garden or front yard? Use an old iron chair or glider, as I have used, to create a flower bed. I lined the bottom with coconut shell liners, filled with potting soil and planted away!

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July 6, 2004

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Container gardens are so much fun, because the possibilities are endless, and the entire family can participate. You don't have to commit a lot of time to plant: Create one new potted plant each day until your garden is complete! Just about anything that will hold soil can be used.

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