Making a Wheelbarrow Planter

February 20, 2007

I love interesting places to display flowers. Especially when they are easy since I don't have much of a green thumb. Here are some things I've done:


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. You can also lay the barrow on its side and design from there.

Another great tip is using old chairs that have lost their seat in them.

By Sarah Cox from Hixson, TN

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December 30, 2004

If you love strawberries I have found that the best place to grow them so nothing eats them and they get the best sun all day is in an old wheelbarrow. The strawberries stay clean, they can live on the back verandah or wherever you can keep an eye on the birds etc.

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March 11, 2012

This was an old wheelbarrow I got for $1.00 at a garage sale. It is filled with rosemary, chives, oregano, and mint. I have more than I can use! Make sure you drill some holes in the bottom for drainage.

Wheelbarrow Planter

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August 20, 2009

My wheelbarrow garden decor. Hope you like it!

Planter made with an old wheelbarrow.

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May 8, 2020

An old wheelbarrow can be repurposed as an herb garden. Many herbs are perennials so you can harvest for years to come. If the barrow is intact you can move it about your yard to maximize sun exposure. Fresh herbs are very flavorful, so this creative recycled planter is something to consider.

Recycled Wheelbarrow Herb Garden - herbs growing in an old wheelbarrow

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May 7, 2020

Spilling wheelbarrow yard decor and planters are quite popular. The attached photo shows one example of this landscape project using coleus.

Spilling Wheelbarrow Garden Planter - rock lined narrow planter with a tipped yellow wheelbarrow cascading soil and coleus into the coleus planted bed

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February 15, 2017

A fun planter can easily be made from a child's wheelbarrow. This is a page about toy wheelbarrow as flower planter.

Toy Wheelbarrow as Flower Planter - barrow at base of tree

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May 22, 2009

I would appreciate info on planting flowers in a very old wheelbarrow. It has curved sides so not many pots can fit in it.

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