Just last week the hubby and I were in the thick of planting bushes, shrubs and flowers in our new yard. We were at our local hardware/garden store to fulfill one of my projects for the weekend – getting planters/urns for our front porch to fill with all kinds of beauty! However, I quickly found out that even the PLASTIC planters I had in mind were going to cost two bills! I was shocked! And then I quickly became determined to find something a little more budget friendly – maybe even something we already had around the house. That’s where these great ideas came into play for finding creative gardening containers that won’t break the bank.
Plant a rainbow of annuals in a wagon for a portable garden. Be sure to drill a hole in the bottom of the wagon to provide drainage.
Early spring flowers—multihued pansies planted in a hollowed-out tree stump—enhance the charm of a wooded yard.
Plain terra-cotta garden containers gain weathered-over-time style with easy DIY techniques. Create a speckled effect, chipped charm or tough texture, then seal with a clear coat.
A vintage colander makes a great container garden—it already comes with drainage holes! This one includes parsley and polka dot plant.
Step it Up
Turn a short stepladder into a garden focal point with a coat of bright paint, then decorate the steps with your favorite potted combinations in cans. Look for old ladders at garage and estate sales, thrift stores and flea markets.
Birdbath looking a little empty? Fill it up with a colorful arrangement of blooms.
Boot it Up
Perfect for a small accent at your front or back door, an old shoe holds a miniature herb garden of chives, tricolor sage and thyme.
Create an unusual garden container from an old bicycle. Use the bike’s existing basket (or attach one) for flowers. Line the basket with moss, and fill with dirt. Make sure to allow for drainage. If your bike is in a shady area, fill with flowers such as colorful impatiens and let ferns and ivy dangle over the side.
Old tires become eyecatching—and colorful—flower containers on a barn or shed.