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Out Of The Ordinary Garden Planters


We can sometimes forego the normal plant containers, the ones we've used forever. Why not go for something a bit more interesting? Think outside of the proverbial box?

If it will hold something, it can be a plant container. So the sky is the limit on what you can do with junk you're about to toss. Or odd items you see at garage sales. 

Gotta love the ingenuity of people who look at things so creatively.




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Just think what all I could plant in an old claw-foot bath tub. I shudder to think how heavy it would be to bring to the patio though.

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Never, ever would have thought up this one. Stacking bottles. But it sure is pretty.

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Some people just have the most creative minds to think up all this stuff!

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Well, you probably wouldn't have to put holes in this colander. Maybe a few in the bottom.

So what kind of unusual plant container have you come up with for your outdoor space?

You can find my Pinterest board for Unusual Garden Containers here.
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  1. What a wonderful and unique collection of garden planters. Loved this!

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  2. Have to smile whenever I see that blue jean "railing" - it's just a few blocks away from our home, and has held up amazingly well over the years.
    Since space is such a consideration gardening in the city, I'm always on the look-out for smaller, unusual containers for plants.
    One very important requirement is drainage - all plants (and even soil itself) need good drainage.
    Right now I'm enjoying planting up conch shells with succulents - a really nice look for the warmer months - a current favorite is featured on my blog.....

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  3. I have a little colander that it's going to be upcycled right now! Thanks for sharing, Brenda!

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  4. Some interesting ideas! I just planted lettuces in an old calendar yesterday. I put a couple of coffee filters on the bottom so that the dirt doesn't fall through the holes.

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    1. Mel,
      Never thought to use coffee filters to hold soil!
      Andrea

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  5. i used an old 50's purse...I painted the icky black, purple...I used a lunch box, a tool box, an old brass spitoon, one of those bath caddies that hangs from the shower head...old chairs with no seat, hold baskets of flowers...all different kinds of wire baskets...there are so many things you can get at garage sales and flea markets...sometimes, I don't say what I will do with things, because people don't want their belongings used in that way...but my friends know! We all keep an eye out for each others things...like my friend makes flowers for the yard out of colored glass plates...so, I am always on the lookout for them...right now, I am looking for bowling balls, and china plates...the plates are to border my flower bed.

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  6. Such wonderfully creative ideas! The jeans are so funny...and that bathtub is amazing!

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  7. such Beautiful pictures and great ideas!!

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  8. The dresser with plant in the drawers is just soooo great!

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  9. I bought a child's cradle two years ago to use as a planter, although I haven't really used it. The other day I purchased some water sealant so that I can keep it outside, but to tell you the truth I'm still hesitating. Guess I'm afraid that it will get ruined nonetheless.

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  10. I bought a child's cradle two years ago to use as a planter, although I haven't really used it. The other day I purchased some water sealant so that I can keep it outside, but to tell you the truth I'm still hesitating. Guess I'm afraid that it will get ruined nonetheless.

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  11. I have always liked the way the furniture looks as a planter, although I must say that the ladles take the cake!

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  12. These are so cool...I love the dresser. I like the old and chippy and rusty although the colander would be cool to use as is. The violin and jeans, just a little weird.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Jane

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  13. What wonderful ideas!! I would have never thought of turning some of these things into planters! They are awesome and thank you so much for sharing the ideas with us! Have a great weekend!

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  14. The succulents in the ladles are darling and who would adore that bathtub stuffed with all those gorgeous plants. We have a beautiful old blue splatter enamel washing machine that we use in our picnic shelter when we have parties, filling it with ice and water for cold drinks and using it as a planter would be tempting except that the condition of it would deteriorate.

    My husband also saves the clay chimney flues and chimney pots when customers want un-functioning chimneys removed to use for planters. They come in all sizes and heights and are really organic in style so we've always planted our caladiums in them, grouped together. This year however we have 3 hens and the only thing they don't bother is Lanium so we're having to move caladiums and herbs to the front garden which is enclosed. So I am looking for unusual pots for more container gardening. Great ideas here!

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  15. It's always amazing what those people on Pinterest can come up with for a planter. Makes me look around here and think...hmmm what else can I use.

    Jen

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  16. Love all the ideas! I still use my husbands grandmother's washpot for my geraniums.

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  17. Gosh, the planting in the bathtub are fabulous. I've been a little disheartened lately though because the cost of antique furniture is so low in my area, that things that I feel should be appreciated forever are being used outside. I had a couple say that for 160.00 they would use a southern pine dry sink with the original zinc lining (from 1850) outside in the garden. I see this in the shop now and it hurts my heart!

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