Gardening / October 6, 2018 / éloïse Schubert.
One of the many things you can do to customize the appearance of your home is to choose unusual containers for the plants on your patio and in your backyard. You can decide to plant vegetables as well as flowers to make them stand out even more.
Any container you choose for a planter should be strong enough to support the amount of dirt it will need to hold. Clay is much more substantial than most people think, it's not at all unusual for a well-sized planter to require 100 pounds of soil to prepare it for planting.
Plant containers also need to be made of a highly durable material, as the effects of rain, snow, sun, and wet soil can be very damaging to most materials over a period. Here are a few ideas for unique plant containers you may want to explore:
Old cast iron bathtubs: While claw-footed tubs are quite popular for interior decor right now, it is still possible to find inexpensive used ones at salvage businesses if you are patient and willing to spend some time to shop. While it is true that cast iron can rust, a quick sanding and some rust-protective paint can work wonders. Before planting, place some small, smooth rocks on the bottom of your tub and leave the drain unplugged so that excess water can drain.
Sinks and toilets: Depending on how formal or casual you want your yard to be, you might also consider using an old tub or shower as a planter.
Kids were swimming pool: These work exceptionally well in small backyards without much room for flowerbeds. Hard plastic kids pools come in vibrant colors and can stand up to the strains that soil and rocks provide. Don't use the plastic inflatable variety they're too weak to be serviceable.
Trunks or stumps from fallen trees: Because these are natural materials, they are perfect for a naturalized garden setting. Often you can directly plant seeds for flowers or small root cuttings for plants right in the crevices that an old tree stump can provide. Alternatively, planting climbing flowers such as clematis or morning glories immediately adjacent to the stump allows those flowers to use it for support. If you decide to take this route, consider planting a wichuriana rose in or near the stump. The tiny white flowers and spreading growth habit make an enchanting picture.
Chimney flue pipe: These square terracotta tiles will contain your flowers and repel weeds if you place them with one open end on the ground and fill them with soil. The dirt will provide sufficient weight to keep the tiles upright, and the terra cotta color is a classic floral background.
For smaller container sized gardening, the possibilities for unique vessels that can double as a planter is only limited by your imagination. An old wooden wine barrel, a large art glass bowl, an old set of copper pots that are no longer useful in the kitchen, an antique Red Wing pottery crock or the inside. Other cool ideas include an old large glass ceiling light shade that you can turn upside down and is already complete with a drain hole!
Numerous other types of containers will work, too. Scour flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales, keeping an eye open for all possibilities.