Transform a traditional flour jar into a handsome garden. Delicate flowers from a purple-blue petunia and 'Sungal' aster spill over the rim. 'Shenandoah' switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), donkeytail spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) and tricolor sage add texture.
Create a one-of-a-kind flower container with your broken pottery, glass and porcelain.
For this DIY garden project, start with a terra-cotta pot and gather decorative materials, such as broken dishes or glass pebbles. Click on the link below for step-by-step instructions on making the project.
Inexpensive baskets make cheery flower containers. Tuck in plastic or terra-cotta pots, or line the baskets with landscape fabric. We used a variety of tuberous begonias, including 'Nonstop Apricot', 'Nonstop Bright Red' and 'Nonstop Yellow'.
A colorful arrangement blooms from this weathered concrete birdbath.
'Pink Champagne' rubygrass bursts like a fountain; 'Blushing Emily' chrysanthemums and Tiny Toes coleus offer pops of red. Green kale, yellow-green Golden Globes loosestrife and bronze 'Dolce Crème Brulee' coral bells round out the mix.
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.
A sturdy half wine barrel anchors deep purple plumes of fountain grass and bright orange Tropicanna cannas blooms. Tiny flowers from firebush (Hamelia patens), lantanas and zinnias bloom in the foreground.
Damaged and broken items may no longer be useful for their original purpose, but they make great garden art. Here, a damaged birdbath becomes a succulent garden. Add a base of soilless potting mix, plant with succulents and finish with a mulch of Spanish moss. Decorate with your choice of accessories, such as this candy dish planter, compass and spoon.
Pack lovely seasonal hues into a repurposed antique cream separator.
The earthy colors of the antique container complement the flowers: red cockscomb celosia, yellow pansies, orange 'Peter Pan Mix' zinnias and 'Deep Orange' pansies. Fill in with greenery, such as blue fescue (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'), 'Pink Pewter' lamium and rosemary.
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.
An old drawer is a perfect fit for this miniature container garden and its tiny birdhouse and birdbath, garden chairs, watering can and pretty arch.
Plants in this garden include thyme spilling out of the front left corner, 'Chocolate Chip' ajuga behind the thyme and variegated boxwood in the back left corner. Wire vine forms the arch in the middle, and a dwarf Chamaecyparis makes an evergreen mound in the back right corner.
These vintage compotes' mottled colors complement the dusty hues of succulents.
In the container at left, we paired the ruffle-leaved Mexican hens (Echeveria shaviana) with ghost plants (Graptopetalum paraguayense). On the right, a collection of hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum spp.) circles the fanned leaves of a Cotyledon spp.
This wheelbarrow highlights seasonal purple mums, purple flowering kale and the purple-tinged leaves of bugleweed. 'Fox red' curly sedge adds a dramatic spray behind the mums. Other plants include trailing bacopa, spurge and spiky santolina.