For many years wooden hooped barrels have been used in the production of beer, wine and spirits and for just as long they have been reused as containers for plants. As with wheelbarrows this compilation contains both original barrels and modern reproductions. These seventeen whimsical barrel planters are described in an article by Kathy which I found on the Garden Lovers Club website.
Out of all popular container garden tools, the most classic and widely used just might be the venerable whiskey or wine barrel. With absolutely timeless looks and superior utility, these barrels make for a perfect planter in almost any garden setting. We hope you feel as inspired as we do by these fantastic projects.
1. Classic Barrel Planter
For our first shared project, we present the classic barrel planter, using a standard half barrel filled with soil and flowers a-plenty. This simple and elegant planter solution adds a rustic charm to any space.
2. Tumbling Flowerbed
This idea is both elegant and simple, using a half barrel without major modification. Tipped on its side, you can plant a flowerbed that spills forth like the original liquid contents of the planter. Source: DinnersreadyArkansas
3. Tiered and Turned Barrel Planter
Using a saw, hammer, and some ingenuity, you can build your own barrel planter as shown below. Once the outside has been cut, the tiers are open for planting any sort of greenery you prefer. Our example shows how it looks chock-full of succulents.
4. Half Barrel Planter
This ingenious project involves one major but simple bit of work: slicing the barrel itself in half. Once you’ve done this, you’ll have a pair of equally viable large planters ready for your garden.
5. Umbrella Stand Planter
This fabulously efficient idea plays on the useful size and heft of the barrel, using the deep planter to support a patio umbrella. This can be done simply and quickly with any half barrel and soil, as long as you’ve got the umbrella.
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Feature photo: Sensiblegardening