Growing plants in containers is a great idea for many different reasons. You can control the quality of the soil and you can move the containers around as the plants come into flower and then replace them with others as they go over. And the planters themselves do not have to be the standard flower pot design, but can be anything that can hold soil as Lynne Cherot explains in her article which I found on the Sensible Gardening website.
Growing plants in containers is effective for all types of gardening endeavours. Naturally ideal for smaller gardens, balconies and decks, containers are also highly effective in larger plantings to fill in gaps with a punch of colour, create interest in off seasons, hide an eyesore area, add tender plants that are difficult to grow in the ground, or add light and brighten a dark corner.
Container choices are unending, anything that will hold a bit of dirt can be used as a growing container. You can purchase large urns and stone planters at a high price, or with a little imagination you can find and use many budget ideas from discarded and recycled items.
I?ve gathered up a few ideas that I thought were very clever and effective. Most can be done by anyone, no special skills or equipment are required. I?m hoping these ideas will inspire you to get creative, look around your own surroundings and create your own unique, creative garden containers.
Find a few old teapots, kettles or even a water dipper. Plant them up with colourful plants or succulents and hang or place them anywhere. You can even use an old lantern.
Go to the next page to see more ideas for recycling everyday items as planters.