I love repurposing items into unique garden containers. Chandeliers, rusty bottomless buckets, chicken feeders, crocks, old tool boxes and the such find their way into my flea market style garden.
I found this chandelier at a recent sale. The wiring had already been removed and they had taper candles in the electric sockets. I decided to remove the sockets and knew that succulents would look fabulous in the chandy and I was not disappointed! The succulents don't require much space or water to grow, so this arrangement should work great for them. I've always wanted trees to hang lanterns or chandeliers from and its finally happening, since the tree limbs are getting larger and stronger in the yard.
Pots of dianthus, Mexican heather, and dusty miller fills a turquoise tool box. Want to know a secret? There's two separate pots in the took box and I simply added a little mulch around the edges to hide the plastic pots. A few years ago, I decided that I would no longer purchase traditional flower pots for my yard and that plastic pots would not be visible. If the plants getting to looking bad, I can easily switch them out. It has been several years since I have had any Mexican Heather, so I am excited about finding some at a nursery this year and can't wait till it fills it some.
bottomless buckets. Here's my spring version of these two hanging buckets! Five years later and the same buckets adorn the front of the gazebo, with the same plastic pots wired inside. I change out the flowers each year. Currently lots of herbs, marigolds, periwinkles, and Mexican heather.
I'm looking forward to some more yard therapy soon and planting more flowers, mowing, and getting rid of some old limbs. Some people pay for a gym membership, a yard worker, and a therapist - I garden instead and get paid in flowers and herbs! What's your favorite flowers and herbs to grow each spring? Do you plant in reclaimed planters?