If you stroll through your garden center, you are likely to see a number of unusual containers. Creative containers make a great focal point or accent for a landscape. In a container garden, an unusual container can set the tone for the garden itself. But you don't have to scour your garden center to find a perfect container. Many found items make interesting containers that provide just the right touch for your home garden.
The Victorian cast-iron tub that has become the staple of the swap meet, craigslist ads and the landfill can be recycled into a raised bed or planter by filling it with bags of potting soil. This container already has a natural drain and sloping sides to draw extra water directly to the drain. Filling the bathtub with trailing moonflowers or white petunias can give the effect of a fully drawn bubble bath with bubbles spilling over the sides.
The wheelbarrow is already a staple of the garden. However, when you turn this working tool into a planter, it becomes decorative as well. Rustic wheelbarrows made of wood or metal can be filled with dirt and planted with colorful annuals such as wax begonias and wheeled to a perfect spot for accent color. As an added bonus, you can move this planter to a different part of the garden if you grow tired of seeing it in one place.
Arts and Crafts
If you have a child or grandchild who likes to paint, you can create an heirloom container with a terra-cotta container and craft paint. Allow the child to decorate the pot with paints, glitter, glue, crushed eggshells, rocks or seashells. Then plant showy seasonal annuals or herbs in the pots. Display the containers on a windowsill, patio or porch to show off the decorations.