The shabby chic trend isn't limited to home interiors; gardeners are discovering ways to recycle discards from the kitchen, closet, and bedroom for the flower garden. Whether you have a large rural property or just a windowsill, there's a way to incorporate salvage items into your garden.
Did your rural property come with a resident junker? If an antique car or truck is beyond restoring, give it a new lease on life as a focal point for a flower garden.
Dress up a down-at-the-heels dresser with an assortment of flowers like lavender, verbena, or lobelia. Stagger the drawers so that the lowest drawer is
Some cans are too pretty to toss, so poke a few drainage holes in the bottom and plant with a six-pack of your favorite annuals, one per can. For a more unified look, you can paint the cans a single color or wrap them with decorative craft tape. Larger cans will also work as mini hanging baskets; just drill holes beneath the rim and hang with jute twine.
Make use of two items that always seem to languish at the thrift
One of the most accessible recycled container garden ideas centers on boots of all types. Any kind of boots work for planting flowers, including leather
When an old chair becomes to rickety to sit on safely, transform it with a can of spray paint and a container of marigolds, impatiens, or begonias. Alternatively, you can remove the seat of the chair, reinforce it with wire, fill with sphagnum moss, and plant with easy trailing flowers like nasturtiums or million bells.
The overabundance of chipped but still charming vintage teacups available in thrift stores are just waiting for your floral touch. Before you plant, use a diamond-tip drill to make a drainage hole in the bottom of the cup. If you don't have the necessary drill, fill the bottom half of the cup with gravel to aid in drainage. Add a matching saucer to catch water. Plant with spreading annuals you can easily split apart, like petunias or portulacas. Tuck Spanish moss around the top to keep soil from splashing out of the cup.
An item as large as a boat should never end up in the landfill, so reduce, reuse, and recycle it as a new raised flowerbed. Even a small rowboat will require a large amount of soil to bring the flowers up to eye level, so order a truckload of compost to use as the majority of your back fill. A boat garden can accommodate most any perennial or annual flower, but you should take advantage of the raised surface to plant picky flowers that demand excellent drainage, like anemones.