Simple and Gorgeous Container Garden Ideas

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, I think it’s also thrift. I’ll admit it, I’m cheap, which is one of the reasons I’ve had to come up with so many non-traditional container gardening ideas. It helps that I love going to yard sales and thrift stores and finding baskets, tea cups, baby shoes and other odd things to turn into containers.

Though classic pots can be stunning, I also love up-cycling and coming up with new ways to plant.

When figuring out what to plant it, remember, that while almost anything can be transformed into a container for a garden, there are a few things to keep in mind.

You can find old baskets at thrift stores, yard sales and Dollar Stores for less than a dollar. I buy them even if they are falling apart a little bit. I can usually glue them back together, turn the problem to the back, or just ignore the imperfection and call it “distressed.”

To jazz up a basket, I will often spray paint it in a bright color.

After years of trial and error, I now line baskets with clear, lightweight plastic, either the kind you get at the dry cleaner, or a lightweight flexible bag.

I cut lots holes in the bottom for drainage. You can also line baskets with moss. Unless the basket has large holes so the moss would be seen, I generally use plastic, because it is less expensive and helps the soil to retain moisture. I often use moss as a top dressingfor a finished look.

Part of the reason I love container gardening is the possibility for instant gratification. One of the most satisfying ways to achieve a full and beautiful planter, is to cheat. Buy a lush and fully filled out hanging basket then cut or pull off the plastic hangers and then pop the whole thing – right in it’s nursery pot – into a container.

If it sits too low in the container, you can put a bucket, pot or plastic container, upside down in the bottom and put your flowering basket right on top.

Sometimes it takes a few tries to get the right level, but you generally want it to sit about an inch below the rim of your pot.

Putting Spanish moss around the pot is a good way to hide it and make the container more interesting.