The trickier - and potentially more costly - part of this plan is finding the containers themselves. Containers and planters from garden centres and home stores are beautiful, but they can be pricy (and heavy!). So, I've had to come up with some free and low cost solutions to work within my budget. And really, I'm happy to do it. My perennial pots might not be super cohesive or colour coordinated, but they'll have lots of character.
In my next two blog posts, I'll fill you in on some ideas I'm trying that might also work in your garden.
What to Look for in a Garden Container
- It must be able to withstand the elements of nature.
- It must have adequate drainage. You can create drainage by drilling holes into the bottom of the container or adding gravel or shards of old plant pots to the bottom of the container. If you've found a container that has no possible drainage, you can insert a standard plastic plant pot inside . . . just keep an eye on it to make sure the plant doesn't get water-logged after heavy rain.
- It must have ample room for the plant you're putting in it. Remember that perennials generally have deeper roots than annuals, so you'll want some room for the roots to spread out.
Where to Find Garden Containers: Around the House and Garage
This metal colander doesn't come from my own kitchen, but I got it at a garage sale down the street for a quarter! I lined it with a piece of landscaping fabric, just to prevent any soil from draining out. I transplanted some lamium (deadnettle), which is a beautiful ground cover plant, so I thought it would do well in this wide container.
Et voila! I really love how it looks staggered with other planters on my patio. (Now if I could only stop our maple tree from dumping so many maple keys all over everything.) In my next post, I'll give you some ideas for second hand finds that you can turn into garden containers.