Container gardening is a great way to include plants in a space where there is no room for ground planting or if you just want to add more plant space to a garden.
Containers can be conventional, like flower pots and planters, or it can be something completely unexpected, like a toilet bowl! Regardless of your personal style, or whether you’re looking to be traditional, or willing to be really wacky, you can create incredible displays without using up a lot of space in your yard.
The options are only limited by your vision and imagination! If you need help getting that vision rolling though, we are here for you. From the eclectic, to the tame, to the unique, we have examples from all walks of flower pot life.
Perhaps something here will light the fire of inspiration in you and power you on to start your own garden design project!
1. Row of Commode Planters
What is more fun than finding a way to use something unconventional in your garden? Repurposing toilet bowls for these cute succulent arrangements is a fun and unique way to reuse these otherwise useless pieces of porcelain. Plus, you can be assured that your neighbors will do a double take whenever they enter your garden. Perfect for those with a great sense of humor!
2. Mosaic Bathtub Planter
To continue the theme of plumbing, why not turn an old clawfoot bathtub into a beautiful mosaic planter? Broken china, bits of glass, and beads make the outside of this tub more interesting, enhancing the inherent beauty of this already lovely antique bath.
3. Upcycled Rainboots
Rain boots are another fun and unique way to add color and interest to your garden. Beat up old rain boots can be painted or used as is to create lovely planters like these! Continuing the theme of greenery is one way to go about it, while adding flowering plants with bright pops of color can disperse the colors in your garden.
Old wheelbarrow planters make for a charming and rustic addition to this yard. The combination of red and white flowers really pops against the backdrop of green and weathered wood. Even using an old, but more modern wheelbarrow can make for an excellent planter. Plus, this planter is easy to move around should you get tired of its placement!
5. Colorful Ceramic Planters
These adorable little ceramic flower pots are a great way to include color and fun designs in your garden. They are great for small flowering plants, like the ones pictured here, small succulents, or even herbs! The cute decorative plant posts are another great addition that bring more color into the space.
6. Basic Flower Pot in Solid Colors
Go simple with these bright, single color flower pots. They look quite stunning against the bright green of the plants and the soft but bold flowers. They’re a great way to bring colors and basic design into a home or garden without overwhelming anything with distracting patterns.
7. Funky Boot Planter
When in doubt, go for a planter that is eclectic and entirely unique! This giant shoe isn’t something that you will see everyday, and definitely isn’t something that everyone would pick up, but why not have a little fun? The red of the shoe is an excellent compliment to the red in the flowers planted inside it.
8. Urn-Style Planter
A huge but neutrally-colored planter is the way to go if you want to create a striking display of multiple plants. In this instance, the low-key color of the planters allows the bright green and bold red of the poinsettias to take the stage.
9. Upcycled Chairs
Wicker chairs, moss, and succulents create this winning display of garden artistry! The dark brown of the chairs allows all of the bright colors surrounding them to stand out over anything else in the garden. Even the backdrop of rough wooden fence and soft green climbing leaves can’t take away from the bold color choices made here.
10. Wall Planters
Wall planters are a great way to add life and color to an otherwise simple wall space, with the added bonus of offering more privacy than the low-profile wall would have on its own. It is also a good way to bring more gardening space into your yard in an unconventional way.
11. Musical Instruments
How absolutely creative! We can’t imagine a better way to make use of old, dented instruments! Affixing them to the front of the flower box adds interest itself, but using them as planters is downright ingenious! Not to mention adorable.
12. Conversation Piece Flower Pots
Definitely something for the eclectics of the group, these unique flower pots are a sight to behold! If you are looking for something completely different or a conversation starter, you need look no further than these face planters.
13. Mosaic Flower Pots
For a fun craft, creating these little mosaic flower pots is great for an afternoon project! You can design them to fit your own style or, like these, give them a fun pattern or picture. They would look great with a small herb plant, or as a vase with these darling carnations.
14. Regal Urn Planter
A regal planter like this one is meant for a position where it can really make a statement, like this patio area. Putting out in the open without anything to distract from it allows its sheer size and simple, but classic design to catch the eye. Bright flowers add to the lovely design.
15. Vintage Basket
Sometimes just adding a simple, vintage basket can be enough to brighten up a space and bring more interest to it. The small pots of bright pink flowers would be nice on the shelf by themselves, but the addition of the pale yellow basket just brings the design up to another level.
16. Planter Sculptures with Succulent “Hair”
Like the “lady pots” pictured above, these are some interesting, eclectic flower pot people. The simple faces add to the simple pots and using trailing plants in the pots gives the appearance of the pots having different “hairstyles”. This could be a fun addition to a garden with lots of little secrets in it.
17. Ceramic Water Pitchers
Using little ceramic pitcher like these make great little planters, or vases as they are used here. The combination of faded yellow and bright, bold purple makes for an excellent visual contrast, as does the difference in textures in the flowers.
18. Painted Concrete Planter
Pairing a bright flower pot like this one with a plethora of beautiful flowers is a great way to add lots of color quickly to your garden. This would find a home tucked away in a small corner of the garden set up with a little eating area or a quiet place to read.
19. Upcycled Tin Cans
Looking for a bunch of small planters on the cheap? Why not just take your old tin cans, paint them, and use them as planters for small plants? You can even use a can opener to punch holes in the bottom so that any water can drain out.
20. Garden Sculptures
Garden sculptures can be used as planters too, and they make unique and interesting displays! This collection of plants in different textures stands out against the white of the sculpture and the stone wall behind it. Small bright flowers around the area add in pops of color.
21. Watering Can
This little yellow watering can and interesting matching flowers are a cute and unique combination for a garden feature. Even in the house this would be an adorable addition to a table or just displayed around the house.
22. Unadorned Black Planters
These simple black pots against the black backdrop make for a great stage to show off the simple shapes of these cacti. The rough wooden shelf adds to the subtle colors of the cacti and brings them out even more against the dark background.
23. Galvanized Tubs
An old washtub or trough can make for a great, rustic looking planter outside of a shed or barn. This one in particular is a great combination of colors, textures, and materials. The lively green of the plants with the bright flowers creates an excellent showcase of colors.
24. Texturized Planter
A natural planter like this one makes a simple but striking display for this little plant. Keeping the colors neutral and the textures rough, but structured is the key to letting the lively little plant within it shine. The organic lines of the plant leaves is a great contrast to the sharper lines of the planter.
25. Painted Tires
Tire planters are an excellent way to recycle and repurpose old tires. They are easily painted, weather-proof, and can stand up to the weight of dirt, water, and flowers. You can even cut drainage holes in them so that water doesn’t remain stagnant around the roots.
Old barrels-turned-planters are a nice rustic touch when it comes to planters. This one has a gorgeous weathered look to it and the rust on the metal bands around it adds a nice touch. When paired with the soft, brilliant petals of the flowers, these two make an excellent combination.
27. Bowl Planter
Now this is a planter! A large bowl like this one makes a great centerpiece for a garden patio or display. If you are looking for something to take up space, this might be the perfect solution. Balancing out the width of the planter with the small tree and trailing petunias is just a gorgeous way to fill a large planter.