Thinking Beyond the Pot!

Hi my friends, it’s that time of year that many of us are anticipating planting pots to beautify our decks, porches, and gardens.

Everyone knows that a planted pot is pretty.  I always plant a few to go under my pergola.


But if you really want to do something that’s a show stopper, think beyond the pot.

I am always on the look out for unusual things to plant and place throughout my garden.

I know this old stove is not something everyone would have. . .believe me the beast is heavy and it took three guys to bring it up from my previous home.  But there are lots of other fun things you can plant.


Recently I just planted an old suitcase.  First I lined it with plastic and then burlap.


I threw in an old piece of gingerbread trim and some vintage seed packs along the back.  Hubby cut the wood path from a branch.


I haven’t found my fairies and gnomes from last year so I stuck in this large fairy that I just bought.  Talk about Jack and the giant slayer.


Here are a lot more fun things to plant.  Galvanized is great for planting sedums because they can handle the heat.  Plus they come back each year.

           (vintage fertilizer or seed spreader)


                            (chicken feeders)



                                            (old bath tub)


                            (Mop bucket)


                                          (enamel coffee pot)


                                                     (watering cans)


                                        (restaurant cooking containers)




                                                 (old wheelbarrows)


                  (fishing tackle box, tool chest tray, & little rusted truck)

These pictures were just taken.  I just leave them outside and let them winter over.  Notice that some of the sedums are just coming back.


                     (planters made from old recycled wood)


Thinking outside of the pot is always fun!  Remember, you do need some type of drainage.  I usually drill holes into the containers.  If it’s something that you don’t want to drill a hole into then put something in the bottom.  Styrofoam peanuts work well, small gravel, or what I use is smashed pop cans.  Heavens knows we have plenty of those!

Happy planting!


I will be sharing with:

Knick of Time Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

Green Willow Pond for What we Accomplished Wednesday

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Party

Rose Chintz Cottage for Home

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Common Ground for Be Inspired

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday


Micupoftea said...

LOVING the creativity of using unique containers! Thanks for the idea, Jann :)

priscilla said...

Love all your planters Jann ! Thanks for the great ideas :)

Bernideen said...

Darling garden ideas. I was thinking about doing that with an old trunk I have that is in poor condition.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I am in love with all of your garden junk, Jann. I wish I lived closer so I could see it in person. Love the old stove. Make sure to put this on Hometalk. It will be a hit.

Stacey said...

Great ideas! Planting in something other than a pot gives the garden or porch so much more personality. Love it!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh my - such wonderful ideas. I do love the little tiny path in the fairy garden, such a good idea (which I am now promptly going to snitch). Love all the ideas - thanks so much.

Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

You are too MUCH! So creative!!! :)

Susie said...

Jann, I love all your unusual containers. You are just so clever.xoxo,Susie

Joanne said...

Oh I love the idea of using an old suitcase! Great post Jann
Blessings, Joanne

The Boston Lady said...

So glad I stopped in today. Lots of great ideas - I love the tool box planters and of course, that stove! Ann

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Wonderful planter ideas--very creative and I love that several recycle items--great!

Pamela Gordon said...

These are awesome and fun ideas Jann. I love the old stove! I used old enamel pans and kettles and tubs for planter in our yard. They often have holes in the bottom already so no need to drill. I put coffee filters in the bottom over the holes before I add the soil so it won't run out the hole. Thanks for sharing your fun containers! Pam

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I really love the unique containers as planters! Makes a deck garden so much fun!

Audrey said...

My choice would be that stove ... I would love it. Great decorating ideas all over.
Thanks for sharing your creativity.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

chateau chic said...

I love all your different planters. They are all so charming and so much more fun than the "ordinary."
Mary Alice

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

The container you have your hens and chickens in or sedums...Did you put holes in the bottom of that one? I have a smaller one similar and have been wondering how I can use it. Nancy

Unknown said...

What fabulous ideas for planters. Love them!!

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

You have shared some fabulous ideas for creative ways to plant!! what a great post!! it is still to cold here to do any planting but you have inspired me to try some different things this year. Thanks so much!

Kris said...

I like to use different things to plant in too Jann. Fun ideas!
xo Kris

Heirloom treasures said...

fabulous collection,lots of ideas,thanks. :)

Maria Elena said...

Your outdoor looks so pretty! Love all your plants! Fabulous ideas!

Unknown said...

Loving all of the planting ideas! I found some violas for .45 the other day at Lowe's and got the planting fever! Thanks for the great ideas!

Unknown said...

I love every bit of it! My sister and BIL found and painted a set of washtubs on it's tall stand for me since I can't get up/down anymore. I was able to plant my tomatoes and some other things up high. I'll be looking for more "up high" things do use. You've really given me some ideas-thanks.

Decadent Housewife said...

Hello Jann,

This looks like a nice place to put your feet up.
I'm in.

Trish in Canada :)

Unknown said...

I love your yard so much! You have found a ton of creative ways to beatify your outside space. You really make your gardens into works of art!

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful post with tons of ideas and inspiration. Thanks for sharing.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Such fun ideas, Jann! I adore whimsy in the garden and you've shared so many wonderful ideas.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love your stove and how creative you are with all of your plantings. Such fun. I would love for you to link this up to my Inspire Me Tuesday party that is ongoing - -

This would definitely inspire others to think outside the box. Hugs, Marty

Rose L said...

Boy, you really think outside the box! Or should I say pot. So creative!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Jan, Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! I would love to have you as a follower if I only knew how!!! My e-mail is bobnanmol at yahoo dot com if you think you can help this poor non tech person!!! I have tried but not succeeded! lol Nancy

Winnie said...

All of your plants are so beautiful :)

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh my...I love that stove!! Your flower gardens are so charming!! Such great ideas you shared. We need to redo some of our flower beds this year and now I'm going to be looking for some things at the thrift shops to put my flowers in.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Oh what a wonderful assortment of fun garden containers! I so enjoyed this post as we have so much snow yet and I want to get outside and start sprucing the yard up. I do have a top shelf to a wood stove like yours. I think I'll put it on my garden shed wall and decorate it. Thanks for the tip!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Lovely containers, it gives so much ides!

Unknown said...

Wonderful ideas, Jann! I love the suitcase!!~~Angela

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Such a bunch of great ideas! I love the galvanized chicken feeders and mop bucket! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!


Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

You are so creative & clever.... I love your thinking outside the pot, but I was floored but the plants in the tool box ~ this idea I will be stealing...
Thanks for sharing,

Unknown said...

It is so much fun to discover a new planter!
All of your planters are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

Marcia said...

Love these great ideas! I put flags in my flower pots for all patriotic holidays, too. Thanks for the tips.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

So many wonderful ideas, Jann. You are very creative! Thanks for joining me at my HOME and have a great weekend.


Unknown said...

This are wonderful ideas. I have a terrace and I will take inspiration from your blog.


Chenille Cottage said...

Dear sweet Jann,
I am just certain that your post belongs in a magazine! I am so mazed at the many clever and artful ways you have chosen to plant your posies in...Every little touch is as sweet as can be!
Carolynn xoxo

Kathy said...

Wow! These are really marvelous ideas - love the whimsy it adds to the garden! I do appreciat eyou sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,