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10 ideas to add oomph to your garden

10 ideas to add oomph to your garden

Plastic pots are no-no and terracotta planters are boring. So, we’ve let our imaginations run wild to come up with some quirky ideas for your container planting. We think you’ll find one man’s trash is another gardener’s treasure!

On yer bike!

We absolutely love how this climber twists and twines around this rusty old bike and is that a chopper making a comeback as a flower basket?

Plants behind bars

We’ve got a bit of a thing about a repurposed bird cage. This one looks sweet planted up with succulents and the bonus is the bird’s flown free.

Nothing rung with these!

No need to fork out on expensive plant theatres or staging if you can reuse an old ladder.

A lovely bunch

A great way of recycling your coconut shires and think they look spectacular hung with string lighting.


Shopper, suitcases and handbags

This is an inventive way to breathe new life into an old bag or case that’s seen better days.


Dropped a dress size?

These are definitely a quirky way to break the ice with the neighbours.

Never tyre of admiring this!

What a lovely pop of colour against the brick wall and great contrast to the pansy growing inside.

Perfect pot

This enamelware teapot looks great planted up. Teacups also make great small containers.

Concrete solution

You’ll find loads of instructional videos on youtube showing you how to create your own concrete pots. You can go as far as customising them with a flash of bright colour or metallic for an ultra-modern feel.

A healthy return

The key to this planter is its total eccentricity. Reminds us of the work of designer Rodrigo Tello who takes obsolete objects and brings them new life. To see his work visit