I know, I know. Most of you have your pots all planted and are enjoying gorgeous color on your porches and patios. But, here in the arctic, ahem Montana, Mother's Day weekend is the earliest I plant. And while I think I will be buying my plants today, they will not be out in planters until later in the week as we have a few below freezing temps in the forecast this week.
I usually keep my annuals fairly simple--lobelia, pansies, petunias and herbs. I am not a fan of the spikey things people like to put in annual pots, I don't know why. Maybe they remind me of a punk rock hair do (not that I don't like some punk rock, just not in my planters). I am also not a big geranium fan because when the blooms fall off it takes some time for them to rebloom. I like flowers that are kind of messy, not too neat looking and that have a cottage feel, whatever that means.
One of the fun parts for me is deciding what to plant my flowers in. Here are some fun ideas from summers past. All are EASY, thrift store or garage sale finds--some used as is and some with a little transformation. Remember to add some kind of drainage--drill holes in the bottom of the container or add pebbles. If using a metal container, I usually spray a couple coats of a good clear spray to prevent further rusting.
I built an easy base for this tool box and planted herbs in it, complete with silverware plant markers.
Toolboxes are plentiful at garage sales--I simply planted in the bottom of this cheery, bright yellow one.
Attach a stray drawer to a twin headboard to make a fantastic flower bed.
An old tin coffee pot and ice cream can make perfect planters.
Plant some sweet pansies in a pair of old boots--I used rain boots but cowboy boots or work boots work too!
There are so many more great "planters" at thrift stores--mixing bowls with the mixer, canisters, china teacups, wood boxes, old suitcases, nightstands, baby bassinets. What creative items have you planted in?
Linking up with sweet Donna at Funky Junk Interiors!!