36 Quirky plant pot ideas you’ll love
Quirky plant pots can liven things up in your garden.Get help setting up your garden
- What to use as a garden planter?
- Front porch planter ideas
- Front door planter ideas
- Planter box ideas
- Wall planter ideas
- Succulent planter ideas
- Getting help with designing your garden
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Add character to your garden by using charming little containers for your plants. Since you can get creative with your choices, you’ll find that you can use pretty much anything as a planter.
These containers not only serve as a decorative element among the lush greens of your garden but also have many advantages over traditional ‘from the ground’ gardening. Using containers saves water and fertiliser, making it a great option for eco-friendly gardening. Moreover, containers allow for easier pest prevention, and you can move your containers around to a new location whenever you feel like it.
We listed down 36 quirky, creative garden planter ideas that you can place in your garden, porch, front door, wall, mailbox, or wherever you see fit. Read on!
What to use as a garden planter?
Teacups, old boots, old pitchers, even bags! You can make amazing planters with cheap, easy-to-find, or recycled materials and a little bit of creativity. In this case, however, the design and durability of your planter would depend on how it will be displayed, among other things.
1. Pitchers and kettles
Do you have old pitchers or worn-out kettles? Don’t throw them away just yet! They make good, rustic-looking, cost-saving planters that your plants will love! They add a homey touch to your garden, too.
Make use of your favourite old cuppa by planting little gardens in them. Cute little cacti could work well in teacups, too – all you need is some cactus soil and small pebbles.
Dust off those wellies. Whether they’re old combat and Chelsea boots, or colourful rain boots, they can make a perfect home for your next plant. Just don’t forget to poke some holes at the bottom for extra drainage.
4. Glass or mason jars
Want to grow your own herbs? Recycle old glass jars from your pasta sauces and canned food. You can also use mason jars.
5. Milk tins
Just upcycle the rusty old tin you have lying at the back of your kitchen cupboard (we all have one).
6. Vibrant tins
For a splash of colour in your garden (or for indoor plants), turn to your kitchen cupboard again. Tins and cans are perfectly designed to be planters and especially easy to plant in if you’re a beginner to this whole gardening thing. Wash out thoroughly after devouring the food it came with. You can also personalise these tins by painting them in your favourite colour or pattern!
Yep, even a common eco bag will do the trick. Thanks to their sturdy nature, tote bags are particularly great for growing any fruit and veg. Just don’t forget to provide drainage for your plant to avoid root rot.
This is a budget-friendly plant container option that can actually look surprisingly pretty (well, depending on the bucket you choose, obv). You can decorate and paint your planter buckets as you please. Just don’t forget to add that hole at the bottom for drainage.
9. Garden chairs
Got a couple of old chairs lying about? Before chucking away, consider using them as planters. You can attach a net to the seat where your plants can safely and securely be attached.
10. Glass containers
Terrariums, our old favourite. If you have small begonias, succulents or air plants, you can put them in glass containers to create pretty terrariums.
Birdcages make beautiful vessels for plants and flowers. Get an ornate or vintage one to add a touch of whimsy to your garden.
Patio planter ideas
Decorating your patio with plants is a sure way to make it refreshing and inviting. Check out these planter ideas for your patio.
12. Wall planters
Get a wooden box or crate you can hang on your wall where you can place your plants.
13. Planters with stands
Or use stands under your pots to vary the height of your plants. Adding variety this way enhances the overall look of your garden patio.
Front porch planter ideas
14. Plant rack
Line your porch with multi-layer shelves and racks and decorate them as you please. You can get wooden racks, metal racks, or a stylish combination of both.
15. Textured planters
Have multi-layer shelves and racks already? These textured and coloured planters add a pop of colour and character.
Front door planter ideas
Set up the ambience of your cosy home by spicing up your front door with a good ol’ plant box, a wooden plant box, and hanging planters
16. Good ol’ plant box
Highlight your front door or windows by placing plant boxes on both sides of the door or your windowsill.
17. Wooden plant box
You can also use wooden plant boxes for a farmhouse touch.
18. Hanging planters
Do you have a lot of hanging plants? Hang two of them on both sides of your front door using any hanging planter that matches well with your house facade.
Planter box ideas
From cement to wood to old furniture, here are some planter box ideas to add personality to your garden. You can place them anywhere – by the front door, on the patio, in your garden, and on your porch!
19. Tiled cement planter box
Do you have a cement planter box? You can attach colourful, patterned ceramic tiles to them to make them unique and eye-catching.
20. Wooden log planter box
If you like wood in general, this wooden log planter box will surely bring the rustic look you’re going for.
21. Wooden cart planter
See a thrift store selling an old, worn-out wooden cart? They make a good planter, too!
22. Old suitcase
Do you like your old suitcase but you can’t use them anymore? Don’t throw them away yet; use them as a planter for your flower plants.
23. Old drawer
Or, if you own an old drawer piece that you don’t want to use anymore, you can repurpose them as a planter for your flowers, just like this teal metal drawer.
|Related read: How to make planter boxes, everything you need to know
Wall planter ideas
Got a blank wall in your garden? Maximise the vertical space it offers by hanging plants! Here are some ideas on how you can hang them.
24. Metal rod hanger
A curtain rod and a few S-shaped hanger pieces can easily hang your small pots.
25. Hanging water cans
Add a dainty touch to your wall by hanging colourful water cans that serve as planters.
26. Macrame plant hanger
If you’re going for a semi-boho look, you can use a macrame plant hanger like this. It’s also easy to DIY, especially if you love arts and crafts.
27. Wall frame planter
Think framed art, but the art is your beautiful plants. Any wall gets a fresh and quick makeover with this planter frame idea.
28. Hanging decorative pots
Do you like decorative pieces? There are hanging decorative pots you can use as a home for your small plants, like this triangle hanging pot.
Succulent planter ideas
Give your thick, fleshy succulent plants a new home with these succulent planter ideas!
29. Teacup and mug
Got an old teacup or mug with a nice colour? Use it for your echeveria or similar plants!
30. Ceramic bowl
Complete your homey aesthetic with a ceramic bowl! You can place more than two succulents to make a bouquet-like arrangement.
31. Concrete pots
If you want an industrial look, you can use concrete pots, which you can purchase for minimal cost!
32. Glass terrarium
Or, use a glass terrarium to create a miniature succulent garden. It’s a whole different garden by itself!
33. Painted terracotta pots
If you got some more terracotta pots waiting for their turn to become a plant’s home, then you can spice them up by painting your favourite patterns on them.
Mailbox planter ideas
Beautify your mailbox with plants using these mailbox planter ideas.
34. Hanging pot holder for wall-hung mailbox
If your mailbox doesn’t have an extra compartment for plants, you can place a hanging pot holder right next to it to complete the look.
35. Mailbox as planter
Or, if you got an old mailbox, you can use it as your planter.
36. Hanging plant
Some mailbox designs provide extra space that allows for additional decor, such as this mailbox. You can hang your plant by installing a hook.
Getting help with designing your garden
Ready to take your garden to the next level? Enhance the look of your outdoor space by trying out these planter ideas.
If you’re short on time or simply want some professional guidance, consider hiring a garden designer to help give your garden a makeover. With their expertise and assistance, you can achieve the garden of your dreams without putting in all the work yourself. So why wait? Start giving your plain garden a much-needed upgrade today!
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