Crazy Containers For Gardening

Readers think outside of the box with creative planting spaces.

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Last year, we read about a woman from Illinois who loved gardening so much that she planted one in the back of her car. We asked to hear about your crazy containers; here’s what some of you sent in.

I found this non-electric beverage server at the rummage sale at my church. It adds a part of whimsy to my garden.

Marilyn Taylor

Ambridge, Pennsylvania

I use peppers for various stuffed pepper recipes, but now and then I use them for centerpieces or place-setting containers. Here are some filled with gatherings at hand, the Christmas greens, hips from old roses (Madam de Corbet Blanc), rugosa, and wild; pigeon berries on our property; sages like the Berggarten from Germany’s Hanover Gardens, tri-colored, and other sages; thymes; and perhaps cedar twigs.

Sally Ketcum

Garden, Michigan

This is a picture of one of my crazy containers—an old pair of my shoes tucked into my woodland garden. I wish I had taken pictures this summer of the old moss-covered cement blocks used in the same area, filled with ferns or violets. Maybe next year.

Sandra D’Onforio

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

My most unusual containers are old chairs. The worn, wood one includes chives, scented geraniums, lemon thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley, and purple cabbage.

Janine Guarino-McKown

Matairie, Louisiana