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When it comes to container gardening, one would suspect that the containers, second only to the plants you choose, is one of the most important decisions you make. Start thinking about what kind of statement or theme you are trying to create by starting your garden. Do you want it to be an eclectic collection of antique teacups, or will you be creating a garden on a larger scale by using big wooden bowls you’ve found at flea markets and garage sales? Think outside the terracotta pot! We liked the idea of using color-coordinating dinnerware as our containers of choice. We used our new Anchor Hocking Citrus dinnerware pattern in three coordinating colors (green, blue and orange). We varied the sizes of our containers to fit various types of plants and placed them outside on a stairway to the patio. This is a wonderful display for a dinner party!

 

Here are a couple other ideas to get you started.

1. Toolboxes make great planters. You can find the old ones with a lot of personality at antique stores, thrift stores and flea markets.

2. Chair planters like the ones we found at WonderHowTo.com are a really creative way to repurpose an old chair you may have thought about getting rid of. Removing the seat and installing a wire frame to hold the contents of your plants is an easy way to upcycle that broken down dining room chair.