Take something worthless and unusable and breathe new life into it. Turn something ugly into something beautiful and inspiring. Upcycling is one of the trends identified by Benjamin Moore’s Color Pulse 2013. The garden is one place where upcycling is thriving. It’s a green trend you can embrace, without spending a lot of money.
An old drum adds color and the shimmer of metal to the garden. The drum is a deep container for flowers in an ornamental garden. Or use the drum for an herb garden in a small place or on a terrace. An old guitar could also serve as a planter for hanging plants that flower. For best results, hang the guitar on a fence or post.
Old Gutters Become Hanging Gardens
For small areas where a fence is available, line up old gutters and plant your garden at different levels. Drill holes in the bottom of the gutters before planting. Use each gutter for different plans, with lettuces in one and herbs in another. Planting high keeps the rabbits out of your garden. This is not the best method to use for carrots or other root vegetables.
Broken Wooden Ladders
An old wooden ladder may not hold anyone’s weight, but it can hold it’s weight in planted flours. Hang old watering cans or small handled pails along the ladder’s rungs. Plant flowers in a variety of colors to add an easy decoration to your garden.
Baby Crib Frame for Vining
If you have the bottom of a metal frame from a baby’s crib, you could use it for any vining flowers or vegetables.
Your collection of teapots may have seen better days. Chips, missing covers and more make old tea pots useless in the kitchen. They can be hung along a fence or a railing and used for planted flowers. If you like yard sales, keep your eyes peeled for these appealing garden containers.
Coffee Cup Herbs
Coffee cups, also prone to chips can be used for small herbs and plants. A collection of colorful coffee cups could be displayed on fence shelves or even placed on the ground.
Silver Spoon Garden Marker
Your garden markers can also be upcycled. Old silverware or mismatched pieces left behind by a home’s previous owners can be turned into brilliant garden markers. Simply use permanent marker on a spoon and stick the handle in the ground.
Benjamin Moore’s Color Pulse 2013