Strange Plantholders!

The Early Show: Bathtub holds shade plants like a boggy base.
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Gardening guru Charlie Dimmock has ideas on transforming strange stuff into containers for beautiful plants.

Here are some items that can be transformed for the sake of beauty:

Wheel Barrow

Make sure to use a huge plant and not little ones for the barrow. Wooden containers, plant with annuals so that they can be put away for the winter. This will make them last longer.


What kind of plants do you need to use here? The bathtub will hold shade plants that like a boggy base. Because there is only one hole to drain, fill the tub with gravel and use plants like hostas, ferns and daylilies. There is no need to drill holes in base.

High Chair And Baby's Cradle

Old high chair can become plant stand, holding trailing verbena.

Wooden Chair

Wooden chairs can be planted with thyme. A wooden box should be affixed to underside of seat with nails and planted with floral thyme. If sat on, it will crush the plant and release the fragrance.

Wicker Basket

The wicker basket becomes a portable container for geraniums with addition of black polythene and moss. The basket can go inside or outside. Make sure that the basket is lined and pierced with holes so that the water can drain slightly.

Old Iron Stove

A rusty iron stove looks wonderful planted up with annuals like mimulas peeking out of stove lids and the front grate.

Tin Cans

Tin cans pierced with holes in the bottom can become cheap and cheerful plant holders. Dimmock planted vegetable cans with cabbages and chili peppers for one decorative series and with cacti for another series of indoor houseplants.

Enamel Pots

Enamel pots cannot have holes drilled in the base will hold herbs that are on their last legs at the end of the summer. Try mint, sage and basil. These battered antiques have a comfortable look when filled with herbs.