20 Unique Container Gardens to Give Your Plants New Life

Suitcases, wine bottles, and tea cups—oh my!

unique container gardens
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Your garden is just as much a form of expression as your home is, so why not take things up a notch or two? From options you can buy to DIY inspiration and tutorials, these container gardening ideas will revolutionize the way you think about plants. Empty wine bottles and old teapots might be just the thing you need to breathe new life into your garden—who knew?

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Rustic Vertical House Number Planter Box
TheMcGarveyWorkshop etsy.com
$31.00
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It's simple, but genius: make your planter do double duty by also using it to display your address outside your front door. 

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Vertical Succulent Garden
TinyWondersHomeDecor etsy.com
$140.00
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Your colorful succulents will instantly transform into art when you plant them in a vertical container that hangs on your wall.

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Guthrie Wood Raised Planter with Trellis
Coral Coast hayneedle.com
$85.99
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This industrial-meets-farmhouse-style raised planter has room for all your plants, including a trellis for ones that like to climb.  

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Galvanised Steel Suitcase Planters
Londongardentrading etsy.com
$60.50
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A simple galvanized steel box becomes a fabulous travel-inspired planter when filled with thriving succulents (or any plants you love, really!)

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Living Wall
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Plastic Bottle Vertical Planter

Matching painted plastic bottles mounted to a wooden beam (if you look closely, you can see a panel of the plastic is peeled back both to make an opening for plants and to mount to the wood artfully) make for a fun vertical garden.

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Tiered Leaning Vertical Garden
Gracie Oaks wayfair.com
$111.77
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Another farmhouse favorite, this 5-tiered vertical garden works indoors and out, holding your favorite blooms in its galvanized buckets.

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Wine Barrel Planter
EcoWineFurniture etsy.com
$29.00
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If your favorite backyard activity is drinking wine as you watch the sunset, there's no more appropriate container garden than this wood wine barrel.

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Wine bottles reused as flower pot
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Wine Bottle Planters

Once you're done with your favorite red, turn the bottle into a vertical planter by removing the bottom and mounting it upside down onto a board or a wall. Fill with your favorite small plant and enjoy.

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teapot container gardens
Organized Clutter
Vintage Teapots

Calling all tea lovers: This series of smaller container gardens on a rustic ladder is a nod to your favorite beverage. Now, all you need is an outdoor patio set next to it for tea time.

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Cup and Saucer Succulent Planter
CraftyLibrarianGoods etsy.com
$9.99
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Looking for a smaller version? These posh little succulent planters made from cups and saucers are a sweet addition to your garden, indoors or out. 

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Flower Basket Hanging on Wagon Wheel by Garden Bench
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Wagon Wheel Hanging Planter

This stunning spherical display was created by cleverly mounting a hook for a hanging planter inside an antique steel wagon wheel, which you can secure into the ground.

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bathtub container garden
Dandelion House
Old Bathtub

Instead of showering yourself with water in this clawfoot tub, shower your bright and colorful flowers. The spacious mouth is big enough that you won't have to pick and choose which plants you want to put in it.

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lantern container garden
FLUORESCENT BEIGE
IKEA Lantern

This lantern (from IKEA!) provides shelter for several plants and can be moved and used as a centerpiece both inside and outside. To water, just open up the door and mist the soil inside.

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wheel barrow container garden
Succulents & Sunshine
Wheelbarrow

The best thing about this container garden? You can up and move it around your yard as you please — or as your plants crave more sunlight or shelter.

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birdcage planter
Rainy Side Gardeners
Antique Birdcage

Hang this antique container from a low tree branch in your backyard, then set up your lounge chairs underneath it for a statement-making "chandelier."

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watering can container garden
Live Creatively Inspired
Watering Cans

This clever use of gardening tools is a gardener's dream. The only catch: You'll need to invest in a watering can to water your watering can container garden!

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bike container garden
In His Grip...
Toy Tricycle

Once your kids outgrow their bike, transform it into something new for you. And if you really want to be an over-achiever, give it a coat of paint that matches the petals it'll hold.

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Balcony garden in antique chair
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Vintage Chair Garden

A vintage chair becomes a living art display when adorned with tiny succulents and creative designs twisted out of scrap metal.

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unique planter
Rosy Posy
Old Rain Boots

Don't donate your kid's rain boots after they outgrow them. Line a few pairs up to create a colorful and playful garden. You could even let your kids be in charge of watering the buds in their former boots.

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tire container garden
Lemon, Bean and Things
Colorful Tires

No grip, no problem. Used tires make for excellent container gardens since the durable material helps protect plants from harsh winds and other elements.

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