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Fill, Thrill, and Spill! 30 Creative Garden Container Ideas

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Do you know the expression "Fill, thrill, spill!" for choosing container plants? Whoever came up with that was right on the money for understanding what makes a plant container look great.
¸¸.•*¨*•Fill it with plants! Pick something contrasting for a colour, height, or texture thrill. And always have something spilling over the edge. And, for a special focal point, pick a container so unexpected, you can't help but love it.
I collect garden ideas everywhere I go. These are some favourite garden planters and unusual containers from my own garden and ones I have toured. You can see a whole bunch more here: http://www.empressofdirt.net/gardencontainerideas/
I hope you get some ideas you can take home.

To see more: http://www.empressofdirt.net/grdencontainerideas/

Got a question about this project?

  • Esther Mendez
    Esther Mendez Fresno, CA
    on Aug 17, 2013

    I love the mother earth trees, flower brusches I can go on and on.

  • Heather Scott
    Heather Scott Canada
    on Aug 18, 2013

    Best job Ive ever had - will miss when I retire later this year

  • Nancy S
    Nancy S Lagrange, GA
    on Jan 3, 2014

    I love all the places that I get to go in to being in this community. IF you find a link to someone's garden it is HIGHLY likely that before that trip is over and looking for things to DIY.. there will be another avenue to be directed down into before its over. I think that I have spent the entire cold georgia afternoon looking at things that I wish I could do NOW. thank you all for the opportunity to see these beautiful places.. Nancy S.

    • Empress of Dirt - Melissa
      Empress of Dirt - Melissa Canada
      on Jan 6, 2014

      @Nancy S It's quite wonderful, isn't it? We're having a snow storm as I write this, so I too wish I could be doing these things now! Glad you're enjoying yourself. :)

  • Jay
    Jay India
    on Mar 21, 2014

    So beautiful!!!

  • JoAnn Preen
    JoAnn Preen Dalton, MA
    on Apr 6, 2014

    I have three whisky barrels, which during the months spring to fall fill up with water and do not drain so I am unable to plant flowers. The one I made into a bird bath for the birds, which they love. I have a large rock on top of the soil where they sit and drink with a bird house near by and feeders plus a large tree with Hosta's around the base. The other two are in the back yard in my St Francis memorial garden for my lost pets. Can anyone recommend how I can get the water to drain. I would love to plant flowers in them. Thanks

    • Empress of Dirt - Melissa
      Empress of Dirt - Melissa Canada
      on Apr 7, 2014

      @JoAnn Preen I would either drill some holes in the bottom or use containers (with drainage holes) within the whiskey barrel instead.

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