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I love container gardens. No matter how big or small your outdoor space is, there’s always room for flowers. You don’t have to be limited to a planter on a step, although you should never discount the impact of a single pot of colorful blooms! Welcome guests with a lush hanging basket near the front door. Fill window boxes with annuals that bloom all season long. Try your hand at the latest gardening trend—vertical or wall planters.
A vertical garden can disguise a bare or unsightly wall, provide privacy along a fence line or add a unique and decorative element to a well-established area of your garden with a vintage gate.
An old gate has a charm that can enhance any garden’s style. A vintage iron gate with fancy scroll work brings old-world elegance to a country garden. The gate I found isn’t quite an antique, but it’s sturdy and the chain links allow me to hang pots at a variety of levels. The little decorative trim at the top adds some height and interest.
It also looks great just sitting in a perennial garden, too. I’ll have to consider adding climbing roses or morning glories next year!
I decided to turn the gate into a vertical garden planter. Flowers can be planted in almost any sort of container, as long as it has good drainage. As the gate would be a focal point of the garden, I was on the hunt for unusual containers. I loved the shape and texture of these woven “boats,” and S-hooks allowed me to easily attach them to the gate.
These vessels are loosely woven, so excess water can escape. If you use a solid-bottom container, drill small holes so the plants aren’t sitting in a pool of water. A layer of gravel or stones aids extra drainage. Then, add your plants using a good quality potting soil.
Depending on the style or look of your garden, choose flowers in a rainbow of colors, or stick to one shade. Trailing flowers that cascade over the front of the pots add interest and texture. Place tall growing plants in the back and fill the middle with shorter plants. Keep your plants watered and they will bloom all summer long!