Creative planting ideas for spring

Ingenious gardening suggestions for your green fingers

Sprucing up your garden this long weekend?
Don't start potting and planting without taking a look at these ideas for your new plants. No matter how big or small your outside space is, these creative containers will give your garden the wow factor.

Pint glasses

Traditional tankards with classic dimple prints make fantastic pots for smaller plants. And makes a use for chipped or scratched glasses no longer in circulation.

dimple print pint glasses with white flowers

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If your favourite teapot has seen better days, don't even think about chucking it out. Instead, give it a new loving home in your garden
(although only do this one if you're really ready to give up your pot - we don't advise pouring a brew from this after it's been used outside!). Go for an eclectic mix of teapots and jugs for a quirky patio plant display.

teapot plant potter with flowers and plants

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Buckets (spades, optional)

Hanging baskets are a classic garden goodie, but if you fancy mixing it up for 2015, say hello to your new best friend - the bucket. Depending on your style, there are a shed load of options.
We love these grey tins with wooden handle, but stripes, spots and colour can really brighten up a patio space.

buckets and glass pot with flowers

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Wicker trays

Do you have lots of small plants and herbs cluttering your patio? Pick up a wicker basket or hamper and keep everything neat and tidy. If you're really organised, buy a basket for each ‘set' - eg, a herb hamper, chilli container etc.

wicker baskets with white bench and plants and pots

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A toilet bowl in the garden you say? Oh yes, this little number will prove a talking point at barbeques and summer dos.
White works really well for this, especially if you're planting brightly coloured blooms. See also sinks and bath tubs (although the whole bathroom set might be a bit much, but who are we to judge?).

garden with toilet bowl and plants

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Rustic pots

Scour fairs and car boot sales for these beauties. The older the better and a few chips and wear and tear add to the effect - they certain don't need to be pristine.

garden with rustic pots and plants

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Wellies and gardening shoes

An old pair of wellingtons or work boots brings a touch of rustic charm and character to gardens. Remember to pop a hole in the sole before planting. Children's shoes they have grown out of are also a nice option. Line up one pair from each member of the family for a new take on a traditional wall height chart.

yellow and blue wellies and gardening shoes and white wall

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Watering cans

For a very rustic country feel, pot your next plant in a tin watering can. These look much fancier than the cheaper plastic cans and can be become a real feature when in bloom.

garden with watering cans and white flowers

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Egg shells

The perfect project for small hand. Gently wipe out egg shells next time you have eggs and soliders and get your children to pot some watercress for the window sill.

planting in egg shells

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.