Repurposed Planter Ideas for the Garden

My garden is chock full of repurposed ideas for planters. 

galvanized planter with flowers and a rusty funnel

This post is my early Spring garden in progress. Daily things are quickly growing as the temperatures here climb to the 80's this week. 

One of my favorite planters is a vintage galvanized tub. Inside the tub is a rusty funnel that holds Hens and Chicks to keep them separate from the other plants. 

Here's how pretty it looked filled with flowers last year. 

Flowers of all kinds in a planter

We had a very cold Spring on the East Coast and things are moving along a little slowly this year. 

I use a lot of galvanized steel for planters in my yard. Some of these planters have been out all winter and perennials are just beginning to come back.

Galvanized Repurposed Planter

Part of our yard is shaded so Hosta plants grow very well in repurposed containers. 

If you're interested in giving your shiny galvanized steel a rustic and aged look, take a look at how it can be done. 

Galvanized Repurposed Planters

I also love the look of galvanized watering cans filled with flowers. They look so beautiful filled with these purple pansies. 


Galvanized Watering Can

Galvanized Watering Can Planter

A couple of oil cans rescued from my Grandfather's garage many years ago also make great planters. 

Galvanized Oil Can Planters

When I use a traditional planter I always like to add a little rusty interest. This old spring can act as a trellis for climbing plants. 

Rusty Spring in planter with hosta

Repurposed items in my perennial garden add interest like this green vintage screen door and a rusty windmill that I actually found on the side of the road. This garden is definitely a work in progress as I work to add more plants as the old ones begin to grow. 

perennial garden with stepping stones

You can read about how to create DIY garden signs and the license plate birdhouse by clicking these links. 

metal windmill and birdbath

I have plans to add more pea gravel to the path once the plants begin to fill in. Every year Old Man Winter takes a beating on this garden. 

The old headboard from my bedroom isn't going to waste, I repurposed it and once the Morning Glories climb up the rails it will be beautiful. 

Repurposed bed frame trellis

I'm looking forward to seeing all these containers and repurposed treasures filled with beautiful flowers very soon. 

planters with flowers

I'm using an old milk jug for my lavender this year. I'm having a big problem with squirrels digging in my pots this year as you can see from the dirt on the deck... anyone know how to keep those little buggers out of my pots? 


You can read about repainting the urns at our front door to match the shutters and update for a new season. 

Painted iron planter

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garden headboard with overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .