An Old, Rusty Watering Can Finds New Purpose

I like old things.  So, when I spotted an old, galvanized watering can at an antique shop – I knew it had to be in my garden.

However, I wasn’t going to use it for watering my plants…

I decided that it would make a unique container for annual flowers.

My old watering can made the perfect container, once I made a few holes on the bottom for drainage.  It sits in the middle of one of my vegetable gardens where I can view it from my kitchen window.  (You can see radishes, carrots, broccoli and nasturtiums surrounding my newest planter.  I think vegetable gardens should look attractive, so I always have some flowers growing nearby).

Violas, Alyssum and Lobelia are just a few of my favorite cool-season annuals.

Do you have any unusual containers in your garden?

Please share them with us!

Need some ideas for winter containers? Check out this great Birds & Blooms article.

  1. Michelle says

    I too have planted flowers in old watering cans. This one is very nice! I find it can be a bit of a challenge to make the plants “stay” put. any suggestions?

  2. says

    I have an old stew pot I’m using for pansies. I would love to have sent a picture, but couldn’t find an addy to send it to. Love your watering can planter!

  3. says

    I have several washing machine tubs i use out in the yard at different spots full of diferent flowers and also the container help to serve as guide for the garden hose since they are round with smooth serface. I have an old watering can that is just right to put plants in this year and think i will give it a shot and see how it will do.

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