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LIFESTYLE: Unusual Garden Containers
by Helen of www.helenshorey.com
Re-using containers and recycling think about using them as a container complete my Wellie boot collection.
other items for use in your garden is for your planting? To prepare them,
a great way to add a splash of colour, simply remove any inner soles or The idea for the Willie planters
a dash of whimsy and some frivolity linings, pop them in soapy detergent came from a wonderfully quirky
to your garden space. Containers in for a thorough cleaning and, once houseleek (sempervivum) display
any size can be absolutely gorgeous dry, drill some holes in the bottom. I photographed a few years ago
but small to medium size containers The wellington boots are now ready at RHS Hyde Hall. An old, battered
work especially well in spaces such for you to pop in your plant and work boot makes a good home for
as balconies and small patios. hey presto, one pair of colourful, houseleeks – especially if you poke
weatherproof containers. I scoured a few extra holes in strategic places
If you have young children, you some boot sales (no pun intended) to add more than one variety for
will probably have a few pairs of to find my red and blue mobile herb colour.
wellington boots that they have garden – I’m still looking for a pair
outgrown given the speed at which of slightly larger yellow ones for Houseleeks are an ideal plant for
they grow. If this is the case, why not my rosemary and chocolate mint to shallow containers – they like well
drained soil and don’t
grow particularly big. This
old house brick was part
of a row used for edging
along a path edge. An
ordinary house brick
with the v-shaped dip or
a brick with holes all the
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