Decorating The Garden With Thrift Store Finds ~ Today’s post is a loaded with fabulous ideas for decorating the garden with thrift store finds!
I have joined up with other creative and talented bloggers on this Summer Outdoor Art Fest Blog Hop. The theme is ‘Turning Thrift Items Into Garden Works of Art’. I am sharing some of the treasures I have found at the end I have provided the links to the rest of the participating bloggers. Get ready to be inspired with some new thrift store possibilities for your garden!
I love gardening and I think that passion was passed down from father. He was an excellent gardener but his gardening style was totally different from mine. He created symmetrical garden beds with pebble pathways in between that looked like an English Country Garden. All of the flowers grew in patterns by the type and colour of the plant. My father is now 88 years old, is in good health but gave up gardening a few years ago when the family home was sold and he moved into a condo.
I learned a lot from him but my gardening style is totally different. I like to create splashes rather than patterns of colour with lots of unexpected and creative touches mixed in….
My garden is filled with a few trees, several shrubs and loads of different kinds of perennials.
There are also lots of pots throughout the garden growing different types of annuals. I have to admit the reason why I only grow annuals in pots now is to cut down in the time spent weeding which I write about in Tips For Controlling Weeds In The Garden.
The garden looks different monthly, weekly and even daily because of all the different perennials that bloom at different times during the growing season.
I don’t know how many different perennials I have but there are a variety of colours, heights and even textures to add interest to the garden.
I am working on creating a four-season garden by adding interesting touches different times of the year. I share how I made a Winter Garden in How To Add Colour To Your Winter Garden even though nothing is growing and the ground is covered with white snow.
But the most fun way to add interest to a garden is to add different decorative touches amongst the growing plants. What even makes it more fun is picking up these touches inexpensively at the thrift store.
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Decorating The Garden With Thrift Store Finds
Here are some of the special finds I have picked up so far that add that unexpected and creative touch! I actually got this bike shaped plant stand for free! It was quite rusty and painted green when I got it. I spray painted it brown and it is a great décor item to hold these terracotta pots filed with sapphire lobelia and orange and yellow marigolds.
This is a black-framed terrarium I bought for a couple of dollars. It was framed with glass but one of the panes was broken. I just removed all of the panes and placed this terracotta pot inside with the same lobelia and marigold flowers inside. The top of the terrarium lifts up!
Here’s a planter in the shape of a little cart I picked up inexpensively. I’m not sure if I am going to spray paint it to freshen it up or just leave it with this aged rusty look.
I mentioned before that I like to have different heights in the garden. I was able to stake this wicker pyramid shaped trellis or obelisk (not sure what to call it) into the ground. I had previously wrapped solar mini lights around it to create a sparkle effect at night but they didn’t last too long. You can’t see it too well but I just planted a clematis to grow all around it so I have my fingers crossed it does well.
Another little unexpected touch is this frog on a lily pad ornament. It looked pretty dull and rusty when I bought it but I spray-painted it green with a splash of gold on top. It is amazing what you can do with spray paint to freshen up a thrift store find!
Do you see the large grapevine wreath resting against the wooden trellis? I bought it at a thrift store for $2.00. It just fills up and adds a different texture to that area of the garden!
This vintage looking birdcage was a real find and I have to admit is my favourite. I haven’t done anything to it and it has lasted several years in the garden. I like how it fits so well next to the birdbath!
It’s fun decorating the garden with thrift store finds! I hope these finds have given you some ideas and inspiration! I love looking in thrift stores for possibilities that can either be freshened up with a coat or two of paint or repurposed into an interesting piece of garden art!
Even my father is now enjoying the garden with my thrift store finds when he comes over for a visit. He has given up trying to convince me to think more about patterns and symmetry when I plant. He now quite likes the splash of colour and the unexpected and creative touches throughout the garden.
Now comes the fun part! Are you ready for fabulous ideas for decorating your garden with thrift store finds? I invite you to check out these links in this ‘Turning Thrift Items Into Garden Works Of Art’ blog hop…
Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear about your decorating the garden with thrift store finds!