7 garden ideas for growing more creatively

A wall rack with glass tubes containing water and plants.

7 garden ideas for growing more creatively

You don’t need a huge outdoor space to do some impressive gardening. Whether you have a small balcony or acres of flowerbeds, all you really need is a bit of creativity. Just take the lead from our garden ideas below.

A table and chairs with plants.

1. Use Something unexpected as a planter.
Like a plastic bag dispenser. Stuff it loosely with newspaper, then add soil where you’ll be placing your bulbs or plants. This method provides lots of space for growth, aeration, and water drainage.

2. Make a more rustic looking trellis by measuring and cutting (or not, depending on how large you’d like it) slats from a bed base, and tying them together. For a homier look, you could even try kitchen utensils.
 

A woman sawing a piece of wood.

3. If you’re short on space, use your walls
Mount a few wire trellises, attach some plastic soda bottle planters with gardening wire, and small glass tubes and vases, which are perfect for bulbs and stem cuttings.

A wire trellis with plastic bottle planter.

4. A trolley can make a great small space gardening solution
Pick one with a few levels and divide it to suit your needs: keep your newly planted seeds and some water up top, extra pots and tools on the middle shelf, and heavier bags of soil on the bottom.

5. Plastic bins work really well for gardening, even if they may feel a bit less traditional. They’re easy to carry and rearrange; just make sure to create a few holes in the bottom to allow the water to drain.

A green picnic bench with crates of plants on top.

6. Have more plants than you know what to do with?
Paint some wooden boxes and fill them up with your potted plants, then get creative with your gardening zones and create one where you may not have thought of before. We thought this old picnic table was a good spot.

A pine box being painted with green paint.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.


MADE BY
Interior designer: Marianne Eriksson
Photographer: Sandra Werud
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson

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