last summer i wanted to brighten the fence in the front yard, and i also wanted to use only things we already had. this is what i came up with. it is exactly what it looks like: coffee cans, spray painted and hanging on the fence posts. this picture was taken last summer, and in the cans were things like portulaca which i love, red salvia which i love, and some leafy plant that i can’t remember the name of.
this year i’ll be adding more cans to more fence posts, and i’m planning something a little more elaborate for some of them—a little 3-tier effect using cans of different sizes.
when preparing cans for planting, i recommend hammering nail holes into the bottom of the can before painting, so the paint can seal the edges of the holes. you’ll also need to hammer a hole into the side near the top edge so you can hang the can. ella and i spray painted our cans in the yard, using an old plastic lawn chair for a paint rack.
this spring there are johnny jump-ups in the cans, but for summer this year i’m going to plant them with all the little marigold free-range seedlings that i found in the square foot garden beds.
COLEUS! the leafy plant is coleus! some lime green variety that i chose to set off the colors of the cans. LOL i'm so glad i remembered, otherwise i'd have had to call every one of you at 2am when it finally came to me.
*i thought about posting this project on my homemaking blog, but since it is more crafty i figured it really belonged here. besides, it gives me a chance to ask fellow crafters for suggestions—what ideas do you have for frugal yard and/or gardening projects? extra style points for whimsy.