It's free (provided you drink a lot of coffee from cans), it's ecofriendly and it's cute in a funky, boho-cottage kind of way. Love it.
Cinder blocks are ugly. These cinder blocks, arranged to form a geometric planter, are modern and brilliant. And the whole thing goes so well with succulents, which have a sort of geometry to them too.
Vertical gardens are all the rage. This one, created out of an old wooden pallet, is wall and planter in one. I don't love these particular plants — I would go with herbs — but it's still a great idea.
Another vertical garden, this one in an old soda bottle crate. It already has the pockets! I suppose you'd have to use a screen to keep the soil from falling out.
Aluminum water troughs make perfect raised beds with no building required.
This arrangement brings new meaning to the term "flower bed." OK, it's a little punny, but it is pretty (and you could hang even more flowers from the canopy).
The bottle tree has a long and storied history originating in Africa and going strong in the South in the United States. It's thought to have originated as a way to keep spirits and imps away. A lot of my neighbors have dead trees in their backyards that are too expensive to get removed. You may as well dress them up, right? And keep the bad spirits away at the same time.
I love this raised bed as an extension of the deck. It's a perfect kitchen garden.
A tiny shell planter for a tiny succulent. This can work inside or out. I like the idea of a whole row of them along a backyard ledge.