But, as I intend to plant a lot of annuals in pots on my deck and on my patio, I need some go-to containers. I won't be able to think up 40 or 50 novel containers. So here are my top five go-to containers that I use and love year after year...
1. Galvanized pails. Mop buckets, minnow buckets and the minnow bucket insert, any galvanized, preferably older metal pails. I plant my hanging annuals in pails with a an "S" through the bail hanging by a chain.
2. I also am a huge fan of terra cotta pots. I love the weathered patina. I'm sure many of you don't like the fact that they dry out quickly but in my northern climate they work well and look great, even though they must be watered daily.
3. Galvanized laundry tubs. I have them in my wheelbarrow and partially sunk into my flower beds around the house. Just like pails only bigger!
4. Thrift shop vintage metal kitchenware. Muffin tins are great for hen and chicks. Metal tea kettles and coffeepots, kettles, and also roasters or roaster covers. Just don't overdo it.
5. And lastly my newest favorite, funnels. A flexible hose funnel perches in the corner of my deck. A large funnel is pushed down on a wooden broom handle and stuck into a flower border. Small funnels work well tucked inside another pots.
My favorite containers work well for my cottage, junk garden style.
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