Planting Pansies On The Deck Junk Garden Style

I purchased this horizontal half barrel several years ago.  

At first, I just filled it with plants, and they grew well.  

Then, I discovered how garden junk and varying heights add so much fun and vertical interest.  Read on to see what I mean.

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Here I lined up three galvanized buckets in the rear of the planter.

I planted pansies in the buckets and in the barrel.  The addition of the double-decker style planting already added some interest.

I also added a vintage aluminum cover to the front of the barrel with nails.

I then used an old scrap of tongue and groove barn wood, and made a sign using my *Old Sign Stencils Welcome to my Garden stencil.

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 I brushed Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain on to just the top of the board.  I did a very uneven coat, using very little paint.  I didn't want the sign to look new.  I stenciled the garden design with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.

I added a wire to hang the sign from holes drilled at the top edges.  I sealed the sign with Krylon Satin Clear Gallery Series Aerosol Spray.  I used several coats.

A vintage framed screen, (with screen and hardware cloth, $8 at the antique shop) was nailed to the deck railing, and the sign hangs from a nail on the frame.

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And my final idea to add vertical interest is two small buckets of pansies on the railing.

Remember to pound a small nail in the railing.   A corresponding hole is drilled into the bottom of the bucket, that slips over the railing nail.  The planter can't blow off or get accidentally knocked off. 

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Last summer I found the cream separator at a garage sale.  

I planted pansies in the plastic bottom of a hanging basket and set it in the separator.

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The flowers need a little time to fill in and grow, but I think this vignette will look great!

Thanks for visiting!

Update:  The pansies are loving our cool June weather!

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July Update:

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4 comments

  1. Love your barrel vintage garden with the buckets and sign! You always finding the coolest things like the barrel and cream separater. Recently the hubby bought an old bucket, funnel, and pulley for me. But I haven't decided where to put it yet.

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  2. I LOVE everything about this, & I'm so glad the weather is cooperating a bit better w/ your summer gardening. (Doesn't Mother Nature know how much we all look forward to your Junk Garden Tour every year?!) The decorative lid is always such a cute detail; I've been on the lookout for something similar ever since you first shared the idea. The cream separator planter is such a great addition as well. I can't wait to see all of your garden magic in a couple of weeks!

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  3. Just beautiful right now! Is your deck in a shaded area or North side perhaps? You have a glorious green thumb! Always enjoy looking at your gardens!

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    1. More of a northwest. It gets some sun but is shaded by trees in the later afternoon and evening! Thanks so much!

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