Yesterday, I spent part of my morning at Lowes Garden Center.
While choosing a variety of flowers and vegetable plants, I added a half-wine barrel to my cart. I always find it hard to resist walking by the stacked barrels without wanting to buy a few. They pretty much can go anywhere and in any setting.
There are several reasons why I love having rustic wine barrel container gardens. Firstly, they add old-world charm to a patio or deck and beautify a driveway entrance. The barrels are also roomy making them ideal for planting a variety of plants including vegetables, herbs and small shrubs.
For those of you who live in warm year round climates, the half-wine barrels are perfect for Pomegranate, Guava, Key Lime, Kumquat, Limequat and Bonanza Peach. A grape vine supported with a trellis or stake is yet another plant that would be paired perfectly and appropriately for a wine barrel.
Of course, the half-wine barrels are readily available at Lowes where I chose a Wood Barrel Planter ($39.98). There is also a slightly smaller fiberglass wine barrel to the right ($29.97) in brown or black (this size might be more appropriate for a front stoop).
I chose easy annual workhorse plants in contrasting colors that will bloom all summer: Yellow African Marigolds, Pink Vinca Impatiens and Deep Purple Salvia. I’ll add trailing ivy and sweet potato vine to drape over the edge of the barrel.
(Other non-stop blooming summer plants to consider: Aster, Gloriosa Daisy, Purple Coneflower, Purple Fountain Grass, Moonshine Yarrow and Dahlia, among others.)
Next: Step-by-Step Container Garden in a Wine Barrel & Step-by-Step Garden Design in Gronomics Rustic Elevated Garden Bed