A garden, no matter how small, represents the gardener who planted it and the property on which it resides. Gardens can represent elegance, brilliance, and even a bit of someone's wild or funky side. A funky garden design is limited only by the imagination of the gardener. Endless possibilities lie in everything from old shoes to pirate treasure. Just look around your home, the local craft store or even a junk yard, when looking for inspiration for your funky garden.
Old shoes make excellent funky garden planters; they are available in all different colours and styles to suit your own funky design. Shoes are typically not large enough to serve as the entire planter, it is usually necessary to remove the bottom of the shoe before use in the garden. After the sole of the shoe has been removed, decide where you'd like to place your shoe planter and dig a small hole to fill with potting soil. Place the shoe over the potting soil and place the plant in the allotted space. The plant will grow to fill the area of the shoe and appear to be growing directly from it. Multiple shoes can be used to create an entire shoe garden design.
A pirate-themed garden is easier to create than it might initially sound. Craft stores usually carry a wide variety of low-cost, themed items which can be used in garden decor A few Halloween skulls, some fake gold coins and a treasure chest will turn an ordinary garden into a pirate-themed getaway. Chose an area to place the treasure chest, it should be large enough to serve as a small planter. Fill the treasure chest with potting soil and plant some bright annual flowers in three quarters of the soil. Use gold coins to cover the rest of the unplanted potting soil to add to the pirate appeal. Place skulls and handfuls of gold coils all about the garden area, showcasing each individual design point to complete the pirate design.
An old car can serve as an interesting centrepiece in a funky garden. Before using a car in garden design, the motor and engine components should all be removed as they can contain harmful fluids that can prevent plants from growing. The boot and hood can both be opened to serve as large planters when filled with potting soil. Filling the interior of the car with potting soil before planting grass seeds is also an option. The grass will grow in the direction of the light and come out of the door or window spaces. For a very funky design, the surfaces of the car can be covered in dirt to plant a thick moss or grass, creating a green carpet covering the car. Several possibilities unique to each car are available when turning a vehicle into a garden planter.
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