The secret to creating a unique garden is using what you have available (or can buy for little). Prop an old ladder against a garden wall to serve as a multilevel plant hanger. Plant birdcages or colanders with hanging flowers and suspend them from a tree branch. Bury colored glass bottles upside down along a garden path to create a boundary. Paint old wicker baskets or metal trash cans and use them as planters.
Rubber boots in a variety of colors become sturdy hanging planters when mounted on a fence. Credit: Rosina Huber
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An old chair and a bike basket get a second life when planted with colorful flowers. In fact, anything with a bottom and sides is easily converted into a one-of-a-kind planter. Consider using mismatched mugs, old teakettles, or an old wheelbarrow.
A handmade wind chime, fashioned from old utensils and colorful beads, adds whimsy and—with a gentle breeze—soothing sounds. Credit: Flora Press/GAP Photos
Vintage glass lamp globes can be transformed into hurricane lamps that are practical as well as unique: They protect the flame from wind, and patterned glass refracts more light. Credit: Valerie Boersms