Hello to Ana who's trying out to be a member of the Southwest team representing Austin. Leave us your comments and tell us what you think!
To liven up an outdoor space, here's a good rule of thumb: If it holds (or once held) water, it can be a planter. In their former life as irrigation pipes, these planters funneled water to crops. Nowadays, irrigation systems are much smaller and more sophisticated so these old guys lost their jobs. Then Elle Green, the owner of Austin Modern, decided to use them to fill in a bare, sun-drenched corner outside her store in Central Austin.
The pipe planters, which she painted red, yellow, blue and orange, really make a green statement. Not only do they incorporate recycled materials, but they hold drought-tolerant plants like cactus, succulents and native grasses and shrubs that require little to no maintenance.
Things like this are great for homes in the South and Southwest, where many areas currently face watering restrictions and shortages. You can get creative if you decide to paint them (stripes, anyone?) or leave them raw for a more industrial look. Check with local nurseries for the kind of plants that do well in your climate.
So ... what kind of things have you used for planters?