Galvanized Metal Containers in the Garden

Galvanized Metal Containers in the Garden

Kimber Watson
May 12, 2015

Galvanized metal containers are a great option for planters in virtually any style of garden. They can blend in beautifully in a cottage garden when planted with a haphazard arrangement of cutting flowers, lend their industrial minimalist look to a modern garden design, or serve as a container for a vegetable garden or pond. And if you're looking for planters that are affordable as well as durable (and bonus, they get even better looking with age!), then look no further.


1. A culvert container is used as an oversized corner planter in this modern deck design. 1 Design Group via Houzz.
2. These troughs were used to add a border of greenery to the entry's open space. Sarah Natsumi Moore via Houzz.
3. An old galvanized garbage can is used as a simple and inexpensive planter. This can was upgraded by adding copper spray paint to the handles and rim. The Lily Pad Cottage.
4. These water tank garden beds are used as planters and a play space for the kids. A layer of rubber was added to the top of the tub that's used for a sand box to prevent the sharp edge from causing cuts. Sustainable Garden Design via Houzz.
5. An antique galvanized bath tub was salvaged from an old farmhouse, drilled with drainage holes, and used as a planter for succulents. Xeria.


6. Four large metal troughs were placed along the side walkway to create separation from the neighbor's house. These were planted with large oak leaf hydrangeas and installed with drip irrigation. Nilsen Landscape Design via Houzz.
7. A round metal trough is the ideal container for a pond or water feature. By Gardenista.
8. Adding casters to oval feed troughs planted with fast-growing plants like rough horsetail or bamboo, is an easy way to create a privacy screen. Dave's Garden.
9. This gardener chose galvanized troughs for her vegetable and herb garden because they keep the gophers from intruding. Country Living.
10. A living gate was created by attaching an old piano dolly to the base of a horse trough and then the moveable container was planted with tall arborvitaes. Southern Living.

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