Most gardeners fill a landscape with beds, but interior designer Renee Buchhauser prefers to sprinkle her San Diego lawn with chairs. "I'm always trying to find unusual ways to plant and garden and looking for things that are unexpected," she says. Years ago, after seeing the idea of planting in a salvaged chair, Renee took the notion further, painting a chair frame and adding embellishments to give each piece a unique personality.
Here's how to make a chair planter: Simply remove the seat or cut a hole in it and make a frame from chicken wire. Check garage and yard sales for broken or castoff chairs; they make perfect candidates for this project! If desired, paint or decorate the chair back and legs. Line the wire frame with coconut fiber, fill it with potting mix, and you're ready to plant.
Test Garden Tip: Unless you use chairs designed for outdoor use, you'll want to paint and seal them regularly so they don't succumb to the weather.
Decorated with a sign reminiscent of a garden show stand, this cherry-red wooden chair planter grabs the eye. Start the season off right by planting this hot seat with cool-loving blue lobelia and purple pansy. Once summer heat kicks in, white geranium, bacopa, and pink petunias will have grown large enough to carry the show.