There's no question that organic compost is good for our vegetable gardens and flowerbeds, but some argue that compost bins are a big eyesore in an otherwise beautiful backyard. These six examples prove they don't have to be! If the appearance of compost bins has held you back from having one, these ideas may change your mind.


Compost bins aren't always the prettiest garden accessory, but that's hardly a reason to not start composting. There are so many benefits to creating compost, like improving soil nutrients and being more sustainable. Since more and more people are taking on composting, there are more and more compost bin options on the market. Here are some of our favorites that don't distract from the beauty of the landscape.


1. Willow Branches

We love the organic and natural look of this style from Louise Langsner at The Garden Kitchen. You've probably seen fences made from willow branches before, but never a compost bin. The natural wood can be worked into any existing landscaping, and the fact that it costs you nothing is a huge plus!

2. Wood Slats

This very simple compost bin design boasts clean lines and works in a traditional or modern garden setting. You can use slats of cedar to build your own or if your less crafty, you can find similar bins at home stores. This bin from Walmart is easy to fill, and the cedar planks last a long time.


3. Trench System

This award-winning idea from Rachael Mathews is pure genius. She incorporated compost bins into trenches that double as a walkway through the garden beds. This is not only a space-saving idea, but it looks absolutely beautiful! For those of you with raised beds, this is a very good option.


4. Plastic

When we think of plastic compost bins, our mind automatically goes to the clunky black or blue bins that visually stick out from a mile away. But plastic can look nice as well. We really like the shape of this one from Gardener's Supply Company—the brown would blend well with a building or in your yard.

lattice fence around compost bin
Justin Hancock

5. Lattice

If you already have a compost bin that's an eyesore, don't despair! There are many ways you can hide it, like with this lattice. The potted ivy vines help make any lattice a lush, green focal point! Follow our step-by-step instructions to install your own lattice.


6. Pallets

If you like to use what you already have when tackling a project, this pallet compost bin would be right up your alley. It's easy to construct; in fact, Liz from Hoosier Homemade has step-by-step instructions. Our favorite thing is how she planted flowers along the top!


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