Freshening up a deck, patio or porch doesn't have to break the bank. You can plant flowers or plants you transplant from the wild in yard sale planters, up-cycled cans or even cooking pots which looks really cool on the front porch. You just need to think outside of the box. You do need to add holes on the bottom of pots or cans you use to plant plants in so water can leak out and you do not get root rot. I have even seen people plant wild flowers in old shoes or boots and it is precious. Below are a few things I did in a afternoon to spruce things up and used things I already have. Hope it inspires you to look around you and do the same. I would love to see some of your projects.
I have lemon grass which is very fragrant growing in the yard. I transplanted a bit in a planter I found at a yard sale for $3 and placed river rocks on top to help hold the moisture in during these hot summer months. This now sits on my back patio.
I found these flowers on clearance for a whopping fifty cents at "Wal-Mart" and planted them also in a #10 can and again placed river rocks from the driveway on top to hold in moisture.
I placed my flowers on a old grain sack I have and placed a few indoor decorations around them on my table outdoors on my patio for a Summer supper outside tonight.
Remember don't throw things away before first asking yourself how you can re purpose it and use it later. You never know how creative you can be.