Pinterest inspired Galvanized bucket Stacked Planter

spilling planter with hosta and creeping jenny

There are few things in this world I enjoy more than gardening and breathing new life into things that most people would consider old junk bound for the landfill.  When I saw this gorgeous galvanized stacked planter that I saw on Pinterest from the header of The Pink Hammer Blog I KNEW I had to make one of my own.

hosta planter

We have two hundred+ pound labradors that are more like horses than dogs, so I already had a big galvanized tub that we used to use as a puppy hot tub when they were little, and I also had another oblong tub that we used as the dogs water bowl for years.  I found the smaller oblong galvanized bucket at a thrift shop for a dollar and I was in business. 

spilling planter

I drilled holes in all of the buckets using a big drill bit.  A few were for drainage but one was to hold it all together.

drilling holes in galvanized tubs

We had an old rusty piece of rebar lying around the basement left from the previous owner.  I used my super human strength to bend it a little, then stuck it through all of the buckets to hold them all in place.  The bottom of the rebar is stuck in the ground to anchor it together. 

rebar in galvanized buckets to stack

Then I filled them with garden soil and transplanted some hosta and creeping jenny from my other containers to plant around the base and inside.  I bought the purple moon torenia from Petals from the Past.  It looks great spilling over the bottom container.   All these plants do great in the shade, which is something I have an abundance of at my house.  Training my brain to love shade plants has been a long process, but the transformation is complete.  I love all of these plants! 

driveway border with hosta

My hosta driveway border is looking better than ever thanks to a little bit of sweat and effort. 


Hosta along driveway

So far the deer have left the big hosta alone.  I’d like to think it’s because my dogs are fierce watch dogs, but really I think I’ve just gotten lucky so far.

driveway lined with hosta

To be safe, I capped off the end of the border that is closest to the deep woods with a homemade planter of coleus which seems to be a little more deer resistant than the hosta/pasta salad bar. When the previous owners replaced the pool pump he got crafty and cut the pump in half to make two giant planters.  I got J to dig me a hole so this one is buried in the ground a little to take away some of the big grey ugliness of it.

hosta in pool pump

My mama brought me this rustic birdhouse from a trip to NC a few  years ago.   It has a great home in the woods now.  Maybe one day an Appalachian redneck bird family wearing overhauls and no shoes will fly down and lay claim to it.

birdhouse I am going to get some more spiller plants to go around the rebar in the middle planter but I haven’t made it to the store yet to do that.  I wanted to get it on the blog today since Young House Love and Katie Bower are hosting the Pinterest Challenge.   I’ve been vowing to join in one of their Pinterest challenges for a long time, so here is my chance! Woot!

 pinterest galvanized bucket stacked planter

So, that’s what I’ve been up to lately.  How about you?  How is your garden growing?

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  1. That is SO pretty, I love it!! Now I just need to start planting things. 😀

  2. Love your rustically awesome stacked planter!

  3. This is just beautiful! I love how well it turned out, old buckets are my favorite!

  4. Beth – this is Amazing!!! Love the whole look you’ve got going in that space! I need to get out my galvanized tubs and add them to my garden!

    Have a great day!

  5. Lovin’ these tubs for planter holders! I actually haven’t done anything in my garden yet but you’ve got me inspired to get out there. 🙂

  6. adorable Beth!! I love it!

  7. These look so cool! And I’d never thought to put hosta in a pot. I have plenty of it in my yard and it looks awesome.

  8. This is adorable!! I love it. Of course, I’d kill the plants in it quicker than I’d get to even enjoy it, but still…

  9. Susan M. says:

    I did one of these a few years ago sans the tub at the bottom — the tub adds so much – sure wish I would have thought of it then! Another great one that I’ll steal for sure is at – used as a centerpiece and then repurposed for flowers.

  10. Love your plantar Beth!! Your plants look so pretty! I just bought a lot of plants yesterday to pot up too! Then I’ll start our veggie garden!

  11. Hey from NC! Down here we wear “overalls”, not “overhauls”! Cracked me up when I read that! Love your blog! 🙂

  12. Joni G. says:

    What a terrific idea! It’s lovely and casual all in one. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Rebar is versatile, I just used some in my dining room redo…..which may never get done and posted about.


  14. Looks great…what a fun mix of “greens” and galvanized 🙂

  15. I love the rustic bird feeder! Will have to try making some of those.

  16. I’ve seen things like this on Pinterest before, but they look really complicated. You have made it look so easy to do! I also love the way you angled the buckets that are longer or wider. It looks awesome! Thanks for sharing



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