I love the makeovers, the flower garden tours and the tips, but my favorite posts to share are the ones showing off my garden vignettes using vintage items and junk that I’ve picked up at flea markets, estate sales and garage sales. I’m so excited to show you this year’s flower garden vignettes using Upcycled Vintage Garden Decor.
I realize this type of garden decor isn’t for everyone. I think there’s a fine line between adding some whimsy and making things look to junkie. For me, I draw the line at using bathroom pieces or car parts. Haha! Really though, everyone has their own style and as long as it includes flowers, I love it! Creating these fun little vignettes brings out my creative side and I like to see what I can come up with and how I can change things up from year to year.
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I have lots to show you, so let’s dive right in. Up first is this sweet little vignette featuring a replica of an old vintage gate. I looked and looked for a real vintage gate like this one, but the prices were ridiculous, so I settled for a replica and I love it. My daughter and I made the sign from an old piece of cedar fencing. The milk can and the galvanized bucket were flea market finds, and the little mason jar solar light came in a set and was a birthday gift. I love solar lights that look cute both in daytime and nighttime.
I purchased this old chair several years ago at an antiques store. The salesperson was so shocked that I wanted it even though it didn’t have a seat. I think I paid two or three dollars for it. I’ve used it every year in my gardens, but this year it got spiffed up a bit with a paint job. The plants in the galvanized container include caladium, impatiens and creeping jenny. The plants around the bottom of the chair include; Ivory Halo Dogwood, Coleus, Pulmonaria (lungwort) and Foxgloves (I wish they were blooming, maybe next year.)
And because I love it so much, here’s another angle. I started all of the caladium plants, in this post, indoors in March. The Creeping Jenny plant is actually a perennial in Zone 4, so I dig it out of all my planters and plant it in the ground in the fall, and then I don’t have to buy new plants in the spring.
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This next grouping is a great example of how you can use junk in your yard to make garden decor. My hubby made the ladder out of limbs that have fallen or been trimmed off our trees. I’ll post a tutorial soon on how to do this. Also, logs come in very handy if you need to add height to a container, or to use as a table.
My old ladder is another of my favorite upcycled vintage garden decor pieces. I picked this ladder up at an estate sale several years ago and have used it in my garden every summer. Wicker baskets can always be picked up cheaply at garage sales and thrift shops, and they make great containers for plants.
And another flea market find that I’ve had for several years is this vintage milk can. It gets used every year too.
I’m so excited to show you all my vintage bicycle. I found this baby on Craigslist. The lady I purchased it from thought I was going to ride it, so she told me where I could get the tires aired up. Little did she know… I dreamed about this very vignette ever since we moved to this house and this year I was finally able to make it happen. This area is an extension of the Shade Garden bed that I recently shared a makeover on.
It’s so cute I can hardly stand it.
And, one more
This pump is another flea market find from last year. I think at some point we will use it for a water feature, but for now it’s taken up residence in a vintage galvanized wash tub along with some verbena, marguerite daisies, calibrachoa, sweet potato vine and a big corn looking plant.
This old vintage wheelbarrow makes the best planter. Plants just go crazy in it. This year I planted coleus, impatiens, vinca vine, a fern (that’s buried), a pink begonia (that’s really yellow) and caladium.
It’s so full that it’s hard to tell it’s a wheelbarrow.
Nothing vintage about this next little vignette, but I think it’s cute and I did buy the little yellow watering can at a thrift store.
I hope you enjoyed all of my Upcycled Vintage Garden Decor vignettes. Perhaps you’re walking away with some ideas to add some whimsy and character to your own gardens. If you’d like to see more of my junk garden decor, check out Garden Vignettes Using Flea Market Finds and Garden Decor (Lots of Creative Ideas for Your Garden).
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