Have you been admiring those topsy turvy planters and you’ve wondered how to make them? I made several last summer, and my favorite is this one that I made using new, galvanized buckets found at our local agricultural store. Just this week I repotted the planter with fresh flowers and moved it onto our front porch. And I am loving the topsy turvy buckets just as much as I did last summer.
Last year I used orange and peach colors in the buckets, and I must say that I really loved that combination. But I decided to go with a different color scheme this year since I was moving the planter onto our front porch. You can find the full tutorial on how I made the buckets in my post Topsy Turvy Galvanized Buckets.
In the bottom oval bucket, there is a mix of ivy and creeping jenny along with red petunias and white lobelia. The red petunias will spread and cascade down the side of the planter because they are Wave petunias, and the lovelia should do the same. The buckets that I used to make the planter were all new, shiny galvanized buckets, but as you can see in this photo, they have acquired an aged appearance. I did speed up that process last year by spraying the buckets with a chlorine bleach mixture and letting the buckets sit in the sun to dry. Then I added a little brown paint around the top and bottom of them.
The top and smallest bucket contains one red petunia plant and creeping dichondra which is sometimes called ‘Silver Falls’ because it drapes down the sides of containers. It is drought tolerant which should make it a good choice for the top bucket because the water drains quickly out of that one.
To finish off the buckets, I used the same decorative dragonfly pick that I used last year. I can’t wait until all the flowers grow and fill in. They should do well in this spot because it gets plenty of sunshine daily. If you’ve been admiring any of those topsy turvy planters, I urge you to go ahead and try your hand at making them. They really are not hard to make but will bring you plenty of compliments!