At my front porch, I've replaced the chipping terracotta pots beside my steps with new and old galvanized tubs from the farm supply store (for the new tubs) and the thrift/junk stores, or if I'm lucky, from the side of the road!
We're supposed to get some rain this evening, so I brought my asparagus fern/calibrichoa planter, a beat up, rusted out galvalized 2 gallon bucket down to catch some rain. Over spring break I stayed at a friend's farm in Louisiana and found this clay drain pipe (marked with a Hattiesburg, MS industrial pottery stamp), outside a barn the family planned to tear down. It came home with me. I planted it (and the old dutch klompen) with chartreuse creeping jenny.
I have what is now a large collection of klompen- hung outside my front door, on my chicken coop, in the front porch, and this, my newest pair, is hung right at the front steps. I planted it with this sedum that thrives no matter what. Several years ago I tried planting my west-facing back door klompen with a lovely succulent collection, but the heat and my poor watering killed them all.
I saved my favorite garden junk container for last. This kettle belonged to my husband's grandmother. I grabbed it from the basement of house she lived in right before we sold it, not sure what I'd do with it, but it spoke to me and I didn't want to trash it. When we built a picket fence around our front yard I punched the bottom full of holes and nailed it into a fence post. In the winter I plant pansies in it, and the sedum is happy in the summer. I'd love it if I could get some sedum to trail out of the spout, but so far, I haven't had luck. I don't know what Gary thinks (or the neighbors, frankly, but as the other post is a 10 foot tall bottle tree. . . .), but it makes me happy to see it there every day!
What whimsical containers do you use in your garden? I hope you're having fun with your garden this summer!