Being a fine art painter my friend Hazel has a creative mind and can see old things in a new way. She takes repurposing a step further when using found objects as garden decor.

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At the foot of the steps to the deck is a collection of vintage watering cans and containers, most of which came with the house. The bucket is from some dog kennels on a friend’s farm. It was painted many years ago with green boat paint, the original owner was a barge worker and the green boat paint was used on pretty much everything. The oil can was salvaged from a dump at the back of the  property and was found with a metal detector.

For Hazel, container gardening enables her to bypass the limited sun, funky soil, slugs and voles. Velvety leaved coleus are used as a focal point to draw the eye along a path to a shady spot where a pot adds a drop of color too.

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“The colors I like, blues, reds, yellows, white can all be put in a pot. The pots add a second level of height 15″or higher, you have a much more layered look to the garden.”

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Salvaged from old screen doors, Hazel painted these aluminum panels and placed them in the flower garden.

“If I want purple there, I’ll put purple”

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Several panels are combined inside a hand built wooden screen to frame a shady corner (below)

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A scrap of periwinkle blue fence is under-planted with hostas to give it some visual weight (below). In the spring the flowers of the Double Flowering Japanese Kerria shrub are dots of yellow against the soft blue.

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Recommended by Hazel –  Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens for reasonable prices and awesome selection, especially Coleus.

For more on container gardening check out Container Gardening Tips with Bob Hyland at AwaytoGarden.com

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