7 cool ideas for the creative gardener

Several wire trellises are hung on a wall and display plants in small glass vessels

7 cool ideas for the creative gardener

You don’t need a huge backyard to make an impressive garden. No matter how much outdoor space you have, all you really need is a bit of creativity. Or just follow our cool tips below.

Three VARIERA plastic bag dispensers are hung on the wall of a balcony and used as planters.
A close-up image of VARIERA plastic bag dispensers hung on the wall and used to grow flowers and bulbs.

1. Use something unexpected as a planter. Like a plastic bag dispenser. Stuff it loosely with newspaper, then add soil where you’ll be placing your bulbs or plants. This method provides lots of space for growth, aeration, and water drainage.

A potted vine plant is placed below a stool that it cllimbs up.

2. Sure, it’s a stool, but why not see it as a trellis, too? Just place it over your potted plant to give your ivy or other vines a place to explore.

A woman saws bed slats to create a custom DIY trellis.

3. Make a more rustic looking trellis by measuring and cutting (or not, depending on how large you’d like it) slats from a bed base, and tying them together. For a homier look, you could even try kitchen utensils.

Several wire trellises are hung on a wall and display plants in small glass vessels

Plastic soda bottles are attached to wire trellises with wire and filled with soil to grow plants.

4. If you’re short on space, use your walls. Mount a few wire trellises, attach some plastic soda bottle planters with gardening wire, and small glass tubes and vases, which are perfect for bulbs and stem cuttings.

A red trolley is filled with gardening accessories and plants.
The top shelf of a red trolley is filled with seedlings planted in pots.

5. A trolley can make a great small space gardening solution. Pick one with a few levels and divide it to suit your needs: keep your newly planted seeds and some water up top, extra pots and tools on the middle shelf, and heavier bags of soil on the bottom.

6. Plastic bins work really well for gardening, even if they may feel a bit less traditional. They’re easy to carry and rearrange; just make sure to create a few holes in the bottom to allow the water to drain.

Wooden boxes are filled with potted plants and displayed on a green picnic table.

7. Have more plants than you know what to do with? Paint some wooden boxes and fill them up with your potted plants, then get creative with your gardening zones and create one where you may not have thought of before. We thought this old picnic table was a good spot.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Interior designer: Marianne Eriksson
Photographer: Sandra Werud
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson