We’ve been really working on getting our front porch in tip-top summer shape. We have wonderful outdoor spaces at our home—and in the spring, summer, and fall, they act like extensions of the house! We sit outside to drink coffee in the morning, eat meals, read books, and enjoy our daily afternoon kombucha cocktail hour. Living the porch life is part of the beauty of living out the country!
We were looking for a fun way to add some color and some plant life to the ho-hum brick wall on our front porch, and decided to upcycle some tires to create quirky planters!
These tire wall planters were so incredibly easy to make, and, for us, totally free because we had the materials on hand, and we did some dumpster diving for the tires. Let me show you how we made them. Here’s what you’ll need for each planter:
- A tire
- Drill with a 1/2” drill bit
- Spray paint
- Landscaping cloth
As far as plants go, we went with shade and part-shade annuals because, obviously, on the covered porch, they’re not getting a whole lot o’ sunshine. We planted a combination of decorative grass, impatiens, and lobelia. We really like that the tall, spiky grass fills in the center of the tire, while the impatiens and lobelia fill in the bottom and add some color—and eventually, the lobelia will hopefully spill down and out of the planter a bit. If your planter is going on a wall in the sun, you have a crazy wide variety of fun plants you could fill it up with! These would be so beautiful with wave petunias pouring out of them.
I will say because these planters don’t get filled with a lot of soil, plants with shallow roots will probably be your best plant of attack. Succulents would work beautifully! Read the post »