Reuse and Repurpose

Laundry Hamper Flower Tower!

Repurpose and Reuse odd items in your garden; a series…

Have an old laundry hamper that has seen better days? Found one looking lost and lonely on the curb? Just add soil and flowers to create the flower tower shown here!

Once the flowers fill in one would never guess the container behind all this magic is a laundry hamper!

Step One – Assemble a hamper and some flowers. You will need about a dozen and a half. Petunias and bacopas are used in this example, but nasturtiums, calibrachoa, geraniums, fuchsia, mandevilla, alyssum, lobelia or trailing geraniums are just a few others that would look equally spectacular. Choose flowers suitable for the amount of sun they will get in your particular location.

Hamper…check! Plants…check! Soil…well, it’s around here somewhere.

Step Two – Add potting soil to the bottom 15 cm (six inches) of the hamper.

Potting soil works best for containers. Here the bottom layer is in and the project is officially underway!

Step Three – Depending on the hamper, you might need to make the openings bigger in order to fit the flowers through. Use scissors to make the space larger if needed.

Trying to take a picture while cutting is trickier than it looks!
The hamper you choose will largely dictate the size of space you need. So long as you can easily get the plant to feed through the hole without it falling out altogether you’re in good shape!

Step Four – Remove plants from their pots, lay them on their sides and gently feed the top through the openings on the side of the hamper. Depending on how big the flower you are choosing gets, just one or two on each side per layer should be plenty. As described in the caption below, you can alternate the plants direction with every layer. Remember that trailing plants will easily fill in 30 cm (12 inches) of space or more.

You can alternate directions by layer. Here the plants face opposite each other with their roots toe-to-toe. Top with another 15 cm (six inches) potting soil and then place the next layer of plants toe-to-toe exiting in the opposite two directions. Repeat until you reach the top.

Step Five: Continue topping with 15 cm (six inches) of potting soil per layer and alternating the direction the plants face until you reach the top of the hamper.

Here petunias are alternated with bacapos. When you try and type the word bacopa spellcheck will persistently change it to bacon. That has nothing to do with creating a flower tower. Just saying.

Step Six: When you reach the top put another four plants in each corner and ta-da! You’re all done! Well..almost done.

The hamper is planted! You will be amazed at how fast it will grow once the roots take hold. The plants, not the hamper.

Step Seven: Water and fertilize as needed. And, of course, enjoy all that beauty knowing you have saved another piece of plastic from the landfill, while creating something gorgeous for the world to look at and an important nectar source for those hungry pollinators.

Watch for more unique ideas to come on reusing and repurposing items for your garden!

7 thoughts on “Laundry Hamper Flower Tower!”

      1. Yeah, I guess strawberries might not overwinter well in colder places. I bet you could put it all in a garage with a blanket over it or something though and a strawberry tower might make it that way. Something to experiment with for sure. OR I guess you could take all the strawberries out in the fall and put them in the ground somewhere for winter. Hmmmm

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    1. Oh, it WOULD be great for strawberries! Or maybe even cucumbers and cherry tomatoes too. I hadn’t thought of that! Thank you 😀

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