A ‘Bed’ of Flowers and a ‘Tub’ of Plants

Bed' of Flowers

I am always looking for creative ways to display plants in my garden.

On two recent trips, one to North Carolina and the other to Amish country in Indiana, I saw some ‘beds’ of flowers that I thought were not only beautiful, but also very creative.

This first one I saw along the main street in Shipshewana, Indiana, which is a quaint town in Amish country.

beds of flowers

beds of flowers

I love how they painted the bed headboard and footboard of this old bed, don’t you?

Although this next one is not painted, I like the old rusted look of this head and footboard.

beds of flowers

This ‘bed’ of flowers was located in the old section of Asheville, North Carolina.

In the same area, I came upon a ‘tub’ of plants…

'Tub' of Plants

This tub was filled with kale, white violas and pansies.

I would love a ‘tub’ full of plants in my own garden.  Even an old washtub with drainage holes would work well, don’t you think?

Have you seen any creative planting containers like these?

I’d love to hear about them.


I apologize for being a bit late in posting this week.  Life has been awfully busy.  After giving a presentation on citrus care to a garden club Tuesday morning, I then headed to our local children’s hospital where my 13-month old nephew, Dean, had major surgery and one lobe of his right lung was removed.  He is at our local children’s hospital and is doing well and they are doing their best to manage his pain.

We all went to visit him today and it was nice to see that he recognized us even though he was pretty ‘loopy’ on all of his pain meds.  We are hopeful that he will be able to go home by Monday.

Today, I am going up to one of my favorite places – Rio Verde, where I have 3 consults scheduled.

After this week, I am thankful that I have nothing more scheduled this weekend besides church 🙂

I hope you are all having a great week!    

Adventures in Amish Country and a Farmhouse Visit

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
7 replies
  1. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    Hi, First of all…blessings to your nephew. So hard to see our youngest family members in pain.
    I've seen these "garden beds" in several places here in Illinois. Such a clever way to use an old bed.
    I used my grandkids Cozy Coupe by Little Tykes in my garden one year. There it sat… an orange and yellow plastic car… filled with flowers sitting in the middle of my garden of complimentary colors. It got a lot of attention.

  2. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    I am sorry about your nephew, somehow i associate you with major hospital incidents because of your youngest 'son'. But those garden paraphernalia augmentations are lovely, most especially if you have wide areas. I remember Sue of The Corner Garden has a tub in her garden planted with ornamental sweet potatoes, and it's beautiful trailing down the tub.

  3. Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ
    Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ says:

    Hi Noelle,
    I love the idea of the "beds" and the "tub" and it just seems to fit in Southern gardens. I don't think my HOA would be too pleased if I tried it in my front yard, but maybe in back would work.
    I'm so happy to hear that Dean is doing well. I've been wondering about him. It just doesn't seem right that little ones should have to suffer. Youth has its advantages though and he will bounce back quickly … and literally be bouncing around.
    Take it easy this weekend. You deserve it!

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