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Do you have a container, or two, filled with flowers or maybe a succulent? Chances are you do. Many of us settle for the bland shades of brown or beige when choosing pots and miss out on an excellent opportunity to add interest and color to our outdoor spaces.

I am a strong proponent ditching boring neutrals in favor of colorful pots with unique shapes and textures in my ongoing attempt to encourage people to think of plant containers as outdoor decor. As a result, I was thrilled with I was contacted by Annette Gutierrez, one of the authors of Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers and asked to review her book.

Innertube from an old tire converted into a planter at the Tucson Botanical Garden.

Within the pages of Potted, Annette and her co-author, Mary Gray, inspire as they show the reader how to create unique and unusual containers that create instant interest.

During my garden travels, I seek everyday items that are reimagined and converted into unorthodox planters such as a recycled tire innertube. 

Annette and Mary refer to themselves as decorators rather than gardeners and own a store in Los Angeles, aptly named Potted where they create innovative receptacles for plants using everyday items such as cinderblock, PVC pipe, and even old wood doors to name but a few. 

If you have ever shopped for colorful or unique containers, you’ve undoubtedly experienced sticker shock at the high prices and settled for a boring, but sturdy terra-cotta pot. Over twenty container ideas await the reader, each of which, meet the following criteria:

  • It must be affordable
  • Materials must be easy to find
  • A good DIY project for the average person

I must admit that after finishing the book, I was looking at ordinary items like paint cans and plastic garbage pails in a different light – decorated and filled with plants.

**UPDATE: The giveaway is over, but you can always order your own copy of Potted.

Disclosure: I received a copy of ‘Potted’ free of charge for my honest review.

19 replies
  1. Jen H.
    Jen H. says:

    I live in the New Mexico high desert. I enjoy growing lots of herbs in pots, as well as foliage plants like pileas and prayer plants. I’m also nursing a Sprengi fern and a lovely ficus lyrata. I’m dying for some creative and inexpensive pot/planter ideas.

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  2. Angela Chavez
    Angela Chavez says:

    Love using pots for seeds, flowers, and house plants of course. I throw compost with Avacadp Pitts in pots in hopes I’ll have a tree someday!! Would love to incorporate new looks!

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  3. Brandi Young
    Brandi Young says:

    I am basically (so far) a gardening failure but I love to grow everything in pots. I dream of potting two of the Vogue Anniversary roses to flank my front door. we will see! Right now I have a potted Coral fountain and it is lovely, too.

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  4. Margie
    Margie says:

    First..Love to shop for the container AND use them in my gardens AND for my fairy gardens.
    and admit I am 88 years old!!!

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  5. Ronit Malinovitz
    Ronit Malinovitz says:

    I just started growing plants with invasive roots in very large pots, also plants that need to move indoors for the winter (such as my Adeniums). Of course, Herbs, flowers and succulents (I’m still learning how to pair all of them so that one pot can have several verities with similar water and dirt requirements).

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