My One-Hour Whiskey Barrel Garden!

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It’s finally planted!  I can’t believe how long it took for spring to finally arrive here in Michigan, but we’ve enjoyed some gorgeous weather this week and I FINALLY got to #DigIn to my Whiskey Barrel Planter!  I’ve been dying to share it with you.  Take a look!

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I planted mini carnations, wave petunias, and creeping phlox in my sawed-in-half, 25-gallon, gorgeously-authentic whiskey barrel.  It’s  the perfect addition to my front patio.

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I have an affinity for pink and purple flowers, personally, so that’s what I chose.  I just picked what I liked!  I have to say a special thanks to both Don and Michelle at my Grandville Home Depot, because I stopped in quite a few times (impatiently, haha) waiting for the flowers to come in, and they had some great suggestions for what combinations to use for my project.  I’m so glad I let Michelle talk me into the phlox, which is a flower I have never incorporated before – but she was right, it’s gorgeous among the petunias.

Carnations and phlox are perennial flowers; they can come back year after year if you care for them properly.  In some climates, you can even keep petunias coming up for a few seasons, but they are primarily considered an annual flower.  Frankly – I start over every year.  But the good news is, I let my mom raid my garden to salvage anything she might enjoy for next year when we get to the end of the season so I never waste plants.

When you are choosing flowers, there’s no real winning mix; just keep this in mind: as long as your plants all need a similar amount of sun and water, you can mix whatever you like.  Be sure the area where you will be keeping your planter had adequate sunlight or shade, depending on what your plants enjoy.

Let me give you the run-down on how to plant your barrel.  It’s actually really simple!  And true to theme around here, I was able to plant it in about an hour. First: drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of your whiskey barrel planter if it doesn’t already have some.  We used a 1/4 inch bit but just use a big enough size that water can get out without losing the bottom layer of your planter through the holes.  Next, place your planter wherever you want it to go.  It’s about to get VERY heavy once you add things, so put it in its final spot right now.  Then, add your drainage gravel.  We picked some pea pebbles to accomplish this.  You want at least 3″ of drainage on the bottom, though a little more won’t hurt.  Once that’s in, add your potting soil.  Just leave enough room at the top to do your gardening!

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Then, dig in!  Helper(s) optional.  (Oh, who am I kidding?  If you have young kids, of course they will want to help you dig.  This is me, gardening with 1.5 kiddos…)

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I was SO pleased with how my planter came out, that I wanted to give you a little tour!  Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to do to create your own one-hour container garden!

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    • says

      Haha – and the .5 was more in my way trying to garden than the 1! ;) Makes me happy for my small flower garden this year!! :)

  1. says

    It’s really pretty–and it’s nice that you will be able to transport this when you move! Hope you are feeling well!

  2. says

    Adrianne – Love the Vlog! You did a great job! (I also think that Raya’s bubble cameo was too cute)

    The planter turned out great; I’m glad that HD finally got their flowers in! :)

  3. says

    What a stud, I love seeing you on camera, and the flowers look gorgeous, I love all the pink… The only thing I was disappointed about, was no cute baby belly shot!

  4. says

    I love the color of the flowers, Adrienne! I need to find me some of those cute barrels, my yard is in much need of some cute decor.

  5. Kirsten says

    We’ve had some unseasonably chilly days here in Atlanta, so I can only imagine how cold it’s been in Michigan! You’re planter turned out beautifully (and your little helper is quite cute herself!). :) Love the colors you chose for your flowers!

  6. says

    It’s beautiful! I love the oldness of the barrel and how the colors are so bright against the wood. And it’s just the right height to plant while sitting in a chair, instead of bent over the ground like I was this weekend :-)

  7. says

    Love your color choice Adrianne! I’m thinking those colors would work for my porch railing boxes this year! We have to wait until Mother’s Day to plant or else we can get zapped by 20 degree nights here! I am soooooooooo looking forward to planting this year ;-)

  8. Marilyn says

    Wow, this looks great! I’m still need to get to Home Depot to pick up a whiskey barrel! Thanks for the inspiration

  9. says

    Looks great Adrianne! We are just getting ready to have a pool put in and I do believe I’m going to add these to the patio. Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo

  10. Kelly says

    Absolutely beautiful! I love pink and purple too! I bought a bunch of flowers last weekend but have yet to plant them :)

  11. says

    I love the flowers you chose. Amazing fuchsia beauties. And you look so cute! I really need to get a new drill so I can make one of these. So awesome!

  12. says

    I love the barrel planters and this looks so easy! We actually are already well in to our garden season her in Nevada but I haven’t put up any flowers yet.

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