The Whiskey Barrel Garden: It’s Alive!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

So, you all may remember that I was awfully worried about my Whiskey Barrel Planter after Mother’s Day brought frost to my neck of the woods, but I’m happy to say that it bounced right back – for the most part.  The phlox has needed a little extra attention, and it still looks a little bit sad, but it looks much better than before!

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I have loved, LOVED this little garden project, and it’s gotten compliments from a lot of people!  In fact, it has me itching to do more gardening.  We just put an offer on a new house over the weekend (I have my fingers crossed!!) and I would love to #DigIn to that space as well… but I will have to exercise patience, haha.

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If you are thinking of tackling a whiskey barrel planter – or any kind of container garden – for yourself, I would recommend it as a great, simple project.  Once I had all my supplies from The Home Depot, I was done in under an hour.

You can visit my tutorial post if you want more information (including the how-to video), and let me offer you these tips as some quick advice:

  1. Pick a planter that you love.  For us, we loved the rustic look of our authentic whiskey barrel!
  2. Decide where you want it, and check how much sun and shade that area gets each day.
  3. Find flowers that are well-suited to your region and the amount of sun, shade, and water you’re able to provide.  
  4. Allow for drainage – if your planter doesn’t have drainage holes, drilling a few is easy.
  5. Ensure you’re past the first frost before you plant.  Ahem.  Lesson learned here.
  6. Get creative and plant whatever you love!  Edibles, flowers – there are options in every climate for every space that are beautiful, practical, easy, challenging – whatever you’re looking for to enhance your patio or deck.

That’s really it!  I know new gardeners are probably skeptical of it being that easy, but I assure you – if I can do it, YOU can do it!  My favorite part has been showing my daughter how to care for our plants.  

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She asks every day if it’s time to water them.  (Bonus for me – I have someone to remind me all the time to water the plants, haha!)

Whiskey Barrel Planter at

If you have any questions along the way, feel free to drop me a note, or you can check any of the great resources at the Home Depot Garden Club for tips, tricks, advice and inspiration.

Happy gardening!


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  1. says

    It as filled in so nicely!! I’m so glad the frost didn’t kill anything! I have totally had the gardening bug too! I love the way yours it turning out!

  2. says

    Well done, you! And look at how gorgeously preggo you are!

    Fingers crossed on your house sale! I hope that it goes in your favour!

  3. says

    I love the plants you chose! Pinks just pop against the wood of your barrel. And your helper is just the sweetest thing ever :-) Fingers crossed for you and the new home!

  4. Lisa says

    Very nice! We had a barrel garden like this at our last home that I just loved, but I had forgotten about it.

  5. says

    Yay! I get excited when my flowers stay alive too…lol. Looks pretty! So cute how Raya likes helping you water it…LC does the same thing.

  6. Marilyn says

    Wow, Adrianne! Your whiskey barrel looks amazing….even after the crazy spring weather you experienced! I can’t wait to see the amazing garden you have at your new home next summer! :D

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