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Grow a Summer Garden out of a Soup Can

Updated on May 30, 2016

Planting in a Soup Container

The answer is yes and this is due to using containers to plant in.

Container gardens are easy to maintain and they look so lovely in the summer months when all the perennials are in bloom.

One of my favorite containers is the soup can which can come in larger industrial sizes, like the one restaurants use.

All you need is some good planting soil and enough sunlight to keep the flowers happy.

My favorite plants are the drought tolerant because if you live in the city and have a busy schedule it may be hard to remember to water the plant containers.

Try using Phlomis, Lamium, Platycodon, Thyme, and Veronica which has a nice purple blooms that grow 2 to 3 feet tall.

Wall Garden in Toronto by happy_sleepy on Flicker
Wall Garden in Toronto by happy_sleepy on Flicker
Wall Garden attached to bricks
Wall Garden attached to bricks | Source

Wall Garden Ideas

Begonias in a pizza sauce can
Begonias in a pizza sauce can | Source

How to attach Soup Cans to a Wooden Fence or Brick Wall

Now that you have gotten this great idea for your soup can garden lets look at how to attach the cans to a wall.

In the picture the industrial size pizza cans are hung on a brick wall which seems kind of impossible at first glance.

It takes some creative ways to look at your summer jobs when starting your projects.

I dug deeper in to finding out how this project was done.

The original piece was done in Toronto by a very nice lady who is full of life and ideas. Her Flicker name is Happy Sleepy.

Apparently how it was done is you are going to need some wire, drill bit, nails, hammer, drywall plug and screw.

You will then put a hole in the top of the can and then attach it to the wall with some wire on to the screw in the brick which can also be repeated on a wooden fence if you like.

Then fill the cans with your favorite planting soil and flowers, choose a variety of colors to give the wall some character.

Soup Can Garden Art

 sidewalk and wall garden
sidewalk and wall garden | Source

Creative Plant Containers

Pizza sauce containers work well also, you can use them on a wall and then paint them with rust paint in your favorite color.

Communities that take pride in their city can really come together and make a difference by planting shrubs, trees, and plants in areas that are not used to having gardens.

Creative crafters can also use soup cans to decorate art projects with ornaments and decorations.

In my community there is a group of gardeners who come together each month to start soup container projects planting vegetables, ferns and roses.

It is really exciting to see the different shapes and colors that show up in the containers after a few months have past.

The great thing about these type of city gardens is that it shows the community that with a little effort it is possible to make a corner, field or complex beautiful again.


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      cindy lou 

      6 years ago

      Looks very cute. But I would hesitate to attach to a brick wall without permission from the owner of the building. Even if it were my brick wall I don't think I'd want that many holes in my brick.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      A can garden looks absolutely wonderful! And the blue color goes so well with the flowers and makes the best of them. Thanks for the great ideas, voted up!


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      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Really great idea - thanks. Rated up and I'm a fan.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks Praireprincess, I have been learning how to grow plants in water without soil and its pretty interesting. Thanks for stopping by my hub.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Celebritie, this is wonderful! I am putting this one in my gardening bookmark file for next year. I love the creativity of this idea!

    • celebritie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I agree with you BKCreative, it seems like people come up with the best ideas out of necessity.

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      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is so clever and looks so good. Remember when folks used to be sooooo creative? Then we just lost it.

      Thanks for this creative reminder!

    • celebritie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Ha Ha, thanks Daffy, yes it is pretty fun to try new things, especially in gardening.

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      Daffy Duck 

      7 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      Attaching cans to a wall. Gardeners meeting every month to share ideas. Sprucing up with plants. That's pretty cool. :)

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      7 years ago

      I agree with you listlady, recycling is the best way to come up with cool crafty ideas.

      One of my all time favorites are the many things we can do with soda pop caps.

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      7 years ago from New York City

      So creative! Thanks so much - we should recycle everything. But hey why not do it beautifully.

      Thanks a million and rated up. Yay!

    • celebritie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks virginia, actually I found the picture on flicker. I was curious about the same thing so I found out that they used wire and drilled holes in the wall and used some type of industrial screws and then punched holes in the can to wrap the wire around.

      If you want to start your own city gardening group the best place to go is they have groups that meet every month from city to city.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      7 years ago from United States

      I love the picture of the can garden. I'd like to hear more about how you are able to put this on the wall and maybe more ideas about how to get a group of people together to garden.


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