35 Most Beautiful Wheelbarrow Planter Ideas For Your Garden

Wheelbarrow planters have become a fixture in modern gardens. They offer a touch of nostalgia and an opportunity to upcycle a piece of your family’s history. We’ve put together an inspiring cooked collection of wheelbarrow planter ideas for you.

If you don’t have an old wheelbarrow, try looking at garage sales, flea markets, Craigslist, or take a drive through your neighborhood on trash day. If you enjoy woodworking, there are plans available online for you to make it yourself.

Best Wheelbarrow Planter Ideas. Spruce up your garden with these wheelbarrow planter ideas. They will add accent and visual interest just by planting some beautiful flowers in them. #decorhomeideas
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It’s easy to turn a wheelbarrow into a planter. Remove any rust or chipping paint. Depending on the extent of the rust, you may have to upgrade from a brush to an angle grinder.

Drill holes in the tray for drainage. Laying fiber mesh over the bottom prevents soil from dropping through. Set up the wheelbarrow in place before adding anything. You want it to be level and stable. If it’s going to be resting in soil, you may want to bury the wheel and back support brace. When you’re satisfied that it’s level and secure, add your favorite potting mix and plants.

You can paint it with any outdoor spray paint. Seal wood to prevent rot from ruining all your work.

What can you plant in a wheelbarrow planter? The size of the tray will be the biggest factor, but generally, anything you can put in a hanging planter or wooden planter box should do fine.

1. A Bright and Colorful Wheelbarrow Planter

A Bright and Colorful Wheelbarrow Planter #decorhomeideas
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A smaller wheelbarrow that’s close to the ground is a great home for a collection of primrose. Paint your wheelbarrow any color that suits your yard.

The handle frame and metal wheel are painted in the same contrasting color.

2. A Bright, Mini Wheelbarrow for Small Blooms

A Bright, Mini Wheelbarrow for Small Blooms #decorhomeideas
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Wheelbarrows have become such a popular garden decoration, they’re now built specifically as planters. Delicate blooms such as Garden Cress and even herbs can thrive in a small garden planter.

They’re less likely to be mistaken for weeds when mowing, too.

3. A Custom-Built Wheelbarrow with Pink Posies

A Custom-Built Wheelbarrow with Pink Posies #decorhomeideas
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A tray full of geraniums settles into this custom made planter.

The plans for this garden planter are sold online. You can choose the color or finish that works best in your garden.

via House Plans and More

4. A Mahogany Wheelbarrow Planter for a Patio

A Mahogany Wheelbarrow Planter for a Patio #decorhomeideas
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Petunias fill a handcrafted wheelbarrow planter. The wooden wheel is fixed to the handle frame, so make sure it’s where you want it, because it won’t be rolling anywhere.

5. An Angular Wheelbarrow Planter for the Lawn

An Angular Wheelbarrow Planter for the Lawn #decorhomeideas
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Geraniums fill this vintage, angular wheelbarrow. Leaving the wood in its original weathered state matches the stone retaining wall.

Be sure and treat an old wood wheelbarrow with a sealant to slow down the wear and tear.

6. An Intricate Stone Wheelbarrow for Winter Plants

An Intricate Stone Wheelbarrow for Winter Plants #decorhomeideas
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Get a wheelbarrow look without hunting through flea markets and garage sales. This planter is made to look like a wheelbarrow.

7. A Bright Yellow Wheelbarrow Planter

A Bright Yellow Wheelbarrow Planter #decorhomeideas
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A collection of marigolds turns a wheelbarrow into a beautiful garden tool organizer.

If the flowers are set in individual pots, the wheelbarrow can still be used to transport mulch and soil.

8. An Old, Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter

An Old, Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter #decorhomeideas
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A vintage wooden wheelbarrow looks right at home. It’s set up on the grass near a path as if it was left there for years.

9. A Rustic Wheelbarrow for a Large Lawn

A Rustic Wheelbarrow for a Large Lawn #decorhomeideas
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Old construction wheelbarrows had large trays.

This allows them to be filled with plenty of soil for a large garden bed. This old rust tray was reimagined to become a beautiful bouquet.

10. A Rustic Wheelbarrow Planter with Pink Blooms

A Rustic Wheelbarrow Planter with Pink Blooms #decorhomeideas
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Classic petunias turn a dilapidated old wheelbarrow into a delightful planter.

The secret is planting the flowers close together. Their abundant beauty outshines everything else.

11. A Rusty Green and Yellow Wheelbarrow Planter

A Rusty Green and Yellow Wheelbarrow Planter #decorhomeideas
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Hens and Chicks succulents look right at home in a rusted wheelbarrow next to a weathered fence.

Succulents can thrive in sandy soil as long as the tray has effective drainage.

12. A Shallow Wheelbarrow Filled with Pansies

A Shallow Wheelbarrow Filled with Pansies #decorhomeideas
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You can spray paint the wheelbarrow to suit your taste. Painting this wheelbarrow all black allows the white and purple pansies to take center stage.

via Gardeninacity

13. A Shallow Wheelbarrow for Colorful Blooms

A Shallow Wheelbarrow for Colorful Blooms #decorhomeideas
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Petunias and Sweet Potato Vine look comfortable nestled in a large flower bed.

14. A Wheelbarrow Planter for Vertical Options

A Wheelbarrow Planter for Vertical Options #decorhomeideas
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A small wheelbarrow full of blooms adds another dimension to gardening. This mid-height planter fits right between the taller Sedum and a small container of blooms.

15. A Wheelbarrow Planter Full of Flourishing Bushes

A Wheelbarrow Planter Full of Flourishing Bushes #decorhomeideas
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A vintage wheelbarrow gets new life with flowers from an English garden. This wheelbarrow is anchored as the wheel is somewhat buried.

It was also positioned on gravel for stability and to keep it level.

16. A Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter with Pansies

A Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter with Pansies #decorhomeideas
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A simple wooden wheelbarrow can either be used as a flower planter with soil, or it can be used to hold several traditional planters.

The wheelbarrow will last longer if the dirt is held away from the sides of the bin.

17. Climbing Plants in a Wheelbarrow Planter

Climbing Plants in a Wheelbarrow Planter #decorhomeideas
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Hanging plants like petunias and begonias work well with wheelbarrows. Their trailing nature gives the flowers a cascading effect.

This wheelbarrow is one example of an old market-style transporter.

18. Deck Wheelbarrow

Deck Wheelbarrow #decorhomeideas
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Add a mini garden to your deck with a small wheelbarrow planter filled with pansies and ornamental grasses.

19. Gnome Hiding Spot for a Fun Garden

Gnome Hiding Spot for a Fun Garden #decorhomeideas
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A wheelbarrow planter is a fun place to add enchantment to your garden.

A gnome decided to hitch a ride in the middle of this little garden.

20. Green Wheelbarrow Planter for a Garden

Green Wheelbarrow Planter for a Garden #decorhomeideas
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Vintage pieces may not need much upcycling. The wood on this wheelbarrow was left alone.

The most significant upgrade was removing rust from the metal wheel. By adding plants in terracotta pots, the wood will last much longer.

21. Old Wooden Wheelbarrow for a Patio

Old Wooden Wheelbarrow for a Patio #decorhomeideas
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This wider type of vintage wheelbarrow could have been used for bringing fruits and vegetables to market.

Today, it sees new life as a planter for blooms such as geraniums.

22. Ornamental Wooden Planter for Marigolds

Ornamental Wooden Planter for Marigolds #decorhomeideas
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You can get an ornamental wheelbarrow planter like this one online and at many nurseries.

The advantage here is the planter is already level and treated with an environmentally friendly finish.

via Northern Ridge Nursery

23. Overflowing Wheelbarrow Full of Annuals and Perennials

Overflowing Wheelbarrow Full of Annuals and Perennials #decorhomeideas
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It’s important to ensure your wheelbarrow is level before filling it with flowers. A wheelbarrow that leans will subject plants to over and under watering.

The wide frame on this wheelbarrow is well suited for handling the weight of a garden planter.

via Faire Garden

24. Overflowing Wheelbarrow of Long, Hanging Plants

Overflowing Wheelbarrow of Long, Hanging Plants #decorhomeideas
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Any type of wheelbarrow can be used as a planter as long as it’s treated properly.

Removing rust from the tray and lining it with plastic will go a long way in extending its life.

25. Pink Posies Planter for Your Patio

Pink Posies Planter for Your Patio #decorhomeideas
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Posies and forget-me-nots create a delightful bouquet.

This medium-sized wheelbarrow will fit in with a cottage or ranch style home.

26. Rustic Red Wheelbarrow for Succulent Plants

Rustic Red Wheelbarrow for Succulent Plants #decorhomeideas
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A wider tray is a great way to display a miniature garden.

Metal can be painted over or the old finish can be sealed with a clear coat to prevent further rusting while persevering the antique look.

via Carol J Michel

27. Rustic Wheelbarrow Planter for Succulents

Rustic Wheelbarrow Planter for Succulents #decorhomeideas
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Succulents are a natural choice for wheelbarrows. Their brown sandy soil blends with a rusty tray.

Check out how deep the front tire is buried in the sand. The cart is buried deep to prevent it from toppling over.

28. Rust Red Wheelbarrow with Long, Flowing Plants

Rust Red Wheelbarrow with Long, Flowing Plants #decorhomeideas
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A red wheelbarrow is the perfect backdrop for these hanging plants.

It can work to hide bulging tree roots.

29. Shades of Yellow Wheelbarrow to Brighten Your Garden

Shades of Yellow Wheelbarrow to Brighten Your Garden #decorhomeideas
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Daylilies, yellow pansies, and impatiens are just a few of the yellow flowers that will glow in an old wheelbarrow.

30. Wheelbarrow Full Of Roses

Wheelbarrow Full Of Roses #decorhomeideas
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A variety of roses were planted in a whitewashed wheelbarrow, instantly creating a classic piece.

31. Wheelbarrow of Blooms of Red

Wheelbarrow of Blooms of Red #decorhomeideas
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Baby’s breath fills this ornamental wheelbarrow, bringing height to a patio filled with planters.

32. Wheels, Spokes, and Plants with White Blooms

Wheels, Spokes, and Plants with White Blooms #decorhomeideas
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This wheelbarrow and flowers balance out the height of the large wheel.

via Yard Share

33. White Blooms Spilling Over a Green Wheelbarrow

White Blooms Spilling Over a Green Wheelbarrow #decorhomeideas
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Get this look by planting a ground cover like white creeping thyme, snowflake phlox or clematis.

34. White Wheelbarrow with Red Blooms

White Wheelbarrow with Red Blooms #decorhomeideas
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A deeper tray will support taller flowers or even a dwarf shrub, such as azaleas.

35. Antique Planter for a Porch or Pagoda

Antique Planter for a Porch or Pagoda #decorhomeideas
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This vintage wheelbarrow was picked up at an estate sale and filled with flowers that attract hummingbirds.

via Vintage Diana

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