04/03/2012 09:12 EDT | Updated 06/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Get Into Gardening Mode With Spring Planters

George Hobica

With spring officially here, thoughts of sprucing up our outdoor spaces is coming to mind. This weekend, I popped into our local hardware store and was pleasantly surprised to see their garden shop open. We've had a late spring here on the West Coast, and with the weather all over the place, it seems across the country it's been hard to get into gardening mode. But now I am and have been hunting online for some new planter ideas.

We have three areas I'd like to tackle: the front door (which really has no sun), the backyard patio where I'd like to do some planter vegetables, and a balcony off our upper floor. With all of that outside space in mind, it can add up fast. So I've been collecting ideas; some to buy and some to DIY that I thought I'd share here.


Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a Canadian design blog featuring the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.