• Garden Ladders

    Posted on June 5, 2014 by in Bird sanctuaries, baths, feeders and more, DIY home and garden craft projects, Recycled and repurposed items as garden art, Things that inspire me in the garden
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    Garden Ladders ~ add some height to your garden!

    Looking through pictures of my past and present gardens, I saw a theme forming ~ Garden Ladders! I haven’t met an old ladder I didn’t love and have put lots of them to use as garden accents. Old ladders make a great trellis for vines such as clematis and moonflowers. You can add vintage gardening tools for added interest until the vines get established and fill out. Putting birdhouses on ladders has been one of my favorite repurposes. Paint a group of ladders the same color to catch the eye and create a focal point. Our suburban home does not have feral cats, so they have been safe homes for the birds. Tiny wrens have been constant “renters” in our Birdhouse Ladder homes. If you have limited space for gardening, an old ladder is perfect for going vertical! Just screw the pots onto the rungs and your flowers will stay put even if jostled or on a windy day. This is a great idea for those in apartments or town homes with only patio or balcony space! Or, if you have a larger garden area, use pots on ladders to provide vertical interest in a flower bed or groundcover area. Water is a bird magnet in the garden. Make your own birdbaths easily from old step stools and a pot saucer! Paint them for added color, or keep them aged and vintage-looking. Best of all, they are easily cleaned, maintained and put away. Do you have collections of watering cans or birdhouses? Show them off on the side of a fence or wall by hanging a ladder horizontally and decorating it with your treasures. You can see that old ladders can add lots of interest and function to your garden. These are some of the ways I have utilized ladders in my gardens, but there are lots more ideas out there! I’m thinking a ladder arbor or a horizontal ladder trellis over the garage door might be something to try in the near future! How about you? Are you using ladders in your garden?  

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    Painted step-stool birdbath is a bird magnet! Click for directions!

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    An old metal step stool and a terracotta pot saucer make an easy birdbath!

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    These birdhouse ladders create winter interest too!

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    If space is tight, go vertical! Screw pots on the ladder rungs!

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    Ladders make a great vine trellis!

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    Hang a window box on one of the rungs and top it with a birdhouse!

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    Hang a ladder against a fence to serve as a trellis. Add old tools for interest!

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    A step stool makes a great birdbath and focal point!

     

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    Bring height to your garden with a birdhouse ladder!

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    Display your collections ~ Hang a ladder horizontally for a garden accent wall!

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    Birdhouse Ladders make wonderful garden accents!

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    Garden Ladders~ Our Fairfield Home & Garden

6 Responses so far.

  1. chris aka monkey says:

    barb i could look at your garden all day what a wonderful place thanks for all of the great pics and for sharing them xx

  2. Dee Sewell says:

    Some adorable images there of gardens with some lovely ideas. Will have to keep my eye out for old, discarded wooden ladders now and am also wondering how well my husband’s battered metal ones might spray up with a vibrant paint job. Thanks for the idea 🙂

    • Barb says:

      So glad you stopped by, Dee! Ill bet those old metal ladders would look wonderful with a little bright-colored spray paint!
      Happy Gardening! (and painting, too!)

  3. Marianne Songbird says:

    I love all your ladder ideas. Now I’ve got one more thing to put on my to-do list: find more ladders.

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Marianne! Old ladders are lots of fun to use as garden accents. I find them often by the curb or very cheap at garage sales! Happy Gardening!

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