Containers forum→Suggestions for a funky old planter

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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
May 19, 2018 2:46 PM CST
A number of years ago I acquired this planter. It looks like it belonged in FL or CA in the 1950s. So a couple of questions.

Never having been a DIY person, what do I need to do to clean up the rusty legs? Is there something relatively easy? Or I may just keep them as is.

I think it needs to be planted with something that will drape down over the sides. Given my hot climate that can have brutal summers — add to that we're in a drought already that is forecast to continue — any suggestions for plant(s)? I mostly have shade and with the heat, shade comes in handy.

I have held onto this planter for so long that I don't even remember if I got it from a junk store, garage sale, or placed out awaiting bulk trash. So it's time to use it or let it move on. Also, don't know if the container itself will survive more than one season. Forgot to take a picture of the inside. It's either just thin and discolored or about to give up the ghost.

Thumb of 2018-05-19/tx_flower_child/7a979b Thumb of 2018-05-19/tx_flower_child/338548

So anyway, if this isn't the right container forum to ask my question, please point me to the correct one. Thanks!
Name: Tamara
Fresno County, California (Zone 9b)
May 19, 2018 10:33 PM CST
What a great old container! You might try sandpaper or Naval jelly to get rid of the rust, and then spray with a rust proof spray paint.

As for planting, possibly a sansevieria for height along with other drought tolerant cactus or succulents in a nice loose cactus mix with plenty of drainage. Can't tell if the planter has drainage or not. It looks way too deep for cactus or succulent roots so you might fill the bottom third to half of the container with something for ballast and then fill the rest with your cactus mix. You might use weed fabric to separate ballast material from soil to make it easy to change out.

If you want something with color maybe some geraniums along with some bluebonnets.

Your container would also make a great herb garden with maybe some trailing rosemary over the edges or creeping thyme.

If you have a few minutes go online and look up drought tolerant container plants for Texas. You may get some ideas from the many images that will pop up.

Enjoy your terrific planter.
Name: Christine
NY zone 5a
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May 20, 2018 7:14 AM CST
I agree with Tamara, Naval Jelly works like a charm and is not a harsh chemical, what a awesome container Thumbs up I just googled it, they are called Bullet Planters, checked images and the range of colors is awesome, new they go for $185.00 Show us what you do with it
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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
May 20, 2018 12:49 PM CST
Thanks. Now I can google it. I didn't know what it was called. Just triggered a memory of something from the 50s. And since we lived in Illinois then, I figured I'd seen them visiting family who lived in more tropical climates.

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