Find an object first and let the design plan follow!
Finding new uses for what you already have or find discarded on the pavement or at the dump is truly living locally. It reduces a garden's environmental impact, saves money and, most importantly, is fun and creative.
From improvising rain chains from old keys to creating garden lights from discarded motel fixtures, this book features loads of garden design projects and inspirational ideas for taking advantage of reusable materials found in the home, rubbish dump or charity shop.
This adorable tool box, filled with small succulents, is from another interesting book, Garden Eco-Chic. It is for the more advanced DIY'er. It is all about reusing found objects to create decks, paths, containers, lanterns and more.
Reusing household items and found objects doesn't only reduce your carbon footprint, it makes the garden unique and contemporary. Doubters should look at Garden Eco-Chic, a cool guide by Californian designer Matthew Levesque to creating decks, paths, pergolas, lighting and containers from such rejects as old keys (rain chains), discarded windows (hurricane lamps) and used shutters (arbours). You may never throw out a has-been hosepipe again.