I have been wanting to add some planters to my front entry for a while. Way back in April my husband and I found some fabulous ones in a store in Canmore, AB on our way back from my 30th birthday weekend away. At $700 a peice they just weren't in our budget so we walked away.
One day I was mentioning to a friend that I was thinking of using culverts to make some planters and low and behold she happened to have a whole culvert sitting at her acreage that the previous owners had left. She even cut it and grinded the edges for me!!
I purchased at Canadian Tire two plastic (orange) planters that fit perfectly inside the culverts for $20 each. A huge savings from the $700 price tag of the original coveted planters. I quickly filled them with plants (New Zealand Ornamental Grass and potatoe vines).
You can still see the orange planters but soon the lime green potatoe vine will be overflowing the edges and cascading down the sides. (I know I'm late in getting these planted this year.) Next year I will spend a little time painting the orange rim of the planter to match the culvert before I get excited about putting the plants in.
I am loving the combination of rock, timbers and now metal at my entrance.