1. Showing off flower pots
Vintage ladders showcasing your pots of seasonal flowers are really pretty. Look out for old step ladders at junk shops and car boot sales, paint up in a nice shade and use each step as a shelf for quaint terracotta pots. Have you have ever seen an auricula theatre; shelves that exhibit the glamorous relative of the primula, equally a step ladder also makes an interesting tiered display of them.
|Auricula theatre, image source The Magic Garden|
2. Outdoor entertaining
Summer evenings equal drinks and entertainment in the garden, re-purpose a ladder and place some jars and bottle of flowers on with some tealights and other pretty trinkets. Atmospheric for a small party.
Fill with carved pumpkins at Halloween or in winter have lanterns positioned on it for a seasonal vignette.
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Rustic charm can be created by using old ladders for rambling and climbing plants or vegetables to clamber their way up. Pumpkins and squashes love space and will romp across a plot but using a support gives them the extra vertical space and it make a nice feature too, especially in a small garden. Some of the daintier varieties, munchkin, sweet dumpling or ornamental gourds are best for training up a ladder support as they are not too weighty - not one for the huge Atlantic Giants!
Runner beans and French beans are perfect too, with crimson and white flowers, twining around the ladder it will add structure and interest to a garden border.
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4. Light fantastic
For a fabulous whimsical look wrap fairy lights around a vintage ladder. Suspend over an outdoor seating area and hang lanterns and jam jars filled with candles or battery lights and flowers. Magical for a summer BBQ.
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Make an arty garden feature, hang vintage tool collections or bright painted watering cans from wooden ladders. Make creations combining junk, upcycle, craft and have a unique piece of art for your garden. Old ladders can be painted up and used a base to fashion your own junkaholics sculpture like I saw last week at the garden festival.
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