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Wine barrels

If you’re seeking to create some timeless, rustic flair in your outdoor space, you’re going to want to check out our charming collection of wine barrels. Wine barrels are fabulous for container gardening, including growing a bunch of your favourite herbs and vegies or planting colourful cottage garden blooms. Given their size and depth, wine barrels are also perfect for small fruit and citrus trees, feature shrubs and much more.

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Find the perfect wine barrel for your garden at Flower Power

If you’re seeking to create a timeless, rustic flair in your outdoor space, check out our charming collection of wine barrels for planting. Wine barrels are fabulous for container gardening, whether you want to grow a bunch of your favourite herbs and veggies or plant colourful cottage garden blooms. Given their size and depth, barrels are also perfect for dwarf fruit and citrus trees, feature shrubs and much more. 
Our excellent range of wine barrels either make a great, rustic addition to a larger garden, or can be a garden in their own right in smaller courtyards or balconies.
Where can you buy a plant wine barrel in Sydney? Check out our range online or visit us in-store and let our expert horticulturalists help you choose.

What to plant in half wine barrels

Because they are both wide and deep, you can plant almost anything you like in a half wine barrel. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Dwarf fruit trees or citrus trees. Using wine barrels, you can plant one as a feature tree or easily transform your courtyard into a miniature orchard. It’s also nice to plant mosses or grasses at the base, to act as a mulch and make it more aesthetic.
  • Flowering favourites. Rustic wine barrels look utterly charming when overflowing with bright blooms. Plant all one colour, or create a rainbow in a barrel.
  • Shrubs. Again, you can have one as a feature piece, or use group several  to create shade and privacy.
  • Bamboo. This is another way to create shade and privacy, or hide an unattractive side of the house. 
  • Water plants. If you’ve always wanted a water feature in your garden, this is the perfect way to do it. FIll your wine barrel with water, then plant water lilies and rushes in it. This has the bonus of attracting birds and good bugs who want to cool down in summer.
  • Succulents or ground cover plants. Plant a wild mixture of different succulents and ground cover plants for an easy to maintain garden feature. Go for different heights and textures, and have some spilling over the edges if possible.

Can I plant a tree in a wine barrel?

Yes, absolutely! Trees are some of our favourite things to plant in half wine barrels. However, you’ll need to be choosy about the kind of tree you’re planting. 

Your best bet is a dwarf citrus or fruit tree, as these are designed to stay small, but any tree that won’t grow taller than about two metres should be fine depending on the size of your barrel. Avoid trees with far-reaching root systems, as they will either break your barrel as they grow or will die when they can’t spread their roots out far enough. 

Ask a friendly Flower Power horticulturalist for advice on the best trees to plant in wine barrels. 

How to plant into a wine barrel

First, position the barrel where you plan to keep it as once it’s filled with soil it will probably be too heavy to move. As an alternative, if you’re planting flowers or herbs with shallow root systems, you can fill the base of the barrel with a light filler, such as perlite or upside down plastic nursery tubs so you use less potting mix and keep it lighter. Also place a thin layer of mesh on the base to stop soil falling out the drainage holes. Use pot feet, bricks or pavers to raise the barrel off the ground, to prevent the base rotting. 

Plant as you would normally, depending on the kind of plant you’re working with. To plant a single tree in the middle, put a base layer of potting mix in the barrel so that when you place the tree on top, it sits at the right height. Backfill with more potting mix and press it down firmly, then water thoroughly. If the tree needs a stake for support, add this before you backfill to avoid damaging the roots.

You can add small herbs or flowers around the base for more colour, just ensure they have similar water and light needs as the main plant.

Barrels are also great for herbs and vegetables, including root vegetables that need deep soil to grow in. Fill the barrel almost to the top with potting mix and plant the seeds or seedlings according to the instructions on the packet. Be wary of how large the vegetables will grow as you’re planting – you don’t want them to over crowd each other – and watch out for aggressive plants like mint that will overrun other plants near it. Add stakes during planting for tomatoes or beans. 

Where can you buy a plant wine barrel?

Flower Power, of course! We have a great range of wine barrels in various sizes and finishes ready for your garden. Check out our range online, or visit us in-store to get advice on what to plant in half wine barrels from our expert horticulturalists.

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