Blue painted cans act as a wall container, Toronto, Canada

This wall garden was in Parkdale, the west side of downtown Toronto.


Pizza restaurants go through dozens of these cans every week, just ask. The restaurant cans are much larger than anything you would buy yourself and recycle - these cans are 1 gallon, the size of a can of paint.


Painted with rust paint these looked pretty good for two years, the third year I did touch ups on the rust that was showing.


Kinda toxic process - not recommended for edibles, but oh so gorgeous for flowers. Rust paint comes in a dozen colours these days!


The cans are attached to the wall with wire. (Check out a close-up photo and also the overall look of the sidewalk container garden)





First, punch two small holes near the top of the can with a nail or screw. Use a piece of wood to support the edge of the can, position a nail on the metal, and hit with a hammer. The metal of the can is pretty soft. Punch TWO holes to help the can hang straight vertically.


While you're at it with the nail and hammer, turn the can upside down and punch some holes into the bottom if you have not done so yet.


Next, use a regular drill bit to make holes in the wall. (Brick is pretty soft, the mortar even softer.)


Hammer in a drywal plug and screw in a screw with about a 1/2 inch sticking out. (The holes can be easily filled with colourmatching silicon putty when the cans are removed.)


Cut a piece of wire, bend into a squared off loop shape, and thread from the outside to the inside of the can.


Wrap the wire around the screwhead in the wall just once or twice, and position the wire ends behind the can. Straighten the can to hang vertically and screw the rest of the screw length into the wall to tighten on the wires.



This project was included in the You Grow Girl book. There is also a You Grow Girl Flickr group.


Garden and photos by Magda Wojtyra



This photo has been viewed more than 12,000 times! Keep planting those cans full of flowers. :)

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  • valentino * 7y

    bella fotografia
  • dvora zerach 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called home dressing, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Magda Wojtyra 7y

    Thanks for the invites and nice comments.

    If anyone else takes up the idea, please post a photo! I'd love to see it. :)
  • María Digital 7y

    Justo es lo que estoy haciendo con las
    latas de leche en polvo de mi ieta!!!
    Y las estoy pintando en el mismo color!!!
    Qué coincidencia!!!
  • ideaprison 6y

    very nice :)
  • Magda Wojtyra 6y

    Lots of recent attention on this pic - must be gardening season!

    These are really easy and satisfying to set up. Happy summer!
  • SpooAddicts & the SpooCrew 6y

    This is awesome! well Done!
  • Jagat Modi 6y

    its really nice idea and inspiring to the garden lovers...
  • AGA~mum 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Walled Gardens , and we'd love to have this added to the group!
    Way to be sustainable & Simply Charming!
  • AGA~mum 5y

    Thank you for adding your picture & "Welcome" to the group Happy Sleepy ! Looking forward to more of your contributions to our group~
  • Anguskirk 5y

    Nice idea. Very colourful
  • Jayme Jenkins 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nest In Style, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    These pots would look awesome with herbs or leafy greens. Fab idea!
  • Magda Wojtyra 5y

    Thanks all!
  • Jennifer Radford 5y

    @Swank106 and @Happy Sleepy, the "Lime green trailing plants" are colloquially called "Creeping Jenny" (or "Lysimachia nummularia")

    I only know this because my name is Jennifer and my mom (who is a gardenosaurus) started growing them when I was a kid as a result. :) They make great groundcover and great trailers for pots (as you can see!)

    more info:
  • Mary Anne Enriquez 5y

    I LOVe this photo and the idea too. I have brick walls and I am going to try this for next spring. I can always use more room on my balconies for growing!
  • Alex 3y

    Really great! I totally will do this outside this summer!
  • Magda Wojtyra 3y

    Yes, do it!
  • angiejoy1958 3y

    :) "Cuz it's nice to know there's a little bit of sanity within the jungle that is Parkdale!! I grew up around Dunn Avenue and watched as the area got rundown and seedy. One by one the grand houses were turned into rooming houses, occupied by the mentally ill and drug addicted. I still know of many little splashes of beauty, calm and serenity around the have added to them♥
  • Magda Wojtyra 3y

    This installation was dismantled in 2005. The perennials I planted in the soil under the tree were soon trampled into the ground and the earth is hard packed and bare as adobe again, just like I found it in 2001. It was nice while it lasted and I got loads of positive feedback from passersby.
  • Magda Wojtyra 2y

    This photo has been viewed more than 12,000 times! Keep planting those cans full of flowers. :)
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