Plants For Wine Barrels


A barrel planter makes an attractive garden accent or raised vegetable bed. With ample surface area for flowers and herbs alike, a barrel planter offers an excellent opportunity for creativity in your gardening efforts.

Lining can extend the life of any barrel by protecting its wood. Many have discovered this adds value when purchasing new barrels.


Impatiens make an ideal addition to barrel gardens, providing flowers cascading over their lips and spreading vibrant hues throughout their growing season. Best grown in partial shade conditions, their shallow root systems make them an excellent filler in smaller containers such as window boxes or railing baskets; additionally, they require minimal upkeep, making them a perfect addition. Two main groups of ornamental impatiens exist – Impatiens walleriana is more commonly seen. Still, due to downy mildew disease, it has nearly been exterminated, while New Guinea impatiens are becoming more prominent as cultivars resistant to soft mildew disease are now being created.

Impatiens is an exceptionally diverse genus with many flower architectures to choose from. Although once classified as either zygomorphic or dioecious, most species today fall somewhere in between these categories, and some spur-less species from Madagascar form yet another grouping. Pollination by insects predominates across most species within Impatiens, while there are also female-pollinated varieties (cleistogamous).

Impatiens thrive best when planted in well-draining, acidic soil with a pH between 6 and 6.5. Adding compost will help them retain moisture while improving drainage; watering frequently is still recommended, but allow the soil to dry between watering sessions for maximum success. Regular fertilizing using an all-purpose nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium should encourage flower production over foliage growth.


If your wine barrel is no longer used for aging wine, consider using it to grow flowers and herbs instead. Make sure the bottom has drain holes, add layers of soil mixed with compost for drainage purposes, and plant your chosen plants regularly – when the flowers bloom, you’ll have an eye-catching display!

Ferns are perfect for barrel planters because their finely textured leaves drape gracefully over the sides and are available in various shapes and colors to match any landscape design scheme. Furthermore, ferns proliferate while being low maintenance.

Ferns may be associated with rainforest environments, but they’re found across climates and terrain types – they are one of the most versatile groups of vascular plants, with over 10,000 known species originating within only 70 million years!

Ferns differ from seed plants in that they produce spores rather than flowers to reproduce themselves and often possess leptosporangiate gametophytes – small, heart-shaped structures making gametophytes that grow close together to form fertilized gametophytic mats that host fertilization events between sperm and egg, creating fertilized gametophyte mats where new diploid sporophytes can arise directly from.

Ferns have an extensive xylem network, allowing them to move moisture throughout their plants efficiently. Furthermore, their spores can withstand dry conditions, making ferns an excellent choice for wine barrel gardens where air moisture levels may be more limited than outdoors.


Barrels make an excellent garden planter if you have plants that do not need much room, adding rustic charm to any landscape design scheme. Although barrels may require more effort from those unfamiliar with gardening techniques, their use can prove worthwhile.

Wine barrels make great containers for cultivating plants, herbs, and vegetables in small spaces like patio gardens. Not only can they add beauty and shade to any landscape design scheme, but dwarf fruit trees, ornamental bushes, and shrubs can be grown inside them for maximum effect.

Wine barrels provide the ideal environment for cultivating various plants, as they are durable and easy to work with. Most are composed of thick oak wood planks reinforced by metal rings for stability; their soil-retaining capabilities also make them great at holding moisture. For maximum soil retention, we line ours with porous landscape fabric to avoid any drainage holes becoming blocked over time.

Oakwood adds a pleasant flavor to soil where plants are grown, which can be ideal for some crops. The degree of contribution depends on which kind of oak wood was used in producing the barrel, as well as the degree of seasoning or toasting done during production.

Size matters too: larger barrels tend to add nutty and spice flavors to wines, while even smaller barrels can contribute vanilla and spice notes. Although multiple plants may fit within one barrel, be mindful that they compete for water and sunlight and should be spaced out accordingly.


An empty wine barrel makes an excellent container for Coleus plants, known for their colorful foliage rather than producing blooms. They can be grown alone or combined with other planters to create an exciting look. Coleus plants are easy to care for and thrive best when exposed to full sunlight with moist soil conditions.

Half wine barrels can be found easily at garden centers and make the perfect addition to a patio or courtyard, not to mention being ideal for vegetable and herb gardens due to their deep design, allowing enough room for roots and elevated position, making accessing food more difficult for ground crawling pests like snails and slugs.

As with other container gardening, growing in a barrel requires using organic-rich potting soil, which provides better moisture retention. Fertilizer needs may be higher than in-ground planting, and a liquid or granular fertilizer should be applied regularly to maintain healthy and robust plants.

When selecting the appropriate wine barrel for your project, ensure it is clean and free from cracks, soft areas, holes, or other forms of damage. If it leaks, ensure it’s scrubbed clean thoroughly, then allowed to air-dry completely before using it again for tall plants that require stakes for support during planting and backfilling to protect roots from being damaged from hammering the stake in later on. Adding two tablespoons of water crystals could help your soil retain as much moisture as possible during this step.

Non-Flowering Plants

A barrel planter adds a rustic charm to any garden and can be used for various plants, from fruit trees, olive or citrus trees, trim shrubs and herbs, to growing vegetables such as strawberries or potatoes due to their shallow root systems.

Non-flowering plants such as ferns, mosses, and liverworts make an excellent choice for wine barrel planters as they thrive in dry environments. Furthermore, these low-maintenance options can easily complement other flowering varieties like petunias or geraniums while providing an eye-catching focal point in their surroundings.

Cacti are another excellent choice for barrel planters. These hardy succulents flourish in warm and sunny areas, and widespread species include prickly pear cacti, barrel cacti, and hedgehog cacti. Barrels with transparent tops may cultivate edible plants like herbs, berries, and tomatoes!

To create an ideal barrel planter, the inside must be thoroughly cleaned before drilling drainage holes and filling it with potting soil and compost mixtures. After which, you should water thoroughly to loosen up the mix before planting plants. Staking should also be placed as soon as planting has taken place as it will protect their roots from being damaged when backfilling occurs later. Finally, be sure to add about two tablespoons of water crystals just before backfilling so your barrel retains moisture for as long as possible.