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Amazing Tree Stump Planter Ideas For Your Garden

One of the quickest ways to create an eyesore in your yard is to cut down a tree. Although no one really wants to cut down trees, sometimes it is a necessity.

What you are left with is a tree stump, which can be costly to remove. An alternative to the expense of stump removal is to build a planter. If you like this idea, check out tree stump planter ideas other people have created. Maybe you’ll find something that works in your garden.

You will discover that you can plant things with tree stumps and logs that you may not have thought possible.

For best results, follow the same rules for plants and shrubs that are recommended for planting in any garden. Some plants do best in full sun, while others thrive in shady areas.

Every plant still needs the right soil, root system, fertilizer and a water source.

To make a proper tree stump planter, your tree stump should be at least 16 inches tall and 10 inches wide. You need to hollow out the middle.

Depending on the type of plants you plan to use, drilling drainage holes may be necessary.

1. Bring a contrasting color to your garden

Add a pop of color #decorhomeideas

Add colorful plants like Flirt Nandina, Red Twig Dogwood or Coleus in the center.

The tree trunk provides moisture and nutrients as it decomposes.

2. Fill a planter box with hanging baskets

Add hanging baskets #decorhomeideas

Petunias work well in hanging baskets. The homeowner created a lush hanging garden by attaching a planter of petunias to a large tree stump and placing a hanging basket on each side.

3. Save mushrooms for color and texture

Old mushroom feature #decorhomeideas

If you like marigolds but live in a warmer climate, try Mexican marigolds.

This small shrub thrives in warm regions. Another similar option is common chinchweed. Both plants are used in the kitchen.

The mushrooms add character.

4. Aging stumps fuel trailing flowers

Aged natural stumps #decorhomeideas

Flowers that grow well in hanging baskets usually also thrive in tree stumps. A trailing plant like Begonia Firewings will fill up and provide tons of color.

They are a vigorous plant with branches reaching 15 to 20 inches long.

5. Bouquet of petunias in three stumps

A sculptural vase #decorhomeideas

A circle of bricks surrounds an area where a large tree with several stumps once stood.

Each stump was treated as a separate planter for petunias of different colors.

6. Tree stumps are the perfect home for succulents

Cascading succulents #decorhomeideas

Succulents thrive in loose soil and do well on an old tree stump. This tree stump looks like it has been removed from its original location.

Plant low-growing succulents like the flowering October silk sedum.

7. Old favorites work in tree stumps

Classic collection #decorhomeideas

Add flowers like begonias, nasturtiums, and violets around the base.

A beautiful transition is created between the lawn and the tree stump.

8. Add flowers to the base of the tree stump

Colorful tree stump planter #decorhomeideas

If you want to fill your tree stump with purple blooms, try Calibrachoa Superbells Lavender or Summer Wave Blue Torenia.

Dwarf caladium bulbs planted on the ground also thrive here.

9. Turn a tree stump into a small bog

Create a mini bog garden #decorhomeideas

If you live in an area with high annual rainfall, create a miniature bog garden with ferns and trailing perennials such as Swingtime Fuchsia and Lobelia.

10. Tulips stand high in the tree stump

Explosion of tulips #decorhomeideas

Plant tulips in your tree stump and you will be greeted by a bouquet of flowers every morning.

11. Build a new home for the fairies

Fairy Home Tree Stump #decorhomeideas

You don’t have to carve a house into your small tree stump. Use miniatures from a hobby store to create your dream land.

Expand a wonderland around the tree stump with a picket fence. This prevents your lawn mower blade from touching exposed roots.

12. Two stumps are twice as fun

Fresh double tree stumps #decorhomeideas

Two trees that grew too close together became a tree garden.

Experiment with different plants and colors. The decomposition of these roots enriches the soil with nutrients.

13. Add colorful mushrooms to the tree stump planter

Fresh Fungus Feature #decorhomeideas

An oak tree stump is a perfect starting point for cultivating Chicken of the Woods mushrooms.

The top can still be used as a planter for your favorite flowers, like these tulips.

14. Remove the outer bark from the stumps

Freshly peeled tree stumps #decorhomeideas

The advantage of using logs is that you can move them around like regular planters, adding color and plants anywhere in your garden. When using logs, remove the outer bark. It’s loose and most of it can be solved without much effort.

Both stumps and logs can be used to plant everything from succulents like Tricolor Jade to ground covers like hosta.

15. Tree stump looks like a broken bowl

Funnel stump #decorhomeideas

The beauty of using a stump is that it never looks broken. Plus, you can add beautiful colors the same year you cut the tree down.

A group of Easy Wave Burgundy Star petunias planted in a tree stump stands proudly in the center of a flower bed.

16. A buffet for pollinators

Hummingbird station #decorhomeideas

Coppertips or Crocosmia can be grown in tree stumps. They thrive in full or partial sun. Choose a red variety like Lucifer or Fire King.

Their red flowers make them a magnet for pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies.

17. Mix sweet potato vines with flowers

Combine flowers and vines #decorhomeideas

Marguerite ornamental sweet potato vine brings lots of greenery back to an oak stump.

18. Garden stump beautifies the landscape

Natural garden stump #decorhomeideas

Over time, a tree stump used as a planter will become an eye-catcher in your garden.

Ornamental grass looks like a crown on a stump that has been cultivated for several years.

via Lowe’s

19. Make your tree stump portable

Natural movable stump #decorhomeideas

This stump has been stripped of its outer bark. It’s ready to go anywhere.

Purple phlox looks great when combined with a yellow flower like dahlias or pleniflora.

20. Palm trees make excellent planters

Palm pot stump #decorhomeideas

A felled tree was divided into three trunks, drilled out and used as planters.

You can plant all sorts of things in tree trunks like the ones shown here, with peppers and herbs like basil and rosemary.

21. Low tree stump with pansy collection

Pansy basket #decorhomeideas

A collection of pansies form a rainbow of beauty in a large tree stump.

22. Tree Stump Marigold Bouquet

Plant marigolds #decorhomeideas

Marigolds add some much-needed color to this gray tree stump. Choose a flower that can tolerate a little crowding.

23. Try purple tulips in a tree stump

Purple tulips #decorhomeideas

Tulips are ideal for pots and containers. Just a few tulips planted in this small tree stump add delicate beauty to this garden.

24. Petrified Tree Stump Planter

Rotting evil tree stump #decorhomeideas

Tiny flowers and leaves add a little fun to this petrified tree stump nestled into a walkway.

25. Sealing the stump extends its usefulness

Stained wood stump #decorhomeideas

The outer bark of a tree breaks off easily after it is felled. Decomposition begins immediately.

Applying two to three coats of polyurethane will protect this stump and make it a permanent part of the lawn.

26. Flowering ground cover plants become drooping foliage

Use flowering ground covers #decorhomeideas

Flowering ground covers like this creeping thyme can thrive in a tree stump.

They follow their natural tendency to expand, creating a waterfall of colors.

27. A home for elves and plants

Whimsical home #decorhomeideas

People are getting very creative by building little trolls and fairy houses out of tree stumps in their gardens.

It remains one of the most popular tree stump planting ideas. If you don’t have a tree stump in your yard, you can always purchase one.

This planter is made from hand-poured concrete. Cover it with a spiny moss Selaginella, a relative of the fern family.

28. Whitewash an old tree stump

White painted tree stump #decorhomeideas

Little Quick Fire hydrangeas are running wild in and around this old tree stump.

29. Decorate with driftwood and red flowers

Nasty old tree stump #decorhomeideas

This tree stump received a beauty makeover when flowers and driftwood were added to its base. You can achieve amazing results if you combine the petrified driftwood with red flowers.

Choose a red petunia like Supertunia Black Cherry or Surfinia Red.

30. Plant a wildflower garden

Wildflower station #decorhomeideas

If you love wildflowers but are worried about them taking over your garden, a tree stump will contain the root system. Angelonias and Gazanias work in warm climates.