Laura Dean Bennett\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nSummer is the time to show off your plants and your crafty side, too.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve always admired the creativity of people who can look at something and re-imagine it to give it new life.\r\n\r\nThis time of year, you\u2019ll see that creativity expressing itself in people\u2019s yards and on their porches as all kinds of old furnishings and household items are turned into planters. \r\n\r\nWhy not take an old tool box or dresser drawer and give it new life as a place for flowers or herbs?\r\n\r\nLine it with plastic and drill a few holes for drainage and you have a container garden with style. \r\n\r\nOr nestle flower pots with saucers to catch the water overflow.\r\n\r\nAnd what about that old straight-backed chair with the seat that\u2019s seen better days? \r\n\r\nOr, better yet, the chair without any bottom at all?\r\n\r\nYou know, the one you\u2019ve been meaning to get fixed for years.\r\n\r\nIt would love to find itself in a place of prominence on your porch, greeting guests and getting compliments.\r\n\r\nJust take out the seat and replace it with an old enamel bucket or a large flower pot, add some colorful flowers and, Bob\u2019s your uncle, the chair is perfect, and you\u2019re an artist!\r\n\r\nWhat about the old bath tub that\u2019s been sitting around in the shed all these years? It would make an amusing giant plant holder.\r\n\r\nFill it with beautiful flowers that have a natural flowing habit and watch the hummingbirds flock to them as they drape down in front and cause a sensation in your yard.\r\n\r\nThere can be a whole new life for old wheelbarrows, birdcages and magazine racks, too. \r\n\r\nEven colorful old shoes can get into the gardening game.\r\n\r\nDrill a few drainage holes in them and then fill your old rubber boots, muck boots or crocks (No drainage holes necessary here) with flowers and wait for the rave reviews. \r\n\r\nAnd while we\u2019re talking about repurposing things from inside the house for use in your gardening \u2013 why not turn that old dresser or buffet you\u2019ve been meaning to refinish into a classic plant stand?\r\n\r\nOpen the drawers and stagger them so that the bottom drawer is open the most and the top is open the least. \r\n\r\nLine them with heavy plastic and plant them with flowers and you have created a \u201ctalking piece\u201d that your guests will never forget.\r\n\r\nAnd, if you tire of using that piece of furniture for your plants, you can always chuck them out and refinish it for use in the house as originally intended.\r\n\r\nOf course, worn-out baskets are always the perfect place to tuck a plant. Just put in a saucer and you have another interesting place to show off a favorite specimen.\r\n\r\nWhen summer comes to a close, and it\u2019s time to take in your flowers and summer plants, you can refill those unique containers \u2013 first with fall foliage and then evergreens for winter.\r\n\r\nAnd if you happen to stumble upon an old pair of ice skates while you\u2019re digging around in the shed, and sweating in the summer sun, make note of them.\r\n\r\nAfter all, summer will fly by and we\u2019ll be looking at fall leaves before you know it.\r\n\r\nThen what could be more charming in the winter than to see an ice skate stuffed with evergreens and a red bow hung on a door or a porch railing?