Informal settings will accept almost any kind of container, as long as it holds soil and water. Whether you have a cozy patio or acres of land, you can create playful accents in your environment using innovative containers. Try filling an old pair of work boots with dirt to create a new home for your favorite colorful annual. You can do the same with a claw-foot bathtub, tires, a toilet, wheelbarrow, chimney pots, scrap metal containers and much more. Items of sentimental value are particularly fitting; not only do they serve a practical purpose, but they evoke fond memories every time you see them. However, if you live in a neighborhood or community that's governed by a homeowner's association, check the rules about lawn décor before planting a garden of tulips in an antique commode. A container that innovative might be better reserved for the back yard.