Harvesting rainwater from your roof during wet weather and storing it in a container to water your precious plants during a dry spell is a great idea. Rainwater is better for your plants than tap water and if you are on a water meter you could save money too.
Some people have been put off the idea of adding a water butt to their garden because, well, lets face it they have tended in the past to be not that aesthetically pleasing. While the most artistic of us have creatively painted our water butts (we do wonder how long the paint will stay on the plastic barrel all weathers), others have carefully planted around the container or purchased woven screens to hide the water butt from sight.
The good news is that beautiful water butts are available off the shelf now. We have searched the web to bring you our top five functional and beautifully decorative water butts.
This is actually a plastic water butt however the finish is so good you would be forgiven for thinking that it is an old wooden barrel. All the visual beauty of wood but without the tendency to rot or split. With a good 500 litre capacity this barrel is going to keep your plants watered through a fair few days of sunny weather. We love it and the similar, but smaller water butt (250L)”Barrique”.
This wonderful feature water butt brings the atmosphere of warmer climes to your garden. The terracotta clay effect is achieved by an ultra matt surface and varied pigmentation. It’s only if you were to tap it with your fingers when empty that the sound would hint that this water butt is not made of clay. It is in fact made from thick walled weather and UV resistant polyethylene so will not fade or go brittle over time. At 275 litres it’s going to keep your plants happily watered when there is no rain.
If you want a contemporary looking slimline water butt to fit into an urban space, we have found the water butt for you! At only 41cm deep, with a 275 litre capacity and with different stone effect finish options the Noblesse is a great choice if you need to collect water for your plants, don’t want to compromise on style and have limited space. This water butt also has a removable lid into which you can arrange your potted plants for a permanent display or temporarily place your most precious plants in while on holiday.
Water butts don’t just come in green or black! They are also available in yellow melon, hot red chilli, bright green kiwi, refreshingly orange mango, cool blue aqua and uber chic slate! The stylish vase shape of these water butts would look wonderful in an urban garden, roof terrace or contemporary garden. With a water holding capacity of 210 litres it is a great looking smaller water butt.
Space-saving water butts don’t have to be serious. Add a bit of whimsey to your garden with a water butt that looks like a tree trunk! The bark detailing on this water butt was lifted from an ancient oak tree. It’s incredibly realistic. The flat back of this model allows the water butt to be placed directly up against a wall or garden shed saving valuable space. There is a fully “round” tree trunk version of this water butt too the “Evergreen” tree trunk water butt.
So there you have it, our top five decorative water butts. Don’t forget if you are harvesting water from your roof you’ll need a way of connecting your downpipe to your water butt (and preferably filtering out leaves and other debris too). This downpipe rainwater diverter fits all standard UK downpipes.