Top 10 Best Volkswagen Beetles in Gardens

The first ever film I went to see in the Cinema was “Herbie Goes Bananas” way back in 1980 (yes, I really am that old and I was 5 when I watched that!) Anyway my point is that I understand some people’s fondness over their VW Beetles. Some people still drive them, some still race them and there are even people who see them as a perfect garden ornament. I intend to find out whether placing a Volkswagen beetle in the garden is madness or something that is in fact rather beautiful, as I bring you…


Top 10 Best Volkswagen Beetles in Gardens

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Volkswagen Beetles


Yellow Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers
Yellow Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers

10 – Herbie Grows Some Pansies

FACT: The last ever two German-made Beetle shells are located in VW’s Milton-Keynes parts store. But to keep then protected they are covered in wax!

Green Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers
Green Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers

9 – Herbie: Fully Overgrown

FACT: All VW bettles made after 1978 were not made in Germany at all, in fact, they were made in Mexico! But some of the more hardcore VW beetle fans say that all cars made outside of Germany are not true VW Bettles at all.

Black Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Grass
Black Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Grass

8 – Herbie starts a hedge fund!

FACT: The last Wolfsburg-built Beetle left the factory in July 1974, a sad day indeed, but even worst is that was productions being replaced with the Golf hatchback!

Ladybird Volkswagen Beetle in Garden
Ladybird Volkswagen Beetle in Garden

7 – The Ladybird Love Bug

FACT: Before 1955, Volkswagens were built according to the calendar year. But in August of that very same year, a model-year system rather like that favoured by the American market was introduced. What this means is that an owner of a 1960 VW Beetle car is, in fact, the owner of a car made in 1959!

Black Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Plants
Black Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Plants

6 – A rolling VW gathers no moss, but a parked one on the other hand…

FACT: The Volkswagen factory was making cars 5 years before it even had a company name, in fact, it was not until the War’s end in 1945 that they named it!

Black Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Stone
Black Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Stone

5 – Herbie Goes to Stonehenge

FACT: So just what does “Volkswagen” company name mean? Well, it is not complicated, it is simply German for “People’s Car!”

Blue Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers
Blue Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers

4 – Herbie and the British Connection

FACT: The first mass production Beetle was built after the end of World War Two in 1945 thanks to the occupying Allied forces and a certain British army Major, Ivan Hurst.

Orange Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers
Orange Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers

3 – Is that Snoopy driving that love bug planter?!?

FACT: Although well over 20 million VW cars have been built to date, the original engine designer received the equivalent of fewer than twenty pounds for his trouble! That is a pay equivalent of just 0.000001p per car!


Pink Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers
Pink Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Flowers

2 – Herbie Sadly Won’t Ride Again

FACT: Unlike what most people think the VW’s flat-four engine was not designed by Ferdinand Porsche but by another Austrian called Franz Reimspeiss!

Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Grass
Volkswagen Beetle Covered in Grass

1 – Herbie: Overgrown but Never Forgotten.

FACT: The very first VW Beetles were first seen back in 1932, but these ones were not even prototypes, they were just handmade cars that looked like the VW Beetle, the first official prototypes were built four years later in 1936!

97 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Volkswagen Beetles in Gardens”

  1. Great pictures of VW bugs. My favorite was the black VW Bug covered in grass. More great info about VW Bugs and Volkswagen Beetles at thevwbugs.com

  2. I find these rather disturbing! Beetles want to be on the road and not being used as vases 🙂 Imagine we were old and then being used as flower pots 😉 I love Beetles and my VW Polo surely behaves like one at times! Oh and since I was 3 in 1980 I watched Herbie on TV later 🙂

  3. Having been a lover of VW bugs ever since high school when friends and I thought it cool to stuff 13 people in one, methinks it’s a crime to use these babies are garden pots! A good friend of mine has one that is over 30 years old and it still drives great! As for me, I yearn for one of those VW little vans. You know, so I can dress it up in crocheted curtains and 60’s decor! 🙂

  4. Wow, those are too cool! I’m a gardener and I collect old fun junk for my garden…but a VW bug is the most clever thing I’ve seen. Thank you for posting those great pics. I love them.

  5. Yes very true. The bug has special character. It also reminds me of when my parents owned a black bug with white interior, I was only about 4 or 5. It’s one of the only vivid memories of early childhood I have.

  6. Mature! That is something I am not. All us men are childish to the end. I still laugh when I break wind! And I love Blue as well, it looks amazing with the British flags.

  7. *LOL* You might well be surprised what I have for future posts. People use some amazing things when it comes to garden displays and I know them all. *LOL* Well not me but Pinterest does. (I didn’t know you could eat nasturtiums)

  8. I think you are right about the stone one, and if you look at it, they have just used the frame underneath the car and attached rocks and slate bricks to it! So not that hard to copy at all.

  9. There is something romantic about the VW, whether it reminds us of a simpler time, your first kiss or your first car. They are iconic; and made by the same people who made the porche according to Top Gear… I love the idea of using them for different things once their life as a car is over. The ultimate form of recycling… Herbie lives forever!

  10. Whoda thunk it! First wheel barrows, then tires, shoes – what next? I rather like the hedge fund, but anything with pansies is great for me. However, the trailing nasturtiums are so easy to grow and also put in your salad. That bug would make a great herb garden, especially for those of us not able to bend too well. It does need a setting to show it off to its best advantage.

  11. Love the captions. And of course someone had to make a beetle into… a beetle. Stonehenge, hedge funds, moss covered. All brilliant, and looking perfectly in place.

  12. There is an old one parked back in the woods on the way to my mother in laws house. Pretty sure it has stuff growing in it but the way it’s parked I can’t see. I so wish my yard was big enough for this!

  13. Great idea for recycling. I have to say the British one is my favorite. Blue is my favorite color and the flowers are stunning. BTW you are NOT old if you were only 5 in 1980. I was 12 in ’80 and I don’t consider myself old, just mature. LOL 🙂

  14. I think I have confirmed the “indestructible” part by showing them in peoples gardens, but sadly for us the 5 in the back was because seat belts were just a dream.

  15. A great selection you’ve done here! I love them all! Hey I rember that movie too and the time when we had the beetles in using. There were almost indestructible, the heating was the only flaw. In a certain age they heated alltime 🙂 5 children on the back seat – how was that possible????

  16. Since I’m a lover of rocks, I’ll have to go with Stonehenge. But my recycle, reuse and repurpose side votes for the pansies and the british connection. Great post!

  17. Oh, i never took pictures to post them on my blog! Let me see, did the painted pebbles (have a friend, obsessed with angry birds), some of the newspaper-woven diy that came out ok, but never as good as they are in the tutorials! Ha!

    Thanks, wouldn’t call them amazing, but flattered either way! 🙂

  18. Yes!!!!!! Thanks, definitely no excuse not to, right?! 🙂
    P.S tried to make some of the older posted diy’s from your blog – all was so much fun!

  19. Well it was a faithful student car, and then it found a new student owner, after i had it for three years.Not the best car to drive in the rain BTW. I do miss it. Thanks for asking

  20. I like number 7. My man used to call me ladybug. Who hurts a ladybug? LOL The only insect I like.

  21. These are all awesome. Kinda makes you wonder what the world would look like if we all left for five years and then came back.

Which one did you like?