Not only does this DIY take up less surface area than multiple pots would, but it can also serve as a privacy fence for nosy neighbors.
What could be more enjoyable than having a woodland-style path in your garden, so you can experience the unfurling of a new growing year up close?
Garden designer Chris Fischer divided Linda Lipsett’s 30-by-90-foot plot into three distinct zones—a large central area bookended by two smaller sections—and outfitted each with raised beds that allow better control over the soil quality.
If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.
This Zone 5 to 8 garden integrates charming old-time annuals and perennials, herbs, and flowering shrubs to produce a simple, informal display that provides plenty of flowers for cutting.
Who needs to go to the grocery store when you can grow food in the comfort of your backyard? Learn what fruits and vegetables are fit for a small garden with this book.
Plant a screen of evergreens to hide eyesores, enhance your property, and provide privacy year-round.
Laid flat on the ground, a pallet’s segmented rows are perfect for planting everything your kitchen needs, side by side. (Just check that your pallet is safe for food first!)
Hang an old canvas or over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.
With more foliage than flowers, a garden full of greenery is not only ultra low-maintenance, but also more bang for your buck. Petalless plants, like this ghost bramble, don’t need deadheading and leaves last longer than briefly blooming blossoms.
Perfectly efficient for a small space, spiral herb gardens add interest and height to your yard. Plants that need the most sun and drainage are placed at the top, while those that need moist soil and less sun go at the bottom. Feel free to add flowers and other ornamental plants too!
Green up your patio or deck with oversized terracotta or plastic planters overflowing with anything from tomatoes to wildflowers. (The lush lineup here creates a pretty privacy wall!)
Eye-catching as well as edible, herbs bunched together on a table transforms a small patch of porch into hardworking acreage. Burgundy coleus in a timeworn metal tub provides a colorful counterpoint.
Nothing dresses up a home like fresh flowers, and growing them yourself is an added bonus. This small raised-bed cutting garden, edged with low picket fencing, will provide cut flowers for many weeks and can be tailored to your color preferences.
Feast your eyes upon the potager of our dreams, designed by Jon Carloftis and overflowing with amazing edible plants handpicked by the nation’s best chefs.
Terrariums look exotic and high-maintenance, but they’re actually one of the easiest horticulture projects to make and maintain. We recommend planting fern, moss, African violets, and peperomia.
The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a sunnier spot a snap.
When you’re stuck with a narrow spot to plant herbs, this skinny DIY garden is the perfect solution.
Limited space or poor soil? Resourceful homeowners solve this common problem with a raised planter filled with a good, well-drained soil mix formulated for containers.
Paint and plant (and carefully counter-balance) a flea market or yard sale find for an upcycled planter.
Forget about traditional foundation plantings. Why not dress up the front of your house with a carefree mixture of trees, shrubs, and perennials?
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To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.
You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.
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For a fast way to perk up a porch, relocate pots of lush flowers from indoors to out. With a limited palette, like the pink and white blooms here, the collection feels cohesive, not chaotic.
This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.
Growing a maximum of 10 feet tall, many dwarf tree varieties do extremely well in larger pots and can be shaped, moved, or repotted to suit your needs. Choose a tree that can survive at least two zones colder than where you live, because planters will freeze faster than the ground.
For backyards with poor (or nonexistent) soil, turn to raised beds for a little help. These simple planters give veggies a little boost that can result in magnificent results.
How about perking up that drab Zone 5 to 8 patio or terrace with a sundial and some compact flowering plants? All you have to do is remove a few of the pavers and plant a few sprawling perennials.
How many pots does it take to make a double-tiered planter? You need three to create an impressive stacked container garden that is much more than the sum of its parts.
Some wooden slats and a few coats of colorful spray paint can miraculously transform old tires into delightfully cheery backyard planters.
Hardy succulents, which stow water in their stems and leaves, will thrive in a shallow birdbath perch. Add pebbles to hold more moisture in the soil.
You can pack this container fairly tight with succulents, because these trendy plants don’t grow quickly or crowd out their neighbors the way other varieties do. Succulents can even do well in shallow containers as long as you provide good drainage.
This small water feature is suitable for a Zone 6 to 9 residential garden in the city or suburbs, where it could be placed on a deck, terrace, or patio.
Does your garden lack color during the leafless season? Pep it up with a few well-placed trees and shrubs chosen for their colorful bark, evergreen foliage, and attractive habit.
Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.
Liven up a plain patio wall with a sun-seeking climber, like bougainvillea or sweet autumn clematis. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.
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Sean Conway’s got nothing against flowers, but it’s the garden designer’s way with foliage that makes his Rhode Island spread sing.
Having fresh herbs on hand is possible at any time of year with this indoor window box.
Grouping pots on the patio or porch is a good way to start gardening. Once a plant starts dying or wilting, you can easily water it, move it, replant it, or toss it altogether. Easy come, easy go.
Our ongoing romance with roses grows deeper with every generation, and most “mind’s eye” gardens would surely include at least a few rose specimens. But roses are twice as appealing when partnered with complementary perennials.
Covered with English ivy, a frill-free fence acts as a natural privacy barrier to shield a suburban garden from view.
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No room for a garden plot? No problem. This blogger’s container garden allows flowers to soak up the sun on top, while storage for tools and accessories can be found down below.
Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.
By obscuring parts of the yard, a curved ivy fence can visually enlarge it. “You can’t see the entire garden from any one vantage. You’re unsure where it ends, so it seems bigger than it is,” says landscape designer Louis Raymond. “
Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow
Tired of having to buy all the items you need to craft natural seasonal decorations? Why not take some space in your garden and grow your own selection?
To create contrast and visual vibrancy, situate curvaceous containers on stairs and fill them with interestingly shaped plants, like scallop-leafed geraniums or spiky, serrated agave.