Instantly boost your home’s curb appeal with bright blooms on each side of your front door. Expecting guests? Steal these tricks
from our home team: Add stems from a supermarket bouquet for extra fullness and mint for a fragrant burst.
If you've got a tiny patio or balcony, you can grow a fruit tree. Calamondin orange or fig trees especially do well in pots at least 1 foot in diameter and 1 foot deep. Just watch out: Choose a variety that can survive at least two zones colder than where you live, because planters will freeze faster than the ground.
Think small — really small — with this adorable project. Outfitted with a mini birdhouse, rustic stones, and teeny-tiny accessories, this planter is the perfect thing to make with kids.
With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden "shed" for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they're right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.
Vertical gardening doesn't get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is.
This highly efficient method divides raised beds into a grid. Vegetables then get planted in one or more squares at a density based on plant size (e.g., you’d plant about 16 radish seeds per square, but only one tomato plant).
Averaging about 15 feet tall and wide, many ornamental or dwarf tree varieties can handle tiny spaces. Crowd-pleasers like dogwoods, camellias, crepe myrtle, and crabapples offer both flowers and foliage too.
Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this cute wooden plant stand that can fit just about anywhere. Consider your yard officially Instagrammable. (Note: The plant and pot is not included.)
Placing flowers and veggies together in the same beds doesn't just save space. It'll help boost your yields and keep plants happy by attracting more pollinators.
If your outdoor dining spot could use a little green, try adding one of these long planters to the table. The cold-rolled steel can stand up to the elements, and succulents will adapt to even the shallowest containers.
You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.
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!)
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.
Not only does this DIY take up less surface area than multiple pots on the ground would, but it can also serve as a privacy fence for nosy neighbors.
Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You'll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether.
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.
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.
It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room.
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
Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don't exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one.
Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner.
Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.
Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game.
Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.
Just about anything can hold plants if it's got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.
Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you'll need.
Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass.
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.