New Gardening ideas

October 9, 2022
Now onward with new gardening

Add interest to your garden with ideas that repurpose old things and make them new again.

Where to start? Just take a look around to see what you can find that may have a second life as a unique garden addition. You may not even need to buy anything if you rethink some objects that are in your attic or garage. The only limitation to your garden transformation is your imagination!

  • An old painted dresser gets a new life as a multilevel planter, while adding a sense of fun. Open drawers hold plantings and bring the eye upward to hanging wall baskets. A bold color, such as blue, adds a cool, contemporary feeling. (Photo: Fiona Lea/GAP Photos)
  • Vintage food cans with the lids removed make interesting herb planters. The variety of the foliage, as well as the designs on the cans, adds visual interest. A single container is charming, but several grouped together create a strong focal point. Place the containers outside your kitchen for an easy-to-reach herb garden. (Photo: Friedrich Strauss/GAP Photos)
  • Most of us have more opportunity to enjoy our gardens while home in the evening. By adding lights, you can transform a garden into a sanctuary. Here, tea lights inside old mason jars are hung by string (or wire). (Photo: Lynne Keddie/GAP Photos)
  • Old painted birdhouses provide a refuge for your garden's feathered visitors but also do double duty as a support for a hanging basket of colorful petunias. (Photo: Kim Beckmann)
  • Melissa Will from Ontario creates inspirational garden art using repurposed objects. Her favorite garden art projects are her chandeliers. Using lamp crystals that she found at a thrift store, Will fashioned some homemade bling for her garden by attaching the crystals and blue glass beads to an old metal colander. She keeps the chandeliers in the garden year-round to watch the winter sunlight sparker through the crystals. (Photo courtesy Melissa Will)

All these ideas come the 2012 Almanac Garden Guide. Find more affordable ideas in expert advice in this year's .


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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