Hanging Baskets : 5 Secrets the Pros Use

If you've ever taken a vacation in a Disney park, or visited a summer resort, or walked down main street of the most charming small towns in America... you've probably been awed by some pretty amazing hanging basket planters. And let's face it - you tried to reproduce said baskets, and failed miserably, right? We. Have. Been There. But then we learned these 5 success secrets for hanging baskets … [Read more...]

Indoor Cool Cactus & Succulent Projects

If you are looking for an indoor gardening project that is cool, easy and just a little bit trendy, cactus and succulent projects are for you! Here we found for you some great inspiration and tutorials to help you bring the modern vibe to any room of your home. Did we mention, they are really easy to take care of, too? So if your thumb is brown, that's ok... these plants and projects are just for … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Hypertufa Projects

If you want to get crafty in the garden, for the garden, or just as a way to keep your thumb green during the winter months, we have the project for you! Hypertufa is a mix of concrete and other elements that is lightweight, easy to work with, can be molded or even carved, and is a perfect project for both beginner and experienced crafters and gardeners. You can create pots, containers, art... ok, … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Container Water Gardens

We love water in a garden because its one of the basic elements of life... And it reminds us of a pleasant stream or idyllic pond, right in our own backyard space! However, if you have a small garden, or simply don't want to go to all the work of digging out an in ground water feature, DIY container water gardens are an easy and fun project. You can create a simple fountain, or grow pretty pond … [Read more...]

Best Unexpected Plants You Can Grow in Containers

A lot of us love our container gardens... They allow you to grow things in a small space, or in a "no garden" space like a balcony, they cut down on maintenance chores, and they bring plants right up to the places you spend time so you can enjoy them! Oh, and they are pretty, too! But did you know you can go beyond the traditional annuals in a container? Almost anything can be grown in a container … [Read more...]

Insanely Cool Herb Garden Container Ideas

I love having fresh herbs at my fingertips, without having to trek all the way through the garden for a few sprigs of basil. (Not that I don't love an excuse to trek through the garden!) But having a container garden full of fresh herbs makes it a lot more likely that you will actually use them. And now that I finally have Steve softening on the idea of basil, I want a kitchen herb garden! We … [Read more...]

Unique and Creative Fairy Gardens

I have to admit, I've become a sucker for those miniature garden worlds called fairy gardens. The ability to create a scene or a memory in a garden that can be viewed close up, in detail... it's a little bit fantasy, and part of the world of art. Both of which belong in a garden! They make it easy to be creative, even if your space is limited. (Or too large, for that matter). They make great gifts … [Read more...]

Built-In Planter Ideas

I would love to have my patio encircled with built in planters. Hardscape is central to any good garden design, and frankly, I can't think of a better project than a garden element that is a constantly changing landscape! Built in planters would make it easy to change your container plants with the season, experiment with new types of plants, and  even grow edibles close enough to the house to … [Read more...]

How to Grow Orchids

I never thought I could grow an orchid, let alone more than one. Their reputation for being finicky scared me off... after all, who wants to spend money on a plant that practically assures you it will not survive! Then one day I was at the store, and saw some inexpensive, beautiful flowering orchid plants for less than $10, and decided for that price, they would make a gorgeous home accent for … [Read more...]

Sedum and Succulent Planters

I have a secret. I used to hate succulents. With a passion. I think I was influenced growing up in the '70's in California, where succulents were usually half dead hen and chicks filling a yard people thought was "no maintenance"... So when succulents began to gain a resurgence in popularity, I scoffed. Until I opened my eyes and saw the truth. The truth is that succulents and sedums are … [Read more...]

Fabulous Fall Containers

The growing session isn't over just because summer is winding down... one of the best ways to keep your garden space vibrant is to use fall containers. And most of you who have been reading TGG awhile know that I like to do things just a little different from the crowd, so our choices here are not the average pot o' mums! So with inspiring combinations and plant suggestions, let's let the photos … [Read more...]

DIY Cinder Block Vertical Planter

You may have seen other cinder block planters circulating the internet. Well we decided to post a version ourselves, because they're just... so. darn. cool. We wanted to try one of our own, but do it a little different. So we went up! We made this DIY cinder block planter go vertical, and we did it in an afternoon. The cool thing about this project, is you can pretty much make it as big or small … [Read more...]

Creative Outdoor Herb Gardens

Herb gardens are my favorite type of garden. There is something really satisfying about plants that do it all -  they are pretty, fragrant, tasty and even medicinal! They can be grown in a formal style, or rock an old boot! They are practical plants full of nostalgia and charm, and can grace the finest table while tantalizing virtually all the senses. And they have a quality about them they makes … [Read more...]

Outdoor Planter Projects

With every new growing season comes the need for outdoor planters... and we've rounded up some unique planter tutorials for every gardener, whether you want a traditional window box, or an up-cycled art piece. Most of these outdoor planter projects have complete instructions, so check them out, pick one or two, and plan some garden projects for the weekend! Our featured project, above, comes to us … [Read more...]

Plant Your Furniture!

Plant your furniture...literally! We have run across these really neat ways to integrate plantings into your garden rooms, by planting your furniture itself! Really unique containers, and I love the idea of having plants as part of the outdoor room, not just next to it. Some of these have some easy DIY instructions, and others are just inspirational to get your creative ideas flowing... but they … [Read more...]

More Garden Containers You Never Thought Of…

One of our most popular posts, "Containers You Never Thought Of" (find it here) was just begging to be repeated, so we spent some time this week searching for even more unique garden container ideas for you. A few of these have good links to them, but honestly a lot of these photos we found on Pinterest, and search as we might, could not find a good source for them. They are so inspirational we … [Read more...]

DIY Mini Gardens

If you've been inside a nursery any time recently, or spent any time on Pinterest, you've probably seen some version of a miniature garden. Mini gardens are a whole cottage industry now, with classes and clubs and a cult like following. (In a good way!) Fairy gardens are closely related, and are simply miniature gardens tended by mythical fairy creatures. Makes perfect sense, right? I totally get … [Read more...]

How to Force Spring Bulbs

When the dark days of winter have set in, many of us long for spring to come early! Not only can you find ways to bring it on a little early, you can pot up spring to be ready to show it off in your home, on your porch or in the garden! The trick is to learn how to force spring bulbs to bloom in pots. Best bets for forcing include tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. There are two steps to forcing … [Read more...]

DIY – Cool and Creative Planter

We here at TGG have been doing a lot with antique glass insulators lately... we have a tutorial on making a garden lantern from insulators that has been pretty popular on Pinterest... I think we're drawn to the insulators because we love colored glass, we LOVE the history behind these up-cycled pieces, and also because they seem to fit well in every style, from rustic to modern. We recently … [Read more...]

Hang It! – DIY Hanging Planters

Hanging planters work both indoors and out, with garden annuals and with evergreens. Creating your own DIY hanging planters is easy, and it adds character to your home or garden by giving you a unique container. Keep in mind that hanging planters can be heavy, so please use your judgement in choosing hanging materials, and in securing them to a structure. Other than that, anything that holds soil … [Read more...]

TGG Fav Five: Pallet Planters

We've seen pallets turned into about every DIY project possible, and it's good... they are cheap or free, we recycle when we create a pallet project, and I just love the organic feel to such a simple thing. My favorite use of pallets however, is pallet planters. They just fit in a garden, ya know? So here are TGG's fav five of the week, Pallet Planters! This living wall was created by Dremel … [Read more...]

Fall Container Wow in 3 Easy Steps

Fall is one of the best times to up your curb appeal and create a welcoming yard and garden for all your family and friends. Updating your planters and containers for fall is easy, can be done in an afternoon, and can last well into the holiday season. Fall creates a whole new gardening personality... one that is more laid back and sleepy, but also electrified with color and texture. It's almost … [Read more...]

Favorite Creative Garden Projects

This week we have some of TGG's favorite creative garden projects we have run across while exploring the many wonderful DIY blogs out there! Check all these out for DIY garden tutorials and inspiration!   1 - Moss Graffiti - Learn how to make moss graffiti.     2 - $10 DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit - From a washing machine drum.   3 - Pebble … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make a Plant Container into Garden Art

It's tough finding a way to show off your creativity in the garden. But what better place to create some artistic vibe then in the biggest art studio on earth? Your garden is part of the great outdoors, and should be an inspiration! Here are five ways to make simple, creative and up-cycled (BTW) plant containers that look more like art than utility! There you have it! Five … [Read more...]

Easy Container Gardening: 7 Containers You Never Thought Of

Container gardening is growing in popularity, and not just for those with small gardens or living in apartments and condos. Creating a creative container garden that has character and personality isn't as easy though. Here are seven great ideas for creative gardening, using containers you never thought of! (But wish you had!) Use a hollowed out log or stump. Metal industrial pipe can make … [Read more...]

Apartment? Container Gardening for You!

Container gardening is for many people that think that their gardening days are over when they move to an apartment or condo. You can still grow pretty and useful plants if you opt for a container garden. There are a few rules you will have to follow when starting your container garden. The five elements that are crucial to your container garden are the pot (size for each individual plant), the … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Garden Container Project

Looking for a quick and easy garden container to add some flair to a boring deck, yard or patio? Here is a before and after project that will take less than 30 minutes, can be inexpensive and is a creative take on ordinary container gardening! Supplies: Any container that has sections. (We used an old wood soda crate) Potting soil Alpine or compact plants Polished … [Read more...]

Small Space Gardens: How to Make Cheap Containers

When gardening in a small space, one of the largest budget busters is purchasing containers for your plantings. Even at the discount stores, buying containers for your garden can take a huge chunk out of your wallet, leaving nothing for the plants! There are ways to creatively create your own containers and save money on gardening in a small space. Remake a Cheap Container When you look at … [Read more...]

Creative Tips for Container Gardening

Container gardens can create a natural sanctuary in a busy city street, along rooftops or on balconies. You can easily accentuate the welcoming look of a deck or patio with colorful pots of annuals, or fill your window boxes with beautiful shrub roses or any number of small perennials. Whether you arrange your pots in a group for a massed effect or highlight a smaller space with a single specimen, … [Read more...]

10 Herbs You Can Grow in Containers

Growing herbs has become a very popular hobby today. Not only are they decorative, but growing herbs yourself gives you an ongoing fresh supply of herbs for cooking. A good thing about growing herbs is that they can be done indoors. This way, they can be enjoyed even if you are living in the city and do not have room for outdoor gardening space. Helpful Tips for Growing Herbs in … [Read more...]

Container Vegetable Gardening – The Easy Way To A Mouth-Watering Harvest

Container vegetable gardening is so simple even your kids will love it. Vegetable gardening in versatile garden planters is easy and enjoyable for everyone. It's your perfect answer! In only weeks you could be enjoying the first quality harvests from your container vegetable garden. Stop buying expensive and bland produce at the grocery store (think tomatoes). You can grow your own natural … [Read more...]