Articles in: Container Gardening

Succulent Garden Ideas – Mason Jar Terrarium from OPC’s The Better Half

Posted by: on April 29th, 2013 | 35 Comments

We’re thrilled to have Jocie Hagan of  The Better Half, share her succulent garden ideas with us. Her blog-within-a-blog at One Project Closer (OPC) is all about thrifty and fabulous DIY decor and crafts. And there’s definitely a crafty element to this clever miniature succulent garden project– it’s a garden inside a mason jar. Read on for the complete DIY tutorial. 


Succulent Garden Ideas: A miniature succulent garden in a Mason jar


Confession time: I don’t garden. Ever. In fact, when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Do-It-Herself Workshop series by sharing my succulent garden ideas, I had to look up what a succulent was. *shame* But once I figured out what a succulent was, I was super excited to make a garden with my own special twist.

Succulents are right up my gardening alley – they require little water or attention, are bright and hearty, and are easy to plant. They are hard to kill, and for this black thumb gardener, that is all that matters!

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Places: The Fairy Garden

Posted by: on April 17th, 2013 | 4 Comments
Image of what looks like a gnome in an old tree stump

Image by Barbara Stanley via Flea Market Gardening


We know what you’re thinking: fairy gardens? Seriously? Yes! Not only do they really do exist, fairy gardening has become an immensely popular home gardening trend.

It’s not hard to see why. Much like the fairy tales we grew up with as children, fairy gardens bring back the innocence of make-believe worlds we imagined for ourselves.

Fairies are known for bringing good luck as well as their fair share of mischief. Legend has it that planting a fairy garden will not only create an inviting space for these wee-folk to inhabit but also add a touch of magic to your home, too.

Don’t feel mystified if you have yet to stumble upon one of these enchanting gardens. Until quite recently, neither had we. What we’ve discovered, though, is like all the best tales, fairy gardens are a source of endless curiosity for both the young and young at heart.

If you are in search of a little fairy dust to spark your imagination, take some time to explore the rest of this post.

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Container Gardening Made Easy

Posted by: on April 9th, 2013 | Make A Comment


Undoubtedly you’ve heard a lot about container gardening over the last few years. Perhaps you have even considered starting one, but you’ve been hesitant because you feel like you don’t exactly have a green thumb.

Well, container gardening is not only easy and quite enjoyable, it is something you can do successfully on your porch, patio, balcony or terrace – anywhere you want to spruce up with a little greenery. And no matter what you want to plant – flowers, plants, trees or vegetables – there is likely a version of it that will flourish in a container.

To show you how easy it is to start a container garden, we asked Ingar, aka the GreenGiant, from The Home Depot Community to provide us with a short demonstration we could share with you.

Minutes after watching this video you will be ready to plant your own garden using little more than plants, flowers or veggies of your choice, organic potting mix, a small bag of landscape pebbles and a large planter pot.

Once you see how simple a container garden is to create, you’ll want to make more of them and use them to add visual interest, direct traffic or bring a touch of nature’s beauty to your outdoor living spaces.


We have more DIY, home improvement and gardening videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.


A Casual, Southwestern Style Patio from Sara of The By & By

Posted by: on May 16th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Style Challenge with Sara from The By & By

In our Style Challenge series, we challenge some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using a single Home Depot product as a starting point.

For the Patio Edition of the Style Challenge, Sara Stoner from The By & By created a smart, yet casual Southwestern style patio to suit an Austin backyard. Working with the Morris 4-Piece Patio Seating Set, along with succulents, throw pillows, and quirky accents, Sara shows us how to make the most of a small outdoor space.

When the Home Depot reached out to The By & By to participate in the Style Challenge: Patio Edition, I jumped at the opportunity – momentarily overlooking the fact that I happen to live in an apartment and not a house with a yard. However, I did have a patio in mind that I tend to frequent more than my own street-facing porch… enter my very good friends Courtney and Ray (and their cat Kristo)!

Since they recently made the move from apartment living to renting a duplex with a yard, I figured that assisting with a backyard makeover would be the perfect house-warming gift for my favorite couple. Not to mention, hopefully ensure my invitation to backyard gatherings all summer long. OK, so my motives weren’t entirely selfless. What can I say? I’m a hopeless cook who loves homemade burgers. And great company, obviously.


Girl outdoors with a gray cat


Finding the perfect patio set was key to the makeover. However, since the backyard is really narrow and has a relatively small patio, choosing a large, traditional patio table wasn’t really an option. Instead, we set our sights on finding a set that came with separate pieces that would utilize the space more effectively.

The Martha Stewart Morris 4-Piece Patio Seating Set from The Home Depot turned out to be more than we could have hoped for. Complete with two cushy armchairs, settee, and a crazy-gorgeous slate coffee table, it has the perfect amount of seating for entertaining a small group (like, say, yours truly) and a casual, conversational feel. It’s kind of fabulous to say the least.

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Using Drought Tolerant Perennials in Your Container Herb Garden

Posted by: on April 18th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Drought tolerant perennials in a window box


Here’s a DIY container herb garden project that will set you up with a fairly low maintenance little garden that should come back each spring, and last for years to come. Plus, it will use less water than other herb gardens, which is great for water conservation.

The key is using drought tolerant perennials.

In the window box shown above, I used lavender, rosemary and sage (from left to right); these three herbs always play nice together because they all like well-drained soil and full sun.

To get started, you’ll need:

1 window box with a coco liner
1 lavender plant
1 rosemary plant
2 small sage plants (or 1 large sage plant)
potting soil
Shake ‘n Feed (optional)

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Get Growing Early With Container Gardening

Posted by: on February 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment

If you’re itching to put your green thumb to use and don’t feel like you can wait another minute – much less until spring – then get started early by creating a container garden! This is an easy and fun process that involves growing plants and flowers in containers instead of planting them directly outside. Container gardening will get you in touch with nature now by bringing the outdoors in and protecting your garden from harsh winter elements.

Container gardening keeps you close to nature.


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