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Places: Water Gardens

Posted by: on June 19th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Water gardens are a wonderful way to bring a sense of nature’s beauty and mystery to a patio, deck or any other outdoor space. And, much like other types of gardens grown in pots and planters or various and sundry repurposed vessels, a mix of plants in different colors, shapes and textures will make your aquatic gardens more striking. They’re also relatively easy to create and maintain.

If you would like to take some time to reflect on the many ways you could arrange a water garden for your home, we invite you to take in the rest of this post.


Water Gardens In Containers


Combine different aquatic varietals to create a veritable garden of delights in whatever container your choose. True aquatics prefer to remain completely submerged in water (like parrot’s feather), while semiaquatics are varietals whose roots are wholly or partly underwater (like umbrella palm). Floaters such as water lilies or hyacinth rest delicately on the water’s surface.

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Ideas for Creating a Shade Garden

Posted by: on May 28th, 2013 | One Comment


Chances are there’s a shady spot or two somewhere outside your home begging to be filled in with a little color and texture. If so, why not consider planting a shade garden? Shade gardens are the perfect solution for areas that receive little to no sunlight — beneath trees, alongside a building or fence, or in any sun-starved patch of your landscape.

A surprising number of flowers, shrubs and trees grow well in the shade. Maureen from The Home Depot Community Forums has prepared this short video to show you a few of the many varieties you can plant in your shade garden for season-round color and ground cover.

From perennial favorites like the endless varieties of hostas, and the airy, delicate maidenhair fern, to the remarkably colorful foliage of the heuchera, you’ll discover new ways to add shape and texture to your shaded garden. Maureen will also introduce you to evergreen, shade-loving shrubs like the broadleaf andromeda with its diminutive bell-shaped flowers, and the brightly colored azalea.


If you have more questions about shade gardens or anything else garden-related, take some time to browse our Garden Club, where you’ll find the right answers to all your gardening needs. And for everything else outdoors, from patio furniture and grills to outdoor power equipment and more, you can find it online or in-store at your local Home Depot.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

How To Plant a Mailbox Garden

Posted by: on April 18th, 2013 | One Comment


The beauty of a mailbox garden is not just that it boosts the curb appeal of your home. The sight of a charming little garden surrounding the mailbox may actually make the daily walk to retrieve the mail more enjoyable, even if there’s nothing waiting for you inside the mailbox but bills.

Best of all, mailbox gardens take no time to plant and require little more than a shovel, garden soil, mulch and a few of your favorite plants and flowers. In this short video, Ron from The Home Depot Community Forums will show you how to create your own mailbox garden.

When you’re done, that stroll to the mailbox may not seem like such a long walk after all.

If you’d like to see what your mailbox garden makeover could look like, check out ours here on the Apron.


For more project ideas and everything you’ll need for your mailbox garden, visit our huge Garden Center.

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

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.