DIY Gardening + Planter Ideas
I’m on a mission this spring and summer.
I’m going to turn into a crazy plant lady.
It’s happening. I will turn this black thumb green, and I will learn how to keep plants alive for more than two weeks at a time.
I can do this.
I’ve been working on gathering some inspiration to get me started on some outdoor planter and gardening ideas, and you know I love sharing my inspiration with you so today we’re going to look at 10 of my favorite ideas.
Are you excited?
I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but I absolutely cannot stop gathering ideas for planters, gardening, and other outdoor projects. I’m so pumped about getting our backyard done, and I want to make it a little oasis for our family. I keep finding so much amazing inspiration, and I can’t narrow down what I actually want to do.
Because, let’s be honest, I think we all know I can’t handle more than 2 or 3 different outdoor plants right now. I’m already doing well to keep my houseplants alive (side note: they’re still alive!), and getting any more than about 3 plants outdoors would just be plant murder.
And murder is wrong, y’all.
So, let’s talk about this. Can you help me narrow down what I should do? Or, if you have an even better idea, link to it in the comments! Because, goodness knows I could always use more inspiration.
Two Purple Couches // Little House of Four
I’m such a sucker for these leaning vertical gardens – they’re so gorgeous, and it’s such a great way to squeeze a lot of plants into a small space! I desperately wish my front porch was large enough to do this because it’s such a pretty look. I’m also loving that little container herb garden! I’m really hoping to start growing some herbs this summer, and I love how convenient this one is. Plus, wouldn’t it make a gorgeous centerpiece for an outdoor table?!
Where the Smiles Have Been // Amber Oliver
Would you believe that that gorgeous patinaed planter is actually a green plastic bowl from Target?! This is SUCH a cool DIY, and it seems like it’s really simple. I would love to make this to give away to a friend, or just to have in about a zillion different places in my house. I’m definitely going to be trying this painting technique! Also, that shamrock planter? How fun is that?! I love that you could apply that same idea to basically any shape and create such a fun little succulent garden! I also adore how the succulents pop against that white frame. What a cool idea!
That’s My Letter // Paint Yourself a Smile
I love the simplicity of these wooden planters, and the gorgeous detail of the little gold screws. These would work fabulously inside or outside, but I actually really love that Jamie put them inside because it’s an unexpected choice and I can’t even handle how pretty they look next to that navy table. And, um, that red planter used to be a sewing cabinet…what a great idea! I love that you can upcycle basically anything into a planter, and this totally gets my brain churning – what else could I turn into a pretty planter?!
Grillo Designs // 3 Little Greenwoods
You guys! That little hanging herb garden is made out of an old cake pan! How GENIUS is that?! I can picture a little grouping of these in a kitchen or something and I’m totally swooning at the idea. It would look amazing, and I never would have guessed it was homemade! And, I really love the tips on that post from 3 Little Greenwoods – it’s all about the best methods for planting in hanging baskets, and I SO need the tips because I’ve tried and failed at those things entirely too many times. How gorgeous are those flowers on her front porch?!
Reality Daydream // Addicted 2 DIY
I think I literally let out a sigh of happiness when I saw that wooden vertical planter. It’s made from wooden bowls cut in half…and I think it’s one of the smartest DIY planter ideas I’ve ever seen. It’s so gorgeous, unique, and looks so high-end! And the way those plans are all hanging down? SO PRETTY! Where can I put this? I want one in every room. Oh, and that cute little rope-wrapped planter? It’s A TIRE, Y’ALL. A freaking tire. It looks so amazing, and I love the little legs on it. I am definitely considering making one of these for our back patio – our dogs are less likely to mess with planters when they’re a little elevated, and I love the way the texture of the rope looks with the flowers. Stunning!
Okay, are you ready to turn into a crazy plant lady with me?
Let’s do this.
What project should I do first?!
If you want to see more DIY outdoor ideas, here’s some more inspiration for you!
I can’t say this enough: PETUNIAS! They are so easy to care for, love the sun, and they grow really easily. They are great container plants because once they start growing they will droop over the side and just be really lovely. I always put them in our flower pots at work, and I put them in my hanging baskets at home this year. They require minimal maintenance – just dead heading. They are easily my favorite flower to put out.
I’m also using Creeping Jenny in all my pots this year – I’ve had to direct it which was to grow, but I can tell that it is really going to look great once my hanging baskets get established. What’s super funny is that we looked at the same pin from 3 Little Greenwoods! I bought the Creeping Jenny first, and then I started looking around for how large it got, etc.
One other thing that I absolutely love to plant is Morning Glories – they are one of my very favorite things in the whole world. I can’t recommend them enough – You just have to have something for them to grow on – even just strings from the ground up the roof of your porch, etc. We have an old well house that has chain link , and once the vine grows enough to hit the links, it TAKES off. Mine are deep purple and a dark pink, but they come in light blue and all kinds of other colors.
I can’t say this word enough: PETUNIAS. They are so freaking easy to care for, they love the sun, and