These DIY garden ideas will give you some extra gardening space or give you a project that's really going to elevate the one you already have. These are perfect backyard projects, although some would do wonders for curb appeal if you placed them out front.
Some of these projects take minutes while others take more time and may take a weekend. No matter what DIY garden idea you choose to tackle, you're going to give your garden a unique look that you can't buy at the store.
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Raised Garden Beds
Add to your garden or start a new one with these raised garden beds. Built with beautiful cedar planks, these raised gardens look as good as they work. You'll have them for years and they'll stand up to the elements nicely.
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Window Box Planters for a Shed
A window box planter gives you a small space for just one or two items to grow. Here one is built into the window of a shed, creating a little extra space for a garden. This project shows how to build the crate, and then whitewash it to get a rustic look.
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Succulent Garden in a Fountain
This succulent garden is in an interesting type of container! Instead of being grown in a pot, these succulents are growing in an outdoor fountain. The layers of succulents spill over onto the next, creating a full, layered look.
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Pallet Garden Walkway
With just two pallets, you can create a walkway that goes right through your garden. You can leave them natural or paint them to get a whole different look. The best part is how easy this is to put together.Continue to 5 of 33 below.
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Greenhouse with Custom Flooring
Having a whole greenhouse for your garden might be the ultimate dream. This project shows you how to take any greenhouse and add a paver floor. The floor is then stenciled, giving it a whimsical feel.
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Add a solar fountain water pump to any large vessel along with some water-loving plants. This makes a beautiful living decoration that can be placed anywhere in the garden or yard.
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Small Space Vertical Herb Garden
The smallest of spaces, even vertical ones, can be turned into a garden. This herb garden is contained in a weed barrier that's had pockets sewn in to hold the plants. You can make these any size you want, so it can be perfect for your space.
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Repurposed Patio Chair Garden Planters
Upcycle an old, thrifted patio chair and make it something new again. A few coats of bold-colored spray paint gets the chair ready for its new life as a planter. It looks great sitting among the garden beds.
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Cold Frame Garden Beds
Cold-frame garden beds keep your vegetables warm even during the coldest of weather. It's like having a small greenhouse that you place over your plants during the winter months. These have a beautiful black finish, making them almost look like pieces of art.
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Trellis Herb Garden
A simple trellis is built with the directions in this project. It's given a simple coat of paint before the buckets are added on with hooks. You can plant whatever you want in these but the size makes it perfect for herbs.
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You can grow a garden in just about any container. This guide takes you through the whole process from selecting the flowers to getting the container garden-ready. There are a lot of great tips and hints here to help you build some beautiful container gardens.
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Stenciled Garden Stepping Stones
Pathways within a garden really make it something special. These easy-to-make stepping stones are just pavers that have been stenciled with paint. Choose your own design and colors to match your garden.Continue to 13 of 33 below.
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Cement Garden Beds
Here are some garden beds that are kept low to the ground and are made out of stylish concrete. It's a budget-friendly project that will give you a new way to grow your garden.
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Rainbow Vertical Garden
Gardens can be quite colorful and there's no reason that your garden decor shouldn't be too. This rainbow vertical garden is painted in bold colors and gives lots of room for new plants.
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No Dig Garden
A no-dig garden is a garden where the soil is left as undisturbed as possible. It's supposed to mimic how soil is formed in nature. Here a no-dig garden is placed inside a bathtub sat among the vegetable plants.
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Hanging Basket Garden
Another way to take your garden vertical is by using some baskets to create planting space. Here three baskets are used and they're put together with some colorful rope. It's hung on the side of a house but you could really hang it anywhere in your yard or garden.Continue to 17 of 33 below.
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An obelisk is a type of trellis for climbing vegetables and plants and this one is made from wood. Besides being functional, it looks like a piece of art among your plants. Just one looks special but a pair of them could use to flank the garden entrance.
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Mason Jar Wall Garden
A chicken wire frame is used to hold up mason jars for this fun garden that can be hung on the wall of a shed or your home. Flowers are grown in these jars but it would make a wonderful herb garden. It's a rustic, farmhouse look that may just look like it fits right in with your porch decor.
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Kids can really connect with gardening and you can foster that interest by building their own gardening space. This mini garden is low to the ground and perfect for a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, and flowers. It has a raised bed for the plants, special pots for herbs, and a lattice so the vegetables can grow vertically.
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Tomato Trellis with Conduit
If you're growing tomatoes in your garden, you can add a trellis that acts as a support for your tomatoes, allowing them to grow vertically. The tomatoes will love all the extra growing room and you'll love that the pests on the ground can't reach your tomatoes. It's made to last season after season, being made of sturdy conduit.Continue to 21 of 33 below.
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Pallet Planter Box for Cascading Flowers
This specially built planter encourages flowers to grow in all different directions so they look like they're cascading over each other. This one is made from wooden pallets, and with each year gets more and more stunning. You can keep it natural like shown here or stain it for a more polished look. Pick out flowers that bloom the majority of the summer so you can enjoy them as long as possible.
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Protective Plant Cover
If you have some unwelcome visitors to your garden, you'll want to take every step you can to protect your plants. Aluminum and wood are used together to create this sturdy protective plant cover that can be used year after year. It will give your plants a fighting chance against those critters.
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Hanging Gutter Planter and Stand
Here a wooden frame is built to hold sections of a gutter. Growing inside those gutters is a cute herb garden. The gutters have been painted which gives them a fun look. Growing plants vertically is a great way to save space, and with this one, you'll do it in style.
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Hose Holder with Pallet Wood Planter
A clever way to hide away your garden hose is with a hose holder. You can make your own with this simple building project. Pallet wood is all cleaned up and used for the structure. The top can be used as a shallow planter and inside is where you can tuck the hose away. There's even a drawer pull added to make getting putting back the hose easier.Continue to 25 of 33 below.
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Budget-Friendly Gravel Garden Path
A garden path can be budget-friendly and still look like it really belongs in your garden. Here gravel is used for most of the path with some stones used as edging. The whole process from digging a trench to finishing the path is included in this tutorial.
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Chevron Lattice Trellis
A trellis will help all those vegetable vines grow like peas or cucumbers. This chevron-style one is updated from the classic and especially looks good when used as a pair. Find a place for the trellis inside your garden or sit against a structure for a new area to grow.
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Wooden Garden Bench
A garden bench looks great in any garden and gives you a place to sit and really enjoy your space. This beginner woodworking project has you build a bench that looks like something out of a designer magazine. With clean lines and a simple profile, it's going to look wonderful in any garden.
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Defining a Garden Bed
Garden beds can be defined in all different ways and this one has a clean crisp edge that really divides the plants from the yard. This could be used in all your flower beds or on the edge of your vegetable garden.
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Mosaic Tile Window Box
This tutorial has you take an existing wooden window box and make it into something special. Mosaic tile is added to give it a clean and modern look. Choose whatever color goes along with your home or garden for the best look.
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Teapot Garden Decor
If you want something purely decorative for your garden, this piece of decor will fit right in. It's made with an old teapot and some decorative beads. When placed among the vegetables it looks as though it's watering all on its own. Incorporate some lights to make it just as pretty after dark.
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Free-Standing Strawberry Garden
This adorable strawberry garden has two hanging baskets where strawberries are being grown. The sign can be customized to say whatever you like about your sunny strawberry patch. It can be built lower to the ground if you want the kids to help too.
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Inlay Garden Markers
Garden markers help tell you where you have your produce, herbs, and flowers planted. This is especially handy for vegetables because they can look very similar when they're small. Here the garden markers are carved with an inlay, but you could get a similar look with vinyl and a stencil.Continue to 33 of 33 below.
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Raised Garden Bed for Vegetables
Choose a place in your backyard for a garden or flower bed and then use pavers to create the edging around them. These stones will last longer than wood, especially if you live in a wet area. Stack them up either two or three planters high for the best look.