8 Garden Ideas You've Gotta Try This Spring

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Flowers are beginning to bloom and leaves are starting to grow, so is it really a surprise that you're falling head over heels for all of this vibrant greenery? No. But the real question is, what's the best way to show off your newfound love affair? Should you go with simple planters? Stuff everything into raised flower beds? Or, perhaps this year calls for a more artistic display? Whatever your preference, these eight verdant ideas will give you a little inspiration to help you pull together a chic garden look that's perfect for springtime.

1. Build a lush ladder.

Now that temperatures are on the rise you can begin to put the blankets away and use your leaning ladders for a garden instead. Stack those wooden beauties sky-high with all of your favorite greenery. And if you don't already own a ladder, check thrift stores for rustic, inexpensive versions, or buy brand-new.

Get the look: Beaumont Lane Leaning Bookcase, $197.99

2. Turn wine boxes into planters.

Your evening glass of wine doesn't just help you relax — it can help your garden grow, too. Save those wooden wine crates and fill them with dirt to get started on this super-simple gardening project from the blog How the Fudge Do You Garden. And bonus: Gardening will also help you unwind, so this DIY is a bona fide win-win.

3. Hang your plants.

Dress up an otherwise-dull white wall by covering it with plants. (Just make sure it gets plenty of sun.) This hanging planter may require a minimal level of handiwork — at the very least, you'll need a drill and a circular saw — but it's a nifty way to display a ton of herbs or succulents in a small space. Check out the step-by-step instructions at HomeMade Modern.

Get the look: Bamfox Hanging Wall Shelves, $22.99

4. Root plants in water.

If the thought of having to get your hands a little dirty with soil and fertilizer is not your idea of a good time, then this low-maintenance idea is definitely for you. Simply find a plant that you like, snip a piece at the base of the leaf, bring it home, and add it to a glass vase filled with spring water. The only thing left to do, is sit back, and watch it grow.

Get the look: CB2 Florence Brass and Glass Vase, $24.95

5. Or, just start a water garden.

Most black-thumbed humans share a similar affliction: never knowing how much water their plants need. Don't let the fear of overwatering or under-watering stop you from enjoying greenery in your home. Opt for a water garden like this DIY from The Merrythought, instead. The final result is picture perfect, which is good news for that Insta-worthy shelfie you've been working on.

Get the look: KitMar Vintage Glass Cylinders, $13

6. Transform a sunny window.

Herb gardens love the sun — but there is barely enough room for you on your balcony, let alone all of those planters. Turn your bright kitchen window into a jungle paradise like The Bird and Her Song blogger Amber did with this clever DIY project.

7. Create an indoor trellis.

You don't need a large backyard to run vines up a trellis. Turn your pothos plant into a piece of wall art by training it to climb along a sculptural, metal frame.

Get the look: World Market Gold and Glass Honeycomb Wall Shelf, $69.99

8. Opt for a big bowl of succulents.

How cute is this bowl of succulents? Created by Cassie from the blog The Veda House, this minimally chic DIY project is ideal for a gardening novice — it's simple to create and requires very little maintenance. Sounds good to us!

Get the look: Kimisty Succulent Planter Bowl, $35.99

Jamie is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado, who writes about real estate and interior design.

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