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Inexpensive Garden Ideas

Here are some ways that you can make your garden look beautiful again, on the cheap side. These are great ideas especially if your putting your home up for sale.

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This is an easy way to update your containers. Just add craft rope with some construction glue around 1/3 or 1/2  from the bottom.

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Luke Miller

Grow Self-Seeding Flowers

Self-seeding flowers, like the hollyhocks seen here, are a real money saver for the home gardener. Buy a packet of seeds now and have flowers forevermore. The secret is to sow them where they have a chance to succeed (consult seed packets for recommendations) and then allow some of the fading flowers to go to seed. Resist deadheading—at least near the end of the season, when a new crop of seeds is needed. Some great self-seeders include rudbeckia, sunflower, cleome, zinnia, calendula, bachelor’s buttons, poppies and cosmos.
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Add a boulder to your landscape. Boulders are very eye-catching and provide a natural location for adding flowers, grasses, and other garden plants.
Whatever sizes you choose, nest the boulders into the ground a bit. They should look like they were left long ago—not like they were just rolled off the back of a pickup!
Fountains and small garden water features add so much zen and beauty to your landscape. Take a look at these water features and see if they inspire you.
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Aren’t those beautiful!
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Putting in a flower bed doesn’t have to be complex or expensive. First either using a hose or some spray paint, mark the area. Then dig out the space for your new garden. Just add some simple edging, mix in some good soil, and then add some beautiful flowers.
Or you can add a gravel path through your garden.
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A gravel path adds so much interest to your garden, and a place to walk through your landscape.

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You can add a garden arbor and then cover it with climbing plants for an attractive addition to your garden.

This next one I have mentioned before. It deserves another showing.

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Simply start your seed in a salad bar container like the one above. Thoroughly clean  the container, punch a few holes in the top. Then fill the bottom with potting soil and plant your seeds. Close the lid and place the container in a sunny spot. It’s like a mini greenhouse, a

lowing the sun to reach the plants while holding in moisture.

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You can use the plastic containers from blueberries, raspberries, etc for spreading your grass seed on your lawn.

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Building a fire pit is such an update to your landscape.

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If you’re stuck with a perfectly flat yard, making a mounded “island” of earth is a great place to isolate and display plantings, yard ornaments, boulders or other eye-catching features. A yard with contours looks more natural than a flat yard. Add lots of soil to make the mound. Finish off with a few inches of landscape bark.

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Build yourself a small patio. It provides such a beautiful space in your landscape. I laid these patio pavers above over a weekend. If you would like to learn how to lay a pavers patio, let me know.

Some easy flowers that grow and self-seeding annual plants :

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Cleome is one of the many self-seeding annual plants that come back year after year without any effort on your part. It grows 4′ tall or better and have large pink, purple, and white flowers. Because of it’s size, makes it a great back of border plant in your flowerbed.

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Celosia is another rampant self-seeder that makes itself at home in your garden year after year. If so, consider yourself lucky, because the vividly colored blooms on this plant are a pure delight. They feature a variety of colors—from burgundy, red, magenta and pink to cream, orange and yellow. Celosia offers different flower shapes, too. There are plumes, crests and spikes. No wonder this annual is loved by so many gardeners. There’s a size to fit any garden, from 6-inch dwarfs to 3-foot-tall specimens.

You can easily make a raised garden bed like this:

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I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope so much it inspired you to create a beautiful space in your garden.

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32 thoughts on “Inexpensive Garden Ideas”

  1. Self seeding annuals can be nice in gardens that are adjacent to wildlands, as long as they annuals are not the sort that will naturalize and become invasive in the wild. We do not have many gardens like that in town, but in suburban and rural areas, there are areas where the landscaped area transitions into the wildlands beyond. Growing the self seeding cosmos within the garden is nice, even if they must be removed when replaced with other annuals, but it is even better if they can self sow and grow just outside of the same area. Hopefully, they will not go too far without water.

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      1. Great info? Some might find cosmos to be a weed. I tossed some seed out years ago around the vegetable garden. It was not my idea. They came in one of those Big Box store wildflower mixes, although none of the seed are of native wildflowers. They were outside the fence, but close enough to get water. They were rad! They do not venture into the forest here because summers are too dry. They came back for years, and only wore themselves out as the outer areas got too shady for them. The bright pink was visible from the road above. When I lived in town, alyssum did the same, and filled in nicely where nothing else was growing. They grew in bare patches among the agapanthus, and I just let them go. I am not too good with wildflowers in a refined landscape, so just tried to pretend they weren’t there.

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      2. Where do you live again Tony? I remember my first trip to Oregon. I was mesmerized by all the flowers. I remember seeing a gorgeous flower in my friends yard and asking what the name was. She said it was a weed! I was floored! It was gorgeous!

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      3. Oregon has quite a bit of that. Digitalis (foxglove grows wild on the coast. I still dig it, but those in Oregon do not.
        I am in the Santa Cruz Mountains just above Los Gatos in the Santa Clara Valley (near San Jose).

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      4. Oh, that’s right, I’m sorry I forgot. You have so many more choices of gardening than I. The flowers almost looked like primrose. It would take so much effort to grow ‘weeds’ like that here in the So. Ca desert. I was just so amazed they called it weeds!

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      5. No need to be sorry. I happen to enjoy living here. However, the desert fan palm, which happens to be my all time favorite palm, does not do well here at all. I did years ago, before almost all of the area got landscaped and irrigated. They do not like the moisture through the summer, particularly without the warmth. We can not grow Joshua trees either. There are many things in the deserts that can not grow here.

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      6. Is there not much of a winter there? Some of the coldest weather I ever experienced was in part of the high desert. I have not been to the low desert in winter.

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      7. Surprisingly we’ve had more rain this year. A couple of times now it has been cold and has rained for a couple of days. That’s the coldest it gets here. I would love to experience the beauty of Fall with the leaves turning colors. I also would love some snow…just for a week though. haha too much shoveling walkways, cars, etc. I do love the lower desert though. The weather is terribly hot in the summer, but the rest of the year is so worth it! It’s only a 1 1/2 hrs away from the beaches, In the winter, 45 minutes to the snow, or run up to Tram in minutes.
        Are you re thinking asking me about the winter here…haaha thank you Tony!

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      8. No. I do find it interesting because I am not familiar with that part of California. I went to Palm Springs only once, and it was in the middle of hot summer weather. I hear so many bad comments about all sorts of climates, but I have not yet found one that I totally dislike.

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  2. There is no ‘perfect place’…..if there was, everyone would be there…then it wouldn’t be perfect! Home is where the Heart is. You came at the worst time of the year, you need to come in the fall or spring, even the winter is beautiful, especially when raining. We sure appreciate the rain.

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