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I’m almost scared to say it, but I think Spring is finally here for good (cross your fingers!). Flowers are blooming and Easter is just a few weeks away. So why not get your hands dirty making some lovely and inexpensive concrete planters? These bad boys would make a gorgeous centerpiece for your Easter or other Spring celebrations, then you can use them to dress up your deck or patio straight through to fall. Watch the video to see how to make your own:

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If you don’t have interesting shaped bowls or pans in your cabinets you can always hit up a thrift store to find some inspiration. Who knew that old gelatin molds could make beautiful planters? What would you use as a mold?

How to Make a DIY Concrete Planter

Want more Spring decorating ideas? Check out the HGTV Spring House. And as always, you can find more episodes of HGTV Crafternoon right here.

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Happy spring, friends! To celebrate, we have a refreshing, colorful and totally inspiring home makeover you’re going to love. A few months ago, our design team got to work (and even battled a southern blizzard!) to redo an Atlanta bungalow, inside and out. The result is a home ready for alfresco lounging and spring soirees. I can’t wait for you to see all the ideas and inspiration we have to share, from sprucing up your patio and boosting curb appeal to styling bookshelves and picking the best window treatments.

Outdoor Living Room Ideas

Shake out the area rug and refresh outdoor furnishings to create the perfect alfresco living room. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>

Outdoor Dining Room Ideas

Transform an underused deck into the ultimate outdoor dining space. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>

And the winner of our Spring House Blogger Challenge is — Marianne! Her casual, midcentury-modern styling fit in perfectly with the exterior decor picked out by the design team. Plus, they loved her chevron ombre artwork and integrated it into the final design, along with other fun accessories. SEE THE BAR CART PHOTOS >>

Outdoor Table Settings

Take the party outside! Host a spring shindig even after the sun goes down. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>

See Our Spring Makeover

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I’m not the best at helping plants to thrive (hey — I’m working on it!), but that doesn’t mean I don’t dream of having a potting shed. I mean, just look at this one from HGTVGardens reader Barbara Stanley:

Potting Shed Color Palette on HGTV's Design Happens

Potting ShedSpring Outfit

With veggies and flowers likely off to a good start, consider adding some color to ye old potting shed or potting bench. Barbara was inspired by the cherry blossoms outside her garden getaway, but your inspiration could come from anywhere — a favorite spring outfit, your exterior trim or even our color of the month (Paradise Blue!). Will a colorful potting shed make me a better gardener? I say yes — and it’s sure to help you out, too.

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It’s hydrangea season, and it seems like everybody around you (including Grant) has gotten the hang of growing this beautiful flowering shrub. If you’re feeling overwhelmed (I know I can’t be the only one!) — don’t panic. HGTVGardens.com has come up with a little cheat sheet to help you on your way. They’ve made it easy to pick the right type of hydrangea for your climate and how to care for it.

Nikko Blue Hydrangea

Give it a try, and let us know how you’ve successfully grown hydrangeas this season.

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Now that spring is finally here, have you been working on your garden? With so many options, knowing where to start can be overwhelming. I used to walk around my neighborhood admiring other gardens, but my yearning days are over. If you haven’t checked out HGTVGardens.com, now’s the time. You can rest assured that you’re picking the right plants for your climate with the easy-to-use plant finder, and you can search the thousands of how-tos to help you grow your favorite flowers and vegetables.

China Aster

While you’re browsing the site, create a profile and share your favorite gardening photos and tips. Once you sign up, you can enter the Editors’ Pic of the Week for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! What are you waiting for? It’s time to show off all your hard work!

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If you haven’t heard (where have you been?), HGTV Gardens launched yesterday with a new website. It’s all anyone in the office can talk about (it’s that good!). And so, I’ve been flipping through the site all morning — and look what I’ve come across. This three-room treehouse strung together with wooden bridges is a secret hideaway in the middle of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Fascinating, right?

It sort of reminds me of the hugely popular Hobbit Houses post I did back in December.

Tree House in the City

A House on High: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Treehouse Inside: Look at the Stunning Interiors >>

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This vintage storefront greenhouse comes complete with reclaimed windows, wood flooring and a wood back wall. Each window is latched with a barrel bolt and the windows all have box supports to hold them open for ventilation.

Greenhouse

Etsy User :: Schuan Carpenter

Each greenhouse is unique. Designs are not finalized until materials have been procured. The final design is based on what materials are available at the time of purchase.

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What is the history of bottle trees? Best I can tell (don’t quote me on this), their origin dates back hundreds of years. Evidently, it was believed that evil spirits would be drawn to the shiny bottles and become trapped inside. Folks would place bottles on trees around their home to keep evil from getting in the house.

Now, I don’t know about all that — but, I do know that today they are used as decorative art in gardens and landscaping. BottleTree.com has made having one super easy. They provide the “tree” and colorful bottles and ship everything straight to your house. They’re both stunning and unique.

Bottle Tree

Do you know more about bottle trees? Tell me below. And, let me know if you actually have one of these “evil catchers.”

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Until now, I didn’t think there was a nice way to seamlessly incorporate a label into your garden. But take a look at these vegetable-inspired rock markers by Repeat Crafter Me. I have to admit they’re pretty adorable.

Vegetable Garden Labels

I like the idea of re-purposing rocks and using supplies you’ve probably already got on hand to create labels for your vegetables. They would even make a great indoor project to try with your kids on a steamy day like today.

What vegetables are you growing this summer?

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My mother taught me never to boast. “No one wants to hear all of that,” she’d say. Well, Mom, look away, because I’m about to brag.

Everyone, look at my hydrangeas! Yes, they’re mine! If you know me, you know what a triumph this is. Finally, after years of heartache and struggle, I, Grant Dudley, have had hydrangea success!

Hydrangeas

The prettiest of all the blooms.

Hydrangeas

Yes, this is real. I didn’t doctor the photo.

Hydrangeas

New blooms are popping up daily!

I’ll tell you the truth, these plants are a sight for my sore eyes. I have been plagued with ugly, sickly and distressed hydrangeas for at least four years now.

“What made the difference this year?” you say. Well, I’m glad you asked.

Intervention. Yes, plain and simple intervention. This spring I stayed on top of the plants before they could take a nasty turn. I watered them faithfully (with a little vinegar here and there), pruned back the branches, pulled off questionable leaves and most importantly, treated the bushes with a fungicide (I now know a fungus has been the problem all along).

So, today, on this first day of summer, I proudly write here and say “Take that ugly hydrangeas!” There’s a new sheriff in town.

Have you ever turned a dud of a plant or flower into a blooming beauty? Let me know!

Oh, and I’m sorry Mom.

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Today’s officially the first day of spring and I’m completely and utterly…speechless. Why? Because here in Knoxville, Tenn., where HGTV headquarters are located, we skipped winter. No snow days, no brutal freezes, just some typical cold weather. Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not complaining, just a little shocked that my favorite season is actually here! If you’re ready to welcome spring with open arms, then we have a project that will get you in the mood for all the gardening you’ll be doing in just a few weeks.

With this seed tape project you can create the perfect arrangement and plant seeds exactly where you want them. This is a great way to get the little ones involved in the garden, too. Find out how:

seed tape spring gardening

Measure out a length of toilet paper, determine the spacing of your planting row and cut lengthwise accordingly. Consult the seed packet to determine how far apart the seeds should be planted, and then use a marker to mark the seed spacing on the paper. Add a dab of all-purpose glue on each mark. Pour the seeds on a plate and separate. Use tweezers to pick up an individual seed and place on each drop of glue.

seed tape spring gardening

Once all the seeds have been placed and the glue has dried, roll the seed tape onto a toilet paper roll. Store the rolled seed tapes in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to plant.

seed tape spring gardening

If your containers are ready, you can plant your seed tape immediately. To plant the seed tape, simply lay it on the soil surface and cover with garden soil according to the depth recommended by the seed packet. Firm the soil, and then water with a fine nozzle, like that on a watering can. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions Here >>

Need some more ideas for fun projects you can do with the whole family? Head over to the HGTV Family Gardening Club. Plus, score some free expert gardening tips and top-notch plant advice at HGTV’s brand new gardening site HGTV Gardens.

Is anyone else ready to welcome spring? What garden projects are you planning this season? Tell us below!

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Some surprises you get with a new house can be less than positive. They can range from annoying (Surprise! The sellers left a giant oil painting of a quarterback in the attic.) to slightly more horrifying (Oh look, the faucet suddenly has no water pressure!), but luckily, there are lots of good surprises too.

Good surprise exhibit A: Discovering the new-to-us garden. Since the yard thinks its spring (It was 70 degrees yesterday…in February.), each day we’re seeing new bits of green shooting out of the ground. And almost every day, a different flower pops out. Of course, as gardening novices, we have to run to a flower book (or to the all-knowing HGTV gardening editor, Marie) to identify most of them.

Everything from crocuses…

Purple crocuses

Freshly-sprouted purple crocuses

…to daffodils…

Yellow daffodils

Yellow daffodils, after the rain

…to rambling vinca. And more is popping up every day!

Purple vinca

Vinca major

Read Liz’s previous House Diaries posts here and follow her home inspiration board on Pinterest.

What surprised you most (good or bad) about your first house? Tell me in the comments below.

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Terrariums have been enjoying a renaissance for quite a while now, but I’m not sick of them yet. (Perhaps that’s because, as a confirmed plant serial killer, they may be the only shot I have at keeping anything green alive.) Even if you’re feeling terrarium fatigue, this icosahedron Terra terrarium by Fort Standard should revive you.
terra terrarium

This nifty terrarium has a few things going for it that many others don’t: cool shape, rustic Hard Maple wood, its own tripod stand and…it spins! And I love the Japanese Fukien Tea Bonsai Tree inside. Its graceful curves are even more pronounced when juxtaposed with the lines and angles of the geometric container. OH, gosh. That just reminded me of the worst math teacher joke of all time. Here, I’ll rephrase it for you. What did the Bonsai inside the icosahedron terrarium say? “Gee, I’m a tree.” (Get it?)

[Via: M Stetson]

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Gardening may be tough for me, but for designer Sebastian Bergne, it’s child’s play. Literally. Behold this fully-functional greenhouse he constructed from LEGO bricks!

lego greenhousePhoto: Tafline Laylin

Bergne was tasked by LEGO UK to assemble the hothouse for the 2011 London Design Festival, and though it took an astounding number (approximately 100,000!) of translucent and brown blocks, it has me wondering if I could build a box for some veggies and flowers. Hmm. Perhaps I’ll just try a store-bought terrarium first. Still can’t believe your eyes? Check out Inhabitat for more cool shots of the structure.

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It’s been well-documented that I am a miserable failure at taking care of plants. But if I had this sweet elephant watering can, I’m betting I’d be better at gardening. In fact, I’d be dying for excuses to use the little guy.

elephant watering can

I’m sure budding gardeners (har) would appreciate this can’s playful pachyderm shape, too. And if all else fails, I think watering cans make perfect centerpieces when filled with fresh flowers. The elephant could be a terrific table topper at a kids’ circus or zoo-themed birthday party.

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It’s Caitlin for the win! Like a teapot, a handle and a spout are expected in the design of a watering can. However, this one sports a cylinder body and a flexible hose. I’m assuming that’s why a few of you guessed a hookah pipe. Like Sue and ‘tokenblogger’, I first thought fire extinguisher or tire pump. Watch out for Lori, she guessed a gas tank siphon.

Watering Can - Born in Sweden - HGTV Design Blog

This stylish and minimal indoor watering can, by Born in Sweden‘s co-founder and designer Pascal Charmolu, comes with a built-in magnet so the hose can attach to the can’s body when not in use. Pascal’s outdoor watering can is pretty nifty, too.

I’ve found that watering cans are something people develop great affection for. After all, they hopefully help us keep our beloved plants alive. My favorite of the three in our household is an antique French watering can that leaks, but I don’t care. What about you? Do you have a cherished watering can?

Tell us in the comments below.

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I would call myself a habitual plant murderer, but because there’s no intent, let’s downgrade me to a habitual plant manslaughterer. The longest I’ve ever kept a plant alive was three months. It was a beautiful white orchid that reminded me of the ghost orchid (I was on a big Susan Orlean kick at the time), and it seemed hearty. Until I went on vacation. On my return, the faux-ghost was but a ghost of its former self, and I ended up giving it a proper burial at trashcan. The good news is, I think I’ve found a planter that may reform my deadly ways yet…

self watering plantersThese LECHUZA Delta planters are self-watering, thanks to each planter’s “sub-irrigation system and water reservoir.” After the initial root-growing phase of your plant, you only have to put water in once every three months. The plant will then supply itself with as much water as it needs. So whether you’re bad with plants, travel a lot, or are simply forgetful (or, all of the above, like moi), your flora will still flourish. What has two black thumbs and will be stocking up these cool containers before the long Labor Day weekend away? [points thumbs at chest] This girl!

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My fellow editor Anna spotted this gorgeous “Wisteria Tunnel” from Japan’s Kawachi Fuji Garden on Tumblr the other day, and was so inspired she sent it around to a few of us via email.

wisteria tunnel

Just spying this lush watercolor painting come to life in my inbox was like taking a mini-vacation. How serene would it be to park on one of those benches and sketch or read a book? (And as Anna pointed out, it must be as easy on the nose as it is on the eyes, too!) If you’re as inspired as we were, follow these steps to train a wisteria walkway of your own.

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Have you heard? There’s a woman in a Detroit suburb who could face jail time if she doesn’t remove the vegetable garden from her front yard. When we bought our first house six years ago, my spouse and I planted a peach tree and an edible garden in our front yard. We felt the fruits and veggies would make for great conversation starters with our new neighbors. And it worked. One of my favorite memories is when we first met Grace, an elderly woman who lives a block away, and learned that her family grows chard and collards in their backyard. We swapped our cucumbers for some of her leafy greens and our friendship blossomed.

Front Yard Vegetable Garden Controversy

Photographer Fritz Haeg (top row)

Top row photos via Sustainable Transition, from photographer Fritz Haeg & Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn. Bottom row photos from Ecosalon.

Lately, as I drive around Atlanta, I’ve noticed more and more front yard gardens. We’re talking raised beds with tomato plants and rows of corn. As evident in this Sunset magazine article, front yard edible gardens are popular in California. With all that sunshine it would practically be a sin not to there. But apparently not everywhere, like the growing controversy in the Detroit burbs. Then there’s the gardener in the county where my mom lives who ran afoul of code enforcement for growing too many veggies.

Do you have or would you plant an edible garden in your front yard? Is it wrong if it’s the only part of the property with good sunlight? Is it plain old ugly? Or can it be beautiful?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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July is National Ice Cream Month (as if you needed another reason to hit the local parlor!), but my tragic allergy to all things dairy limits me to freezer-burnt popsicles or spoon-breakingly hard Italian ice. At least these Richard Taylor Ice Cream Cone planters allow me to indulge my sweet tooth for design.

ice cream cone planter

These Faux Bois — that’s French for false wood — beauties fool the eye, and would look wild with some baby succulents and cacti, as the good folks at Sprout Home suggest. Sadly, along with the milk allergy, I also have something of a black thumb, so I’m thinking of using one as a pencil holder on my new desk instead.

Say welcome to Briana, the newest member of the HGTV.com team!

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