Can y’all believe that summer is just around the corner? I (Claire) am so looking forward to embracing the season with a few memorable outdoor gatherings, and can’t wait to invite friends and family over for some long overdue quality time together. But like it always does, outdoor entertaining season has totally crept up on me, and my backyard is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Since I don’t have the time or pocketbook for a full blown landscaping overhaul, I thought I’d focus on a smaller scale project that makes a big impact. And because my Mason Jar Herb Garden was such a hit, I figured I’d try to take my green thumb outdoors, and spice up my yard with a simple DIY garden. I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas from around the web, but I’d love to get your thoughts on which one I should recreate… Let me hear your suggestions, and stay tuned for the big reveal in two weeks!

images: 1. Flora Grubb Gardens 2. Annette Guttierez via Apartment Therapy 3. Jenny Darling

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  1. 1
    Kayla Henley May 4, 2012 at 8:27 am

    My vote is to go with the classic look-the pots. That way you can get all different hight and size plants. I love texture and mixing plants. You can even do a tall tree and a short plant that grows over the edges of the pots.

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    Amberly May 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Ditto to what Kayla said. There are so many kinds of pots out there (West Elm has some GREAT ones… modern, traditional, white, colored, etc) that you can still have a lot of variety, and it won’t look like what everyone else has. Excited to see what you do! Happy weekend!

    The Good Life

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    Bre May 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I do love the beautiful colors in the top pic, but I’m also digging (pun intended?) the cinderblocks with the succulents. It looks modern and clean.

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    Rachel May 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    heyyy fellow longhorn! i just did some quick and easy landscape sprucing up while i’m hanging out at my parents house. regular pots are pretty cheap, and stacking some on overturned ones adds great height differentiation to make it more interesting! we also got some flagstone rock pallet from Home Depot and filled in between with pebbles to cover up an area where the grass refuses to grow. can’t wait to see how your’s turns out!

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    Jessica May 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Love the first photo. Ever since Patrick Blanc’s revolutionary design at Musée du quai Branly, I can’t get enough of living walls. They’re simply magical.
    I dig the play on concrete blocks, too, with those little cantilevered planters. Fun!

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    Debra Kapellakis May 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    The tin cans or the cement bricks.

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    Margaret May 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I like the third one! Looks like you could use old coffee cans

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    Beth Price July 11, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I love all of these ideas, but especially all the coloured plant pots. You could replace the pots with watering cans for an even more stunning effect – watering can hanging baskets! Vertical gardens can look great too, and I love the idea of creating a herb garden on my wall!