If you live in a place with seasons, you know that there is just something special about spring. The budding blooms and longer, warmer days promise new beginnings. One of the best ways to embrace the symbolic fresh start of spring is by gardening – which happens to be a favorite hobby of many MyChellians. Gardening is a great way to get outdoors and help create something beautiful – and you all know how we at MyChelle feel about natural beauty 😉

Here are some cute and creative spring gardening ideas that we’re currently loving, sourced from around the web and recommended girlfriend to girlfriend:

Indoor-Outdoor Modular Cylinder Planters, Urban Gardens
fioricylinder1These interesting planters are beautifully modern and minimalist – and also surprisingly versatile! This blog shows how they can be used indoors or out, lying horizontally or standing in a row, or hanging to form a neat column or staggered pattern. While the planters in the images are filled with hardy and stylish succulents, we think they would be just as lovely with fragrant herbs or colorful flowers.

Recycled Spoon Garden Markers, Domestic Simplicity
recycled-spoon-garden-markersTraditionally, the things from your garden make their way into your kitchen. This recycled craft project reverses that journey in the most charming way! The recycled spoon garden markers are really easy to make – All you need are old spoons, paper and waterproof art supplies, Modge Podge and acrylic coating. In the end, you wind up with the perfect unexpected touch to a classic vegetable or herb garden. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Overgrown Window Boxes, Remodlista
700_planter2-682x1024-jpg-pagespeed-ce-6jvvefmubsWe love a good window box – and sometimes bigger is better, right? These overgrown versions of the popular cottage accessory showcase sprawling plants that thrive in the shade (coleus, sweet potato vine, and caladium) and are therefore well suited to living beneath an awning or balcony. The vines have grown to such great lengths that the boxes themselves have been entirely hidden from view; the result is lush, romantic and wild.

Carriage-Turned-Planter, Dishfunctional Designs
08-yard-salvageTaking the recycled-household-item gardening trend to a whole new level is this vintage carriage, delightfully re-purposed as a shabby-chic planter. The same effect could be created with a wheelbarrow, a wagon, or even an old bathtub – If you have the space in your yard, feel free to get creative! There are plenty of great ideas for recycled garden décor on this blog.

DIY Garden Stepping Stones, Intimate Weddings
pathway-stoneHere’s another lovely option for those with spacious lawns – colorful mosaic stepping stones! Here are step-by-step instructions for how to make your own using old dishes and sea glass, concrete – and a non-stick cake pan! Everything is customizable, from the shape of the pan (the stepping stones shown here are round, but you could use a square or even heart-shaped pan for a different effect) to the colors and patterns used as decoration.

Water Lilies, Martha Stewart
colorado-water-lily-aquatic-plants-mld107740_vertAlready have your garden on land sorted out? Then how about adding one on water? Water lilies are nearly magical in their unique beauty – and they’re especially easy to take care of! All you need is outdoor space, a container of your chosen shape and size, and some sunlight. Here, Martha Stewart Magazine offers a list of fantastic resources for mail-order aquatic plants and supplies.

For more spring garden inspiration, be sure to check out our Pinterest board.

Are you the gardening type? If so, have you already begun making plans for the spring? Or do you have another outdoor hobby that has you looking forward to the season? Share with us in the “comments” section below for a chance to win a free gift from MyChelle!*

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By Liana Orenstein