If you've ever been into gardening, or know someone who is, you've probably noticed how similar it is to pet keeping. Just like having a dog or a cat, there’s attention, love and care you have to give the plants so that they will thrive.

But in increasingly populated cities and our hectic lives, plants become soul-soothing companions who calm down our longing for that inner calmness. No wonder gardening and plant keeping have had a renaissance in times of pandemic. Today, there are thousands of online groups for plant and gardening enthusiasts where they share everything from how to make that soil more fertile to making sure the plants get the right combo of sunlight, to anything in between.

The Facebook group “Creative Gardening” is one such destination, boasting a whopping 1.1M members who happily share their own gardening projects and ideas. We handpicked some of the most interesting and unique ones below, so enjoy!

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My outdoor “painting “. Easel made from tree branches cut from my red cedar, frame found at Goodwill, flower arrangement bought from roadside farm market, hummingbird from DollarTree

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Maggie
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is lovely, very skilfully done.

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Early in the COVID-19 pandemic when lockdowns put millions out of work and headlines forecast food shortages, anxious Americans picked up their rakes and spades. With no social gatherings and so much time spent at home, many people (re)discovered a new kind of hobby– gardening. What happened was incredible: in a matter of a couple of weeks, seeds, seedlings, and fruit trees sold out in gardening shops.

It’s the feeling of well-being gained from nurturing and being amongst plants and greenery that became the main reason why people in lockdown started it. But the surveys show that many of them have kept their gardening bug even after returning to work, meaning the boom is likely to stay.

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I I
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

we use to do this before money , not a new concept

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Our pondless waterfall

Wow! I’m overwhelmed by the responses! We had this professionally done a couple of years ago. We had leftover water coloring from our hot tub (don’t remember the brand), and tossed it in to see what happened. The waterfall is in direct sunlight, so we do have problems with string algae. The rocks were power washed this spring, and I skim out algae as necessary.

Thank you so much for the compliments!

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Tash
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I bet the noise is so soothing

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My mom in her garden 86 years young! She goes out everyday to check her babies and give them that special love

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Unsurprisingly, “More than half of those we surveyed said they felt isolated, anxious and depressed during the early days of the pandemic,” Ossola wrote and added that “Yet more than 75% also found immense value in gardening during that same period.”

“Whether done in cities or out in the country, gardening was almost universally described as a way to either relax, socialize, connect with nature or stay active,” the professor explained.


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I got this from a dear friend and in the wind storm it fell over & was broken but I added some soil & now it’s beautiful again

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Malkhaz Buzhaidze Report

Nick West
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is gorgeous. I love the deep plum colour.

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I'm super lucky that my guy not only loves to garden but is an amazing DIY person! I have the eye for design and color.
He did the pond himself (weeks of you tube videos lol).
When we bought this house ten years ago it was mostly gravel and there was a deck falling apart which we removed

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The survey results showed that gardening offered a place of comfort unlike anything else during that chaotic time. “Most gardeners seemed to either experience a heightened sense of joy and reassurance or feel more attuned to the natural world. This seemed to have positive therapeutic and psychological benefits, regardless of age or location,” Ossola explained.

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Naira Sikma Report

DCB
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was thinking of doing something similar but with wood and chicken wire....but this is much quicker, cheaper, and it can be broken down quickly. Brilliant!!! (and thanks for the idea :) )

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Rose Caldero Report

Nick West
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so inspiring. You're giving me loads of ideas.

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Nathalie Bureau Report

DuchessDegu
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can smell that photo! So beautiful

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Lisa Babu Thundiyath Report

Autumn
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is some beautiful clematis

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Ossola hopes that gardening, a hobby born out of unique circumstances will not recede into the background any time soon. “Gardening shouldn’t be something that’s only taken up in times of crises. If anything, the pandemic showed how gardens serve a public health need – that they’re not only places of beauty or sources of food, but also conduits for healing,” he stated in a piece for The Conversation.

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I had to share this posting from my daughter. I'm serious she can't keep a artificial plant alive but her love for nature is real!!

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Miss Frankfurter
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5 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The hospital I used to work at was designed so there were large flat jutting areas up high. Canada Geese would make nests on them. We would keep an eye on when the chick's would be ready to fly. The physio department would get out extra mats and layer one on top of the other on the ground infront of the nests so if they fell they would have something soft to land on. We look after wildlife too.

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My mums old wooden ladder was no longer safe in my opinion, painted and turned into a stand for plants and garden treasures. Matches my house doors, pots and patio chairs, it's not all full yet, but you get idea. Had to add a shim on each support bar as they don't match the height of the steps. Its not level, as the ground isn't level, and I can't be bothered to adjust it, good enough for me!

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It’s so hot in Texas, even the sunflowers are trying to stay cool!

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Ziggyc
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awww gorgeous...love sunflowers

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VIA JENN PARKER "WHEN WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE, I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE WERE NO FLOWERS ANYWHERE. THEN I FOUND A CLUMP OF PEONY ROOTS IN A 3 FOOT SQUARE CLUMP. I CAREFULLY DUG THEM ALL UP, UNTANGLED AND DIVIDED THEM, THEN PLANTED THEM ACROSS OUR 140 FOOT FRONTAGE. THIS IS THE RESULT EIGHT YEARS LATER..."

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Jacki moore
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5 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a great sight it will be when they bloom!!

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Nicole Bandi Report

Nick West
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that a grape vine? I'm going to do something very like this on my pergola.

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Lika Ambrosishvili Report

Poultry Geist
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They look like this in real life ! My neighbor got a bunch and I love them !

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Miss Frankfurter
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If only. I can't keep anything alive even when I follow the advice of very experienced gardeners.

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My Dancing Dolphin just keeps going this year. Hasn’t quit blooming since January.

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Miss Frankfurter
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have never heard of this plant. It's beautiful. What climate do they normally grow in?

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Lindsey Bickford Report

Kzincat
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks like a beautiful apron has come to life.

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Nathalie Bureau Report

Poultry Geist
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sometimes they sell these at the grocery store and then they go on sale for like $2.50. They will live several years maybe forever if properly taken care of ! They are so pretty

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I know they are only geraniums and ANYONE can grow a geranium, but this color makes me so happy

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dee dee
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah but theseare happy geraniums just at them,so lovely! Mine is sad now cause i repotted her, but soon she'll bloom. Lovely, just lovely!

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If you have old buckets/pails this was my project over the weekend

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Since the passing of my Husband, my garden is my sanctuary where I can find peace and solitude.
Have a blessed day to all

Terence McCarthy Report

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Hello ! Here are a couple other snaps of areas of my gardens. I designed everything including the She Shed. As well, did most of the work including but not limited to, flagstone, marble and tile. The house and garden was a repo and a mess. I drug in rocks from the rivers of Montana, the beach and many other places. Most of my hard scapes are estate sale finds. I do most of my own baskets and pots. I live in zone 7. W. Oregon. Basically a rain forest. I’m a 3x can survivor. I had a bone marrow transplant 24 years ago and survived it. Therefore, I’m not afraid of much. Especially color. My neighbors love it and bring their guests over. I make my own compost. Baskets and window baskets. Lots of fertilizer. Slow release granules when I plant and water soluble by Proven Winners twice a week when everything is in full bloom. I hope that this encourages others. Happy Gardening!

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Nino Razmadze Report

Miss Frankfurter
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for the great idea I'll try at my new place. I can't use succulents outside like this because I live in Canada.🥶 but maybe I might be able to keep some annuals alive.🙏

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Poultry Geist
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can unalive someone with those flowers ! Foxgloves !

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Having retired and down sizing I was longing for my gardens I had worked to establish for over 20 years When I saw what I was given to work with I was pretty discouraged, but I recited the old saying, “Grow where you are planted” and walla

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Here is another area of my new yard. I fell in love with the windmill when we bought the house back in the early spring having no idea that these beautiful purple clematis would bloom

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Jacki moore
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so beautiful!! What an awesome idea!!

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