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5 Ways to Break Out of a Gardening Rut This Year

Lucy Mercer
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A spring landscape with pink hydrangeas and a green lawn.

Gardeners live by the seasons: planning in winter, sowing in spring, harvesting in summer and fall. It’s easy to get stuck in a gardening rut when you plant the same flowers and grow the same vegetables. This year, break out of your gardening rut by trying something new.

5 Fresh Gardening Tips:

Daffodils | The Home Depot's Garden Club

1. Get outside

Take a walk, take a hike, tour a garden. Like my mother said, the fresh air will do you good, and you can’t help but be inspired. Even in winter, gardens can be beautiful. This is the time of year to see the bones of the garden, like pathways and raised beds. Even when the weather keeps you inside, tour notable gardens online via YouTube, or fill your Instagram feed with flowers when you follow botanical gardens.


A collection of various healthy houseplants in a bright window.

2. Bring a new plant home

Pothos and sansevieria are a success in your home, so now it’s time to expand your collection. Try deceptively easy aglaonema (also called Chinese evergreen, it’s the green plant with red edges pictured above) from Costa Farms. The pinks, reds and silvery greens of the foliage will punch up your decor. Look in your local Garden Center for fresh houseplants, or order online. Within a few days, you’ll have a brand new plant fresh from the grower in your home.

Discover more houseplants for your home and learn How to be the Best New Plant Parent.


Gravel and paver pathway lined with petunias and tropical plants.

3. Make a new path

When you’re outside looking at gardens, take pictures of garden paths. Walkways guide your eye as well as your feet. Installing a few stepping stones through your garden will change the way you experience your garden. Get inspiration for garden paths


Container Gardens | The Home Depot's Garden Club

4. Start small

Sometimes, the garden rut means having no garden at all. If you’re new to gardening, finding a comfortable place to begin can be overwhelming. Should you grow flowers or vegetables or houseplants? Or everything all at once?

Avoid feeling overwhelmed when you begin with containers. Grow succulents, herbs, vegetables or flowers. Be flexible and start with seeds or seedlings. Everything you need to begin gardening in containers, from soil to seedling to fertilizer, is available in the Garden Center and online. In stores, look for Drop-n-Bloom containers ready to be enjoyed in your home.

Get started gardening in containers.


Asters and butterfly | The Home Depot's Garden Club

5. Plant for pollinators

Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds make your garden come alive in late summer. Plan now to add their favorite flowers to your landscape and, come August, you will experience your garden in a brand new way. Spread wildflower mixes and tried-and-true favorites like zinnias when the soil is workable in spring. As an added bonus: you’ll have a lovely cut flower garden in addition to a butterfly habitat.

Encourage pollinators year-round with houses designed just for them. Learn more about planting for pollinators.


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