Gardening Projects


Old House Journal's compendium of articles about gardening and landscaping projects for historic homes, including sculpting topiaries, recreating or repairing paths, and planting period-appropriate plants and hedges. 

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DIY rock garden

DIY Rock Garden

Pretty in its own right, a rock garden can camouflage site faults and cut down on yard work.

submerged trough garden

A Do-It-Yourself Water Feature

A buried trough for water plants and soothing sound.

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DIY Brick Path

Laying a brick path is labor intensive but not complicated. Here’s how a DIY couple got professional results


How To Install Garden Path Lighting

To illuminate a walkway or driveway, all you need is a GFCI-protected outdoor electrical outlet and some basic electrical skills.

Pruning is one of the most important tasks you can do to keep your trees healthy.

Adding an Orchard to Your Garden

An orchard offers sensual pleasures to your garden nearly all year long—but creating one requires patience and hard work.

When creating a raised-bed garden, enclosing the space with fencing keeps deer at bay.

The Benefits of Raised-Bed Gardening

A raised bed garden might be the solution to several gardening problems.

How to lay a random stone path

Weekend Project: Lay a Stone Path

Add some polish to your garden by installing a random stone path.

A Saltbox-style shed from Country Carpenters.

Guide to Traditional Garden Shed Kits

Building a shed for your old-house garden? Consider one of these traditionally styled, ready-to-assemble kits.

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How To Install a Window Box

Give your curb appeal an instant boost with this easy one-day window box project.

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Plant a Cutting Garden

We show you how to create a beautiful cutting garden.

A Victorian-influenced outbuilding is set back to take in views of blooming flowers.

Create a Garden Summerhouse

We show you how to design a summerhouse for your garden.

striped and variegated hosta

Create a Shade Garden

We show you how to design a shade garden.

This historical Rhode Island house has a lush garden right outside its doors.

Tips for Creating a Kitchen Garden

We show you how to grow your own kitchen garden.

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The Best Mulches for Old-House Gardens

We show you the ins and outs of mulches for old-house gardens.

The 1880 house has great curb appeal, as most of the gardening action happens out front. Swaths of naturalized black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) and bee balm (Monarda) sway above sweet woodruff (Galium).

5 Tips for Creating a Gorgeous Garden for your Old House

Follow these 5 tips for a thriving old-house garden.

Clivia is a hardy plant and needs minimal care. Native to the Horn of Africa, its red or yellow blooms resemble lilies.

Creating an Indoor Garden

Learn how you can create a flourishing indoor garden.

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Editors' Picks: Planning an Old-House Garden

Our editors highlight new and classic articles; this week: Start planning your garden!

The garden at Dumbarton Oaks is renowned for its blend of naturalism and formal elements, such as this view from the terrace overloooking Crabapple Hill. (Photo: Dumbarton Oaks)

Designing an Arts & Crafts Garden

The Arts & Crafts movement left behind more than just the houses and decorative objects for which it is famous—it also bequeathed a rich legacy of gardens.

DIY Planter

How to Create a Faux Bois Planter

If you’d like to try your hand at making your own piece, start small: with a planting container.

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