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Creative Recycling in the Landscape

Bringing architectural interest to your garden doesn't require a trip to the store. There are plenty of creative ways to reuse objects you already have, probably taking up space in your kitchen, attic, or garage.

For example, an old box spring can easily be turned into a quaint trellis for vining plants. Or you can dress up a worn metal coat rack with ivy or a hanging birdhouse. Transform old tires into affordable planters by painting them and then filling them with bright flowers.

A few snips with a pair of scissors will turn mini blinds left over from a home makeover into handy plant labels. You can even serve up tired flatware as a tinkling wind chime on a porch or by a window.


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