Top 10 Garden Ideas of 2018

These are the top 10 garden ideas of 2018 as determined by the readers of From House To Home. Find out the plants and garden tips you missed.

best garden ideas of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! I can’t believe it’s the start of a new year.

Before I get going on my new year plans, I always like to look back over the past year and see how things have gone.

I have to say…2018 was a big year around here.

We had more than 2 million visitors to From House To Home and the Entertaining Diva websites. That’s more than double the 1 million visitors we had in 2017! Which of course would not have been possible without all of you…so I want to send out a big thank you for your continuing support!

All of those extra views caused an increase in income from the site. And that allowed me to do what I’ve been wanting to do for a while…quit my day job to become a full-time blogger!  (If you want to know more about how this blog makes money, you can read all about it HERE.)

That means I have more time to focus on creating great content. And I would love your input on what you would like help with in the new year!

If you have any suggestions on what you want to see more of (or less of), please let me know by completing our really quick 3-question survey.

Now onto what you came for…our top 10 garden ideas of 2018 (based on the amount of people that read each one).

10. Deer Resistant Shade Plants

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Where I live, deer are a common (uninvited) visitor to yards and gardens. So knowing which plants are the ones that deer don’t want to eat for dinner is important for helping to keep your garden looking good.

Of course, a hungry deer will eat pretty much anything, but this list of deer resistant plants for the shade are the ones that will be left for last.

9. Hummingbird Plants

One of the visitors that many gardeners want to have in their yard is hummingbirds.

This list of shrubs, perennials, annuals and container plants that hummingbirds like will help to attract them to your yard.

8. Best Backyard Trees For a Small Yard

It seems like there must be a lot of people with yards like mine…a small city lot with no trees and no shade.

These backyard trees for a small yard are the ones that are small enough to take over a yard, but big enough to provide some much-needed shade.

7. Clematis Care

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I love Clematis. And this post is all about growing Clematis.

I’m up to over 30 different Clematis varieties in my garden.

I’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who is a bit obsessed with these vines. They’re the number 7 most popular gardening post.

6. Ground Cover Plants That Love The Shade

While my garden has just recently become shady (my trees and bushes have finally grown up!), my mother has been gardening in mostly shade for many years.

This list of ground cover plants that love the shade are her favorites (and mine, too!)

5. Secret Garden Design Ideas

Number 5 on the 2018 top 10 list of garden ideas is a post on secret garden design ideas.

This is all about using the gardens of Charleston as inspiration to create a secret garden in your own backyard…even if it’s a standard city yard like mine. And apparently I’m not the only one who would like to be able to do that in their yard.

4. The What, Where and How of Rain Chains

Rain chains are one of my favorite garden accessory. I love them so much that I have replaced most of down spouts with them.

But I still meet a lot of people who don’t know exactly what they are or what they do…and they’re learning about it by reading this post all about rain chains.

3. Low Maintenance Full Sun Perennials

Number 3 on our list of top garden ideas for 2018 is this article on low maintenance perennials that thrive in full sun.

Since I live in a builder-grade house that was brand new when I moved in, I had many years of hot South Carolina sun beating down on my garden. And these are the plants that actually thrived in those conditions. It seems like I’m not the only one looking for easy-to-care-for plants that are happy in the sun.

2. Beautiful Plants You Do NOT Want In Your Garden

I wrote this post on invasive plants a couple of years ago after discovering that a couple of my favorite flowering vines are really invasive (you know who you are…Wisteria and autumn Clematis). To the point where I ended up taking them out of my garden (and am still trying to prevent them from coming back).

Based on the number of comments people have left with their own invasive plants suggestions, I am definitely not alone with this struggle!

1. Shade Loving Shrubs: Bushes To Plant Under Trees

Drum roll please for the number 1 post on the 2018 top garden ideas list…

This post on the best shrubs to plant under trees was one of the very first articles my mother wrote for From House To Home, and it is still the most popular gardening topic on the site.

With over 100,000 pins on Pinterest, it’s a social media favorite. With the gorgeous tree peony from her front yard as one of the plants in the list, it’s not hard to see why.

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