water garden in repurposed trough
Photo: Thomas J. Story
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10. Make a Watery Garden

Turn a trough into a water garden. Fill a container you have on hand with water. Anchor each plant in its own pot of clay soil, topped with a ½-inch layer of pea gravel. Place on bricks so that the plants' crowns are above the water surface.

Grassy aquatic plants, about $9 each; lilypons.com
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