Creating Beautiful Container Gardens

You don’t need a yard to have a garden.  Container gardening offers a myriad of planting possibilities for the patio, deck, balcony, window box, rooftop…you name it!  Most plants will work well in container gardens so the plant choices are wide open.  Follow the tips below and enjoy. Container – A good rule is that larger is better.  A large container will hold more soil so it won’t dry out as fast.  A heavy container may be necessary to keep …

Container Garden Design Basics

Three ingredients are all it takes to plant one gorgeous pot after another – it’s as easy as one, two, three. One: Thriller The first ingredient is an attention-grabbing plant, also called a thriller. This plant takes center stage in a container, serving as the star of the design production. All other plants relate to this player in some way. Usually the thriller plant features an in-your-face shape with a strong upright growth habit. Thrillers typically unleash flower power by …

Hanging Basket Care

By following these easy guidelines, your hanging baskets can bloom and thrive which allows them to stay healthy and beautiful for many months. Light requirements For best results, match your plant’s location with its light and heat preference. Most sun lovers will continue flowering in partial shade, just not as profusely. Shade plants however, will not tolerate the heat and dryness of all-day sunlight.  Ivy and Zonal Geraniums and Portulaca – tolerate the brightest and hottest conditions and occasional drying out.  Petunias …

Houseplant Appreciation Day

January 10th is Houseplant Appreciation Day! You probably didn’t know that houseplants have their very own holiday, did you? It was established by The Gardener’s Network as a way to remind people about the benefits of having houseplants inside the home. If you are a gardener, houseplants give you an opportunity to play in the dirt, until spring arrives. Houseplants have been shown to be incredibly therapeutic especially during the winter months. Houseplants are completely dependent on us for survival …

Planting Spring Bulbs

A host of golden daffodils… Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. ~William Wordsworth Many of my early spring memories evolve around neat little gardens filled with hyacinth, tulips and daffodils. When I was just a kid, one of our neighbors prided herself on her selection of bulbs: one tulip, one daffodil and one hyacinth planted at 10 inch intervals along her walkway. I couldn’t wait to see those flowers bloom every spring. Times have changed and now I like to …