Pretty Fall Planters

If you’re like me, most of the flowers in your planters were sufficiently dead by mid-August.  However, it seemed silly to plant more summer blooms when I knew that they, too, would soon die in the summer heat.  Little by little, I started pulling out the flowers as they met their demise.  By the time fall rolled around, I was left with my vinca vine and those spiky things that look great in the middle of pots.

For a simple seasonal update, I added a few pansies and some creeping Jenny to the survivors and Voila!  I had beautiful fall planters with very little effort and money.

Revive a Planter

After planting all we could in my standard pots (I always have two on my front porch and 3 on the back patio) I found myself with a few scraggly plants leftover.  Not wanting to throw them out, the kids and I went fishing around the back of the shed.  Emily spotted a few old pots looking more like candidates for the recycling bin than vessels suitable for a centerpiece.  TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT – $0.00!!Revive a Planter 1I grabbed the bowl-shaped one and using some old spray paint that I had in the basement,  I breathed at least one more year of life into an old planter.  And, I didn’t let any flowers go to waste.Revive a Planter 2First I cleaned the pot with soap and water and let in dry in the sun.  Then, I sprayed 3 very light coats of spray paint onto the pot. Revive a Planter 3Once the paint was dry, I filled it with some potting soil and the last remaining plants I had and voila!Revive a Planter 4 - beautifulLet nothing go to waste if you can give it a little TLC!

Check out the frame I sprayed a couple of years ago with the same can of spray paint, turning it from drab to fab!

Potting Pics for 2014

I tend to plant the same old things in my pots each season.  However, this spring I decided to branch out.  I visited a different nursery and purchased these beauties.

I absolutely love this Optic Grass.  I have been obsessed with having some in my own pots since I saw it at my sister’s. These hybrids are a new take on the same old petunias.  I love the contrast of the pink and lime green.  Optic Grass and PetuniaColeus is an old standby but who knew there were so many varieties!  These low-maintenance plants are gorgeous enough to stand alone or can add character to a mixed arrangement. Petunia and ColeusOptic Grass, Coleus, Rimmed Petunia

 

Mailbox Secret – a clever gardening tool keeper.

While shovels and wheel barrows can be parked in the shed, it is nice to have a few of your smaller gardening tools more easily accessible.

Recycle an old mailbox or purchase an inexpensive one at your local hardware store and place it among your plants and flowers.  This way, when your green thumbs want to tidy up those beds, gardening gloves, a prong, a spade and other petite essentials are not too far away.  Dig it?

Planting Succulents

 Succulents 1

In most areas of the country, the planting season is coming to a close.  But you can always bring some life inside with indoor plants.  Succulents are a great choice because they require little watering.  In fact, letting the soil get a little dry between waterings is actually better than too much water.  Most succulents thrive on indirect sunlight.Succulents supplies

You Will Need:

  • fast-draining soil mix
  • assorted succulents
  • rocks for decoration and drainage
  • assorted containers (shallow bowls, glasses, etc.)

Directions:

First, put a layer of rocks or gravel in the bottom of your container.  This will help with drainage and keep the roots from staying too wet. Succulents step 1 Then add a layer of soil.  Add your succulents however you would like.  It is okay to bunch them up or spread them out a little.  Succulents step 2Fill in wherever you would like with some decorative rocks.  You could also use sea glass, marbles, or any other medium.Succulents step 3

Several containers clustered together are a nice arrangement, or you may want to have a single container scattered hear and there around a room. Succulents done Don’t forget to water!

Plant a Flower Day

Spring is approaching.  And while some parts of the country may still be experiencing the remnants of winter, planting season is coming (we hope).  March 12th signifies “Plant a Flower Day”.DaffodilsYou can give your perennials a head start by planting some seeds in a pot to put in your windowsill or you can plant a mature flower to place on your porch if the weather allows.  If you can’t even think about gardening yet, purchase an already-in-bloom potted plant.  It will brighten your house and your heart!

Bring on Spring!

Peonies pop in the Spring!

We both live in older homes previously owned by women who loved to garden and we are reaping the benefits of their labor.

We love the peonies best because of their beauty, fragrance and the way they arrange so effortlessly in a vase.

Consider planting these tubers in your own yard and surrounding yourself with blooms every spring.  Here is a link we like that can help you get started – How to grow peonies.

Enjoy!!

Thrill, Fill and Spill – Arranging the Most Beautiful Planters

We certainly would not consider ourselves master gardeners, but here is a super easy 3-step system for creating unforgettable planters that makes your yard look as though you have TWO green thumbs.

Start with your Thriller.  This plant offers height to your arrangement.  Some of our favorites include spike plants, tall ornamental grasses, summer snap dragons and elephant ears.

Next, add your Filler.  These full-bodied plants are the primary source of color in your pots.  We love the look of such popular plants as coleus, impatiens, geraniums, phlox, and lantana.

Last but not least, your Spiller.  Give your arrangement a little length and a lot of charm by adding a plant that will fall beyond the rim of your planter.  Some of the most commonly chosen Spillers include ivy, bacopa, sweet potato vine, and vincas.

Share and Share Alike

That is what we teach our little ones.  Use these words of wisdom to save you money in the garden.

Spring is a great time of year to get out into the yard and tidy your flower beds.  Organize a plant exchange among your friends and neighbors.  Here are a few of our favorite plants that are easy to divide and share….

  • Daffodils
  • Hostas
  • Sedum
  • Lilies
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Irises

By swapping plants that are otherwise taking over your own yard, everyone on the block can have show-stopping flower beds full of a variety of perennials.