Natural light illuminates this modern home office which includes two pink acrylic chairs positioned behind a wood desk with white metal legs. Pink tulips fill a light green garden pot and sit atop the desk, while a bright blue lamp on a nearby metallic end table provides a pop of color.
A lovely way to break up the expanse of stonework in the pool and kitchen zone immediately outside the home, this green "island" features a charming sign, "Old Gardeners Never Die, They Just Go to Pot."
Micro greens adapt readily to apartment gardens, growing happily in containers. Greens are shallow rooted, so your pots don’t have to be deep. This spicy micro green mix features a blend of red and green mustards that deliver a gently pungent bite. Look for mild micro green mixes, too, if the spicy blend doesn’t suit your palate.
Shady spots explode with color when you draft botany’s big guns for shade: caladium, begonia and ivy. This pot showcases classic container garden design. A white and green caladium stands in as thriller, with Dragon Wing Pink begonia as filler and green ivy as spiller. It’s a blend that easily fits on any porch or deck to bring season-long color. Dragon Wing begonias are a shade all-star, strutting their stuff in part to full shade. These begonias are low maintenance, heat tolerant beauties that pump out flowers until fall’s first frost. This planting combination looks great in a pot, but would transition easily to planting beds, too.
According to Irish folklore, leprechauns enjoy living in seclusion and are attracted to areas where they can bury their many treasures away from prying eyes. To create the ideal leprechaun retreat, surround a miniature fairy cottage with lush green plants, moss, river rocks and, of course, a pot of gold.
Fill spring and fall with eye-catching color and sweet floral perfume by planting a container overflowing with fragrant annuals. This pot features a trio of plants that thrive in the seasons when days and nights are cool. Perennial ‘Lucius’ snowy woodrush (Luzula nivea ‘Lucius’) is the grassy green plant in the center of the container (hardy in Zones 4-9). It’s surrounded by Cool Wave Lavender Blue Trailing Pansy, which has a light floral fragrance. Clear Crystal white sweet alyssum offers a sweet perfume. This group of plants beckons early and late season pollinator insects.
For this project you'll need two small wood planters, fresh mood moss, clear plastic wrap, small river rocks, floral tape or clear tape, miniature fairy garden accessories, faux gold gems and five to seven small green potted plants in a variety of shades and heights. Line the insides of both planters with plastic wrap and secure with tape around the top rims. Fill the bottom of each planter with a handful of small river rocks for drainage, then stack the planters to add depth and interest. Create a custom design by staging plants and garden accessories before planting. Once you've achieved the desired look, remove plants from pots, loosen the roots and plant, filling empty space with potting soil. Lightly water the soil before covering with moss and adding leprechaun garden accessories.
Bright green pots complement natural green herbs in a hanging garden, providing a colorful punch to this back deck. Eileen Beaver, who blogs at A Creative Day, created this hanging herb planter for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.
A black-and-white patterned tile, custom vent hood and pot-filler faucet are fixed between upper and lower cabinetry in this stylish country kitchen. On the facing wall a mounted indoor herb garden adds a natural life to the room. Hardwood flooring and the soft sage color of the cabinets pair with the granite countertop and shiplap walls for a timeless, inviting look.
This small space garden bed is surprisingly affordable and offers a generous growing space for a gardener who has a green thumb but not enough room to grow. City Pickers Patio Raised Garden Bed, $29.97
Squash, leafy greens and onions are the top edibles that millennials plant organically, according to The Home Depot’s 2015 Fall Gardening Survey. Lauren and Josh Swanson were surprised by this pumpkin plant that sprouted in the middle of their Texas yard.
Deep, emerald green leaves with gold ribbing help Ecuador philodendron (Philodendron verrucosum) brighten any room with elegant style. Like other philodendrons, this two-tone houseplant is an indoor air purifier. Place it in low to high light, near an east, west or north window. This is a climbing philodendron and looks great grown in a pot on a totem.
Place the plant, still in its pot, on top of the foam. For this terrarium, Rose used a cyclamen, shown here (Hypoestes phyllostachya ‘Pink’) and Phyllitis scolopendrium (not shown). Janit Calvo, author of Gardening in Miniature and owner of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, says mosses, miniature African violets, Needlepoint English Ivy (Hedera helix ‘Needlepoint’) and dwarf or miniature ferns can grow well in open terrariums with bright, indirect light.
Most gardeners are used to growing beets as whole plants and harvesting the green leafy tops for stir-frys and other uses. But after the greens are gone, you can easily make a meal out of the large beetroots which are packed with healthy antioxidants. They are delicious roasted with some balsamic vinegar. Grow them from seeds in pots or in moist fertile soil after the last frost.
Rare and beautiful, ‘Pink Princess’ philodendron (Philodendron erubescens) unfurls dark olive-green leaves with white variegation. As leaves mature, they turn a deep black hue with striking pink spots. Strong light helps plants develop the best leaf color. Place plants near a bright east, west or north window. Water ‘Pink Princess’ when soil is dry to the touch. The black tone of leaves makes this philodendron a real charmer—and difficult to find. Grow this vining philodendron on a totem or pot trellis.