Buck the trend of fresh cut floral this spring and instead set a center piece that can be used long after the party ends. Here, a trio of potted lavender adds a springtime scent to the table, and with the right amount of water it can last through spring and into summer.
Trade out your tired patio tomatoes and peppers for cool season spinach, lettuces, kale and parsley. Mix them with pansies for an edible fall container planting, says Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co.
Potting mix that has fertilizer in it will give your houseplants or other container plants a good start. But eventually, the nutrients will either be used up, or they'll leach out after frequent waterings. When your plants are ready for a boost, apply a slow release fertilizer that lasts for several months, or feed more often with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer. Stop fertilizing if your indoor plant goes into a period of dormancy for awhile.
If you’re out of time and out of money before your party, why bother with floral for the table? Instead, simply add potted houseplants to the tablescape. While plants won’t add the same elegance that flowers bring to the table, you’ll still be able to add color, texture and shape into the mix.
Rabbits make quick work of plants—and they’re not picky. They’ll chow down on your peas, beans, lettuce, petunias and even potted plants. When they’re the culprits behind vanishing plants, you’ll often find leaves missing with stems intact or stubs where an entire plant used to stand. To keep rabbits at bay, try repellents, chicken wire, netting or a free-running dog (with an underground fence). Clean up yard debris that could give rabbits hiding places, and plugs any holes that lead under sheds, decks or porches.
A container garden is a wonderful thing for ambiance, but it can wreak havoc on your deck or patio’s surface. Overwatering leads to puddling, which leads to mold and stains caused by mineral buildup as the water evaporates. “Anytime we install a deck, we always use saucers for potted plants, connect the pots to an irrigation system, and install a drain tied into the below-ground drainage system whenever possible,” Kalamian says. “That way no water pools around the bottom or leaks across the deck.” Stains caused by pots often can’t be removed, so prevention is your best option.
This deck is put to great use with space-saving vertical container gardening techniques. Everything from herbs and vegetables to tropical plants grow in the fabric pockets hanging from unique A-frame wood structures.
The easier a plant is to grow, the more different people will enjoy it. Heirloom potted plants tend to tolerate low light and low humidity of indoors, especially those with thick leaves such as Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) which is one of the most durable for low-light apartments and offices. Its stems are very easy to root in water.
Incorporate cut evergreens, sticks, logs and gourds in containers among plantings of cabbage, kale, pansies and other traditional fall plants to add texture and height to an outdoor container arrangement.
A deck looking over a hillside of Japanese maple, oak, redwood, acacia and pine provides the perfect setting for snacks, relaxation and contemplation. Several terra cotta pots filled with flowering plants and ornamental grasses are set at the top of a small staircase connecting a walkway to the deck.
This picturesque porch has all the tropical appeal of the West Indies with a dark wood-paneled ceiling brightened by white beams and a huge leafy plant. Stripes on the floor help visually widen the space.