Living christmas trees can be planted outdoors after the holidays. For best results, keep the tree inside for the shortest time possible. If you live where the ground freezes, go ahead and dig a hole for it in your garden or landscape, and cover the hole with boards for safety, until you’re ready to plant. First move the tree into a sheltered location a week or so, to help ease the transition from your home. Then, after you plant it, keep it well mulched and watered, especially for the first year or two. This variety is 'Fat Albert', a Colorado Blue Spruce.
A contemporary "Hamptons style" aesthetic was used as design inspiration for the home, as its owners are a transplanted east coast family. This spa bathroom features a luxurious soaking tub and planters with low-maintenance succulents.
HGTV's The Outdoor Room built a gazebo at one end of this pool along with a transplanted olive tree at the home of Anne Heche and James Tupper. The makeover turned the overly sunny backyard into a lush and shaded oasis.
Designer Angelica's Henry's creative juices were certainly flowing in her design of this modern home's powder room! The pyramid shapes of the red vanity play against the angles of the Union Jack wall covering for a totally unique look. And her clients, newly transplanted to the US from London, are crazy for it!
Mint is one of the garden’s easiest herbs to propagate. Simply gather a few sprigs of mint, and place into water. Remove any leaves that would fall beneath the water line. Within 10 to 14 days, roots will start to form along submerged stems. Wait to transplant mint cuttings until stems are full of roots.
Seedlings don’t need fertilizer until their second set of leaves—the so-called “true leaves”—appear. Then give them a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength, and apply twice a week. If the seedlings are growing in potting mix with fertilizer already in it, you don’t need to feed them until you transplant them into the garden.
The urn plant (Aechmea fasciata) is one of the more common and popular bromeliads. Beloved for its pink and purple flower, the urn plant also offers green and silver banded leaves. Plants flower after reaching maturity, usually around the five-year mark. After blooming, the main plant dies, but you can transplant pups from around the base of the plant.
The real story behind the apples Johnny Appleseed planted is that they weren’t eating apples, but fruits destined to become hard cider, the beverage of choice on the frontier when the purity of water supplies was untrustworthy. Transplanted New Englanders who homesteaded the frontier consumed an average 10.52 ounces of hard cider daily. Today, hard cider is experiencing a comeback through private label ciders.
Before frost arrives, take cuttings of favorite plants, like coleus, plectranthus, or scented geraniums. Stem tip cuttings from these plants root easily to allow you to overwinter starts for next year’s containers. Also take cuttings of herbs like pineapple sage, Greek basil, mint and basil to root in water and transplant into pots to grow garden fresh flavors on your windowsill.
This beautiful bloomer opens delicate bell shape flowers with a nostalgic perfume. Typically you’ll only get one flowering from pips (the underground plant parts these plants arise from), but it will scent your entire apartment with a happy aroma. After flowering, grow the leaves for a spot of greenery, then transplant them into a park or friend’s garden for flowers in years to come. Botanical name: Convallaria majalis
Whether grown in its natural shape or prunted into a Christmas tree-like pyramid, aromatic rosemary makes a delightful holiday plant. While it's indoors, give your rosemary a sunny window and regular waterings. You can transplant rosemary into the garden, but before you do, give it a week or so in a sheltered spot to help it transition from your home to natural sunlight, wind and temperatures. Rosemary grown in the garden takes full sun.
Carex is famous for its love of moist soil, and Toffee Twist is no exception. Coppery leaves give this perennial a striking look that improves any planting—in pots or beds. Toffee Twist carex resembles an ornamental grass and grows best in full to part sun. One important distinction with carex is that it behaves like a cool-season grass, growing actively in the cool seasons—spring and fall. These are the best times of year to divide or transplant this bronze beauty. Plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 7-10.
Ornamental peppers are popular holiday plants with colorful, decorative fruits. Give your plant a cool spot that gets lots of bright light, and water as needed to keep the soil from drying out. Some ornamental peppers have been treated with chemicals, and others just aren't good for eating, so enjoy the fruits only as ornamentals. Don't consume them or let children or pets come in contact with them. Annual ornamental peppers can stay in their pots or be transplanted into the garden after all danger of frost has passed. They'll grow until the first hard frost. This variety is 'NuMex Easter.'
Available in orange, pink, bicolors, salmon, purple or yellow, calla lilies are easy to grow houseplants. White callas are lovely in Christmas-red containers, and stay in bloom a long time. They're tropicals, so wait until all frost has passed if you want to transplant them into your garden. They'll thrive in a sunny spot in slightly moist, organic-rich soil, but will require repotting and bringing indoors before the first fall frost. If you prefer, you can let the bulbs go dormant and store them in a cool, dry, dark place until you're ready to replant next spring.
Individual blossoms on the flower spike of gas plant appear to have eyelashes, thanks to long, curling stamens. Gas plant offers a long flower season, from late spring through midsummer, and you can find varieties with blooms in shades of lavender, pink and red. Once flowers fade, seedpods form that linger into early winter and make a nice addition to autumn arrangements. Site this perennial where you want it (full sun is best), because it doesn’t transplant easily. Small seedlings tend to form around the mother plant, and those can be moved with little fuss. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 28 to 32 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Good vase companions for gas plant: bearded iris, peony, bee balm and lady’s mantle.