This independence Day floral designers are giving red, white and blue blooms a boost with fresh herbs. The herbs add surprising texture and fragrance to this arrangement of asters, salvia and zinnias. Plus the touch of yellow from the fennel adds a modern twist to the classic patriotic palette.
Cut 24 garden flowers, 8 each of red, white and blue to 10" in height. Hold one red, one white and one blue stem in your hand, twirling the bunch as you add the remaining flowers once at a time, alternating colors. Set the bouquet into a water filled high glossy blue garden vase or planter. Let the stems fall naturally and then start filling in the gaps with fennel and sage. The spiky buds of the fennel and fuzzy soft leaves of the sage not only add color, texture but a delightful fragrance that is lovely.
Garden blooms often have soft stems that will droop in the vase over time and during summers heat. If your container's bouquet starts to look faint, simply slip three skewers into the heart of the arrangement, angling them to create a tepee in the center. This triangle framework provides a makeshipf trellis that will prop up the leaning flowers.
Grouping a trio of unexpected kitchen containers is a simple way to transform common flowers into an eye catching accent. Here we used a red colander, white roasting pan and a blue ice bucket. All simple things most of us have around the home. Each one is holding petunias, lobelias and daisies, inexpensive plants available at most nursery and landscape centers.
For the most balanced display, match the proportions of the blooms to the size and shape of the pot! A domed container like the colander looks best with a rounded mound of flowers, whereas a cylindrical container like the ice bucket requires a taller, narrower planting!
A ladder display is best for a small area! Stepladders are great for displaying potted plants & flowers because they take up mostly vertical space. You could place one on a deck or balcony without feeling crowded. To prevent hiding too much of the A-frame try staggering the potted plants right to left, leaving the top two steps bare and choosing smaller, upright plants like geraniums shown.
And for a small scale display, skipping white ensures harmony. In a tighter space, the stark contrast of white can be overwhelming.
Aside from the garden, the nursery is a gardener's favorite place. It's where plants, pots & possibilities come together to form the cornerstone of a garden's future. Figuring out what plants to buy can be a difficult thing. The dark side of the nursery is the trepidation about whether your new plants will deliver on their promise to improve your garden.
A label is a must but flowers are not. Gardeners shopping at the nursery get the most excited about plants covered in flowers. There is no rule that says you have to buy the plant with the most open flowers. Unless you are unfamiliar with the flowers color and concerned about how it will look in your garden planters, we suggest you buy fall blooming plants in spring and spring bloomers in fall. Your plants will then have more time to get established in your pots, focusing on growth instead of flowers.
If you are unable to ignore the flowers, examine the leaves and stems of the plants. Discolored leaves or signs of insects are good to notice before you bring them home. The time of year affects a potted plants appearance, many look beraglged by late summer. Look at the shape of the plant. The more stems the better.
Numerous stems indicate that the plant is more mature than a plant with few stems and will immediately provide you with increased growth. Finally inspect the roots. Look for healthy, white roots and some soil. Don't buy plants if roots are brown or mushy.
If you choose full, healthy growth over flowers, you will leave the nursery confident you made the best choice for your garden planters!
1. Style Mixer - Concrete containers with a vertical ribbed design fit any style. They hold anything from flowers to shrubs to trees. Colored through-out they will not show any chips. Available in 16" inches high up to 32" high. Durable, long lasting and stunningly beautiful these planters have always been very popular.
2. Formal Attire. These garden urns have a classical garland trim and come in many finishes. They are crafted of a beautiful concrete product that is durable and impervious to water. For that perfect spot where you need something a bit decorative and pristine!
3. The pineapple is a traditional sign of welcome and in this fiberglass planter is very light weight. It looks like stone but weighs much less. Fill with a shooting agave plant and create a stunning look if just left empty and displayed as a piece of art. Beautiful for any yard or garden area.
4. This metallic planter is embossed resin so it's lightweight, durable and looks aged. Fill with simple flowers or a lush green shrub and place against a block wall where you need color and decoration.
If you have a sunny space on your patio or deck, you have enough room to grow summer veggies.
Containers: Large sizes ranging from 18" to 24" provide plenty of room for roots and don't dry out as quickly as small containers. That translates into healthier plants that yield more produce. Terracotta, poly resin, glaze or high fired pottery all work well. You must have good drainage so think about a saucer with your container for indoor use or pot feet for yourcontaineroutside.
The saucer should be large enough to hold any run off that may occur while watering. The rule of thumb is the saucer should sit on the top opening of the pot and look like a lid.
Because many pots are tapered in style, you can go with a smaller saucer if you prefer that look. However, don't go so small that the saucer defeats it's purpose. Our pot feet can be used to support a container or saucer off the decks surface to make cleaning easier and keeps water from pooling under the pot, causing deck stains.
Premium potting mix is preferred. Press soil firmly around each veggie plant and when finished should be 1" below the containers rim. Water as often as needed to keep soil moist. You can plant 10 to 20 beans, 3 egg plants or peppers or two cucumbers in a single large container. Fill the edges with edible companions like basil.