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Front Door Containers


First impressions are always important.  When it comes to the front door of your home there is no more important way to greet your guests and makes a good first impression than to pot up some plants and have a colorful, fragrant display.  Unfortunately many people tend to neglect their front doors.  The old adage out of sight, out of mind comes into play here. Here are a few suggestions that may make creating a welcoming easy and doable.


Patriotic:  this front entrance and walkway screams patriotic pride. Glossy red double door, white trim and pots of blue hydrangeas.  They all come together to show their patriotic pride.  Perfect for the start of summer.


Tropical Beauty:  A vibrant orange of the sunrise turn this door into a welcoming oasis with tropical palms and red flowers in neutral pots. This front door garden decor scream tropical.


Big Pots:  When it comes to garden containers bigger is always better. More room for the plant and flowers to flourish but large garden pottery always makes great impressions.  With trailing vines and colorful plants bursting out of these planters you will have guests commenting on what a wonderful first impression you have made.


Our last suggestion is the holidays.  With so many wonderful holidays celebrated in the United States you will have plenty to chances to create the holiday spirit and feel with potted plants, pumpkins, christmas lights, valentine hearts, 4 leaf clover and more.  Have fun now and make your entry welcoming and playful with items from each holiday.  This is the most imaginative time to decorate.  Go for it!

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Post Last Updated: 8/22/2017 12:34:46 PM 

Front and Center Garden Pots

Dressing up your front doorway with pots, flowers, and shrubs of foliage and color is fun and a creative way to add to your home's personality.  Potting in front is a way to express your tastes and suggests how the rest of the house is decorated.  Here are a few quick and easy ideas.
Try to achieve 3 basic objects.  Focus the viewers eye on the front door entrance, create an environment that says welcome and match the entryway planting to your home's style and your personal taste.  Try to choose plants and the containers that hold them based on your home's style.  For instance:


Colorful ceramic is great when you need brightness.  Use terracotta for traditional and simple plant materials.  Use terracotta for a more casual look because their lines are cleaner and less decorative.
Try to use containers that fit the size of the area surrounding your entryway.  Flank the front door with urns, or line the steps with smaller pots and planting containers.  If landing space is limited, think vertically by using on or two hanging planters.

Try to create an arrangement of mixed plant materials that vary in height.  Use plant stands to raise
pots off the surface and add some added character.

If you unsure about the design, work with similar plants and pots so you can create some unity.  By flanking the entry way with large flowerpots, you create instant curb appeal.  When placing pottery at the top or bottom of steps they create focal points.  A large, stunning pot containing a plant with good architectural qualities will certainly draw the eye.

Used in pairs, pottery containers make good punctuation points when placed on either side of a gateway or entrance.  A pair of terracotta pots containing standard box trees flanking a doorway transforms the entrance into something very stylish.  Similarly, a pair of pots on either side of the bottom or top of a flight of stairs is very effective.
When arranged in groups, garden pottery tend to look best if they are different sizes, especially if the plants at the back are taller than those at the front.  In formal settings, a series of matching containers with similar content ca be placed at intervals along a front path or lined up in front of the house.  Easy Peasy!!!!

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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 8:23:12 AM 

What To Do In Your Garden In December


Just when you think your done till next Spring you find out that there are lots of fun and easy things to do in your garden areas in December.  Here are a few tips:


Decorating!  Yeah that's right - decorating.  Sometimes the best materials for holiday crafts are close at hand:  twigs and bean pods that might be strewn around the yard, and evergreen boughs off the trees.  You can use them to make decorative rustic wreaths or swags to use on the porch, patio or indoors.  Pick up a metal wreath frame from any craft store and place your boughs in a decorative pattern, securing them with craft wire.  Pick up pine cones or bean pods and decorate the wreath with.  Fill empty garden pots with evergreens, pine cones and feathers.  Don't leave your garden containers just sitting empty all winter long.


Shopping - You think the nurseries in your area are closed for the winter?  No way.  They have wonderful plants like corsican violets or pansies still available to fill your garden planters with.  Consider the corsican violet for a blue purple viola that survives extreme heat and cold climates.  This perennials is perfect for planters, or rock gardens.  Look at your local nursery or order online.  Pansies are cool season annuals that bloom from late fall through winter.


Select a "living" Christmas tree.  It looks great indoors during the holidays and then you can transplant it from the garden container to the garden soil when finished with it.  Arizona Cypress is silvery blue and attractive.  The Blue pyramid grows in the shape of symmetrical pylon 25 feet tall and 12 feet wide.  Just plant in full sun and provide ample water for the first season till well established.


Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule.  Even if you have drip systems in all your decorative pottery, you need to increase the number of days between watering time.  Make sure the standing water is absorbed and doesn't freeze or your pottery is going to crack.  Lastly, you need to move cold sensitive potted plants under covered porches or below some kind of canopy.  Don't water any cacti or succulents and protect the truck of any citrus trees with burlap or similar material.

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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 4:32:11 PM 

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