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4th of July Decorating Ideas


With the 4th of July celebration right around the corner, we wanted to share a few ideas to help your decorate your home or garden area for any parties you may have scheduled.  We like to see clay flowerpots use as planters, party favors & more.  Any kind of garden planter can be used to create fun and patriotic garden decor.  Below are some easy and fun crafts and more.


A really simple idea.  Take some red geraniums and repot them into terracotta clay flower pots.  This looks nicer than the plastic nursery pots they come home in.  Set the flower pots  around your patio or garden area in groups of clusters.  This makes the flowers look happier and not as lonely as only one planter all by itself.


Take a vintage picnic basket and fill with nursery bought flowers in red, white & blue.  Add a few small American flags and some sparkly flower picks and you have created the perfect centerpiece for your patio or porch table.  The basket makes a unique & adorable garden planter with hardly any expense.  We love seeing recycled items turned into flower pots.


Take plastic buckets, terra cotta clay flower pots or any kind of container and fill with fun items for your party guests.  Bubbles, Mini American Flags, head crowns & sparkly bands.  This type of party favor is beloved by adults and well as kids.  We would add sparklers, charcoal snakes and any other kid friendly fireworks.


Lastly, we just want to show that you don't always need to decorate for the 4th of July with Red White and Blue colors. Here a kitchen colander has been turned into a wonderful plant container filled with red & yellow flowers.  By adding a small American Flag to the planter it makes it look festive & original.  Decorate your porch or patio using the colors of your other landscape items.  Just add the flag and it ties it right into the Independence celebration.

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Post Last Updated: 6/21/2017 9:58:40 AM 

Create A Outdoor Living Space

 3727 Outdoor Living Spaces With Planters

The latest trend if you haven't noticed is to take your indoor living areas and duplicate them outdoors.  That way you expand your living space, continue with the things you like only outside instead of inside and stretch your creative juices when it comes to designing a living area.


When you think outside the BOX you can create a space that is both beautiful and functional and not break your bank account in the process!

In today's decorating climate, manufacturers are competing with each other to see who can provide the best products that lend detail and function - all at a reasonable price.  From outdoor lighting, furniture, kitchens, fireplaces, and decorative items like garden planters, statuary, garden art and more.  The whole idea is to take your entertaining outdoors and make it fun and exciting.


People are cooking in outdoor kitchens, conducting business in outdoor office space, using outdoor showers & entertaining in outdoor living spaces.  Homeowners are pushing their exterior spaces to levels unimaginable just a few years ago.  Remember when a couple of lawn chairs on a wood deck or concrete patio were the norm?  Well those days are long gone.


Will you be cooking outside, do you need a shower by the pool for cleaning off?  How about a table for eating or lounge chairs for sun bathing?  Will you be outside after dark, then pay attention to the lighting. This includes candles, tiki torches or solar lights tucked into garden planters.


When deciding which direction to go, don't just stand at the back door and look out into the yard. Get out there and move around.  Try to make the most of what you have to work with.  Once you get the large pieces placed then it's time to move on to the decorating items.

Place large beautiful garden planters around the border of the seating area to add character and function.  Plant them with sweet smelling annuals and lush green plants.  They help to compartmentalize the area and create a comfortable, cozy feel.  Use plants that attract butterflies & humming birds.


Get exotic and add a flat panel TV, lush drapes and a stereo sound system.  From James Bond gadgets to the comfiest sofa on which to catch a snooze, products to enhance outdoor living continues to thrive.  Why keep waiting to go on a great vacation when you can just walk out into your back yard and recharge in only 5 mins.

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Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 3:36:02 PM 

Create This Window Box

This look is romantic and colorful.  It works on a large patio area where you have lots of room to plant and grow potted flowers.  As you can see in the photo is also works where space is limited and you must utilize every inch.  Enjoy a early morning cup of coffee sitting at this table or a romantic dinner for two.  Either way this look is sure to please.
Starting from left you have:
The pink is a popular bloodleaf grown mostly for foliage, loves full sun.
Next is the arrow shaped saliva leaves that will open to spires of long purple flowers.   Then comes the blue Brazilian verbena already in flower and shown inside a terracotta clay rectangle planter.  We love this flower.  The climber on the trellis is a showy pink mandevilla vine that flaunts gorgeous trumpet shaped flowers as the vine scales the wall.  The window box planter on the window is filled with shade tolerant pink impatiens.  These are so popular and great for garden containers of all sizes.  The dark green climber on the back trellis is a green glossy gardenia leaf that will bloom a white blossom and the smell is heavenly.  Lastly are the planter boxes along the railing that are filled with the love annuals called petunias in a mix of pinks and purples.

See how easy this is to create - give it a go and tell us how it worked for you!
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:44:32 AM 

Penthouse Potted Patios!

A penthouse garden towering high above the skyline of a major metropolitan city is the equivalent of Eden for those of you who are garden lovers trapped in the big city.  It's a tranquil oasis and retreat from the hustle and bustle down below, and the contrast vividly sharpens the appreciation.  But, creating a area like this is a challenge.
When it comes to roof-top potted patio gardens, you will have specific challenges.  Space is a premium, building codes for weight and materials must be adhered to and the rooftop climate swings can create extremes.  Obviously all the plants you want to use must be contained in some sort of planter.   As with any garden even ones you a back yard there will be special problems and opportunities.

Limited Space: A postage size potted garden serves as a outdoor room for summer living and entertaining.  You want to create the appearance of lushness without crowding out people so planters that take up a minimum of space is perfect.  We like the tall, slender ones show that can hold a tall, narrow tree to create maximum impact in a vertical space.

They need to be big to hold enough soil for the size of tree you want to plant to develop a healthy and hardy root system.  When you crowd the containers together the foliage mass create a natural living barrier for privacy and to block unsightly other buildings.  Make sure if you are working in a load limitation that the trees, pots and soil are all in that range.

Weather is exaggerated on a rooftop.  It gets colder and hotter than on the ground levels below.  It's good to have at least half a day's shade to moderate the summer heat.  Moisture supply can be another problem on a rooftop.

Rain that soaks into ground level soil is always available but on a rooftop most of the rainfall runs off.  The amount that soaks into a garden planter is much less than would be available to plants growing in the ground.  In addition, the drying effect of extreme temps and winds is a real threat to the potted plants.

They bake in summer and freeze in winter.  The solution is a watering systems.  It reduces the stress on plants and relieves the home owner of this chore.  In the winter you can turn it off so the water doesn't freeze in the pots and crack them.

There are certain types of plant materials to consider when selecting them for your planters.  Conifers are ideal because they provide a variety of foliage colors and textures, are interesting to look at and tolerate extreme heat, cold and winds.  In late spring you can plant a few colorful annuals like impatients and salvias.  They tolerate being crowed into planters without succumbing to fungal problems.  Perennials don't tend to fare well, as they are too vulnerable to cold temps.
Obviously ground level rules don't apply of a rooftop.  Most important is selecting plants that are slow growing, tolerate crowding, and hard most of the year.  But, of course don't forget.....they have to fit into the elevator first!

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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 8:52:54 AM 

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4/16/2012 1:10:40 PM 
stephanie brown 4/16/2012 1:10:40 PM 
Really good tips. I am so happy I found your blog and will be returning many times in the future. Good information. Thanks

A No-Fuss Garden Planter

Here are instructions on how to plant an elegant and easy care container full of succulents that stand up to heat and drought.

It's so tough trying to keep planters watered during the summer months that planting them with drought tolerant plants makes that process much easier.  This arrangement is perfect for sun-baked decks and patios.  And it's pretty throughout the growing season - especially if you mix annuals and perennials for lots of color and interesting texture.

Start by selecting the planters that you wish to use for this arrangement.  We recommend that you use a "High Fired" garden planter that is meant to hold up over time.  This step will avoid having to re-pot your plants every year or so.  The planters in the photographs shown are the Vietnamese High Fired Black Clay Low Bowls.  Make sure whatever containers you do use have a drain hole.
Photo 1 - shows the bottom of each planter pot lined with landscape cloth.  This helps to keep the potting soil from flowing out the drain hole and it still allows the water to drain off.  As you can see a number of different sizes were used. This helps with adding depth and character to the final display.
Photo 2 - Fill the planters with potting soil to about 2" inches from the rim of the pot.  Set the nursery containers with plants where you want to plant them, on the soil so that you can see the arrangement in advance.  Make sure you take into account that you will want some plants to droop over the sides of the pots. Gently remove the plants and place them in the soil.  Water right after planting with a gentle sprinkle.

Photo 3 - As you can see from this photo, different sizes, shapes and styles make the arrangement of pots more interesting.  The larger the planter the more variety of plants you can use.  Make sure to keep them watered as their roots develop.  Once established, these plants will last up to 2 weeks

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Post Last Updated: 1/2/2017 4:18:01 PM 

Are you downsizing in this economy?

We think that the most important feature of any plant container is the style of pot, what it is made of and whether or not it has a drain hole.  Drain holes are so important because they make sure that water doesn't sit in the pot but drains off.  Standing water in the bottom of the pot will cause the plants roots to rot and over time the chemicals in the water or fertilizer will damage the plant also.  If water run-off is a problem because of the pot location then we have a couple of suggestions:


1.  Use a saucer.  Make sure that it is large enough to catch the amount of water it will take to saturate the plants soil.  Too small of a saucer is pointless since it won't be able to do it's job of capturing excess.

2.  Drop the pot that holds the plant into a larger outside pot that is decorative.  This way when you water the inside pot the run-off water will drain into the outside pot and evaporate.  Many landscape companies use this technique, especially when planting trees or large bushes inside office buildings. 

If you need a pot that will breathe the Terra-cotta clay planters are the best.  Unfortunately they will break down over time from the chemicals in the soil or fertilizer that is used.  In order to have a planter that will hold up and not break down, it must be made of a clay that is glazed and high fired or concrete, poly resin, sandstone, or fiberglass.  These materials repel water and do not let it absorb into them.


Choosing the correct container is the best step you can take to assure success when planting your landscape in pots.

Other tips to consider are:

Sun exposure:
  Make sure where you place the pots is where the plant materials in them can thrive. 

Soil:  Always use a lightweight, well draining soil mix with a built in fertilizer is the best way to start.

Watering:  Know what the plants demand when it comes to water and make sure to provide them with their specific needs.  It is ideal to select pots that require the same watering schedule but that is not always possible.
Plants for containers:  Herbs, cacti & succulents, citrus, veggies and flowers are all great choices and they offer unique ideas for displays.  Try blending them together for the most outstanding arrangements.

Whether you have a balcony, courtyard, or patio begging for some color, potted plants are sure to transform even the smallest of spaces!

Post Last Updated: 1/4/2017 4:02:09 PM 

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4/16/2012 1:10:40 PM 
Shirley B. 8/29/2011 10:00:36 PM 
Never thought of it like this before. It makes sense that with all the home troubles people are having they are looking at downsizing. When it comes to pots that makes great sense. Thanks

Contain your Garden

Containing your garden is easy and fun to do.  All you have to do is plant your live materials in pots.  Whether your containers are on a porch or patio, a balcony or rooftop, follow these guideline to get you growing!


Start with selecting a fantastic planter.  One that compliments your landscape design and takes into account the look and feel you want to project.  If you are planting on a rooftop or balcony - pay attention to the weight of the planter.  There are so many kinds of garden containers to consider that sometimes it can feel overwhelming.  Poly Resin, Concrete, Metal, Ceramic, Terracotta, Stone & Sandstone, to name a few. 


Purchase a good oil mix and add water saving gels.  Do not use soil from the ground in your yard.  Many times that soil is depleted and may contain infectious materials.  Try plants you think you can't grow.  Pay attention to special needs such as light exposure, soil conditions, and water requirements.  Use saucers to keep decks and patios clean.


Fill containers to about 2" from the rim with moistened soil mix, then scoop out individual planting holes.  Start with the tallest plant, then place mid level plants around it.  Tuck low growing and cascading plants around the edge of the pot.  After planting tamp down the soil, then water.  Mix annuals & perennials, even bulbs into the planting scheme.  Crowd the plants more closely in the container than you would in the garden for greater impact.


Group containers of various sizes and shapes.  Make sure one or two pots are larger than the others, or raise some up higher than the others.  Water at the rim of the pots so flowers and foliage don't get wet.  Feed plants  and then protect them with cold weather comes. 

There are more tips but these are the most important.  Just use some common sense and you will create stunning displays of color all season long!

Post Last Updated: 1/5/2017 9:05:06 AM 

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