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New Gardening Trends For 2023

New Gardening Trends for 2023

After a pandemic when we were all stuck at home, we are now starting to see folks getting more interested in fixing up their gardens and planted containers around the house. Everything now points to the interest in gardening showing no signs of slowing.

Some Home Grown Wonders - Now that container gardening is on a rise you see more folks planting a planter with food items. Herbs, small veggies like scallions, & cherry tomatoes. Perfect vegetables for smaller container for a balcony or apartment living situation. Carrots, edible flowers, lettuce and greens. Tired of spending money at the grocery store for cut flowers?

You can plant them in a terracotta flowerpot on your porch or patio. If you harvest them a bit at a time they can last a season. Or try planting two types in the same pottery that grows at different times. That way you will have blooming flowers a full season. Living in a smaller setting like a mini house or penthouse?

Flowerpots are the perfect answer for small spaces. You can use one large window box, small standard pots or stacked flowerpots. Place them on a patio or balcony, or indoors next to a window. Grow something fun and it will bring a satisfaction that you may have missed during the pandemic.

Post Last Updated: 2/14/2023 12:32:48 PM 

Add Leftover Morning Coffee To Houseplants


Didn't finish your morning coffee?
Give it to your houseplants.

When you fix that one cup of morning Joe that you look forward to every day and then get interrupted and it doesn't get finished.  Don't pour it down the drain, because someone in your house can still use it.


Coffee is helpful to your potted houseplants, adding nutrients and minerals to the potting soil.  It contains nitrogen, potassium and magnesium which can help your plant as much as fertilizer.


Some obvious tips are to let the coffee cool to room temperature. You potted houseplants do not want or can use hot coffee which would damaged the potted plants roots.  Secondly use black coffee.  The healthy plants don't want or need any additives like cream or half & half.  You can always dilute the coffee with water to tone it down a bit.  The container with plants will thank you for that!


Lasty, try not to do this long term on a regular basis.  In doing so it could thru the ph balance of the potting soil off and kill your plant.  You can always use a ph monitor to check this.


This is a fun and useful way to use your left over coffee.  Just proceed with caution.

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2023 12:13:29 PM 

Grow A Salad Bar In A Garden Container


Salad Bar Garden Containers

Have you noticed that more and more people are getting into planting the items they will use in small amounts and not investing in huge gardens they can’t afford in time and money.


We suggest getting the largest planters you can afford that will fill your space and fill them with items that compliment each other.  Here we suggest a salad bar potted container that is functional and beautiful.  Without requiring a lot of work or money.


Plant lettuces, and greens like spinach, swiss chard, and assorted greens.  Then add some herbs like thyme, rosemary and basil.  Be sure and put in parsley.  We love flat leaf and also curly parsley for decoration on plates.  Put up a garden planter with cherry tomatoes or scallions.


Think of all the wonderful healthy plants you can grow in a garden planter right outside your kitchen door for easy access.  If you have room plant onions, and carrots.  All of these types of vegetable do wonderful in large garden pottery filled with fresh potting mix.

Grow your own salad bar in a planter and we think you will really enjoy it.

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2023 11:33:51 AM 

Tips For Beautiful Patio Containers

Tips for beautiful patio or porch containers

1.  Bigger is always better.  If you start with a large garden planter it provides more room for the plants roots to grow.  A large piece of pottery needs less watering since there's more soil to hold the moisture.  And if you put our pot filler in the bottom of the pot it helps to retain the moisture.


2.  Water your watering.  Water a potted planter when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.  Your potted plants do not want to have their roots in standing water.  It promotes disease and rot.  Too much water is just as bad as not enough.


3.  All Potted planters need to be placed in a flowerpot that has a drain hole.  This makes sure there is proper drainage.  Again, you don't want your potted plants sitting in standing water.

4.  The best way to start your new plantings for Spring is to make sure to use a slow release fertilizer.  By doing this you are giving your newly planted flowers & plants the best start.


5.  Don't skimp on plant materials either.  When planning your container design make sure you have more than enough flowers, plants or herbs to fill the pottery.  A flowerpot overflowing with lush green plants or colorful flowers looks better than sparse plantings.  Unfortunately, you will have to prune more and cut back but that's better than the opposite.


6.  When it comes to soil for your home and garden planters do NOT use garden soil.  It is best to start with organic potting soil for these containers that you purchase at your local garden center or nursery.

7.  Read all plant tags.  Make sure that plants or flowers you put in one garden pot are meant to go together, and requite similar water needs and sunlight.


8.  Try to mix it up when it comes to tall plants in the center of the garden container and low spillers around the outside. That makes the best looking display.

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2023 11:06:26 AM 

Organic Growing In Pottery


Organic growing in containers versus in the ground.


Believe it or not there are some differences in growing organically in the ground versus your garden
containers.  Just head these tips and you will have great success.


When a gardener plants into a gardening container or flowerpot they may start with lots of organic plant material and fertilizer but they will still have to add additional nutrients throughout the growing season since you do not have those other ground bugs helping out.


You can still purchase organize fertilizer but this is just something to consider when growing in clay, ceramic, poly resin or other garden containers and pottery.

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2023 10:11:27 AM 

A Pretty Way To Make Herbs Last

 160 Make Herbs Last In A Pretty Way By Potting

The pretty way to make store purchased herbs last!

 165 Indoor Potted Herbs That Look Pretty

Do your purchased herbs tend to wilt in a few days after bringing them home from the local grocery store? Pull them out of the refrigerator and cut the stems. Then arrange them in a pretty mini vase, ceramic flowerpot or glass ball jar.

 161 Potted Herbs

Fill the bottom of the vase or flowerpot with a few inches of fresh water. Snip the leaves when necessary. Be sure and change the water daily.

 162 Indoor Potted Herbs

This is good for herbs like parsley, mint and dill.

 163 Potted Indoor Herbs

If you do this not only will they last a week at room temperature but they create a lovely, fresh and natural display for a kitchen counter or breakfast eating table.

This is both functional and beautiful.

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2023 9:25:54 AM 

DIY Topiary Trees


How to Prune Most Common Evergreens

We love potted Evergreens!

The planters add beauty to the simplicity of the plant and the plant stays green all year long which compliments the planter!  The best of both worlds!  The only thing we can’t stand is seeing a beautiful pot with an overgrown, scraggly, lopsided evergreen.  So, if you properly prune them on a regular basis they will look their best for years to come.


Here are some tips like what parts to trim, how much to take off, and when is the best time to trim.

Whether the plant is pine, spruce, rhododendron, or camellia, you need to know where the new growth will originate.  Then trim away any dead branches, cut back to live wood or the base of the plant.  Cut off broken or damaged branches and remove any crossing or rubbing branches.


Arborvitae – Fast growing, tolerates heavy pruning.   Prune in early spring, and reduce a branch by no more than one-quarter its length.  New growth will emerge from buds along the pruned branch.

Boxwood – Thinning is key to maintaining.  Dense growth in the interior of the shrub can cause disease.  Thin it out by cutting overgrown stems no more than one-third each year.  Lightly prune to the desired shape.


Camellia – Slow-growing rarely needs pruning.  If it gets lanky, encourage new growth by trimming each branch back by no more than one-quarter of its length.  Cut just above a node.  The best time to prune is after it flowers.

Pines – produce new growth at the branch tips in spring.  To keep it compact prune each new growth back by one-third to one-half its length.  Don’t prune into woody stems because new growth won’t develop there.

Spruce – Prune in Spring.  Reduce the length of branches by cutting each one back to a lateral branch or bud.  Bottom branches will die with age and can be removed.

Post Last Updated: 2/8/2022 12:29:29 PM 

DIY Seaside Garden Planter


Seaside Garden Idea

Even if you live miles away from the sea you can create your own garden in a sunny corner with seashells and succulents.

4 Terracotta Flowerpots of various sizes
Compost or potting mix
Variety of plant materials


Glue the seashells onto the terracotta pots and leave them hardened overnight.  The next morning, pour some pea gravel in the bottom of the flowerpots.  This creates a better drainage situation for the plants. Try to cover the drain hole without blocking it totally.   You want the water overflow to easily drain out without taking a lot of potting mix.


Place the planting materials selected in the pots adding more potting mix around them and pressing down to eliminate air pockets.  Try grouping the plants in the pots to create an interesting look.  Once done place on a windowsill, out on a patio table or front porch stoop.



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Different Types of Containers


Planted Containers

After the last couple of years, we are all starting to spend more time at home.  We are turning our patios and back yards into a safe, comfortable oasis, where we can entertain and share meals.

One of the easiest ways to turn a drab area into something special and functional is with planted containers.  Growing plants in garden containers can be rewarding as well as decorative and functional.
It is worth taking a bit of planning and designing in advance to assure your planted containers will be a success.  If you neglect this, your containers will show suffering and eventually distress.


So, what to do?  Start by deciding where you want containers, how big the pottery should be, and what type of garden pots you want to purchase.  There are so many different things to consider.  Do you need to move the potted plants because of shade/sun issues?  If so maybe you should consider Poly Resin.  These are durable and LIGHTWEIGHT.  32 shades of colors to choose from mean they will match any color décor you already have.


Maybe you want something indestructible and hefty in the garden or patio planters.  How about our American Made Cement Planter.  Custom made to order, with a choice of colors, we ship these across the US.  Since these pots are poured into molds you can get them in huge sizes that can hold trees and more.


f you aren’t aware of Sandstone garden pottery, you need to check them out.  They are silky smooth looking, super durable, and have a choice of colors also.  We even offer an exclusive line of Frank Lloyd Wright Sandstone Pottery that is stunning.  When you are looking for long-lasting & stunningly unique then consider this line. 


Lastly, for over 20 years we have imported Italian Terracotta clay, Bright glazed pottery, and Mexican Talavera.  All are best sellers.  They won’t hold up to freezing temps but a green thumb gardener would not plant in anything but terracotta.  This material breathes and is super healthy in a natural sense for all your planting materials.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-420-1808

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Home Entrance Containers


Entrance & Step Garden Planter Ideas!

The entrance to your home tells the world a lot more about you than you think.

Virtually all entrances will benefit from potted garden planters.  It’s a decorating delight and an easy way to soften harsh lines.  You can add color, fragrance, and beauty to your front entrance by placing colorful planters around overflowing with grasses, succulents, flowers, shrubs, or palms.  So many choices.


The choice of a container will depend on the size of the area around the entrance and the design you are looking for.  Do you want the pottery to be brightly colored and filled with small flowers so the attention is on the planters? How about a large terracotta pot overflowing with green ivy and a palm shooting out the top opening of the pottery.  You will notice the plants and not the container on that type of style & design.

Are you going for a contemporary look with planters that have smooth lines, mono colors, and clean lines, or a more formal entrance design with a garden urn or towering vase?


Maybe you don’t have a lot of space but you do have steps leading up to your front porch.  You can place two larger garden containers framing each side of the front door.  If you have only the steps to work with, try placing smaller pots on the different levels of steps, up next to the railing so that they won’t be obstructive and cause issues.


When it comes to the planting materials for any of the entrance pots suggested above, just look at how much sun or shade they will get.  Are they under a porch awning or exposed to direct sunlight all day.  Once you select the perfect planters, filling them will not be an issue but a super fun adventure.


Lastly, whatever style, size, or planting materials you choose, please, please, please keep them cleaned up, watered, fertilized, and well maintained.  It won’t matter how much you spend on a garden planter if they are ignored and not taken care of.

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