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5 Easy Steps To Creating This Winter Planter

Here is a clever idea we saw on how to fill your winter garden planters and make them look decorative!  It's really only 5 easy steps.

Here they are:

STEP 1:  Leave 3/4 of the dirt in the outdoor garden pot and fill the top 1/4" with wet floral foam.  Decide what to use to create a "thrill" in the planter.  In this case birch poles were used.


Step 2: Now fill around the outside of the garden planter.  In this pot Western BC cedar was inserted in the floral foam.  The plan is to have the greens looking like they are spilling over the side of the planter.


Step 3:  Add another evergreen with a slightly different color and texture for contrast. Here it's Blue Tip Juniper.  Red Dogwood branches have also been added for a shot of color in this planter.  Keep changing it up.  Fraser Fir is added as fill and height, making this pottery display look full & 3 dimensional.


Step 4:  Now a few Magnolia leaves and Euonymus add more depth.  As an eye catcher add a large pine cone to the potted display.


Step 5:  Depending on how you feel about sparkle this would be the time to add it to this winter planter.  Large silver sparkly wicker balls give a festive feel.  Putting different combinations together is easy to do.  You can always add berries, holly, curly willow branches, birch logs and all kinds of holiday ornaments.  Have fun and be creative.

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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 3:30:51 PM 

How To Make A Fountain Out Of A Garden Pot!

Everyone knows that the sound of running water is comforting & soothing.  You can take a garden planter and turn it into a recirculating water fountain by following these easy steps.
1 - deep 30" pot single drain hole in bottom
1 - 6" pot single drain hole in bottom
1 - 5 gallon plastic bucket, wider than the large pots base diameter
Tin snips
Electric drill with masonry bit
Submersible fountain pump that lifts water at least 3 feet.
1 - 2" square of sturdy expanded steel mesh.
42" of plastic tubing that fits the pump outlet
Silicone caulking
Stone to cover the steel mesh
Step 1:  Dig a hole in the soil deep enough to hold the plastic bucket.  Using tin snips or a drill, create a 1/2" notch in the bucket rim.  Put the bucket into the hole with its rim at ground level.  Set the pump in the bucket.
Step 2.  Using tin snips, cut a square opening about 1/2" across in the center of the mesh square.
 16056-Step-3-Make-A-Pot-Into-A-Fountain-Arizona-PotteryStep 3.  Attach the plastic tube to the pump, then thread it through the center opening in the steel mesh.  Position the mesh square atop the bucket.  Pull out the free end of the pumps power cord, position so it exits the bucket through the cut notch.
Step 4.  Slide the plastic tubing's free end throught the drain hole of the 16055-Step-4-Make-A-Pot-Into-A-Fountain-Arizona-Pottery large pot.
 16057-Step-5-Pot-Into-Fountain-Arizona-PotteryStep 5 - Center the large pot atop the stell mesh and slide it down the tubing until it sits firmly on the mesh.
Step 6 - Put a bead of silicone caulk aorund the inside of the outer 16058-Step-6-Make-A-Pot-Into-A-Fountain-Arizona-Pottery container.  Slip the shallow bowl into the outer container, fitting its drain hole over the plastic tubing, trim the top of the tube so that its end is fluent with the bottom of the shallow bowl.  Make sure the bowls rim has good contact with the caulking and allow to dry overnight.
Step 7:  Put landscap rocks around the pot to hide the mesh and fill the plastic bucket under the fountain with water and turn on the pump.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:35:51 AM 

Create This Garden Planter!

This metal container is contemporary and useful.  It can sit outside and only looks better as it ages.  We carry this same design in sandstone if you would prefer that material.  Filling this pot with succulents really accents the look.  This type of a display is perfect in direct sunlight because not only the planter but the plant materials can handle the direct heat.  Using succulents like this makes the container basically worry-free.

Below we tell you what items were used.
1.  Minature pine tree. Crassula tetragona
2.  Coppertone Sedum.  Sedum nussbaumerianum.
3.  Crassula.  Crassula pellucida
4.  Silver Spoons echeveria
5.  Trailing jade Senecio jacobsenii
6.  Flower dust plant kalanchoe pumila
7.  Hobbit dwarf jade Crassula ovata

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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:36:14 AM 

Let's Grow Lettuce In A Pottery Bowl

Growing delicious fresh lettuce right in your own backyard garden planters or garden bowls, is easy and fun to do.  Now is the time to be doing it because the weather is cooler and fall has arrived.  Of course you can plant in decorative and imported pottery from Arizona Pottery or you can plant in the garden.  Either way you will love the rich colors and textures not to mention outstanding flavors that you can achieve.

Even if you are just looking for a way to fill a few empty planters sitting on your patio, by potting these lettuces you will fill your planters with rich colors of red, browns, bright greens and more.  You can even plant them along side the violas or pansies that are so popular right now.  This is a great way to compliment the flowers already growing.  Most people love the idea of growing their own garden greens.  It sure makes it easy to know where your food is coming from!!!!

If this is your first time then start by purchasing the plant materials that are ready to go right into your garden pottery.  You can buy lettuce as individual or as mixes, which ever you prefer.  Remember just don't plant them to deep and water gently.  If you want to start by seeds instead you will get more variety and selection to choose from.  Follow the instruction on the seed packets and you should have great

Next, select the garden planter or pottery bowl that you are going to pot into.  If you want to grow the lettuce in large garden planters sitting on your deck or patio that is fine.  If you want to add a touch of pizazz to your garden area, then select a 12" or larger planter bowl that is decorating and compliments your decor.  Make sure you have a saucer if it will sit on a table.

Lettuce likes loose, well draining potting soil not garden soil.  Make sure you water regularly and geed with fertilizer when needed.  Lettuce can take light frost but not heavy frost.  During super cold weather, cover with garden fabric or move the planters into the garage for protections.  The best way to harvest lettuce is to pick only the outer leaves near the bottom so the plant can keep growing.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:36:51 AM 

Windowbox Garden Planters

You really don't need to be an expert to create a lush, stunning, window box garden planter.  By following a few easy steps listed below, you should be able to create a Arizona Pottery planter that is just as lovely for your home or garden area.
Of course, the first place to start is with a windowbox garden planter.  We recommend a lightweight, rectangular shaped box, that has a way to connect to a wall securely.  A poly resin planter is nice because it is lightweight, super durable, large enough to hold a display of colorful plant materials and easy to locate and purchase.  If you can find one with removable drain plugs, even better, because then you can control when and if the water drains.

Start with a good lightweight soil mix that contains water absorbent crystals.  By adding them you can increase the amount of water the soil can hold.  Add a slow release fertilizer and make sure it is mixed in well.  Prepare the plant materials.

This is a fun step and when you can get most creative.  Select your favorite plants, change the look each season, or take a trip to the local nursery and see what is being promoted at that time of year.  Try to mix up the plants.  Use trailing vines and plants that stand upright.  This will add depth and interest.


Make sure they are planted close to together, using up to 20 plants per
windowbox, but also don't over crowd.  Leave room for plant growth.  Keep placing them and tucking them into each other until you get the look you are striving for.  Remember that the planter can only hold so much weight so don't over pack.  Pack around the plants with more potting soil and make sure there are no air pockets left

Keep the window box planters watered.  Try to water each morning for the best results.  The amount of water needed will depend on where the sun hits them, if it's a windy day and what type of plants are being used.

These types of planters are fun to create, easy to maintain and will add an ornamental look to the side of any home or garden area. 

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Post Last Updated: 12/22/2016 4:35:15 PM 

Make This Chair Garden Planter

We saw this featured in a garden magazine and thought it was a wonderful idea.  Take a plain flea market chair and turn it into a wonderful garden planter.  The steps are listed below.
Materials needed:

Chair, screwdriver, primer paint and paint brush, clear acrylic sealer, chicken wire, staple gun and staples, spanish moss, potting soil, trowel and of course the fun part - garden plants.

 15961- Before-Photo-Of-Chair-PlanterRemove the seat from an old dining chair with a screwdriver.  If the seat is not removable use a jigsaw to cut a large hole into the seat of the chair.  Next you can prime and paint the chair from.  Of course this is a matter of choice and preference.

We love the idea of using a bright bold color to add a bit of pizazz to any garden or patio area where you will want to display colorful plants and flowers.  When dry, finish with a clear acrylic sealer to add durability.   If you can find a sealer with a UV protectant in it then there is a better chance of the color not fading
Form a bowl shape from the chicken wire and staple it to the inside of the seat frame.  Refer to the photos.  Line the chicken wire frame with spanish moss and fill with potting soil.  Now is the fun time where you select and plant colorful flowers or dark green plants.  Include some trailing plants and tuck in moss to soften the edges of the chair seat.  Water well!


Seems like a fun and easy to do project.  Let us know what you think.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:37:38 AM 

Dig In Now With Garden Bulbs


Are you experiencing a chill in the air in your neck of the woods?  Crisp October weather provides ideal planting conditions for hardy bulbs, including daffodil, tulip, hyacinth, crocus, grape hyacinth, snowdrop, and more....  Planted this month, these kinds of bulbs that can easily be potted and planted now, will bloom perfectly next spring.  Now is the time to give them a chance to root into the cool dark soil before the weather turns to freezing.  Here are a few tips on how to achieve this potting wonder from Arizona Pottery?

Pick the best spot to place the Arizona Pottery garden planters you want to plant them into.  Make sure that come spring and summer they will have as much sun as possible At least 6 hrs of full sun is best.  Next fill the pot with good well draining soil.  You can purchase special garden soils available at your local nursery for this purpose.  Loose soil is ideal for the root systems to work into.  Make the soil organic if possible for the best performance.  You can mix compost into the soil to really help with healthy root systems.

Cluster the bulbs into the Arizona Pottery garden pots mixing one bold color or mixing a combination of colors to create the effect that you are trying to achieve.  We love pink & white mixed together.  Yellow and red mixed make a very bold statement of color that is stunning.  Place the root side down with the growing tip up and cover with soil.  Place it two to three times its height into the hole.  Compact the soil to eliminate air pockets and cover the top soil with garden mulch up to 3" in depth.


Use a garden trowel to make the planting easier.  Power drills work good for larger pots but are not necessary.  We like to stick bulbs around potted evergreen plants so that come Spring there will be bursts of color.

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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:39:31 AM 

Easy Vertical Garden Ideas

Vertical gardening has become the rage.  There are so many ways to achieve this type of gardening but we found this one where they used a garden trellis to get the effect that is desired. 
They are showing you how to build your own trellis and create a focal point in your yard or planter pots in one afternoon.
 14674A trellis is a great solution to hid an eyesore or divide a space.  Hardware stores carry the pre-made latticework and post uprights you will need to construct a simple garden trellis.  Cedar, redwood, and pressure treated lumber are the best choices of wood for outside use.  Remember to only use galvanized steel screws and nails to secure the trellis frame.  Plan before you make cuts, and follow all safety precautions when using tools.
 14675Use a post hole digger to dig deep enough to safely support the trellis through all weather conditions.  Pour a few inches of gravel at the bottom of the trellis or the garden pot that you may be planting in.  Set the trellis posts in the hole.  Make sure the posts stay level as you tightly pack the holes with a mix of dirt and gravel.  Once the trellis is secure, place your climbing plants in the ground and use biodegradable string to tie up and train your plants growth.
Instead of planting directly into the ground you can use a garden planter as the base and place the lattice inside.  Place the pot and lattice along a bare garden wall or anyplace that you need to add color and decoration.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:40:48 AM 

Melody of Pink In This Garden Planter

How would you like to duplicate this stunning garden planter?  We can show you how with a few simple tricks we discovered.  Just follow the steps and you will see how easy this is to do.


In a basket weave rectangle garden
planter, sugar pink petunias are planted with ivy leaved pelargoniums and shaggy flowered pink dianthus with a deep red eye.  None of these plants require depth for its roots and provided they are fed and watered regularly, this will be very happy.  Of course any rectangle garden planter will work but we love the look of the basket weave.


First fill the base of the window box
shaped planter with a layer of washed gravel or a thin layer of pot filler.  Then add the compost or potting soil mixing in 2 teaspoons of plant food granules.  Now you can start the planting process.
Plant the tow pelargoniums 4 inches from either end of the window box.  Next is the petunia's, evenly spaced along the back edge of the rectangle.  Lastly plant four dinathus along the front edge, and the other tow on either side of the central petuna.  That's it!


We recommend you spread a thin layer of gravel around the plants.  Besides being decorative it also helps to retain the moisture and keep the soil from being wash away.  Make sure you place the planter in a sunny place so it get a lot of natural sunlight.
Once summer is over, the petunias and pelargoniums will need to be removed.  The dianthus will overwinter quite happily.  Just cut off any flower stems and add a fresh layer of gravel. Be sure and plant in Late Spring or early summer.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:41:49 AM 

Make your own Japanese Garden


Create your own Japanese Garden by following these tips.  They bring the culture and character of Japan into your landscape.  You might not be able to travel to Kyoto to visit its famed public and private gardens but there are more than 300 public Japanese gardens in North America.  The quantity alone points to the popularity of Asian style gardens outside Japan, and visiting one in your area should be a first step in learning more
 14570Study nature and take note of the innate beauty of water, rocks, native plants and topography.  The best Japanese gardens evoke natural scenery.

They try to capture natural patterns and distill them into a small space near your home.  Start by selecting foliage plants.  Flowering trees and shrubs are present in traditional Japanese gardens, but the primary use of broad leaf evergreen and coniferous plants ensures year round texture and interest.  A really well done garden will look good in all four seasons.  Mix in some glazed garden planters and fill with smaller versions of green plants like palms or rubber trees
Include a water feature.  Almost every good Japanese garden has water in 14569 some form or another.  Some have ornaments with water or a basin of water.  Larger gardens have a pond or stream.  A lot of the most natural patterns involve water,such as the way a river curves or the flow of water over a boulder.

Many garden planters can be turned into water features.  The sounds of bubbling water is soothing and lovely and you can fill the planter with river rock giving it a natural affect.  Fill a pond with koi and float lilies.
Connect the landscape to your home.  The most important thing about a  14571Japanese garden is to integrate the house and the garden together.  Add a sun room or seasonal room with an indoor - outdoor connecting and extend the deck almost to the water's edge.  Fill the garden with Japanese lanterns with a soft candle glow.  Place a birdbath or bird feeder where you can attract local wildlife and hear the pleasant sounds.  Always have a bench of some type to sit on for meditation or just a peaceful visit.
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 3:28:06 PM 

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