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11 Fabulous Container Gardening Ideas

11 Fabulous Container Gardening IdeasContainer Gardening …

…………I can’t wait to get out there!

Container gardening is still one of my favorites.  There is just simply no end to what can be done with something that has a hole in the top or something you can cut a hole into the top.

While gathering some new ideas for our early spring I came across some of the funnest ideas ever!

  1. Colorful plastic buckets grouped together on a walking path.  Sun loving plants or shade lovers as well. Depends on what your path is like.
  2. Old dented and leaking watering cans painted and potted with your favorites
  3. More galvanized treasures, tall and short, old and new; potted and placed on the side of a garage.
  4. Boots and shoes of all shapes and sizes.  Stick a geranium in them and…voila!
  5. Benches with bushel baskets and asparagus fern.
  6. Mix and matched baskets
  7. …and even old travel bags
  8. If you have an old picnic table, dress it up with plastic pitchers and tumblers.  I bet you can find an old picnic basket at a thrift store.
  9. Teapots and mugs with ferns, wandering jew, and impatiens atop a round cast iron table adds whimsy to a tired corner.
  10. Drawers and an old nightstand.  Paint a wonderfully bright chartreuse and fill with large leafed shade lovers!  Adorable!

If you run out of ideas and have explored HGTV for hours, just visit a thrift store, wander around and pick up anything you can stick a plant in.  Look for interesting shapes, sizes, and colors.  If you want a particular look or theme, gather like items.  If you’re more eclectic in style choose items that don’t match but complement one another.

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Beautiful Ground Cover Ideas

Beautiful Ground Cover Ideas

Creeping Phlox

……..a blanket of blooms


In the springtime I don’t think there is another ground cover that is any more beautiful and eye-catching as Creeping Phlox.  It is gorgeous and blooms from mid to late spring.

This ground cover grows about 4 inches tall on a rather prickly bed of green foliage.  Planted in mass it will cover a slope.  It will splash from an overturned pot or whiskey barrel like a cascading waterfall.  It has such a dense bed of foliage it chokes out many weeds.  In fact, it even choked out a purple salvia of mine this year.  But that’s okay.  It looked fabulous!  It does best in a lot of sunlight.

It comes in brilliant colors of pinks and purples and a variegated candy stripe (not as colorful or as prolific a bloomer as the others). When it is through blooming cutting about an inch from the top of the plant will insure a cloud of color the next spring.

Stand back and take a look at your yard.  Picture where you would want some spring color next year.  Now is a great time to buy spring flowering plants.  In the spring nurseries can’t keep these beauties in stock, but right now, well the foliage doesn’t offer a lot of reason to buy this plant so you can get a great deal on them.  Don’t let the bedraggled look of the plant dissuade you from buying it.  Just you wait until next spring!  It will be a real show stopper.

This short little plant will cover a lot of area.  You won’t be disappointed if you give Creeping Phlox a try.  I promise.

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Space vs Stuff

Space vs Stuff- Enriching Your Space

Stuff vs. space in a garden can be a quandary.  So what is the stuff?  The stuff are the elements you choose to decorate your space.  Patio furniture, grills, pots, potted plants, trees, shrubs,  you know…..stuff.   Once you have filled your space, you no longer have space it becomes stuff.  Space is the expanse of an area to look across and wonder “what’s over there?”  Space is the freedom to move about without banging your shins or stubbing your toes or walking into a tree or bush.  It is simple surface, like grass, or pavers, or the surface of water in a pool.

Space vs. stuff is a primary decorating consideration whether inside or outside.  Is there a right or wrong proportion? Not really.  The harmony of a yard or a room is simply in the designer’s emotion.

The important thing when decorating a garden is to remember that when you buy a plant it is not going to stay the same size as when you bought it, unlike the couch you bought for your living room. It’s probably the same size now as when you bought it, right?  I see this mistake all over the place.  Someone buys a Blue Spruce and plants it 4 feet from the corner of their house.  You’ve seen that right?  Ten years later it looks like someone has hung a house on that tree.  Realize that thinning even removing plants from your garden may be necessary to maintain your balance of space and stuff.  If your goal is to create a coziness within an outdoor living space plants that end up bumping into each other may not be such a bad thing.  But if it’s formality you’re after, carefully plot, plan, and ponder how large each of those hedge plants are going to grow and how close to the checkerboard walkway you want them to encroach.

Beginning with the larger picture of the space you will need/want is probably the easiest place to begin when planning the architectural design of your yard.  The geometry, the lines, the curves, the hard elements (garden curbing, patio, pool, deck, etc.) is the necessary skeleton from which to add the rest of the stuff.

And for Heaven’s sake, don’t be afraid to remove a shrub that has outgrown itself!  If you planted it 12 years ago and it looked good for 11 years, you’ve probably gotten your money’s worth.  Rip it out, I say!  Leaving everything as it is forever is way too boring for me.  It’s like never being able to rearrange your living room furniture.  Changing things up a bit keeps life interesting and fun, right?

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