How to Create the Perfect Container Garden

Creating a container garden can be simple if you follow these tips for choosing the right plants and containers. Spruce up your home with a pot or two! How to Create the Perfect Container Garden ~ Tipsaholic.com #container #garden #gardening

How to Create the Perfect Potted Garden ~ Tipsaholic.com

The vision of a beautiful home often includes images of carefully potted plants and flowers. If you’d like to add to your home’s appeal by planting a few container gardens but are just not sure how, this gardening guide will put you on the right track. Spruce up your porch, patio, and other parts of your home using these tips for designing the perfect container garden.

 

The container itself

Different containers provide different benefits, so don’t just go for the pots with the most eye-catching patterns. The drainage and moisture needs of your plants should be a part of your decision when it comes to containers. You may need to punch some holes in the bottom of a pot if it needs more drainage or plug a few holes if you need less. Wood containers look nice but may be prone to rot. Hanging planters will need frequent watering. You can find more tips on containers here.

 

Know where your pots will live

If you’re filling a pot with sun-loving plants but plan to place it on your porch where there’s only shade, stop! Choose the right types of plants for the areas you want to fill. There are plants that love shade, plants that love sun, and plants that need a little of each. Plan ahead so you don’t end up with dead plants.

 

Choose plants that share growth needs

Sunlight, soil and moisture needs should be similar among the plants sharing a pot. Don’t mix plants that love the sun with plants that love the shade or desert cacti with water-lovers – you’re sure to be disappointed! Purchase the best kind of soil for the plants in each of your pots to get the best growth results.

 

Vary the sizes

Using variations of tall, medium, and small plants to fill all the visual space is one of the first rules in designing a container gardens. Another way to look at this rule is to make sure your pot includes one each of a vertically-growing plant, a horizontally-growing, and one that “cascades” over the sides of the container. Pay attention to what the plants are now versus the way they will be when they are fully grown.

 

Use contrasting plants

Use plants with contrasting colors and textures to give your container garden the most visual interest. A plant with smooth-edged leaves may be complimented by one with jagged edges. A plant with brightly colored blooms may look best next to a tall grass. You may want to buy all of the plants for a particular container at one time so that you can try out different combinations right there in your shopping cart.

 

Think about how the plants will change

The plants you choose may start small but will undoubtedly grow, taking up more space than you may have originally planned. Check the labels or ask nursery attendants for details about the different plants. Some plants may also develop blooms of various kinds and colors and you may need to take that into account if you have a particular color or texture scheme in mind. Also be aware of plants that may attract certain insects or birds — this may be something you want, or it may be something to avoid!

 

Take care in planting

Follow the planting and care instructions for each plant so that you have the best chances of keeping them all alive during the potting process. Moving plants from their original containers to new ones can be stressful for them and they may need some time to adjust before you put them outside, especially if the weather is not ideal. Do your best to care for the plants each day and your container gardens will be a pleasant and eye-catching addition to your home.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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How To Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresher Longer

How to Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresher, Longer | Tipsaholic.com #floral #indoor #arrangement #gardening

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It’s the season of budding trees, bird nests, gentle rains and blooming flowers!  Springtime brings with it a feeling of freshness you can’t find at any other time of year.  Once you’ve finally thrown your windows open, you’re probably thinking about Spring-y updates for your home decor.  The fastest way to bring spring into your home?  Flowers, of course!  Whether you’re decorating with those pride-inducing blooms from your own garden or the bouquet you got for Mother’s Day, a vase of fresh, colorful petals simply spells Spring.  The only problem?  Junking them when they’re wilted and brown.  It’s a bummer to trash those beautiful icons of Spring, so why not hold onto them a little longer?  If you’re wondering how to keep your cut flowers fresher longer, here are 8 easy tips.

 

1. Clean it up.

Make sure your vase is completely clean.  This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s easy to miss spotty buildup on previously used vases and that gunk can facilitate bacteria growth – a sure way to make your flowers droop.  So scrub hard with your favorite dish soap and a little bleach, then be sure to rinse completely.

2. Prepare your water.

You may be used to dropping your stems in any old water, but if you take some time to properly prepare your water with preservatives, you’ll significantly increase the longevity of your bouquet.  There are plenty of ways you can do this.  If your cut flowers were a gift from a shop, they likely came with “food” which you can sprinkle into the water.  Use only half when you first prepare your vase, then use the rest a few days later when you dump the old water and refreshen the vase.  If your flowers are more garden variety, you can make your own preservative.  Make a mixture of 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 1 quart of water.  Dissolve the sugar completely.  The idea is to fight away bacteria (vinegar) while nourishing the flower (sugar).

 

3. Don’t ignore the temperature.

Be sure to use cool water – not warm or cold.  Warm water invites bacteria growth more quickly.

 

4. Pluck a little.

Remove the bottom leaves all along the stem.  Any part of the stem that will be submerged in water should be leaf-free.

 

5. Run your water.

Once your vase, water and flowers are properly prepared, run the water in your tap and hold your flowers with the ends of the stems in the running water. Cut them while still in the water and transfer them to the vase right away.

 

6. The angle matters.

Cut your stems at an angle to increase the inner area that will be exposed to the water.

 

7. Avoid direct sunlight.

Keep your flowers in an area that doesn’t receive much direct sun.  This will minimize both wilting and bacteria growth.

 

8. Change the water.

Don’t keep your flowers floating in the same water until they die.  Recut your stems, change out the water and add your preferred preservative every other day.  It may seem like overkill, but fresh water in freshly cut/exposed stem is the best way to ensure your flowers aren’t bogged down in gunk.  Do spot checks every day to remove any fallen leaves or petals from the water.

 

It takes a bit of maintenance to keep your fresh cut flowers looking pristine, but with a little effort, you’ll be surprised by how long they last!  And that colorful, spring feeling they bring to your home decor is worth it.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

5 Tips for Arranging Flowers From the Garden

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5 tips for arranging garden flowers via Tipsaholic

Starting months ago, you planned your garden, planted it, and helped everything grow. After that hard work, you are rewarded with beautiful plants and flowers in your own yard. Now you are only need to take a few steps out your door to find flowers perfect for making centerpieces, bouquets and other indoor arrangements. Here are five tips for arranging flowers from the garden.

Plan Ahead

When creating your garden, be sure to select annuals and perennials that are good for cuttings. A few examples of flowers, perfect for using in arrangements, are marigolds, gladiolus, iris, peony, black-eyed susan, and, of course, roses. Also plant enough blooms to maintain a good amount outdoors after a few are harvested for the indoors.

Select Interesting Containers

Since these are flowers from your garden, think beyond a vase when picking what type of container to display the arrangements. A glass jar, bucket, or pitcher can be good choices. Even a boot or box could be selected. Just add a smaller clear glass vase inside to hold the flowers and protect the item from any water damage.

Create Color Combinations and Texture

Picking the right flower combination can give you the look you are after. Using all one type of flower in an arrangement can look very classy; or select different flowers of all the same color for a monochromatic look. Consider adding a pop of color with a few blooms in a contrasting color to add interest to a bouquet. Be sure to select flowers that are growing at different stages, even including a few buds.  Also, include non-floral items like branches or leaves for added texture.

Vary the Heights

Before placing the flowers in your container, remove from the stem any foliage that will be below the water line. Then cut the steams so they are at varying heights, placing the tallest blossom in the bouquet towards the middle, and working your way out with the shortest at the edge of the container. A few blooms can even hang over the edge.

Enjoy the Process

Remember this is something fun and creative and not an exact science. Don’t be afraid to play around with different foliage, flowers and vases when creating an arrangement of flowers from the garden.

 

Photo source: Better Homes and Gardens

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.