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9 Trendy Garden Accent Ideas to Try This Summer!

What’s new and fabulous in outdoor decor? Gardens, Backyards and outdoors are more than just plants and vegetation. This summer try some beautiful reclaimed and repurposed materials, such as sea glass, river stones, petrified wood, bamboo, teak wood roots and branches. These materials are harmlessly cultivated and produced in West Java, Indonesia.

1.  Attracting Birds with Bird Baths– Bird baths with lifelike bird sculptures is a  bird magnet.

2. All-weather Reclaimed Teak Pedestals – You’ll never go back to plastic tables.

3. Light up! If you cannot make yourself a serene Japanese garden, a stone Japanese pagoda does the job!

4. Let teak stools mushroom this spring! Perfect seating for kids

5.  Sticks & Stones- preferred decor of the ancient man! 

6.  Garden Sculptures- Owls, dolphins, horses, mice, elephants and all your favorite animals.

7.   Get your own GOT Throne- for fun and games with grandchildren.

 8.  Driftwood Planters & Pots 

9.  Candle Holders of natural stone

Happy Gardening!

How to Stop Killing Your Plants- Container Gardening for Beginners

Its spring again, and like every year, your thoughts turn to trying gardening this year. Yet again. But you do not want to kill plants like you did last year.  Oh you tried to grow them in pots and in planters, in the sun or in the shade, all over  your little apartment, and, yet none survived. Secretly, you had begun to wonder if your green thumb was the Incredible Hulk, destroying everything it came in contact with! But help is near. Read our 5 must-do’s for plants to survive.

  1.    Gardening Soil is not equal to Garden Soil!  Potting Soil for containers cannot be the dense garden soil, instead it has to be a mix of peat, perlite, vemiculite, clay, sand, leaf and compost. Add to this a handful of the garden soil as well. Light and loose potting soil makes for good drainage and growth of roots.  
  2. Don’t drown the plant!  The most common mistake novice gardeners ma ke is to overwater the plant. They treat water as a substitute for love! A dry looking top-soil does not mean the plant is starved of water.  Try and approximate their natural habitat. If a succulent can survive in waterless natural habitats, spraying water every day will only rot its waterlogged roots. Water sparingly.
  3. The right container makes a big difference! Here I dont mean you should buy only certain types or size of containers. In fact every container can be a good plant abode; however be sure to match your plant to it. A flat and shallow container is great for a plant with spread-out, fibrous roots, but not so for a plant which sends down one single deep tap root. So match your plant and especially the root and foliage to the container.
  4. Drain the Swamp(!) Container plants may need a bit of help in draining off excess water if you over-water them. You can rescue them by pushing down a ball of blotting paper, or lining the bottom of the pot with pebbles, broken bits of china or even bits of terracotta or pottery.   
  5.  Two is company, but three is definitely a crowd- Resist the urge to showcase the container by planting many different types of plants together. Ideally give each plant its own planter; if you do want to plant more varieties make sure that the growing requirements of both are similar. You cannot plant a succulent with a water seeking annual.   
  6. Not a windowless room please! Plants need the sun and air. If you have to keep them in an air-conditioned or windowless room, give them a visit to the morning sun once a week at least. We have no doubt, with these few simple tricks you can fix that green thumb this spring. Happy Gardening!

The 6 Easiest Plants to Grow in Containers & Planters.

You don’t need a green thumb to grow a bounty of plants in your new planters. Gardening may seem intimidating to a gardening novice, but we bring you 6 almost foolproof plants, flowers and even herbs to grow with the least amount of time and effort.

      1.   NasturtiumsThe no-pain, all gain flowering plant.Profuse, pretty, multicolored flowers; Can be grown in a planter, Watering and potting soil required. Bears flowers within few weeks.

2.  Pineapple MintLooks good, tastes even better. Herb with pleasant flavor; can be grown from saplings, variegated leaves grow easily and spread over a medium sized pot.

3.   Tomatoes- The easiest plant you will ever grow! Grows from a packet of seeds; Great for growing from hanging planters. Fruits appear in a few weeks, give it time to ripen.

4. Geraniums – Carefree Bloomers! Easy to grow from plants or seeds; Perennials; can outlast winters indoor;

5.  Basil- The queen of the herb garden. Blooms easily during summer; can survive winters indoor; lush leaves have a green distinctive shape.

6.  Succulents -Defies all plant murderers! Hardy beyond belief;Plenty of shapes, colors and sizes; Will probably outlive you.

 

We guarantee you that any of these 6 I-can-take-care-of-myself plants will leave you wondering if you had a magical touch with plants.