Design & Decorating Tips

Deck Decorations

Decorating with outdoor plants is a great way to introduce visual interest and a personal, creative touch to your home. The variety of shapes, the range of color, and the natural textures of living elements make your design choices as unique as they are limitless.

Using Containers
Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you a wide range of design versatility. Choose containers that will complement the landscaping design style of your outside space.

Think about using eco-friendly, all natural coco liners. They make great container liners, particularly for wire and metal planters, stands and hanging baskets. They keep soil in and aid in keeping it moist.

Plus, coco is naturally resistant to insects, bacteria, fungi, mold and diseases. Known for their excellent drainage and aeration properties, coco liners promote visibly better, faster plant growth by rehydrating easily while preventing root rot.

If it’s aesthetics you’re after, you’ll find the rich, natural color of coconut fiber complements the beauty of any plant. For a different look, porous coco liners also let you grow trailing plants so they emerge from the liner through the sides of the decorative basket.

If you’re decorating a deck or balcony, there are coco-lined planters, specifically made to adorn as fitted rail planters, hanging horse trough styles and baskets made specifically to fit corners and posts.

You can also use your coco liners with decorative pots made from clay, terra cotta, ceramic or plastic.

Add Height
When considering your design plan, create visual interest by varying the heights of your greenery. You can mix floor planters with plant stands in an assortment of heights and styles. Add hanging plant varieties like spider plants and ferns alternating with flowering varieties to add color and contrast. Plants can even be suspended upside down for a unique and eye-pleasing display by using coco-lined planters. Potted trees such as the ficus and palm also are great for adding height and drama to the space.

An ideal way to grow “up” is a modular vertical planting system that utilizes stacking planter boxes for flowers and foliage. These versatile modular units come in varying heights and widths and can be configured to create screens of living plants to add privacy to decks, patios and even to apartment and condo balconies. Whether on a spacious deck or a small balcony, a vertical planting system adds the life and color of plants to your living space without taking up floor space.

Another aspect of growing ”up” is climbing plants which can serve a variety of uses. Use climbing plants with trellises, arbors, obelisks and other supports around your space to create privacy screens and block unwanted and unsightly views. Climbing plants grow quickly so they offer an almost instant solution depending on your need and your desired effect.

Climbing plants add character and soften the appearance of your home and garden while creating a beautiful and unique touch that’s all your own. Plant shrubs and flowers at the base to extend screening space from side-to-side. Well-anchored, sturdy metal stand-alone trellises, arbors and obelisks are recommended to support the weight of the plants.

Animated Wind Twister

Movement in the wind and light refraction from the sun add movement and life to your outdoor setting,

Include Eye-Catching, Artistic Decorations
Incorporating elements of movement and color can add interest and beauty to your garden, especially when annuals have not fully begun to bloom or as your perennials cut back for the season. Incorporating a decorative piece of wind art is easy and stands up well to rain, sun, wind, and other natural elements. Strategically placed shepherds hooks can provide flower garden accents and are a unique way to add elegance to your outdoor living space. Existing hooks on the eaves of a porch or near an inside window will help these decorative elements to catch light as spin in the breeze.

These decorative elements come in a large variety of themed designs to reflect your personality through hobbies, sports teams, or garden favorites. They are easily swapped out from season to season, making it convenient to add and alternate some artistic appeal.

Flower box holder.

Create visual interest by including vining plants, flowering blooms, and grasses in one planter.

Designing Plant-by-Plant
Choose flowers, plants and greenery that will complement the overall appearance of your home. For a stunning display, mix foliage plants with flowering plants and space the plants close to one another to create a full, lush appearance. Don’t be afraid to pack them together. You’ll achieve a much grander effect.

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