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Designing Gardens for Small Spaces

Designing on an angle tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger by creating an illusion, while setting your area around straight lines is seen immediately by the eye.

A small garden is seen as much larger when set-up diagonally because the hypotenuse is the longest distance between opposite corners. A diagonal design will draw attention and intrigue. In addition to these benefits, you will also have much more space for plants!

Here are a few great less-expensive ideas on how to slant your garden without having to rebuild your small outdoor space!

• The floor – gouge a plain old concrete slab by using a saw cutter to create a decorative diamond pattern, or overlay the cement with tiles.

Slant everything – slant every element in your small space to the angle or direction in which you choose to slant your design too. Walkways, structures, and flower beds.

• Square things up – use square and rectangular planters to outline seating areas. This will further emphasize your slant work.

• Go up – plant taller shrubs to make the eye look upwards. This will also help to create some seclusion by forming a ‘green wall.’

• Use stripes – get a rug with a striping effect and then place it on a 45 degree angle. Align your furniture on the same slant to maximize the effect.

• Deep space or corners – lighten up or draw attention to deep corners by incorporating a focal point such as a fountain, or large trellis covered with plants.

• Heat things up – use a fire pit to create some night- time glow and to go along with your slant appeal.

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Top 10 Indoor Plants

If you love your foliage and are stuck inside because of the cold, don’t worry, you can still have your plants and grow them too!

Here is a list of the top 10 indoor plants to help you get through the cold winter months.

1. Peace lily – This is a great indoor plant that is small enough to be placed on your table top or anywhere you like. It has long stems and elegant white flowers, perfect for any décor!

2. Philodendron – If you’re thumb isn’t the greenest, this average sized plant is perfect foryou! It requires little light and works well in hallways or darker areas.

3. Weeping fig – This is one tough little tree, but great for indoors. Its leaves are small and shiny and is sometimes available in other forms such as a ‘lollipop’ tree.

4. Dracaena ‘Happy Plant’ – This plant needs moderate watering and does best in spaces with medium light.

5. Syngonium – Not keen on bugs, consider this insect resistant plant! The Syngonium loves humidity and loves to be misted regularly.

6. Silver queen (a.k.a. Chinese evergreen) – Very attractive indoor plant that normally runs on the small side, enjoys a mild climate and does well in low light.

7. Lady palm – This plant sounds high maintenance, but you’ll be surprised! Keep it watered and out of direct light, and its happy. Keep in mind it grows very slow and can be quite pricey.

8. Stromanthe – Double your pleasure with this gorgeous mult-color plant. The leaves are a deep green and underneath present a rich purple hue. This plant loves bright light and misting.

9. Rubber plant – This plant is great for households that might have children eager to touch plants and explore. It is bred for toughness and survives in low light. It tends to grow on the large size and is content in a dry environment.

10. Kentia palm – Very elegant, and quite tall, this plant has feather-like fronds and survives in low light as well as brighter areas.

Design & Decorating Tips

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 Continue reading

Container Gardening

What’s the best thing about gardening using containers? The answer? Anybody can do do it!

Beginner or advanced gardener. Homeowner or renter. Large yard, small yard. No yard. Deck, patio, porch, front steps, balcony, roof…window boxes. Grow flowers, foliage, vegetables and herbs for display and decoration, fragrance and recipe ingredients. Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you want to grow…the opportunities for container gardening are limitless.

Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you the most gardening versatility.

Virtually any container can be used: wire and metal baskets lined with coconut coir, Continue reading

Plants and Privacy

Plants can be the perfect solution if you want to bring a little privacy to your backyard deck or patio.

Assuming you don’t have a major problem that requires fencing or the long term planting of hedges and screening plants such as evergreen, cypress and arboretum, some strategic planning and gardening may be all you require.

You probably don’t want your deck or patio enclosed on all sides. Perhaps you only want to create a secluded place to relax, or to block out an unwanted object on the perimeter. The main idea is to use plants to create some screening between you and the rest of the world. Adding height, creating corners and using blocking elements can Continue reading

Growing Flowers Outdoors

Want to give the outside of your home a truly one-of-a kind appearance and make a statement of your own personal taste and style? Then plant flowers to add splashes of color throughout the growing season.

Since planting and cultivating your flower beds requires patience and care…and some work…to achieve successful results, there are some basics you should know from the start.

Spend some time doing some planning and research before you begin preparing the soil for sowing seeds. A key part of the planning phase is the selection of the right plants and flowers for your gardening beds. Some factors need to be kept in mind when Continue reading

Decorating a Small Space with Plants

Not everyone has a large backyard, a place for a sprawling deck, patio, or room for a vegetable garden or flower beds. But that’s no reason to turn your back on outdoor gardening.

Use some greenery and your condo or apartment balcony, a smaller porch, deck or patio can be transformed into a lush garden, an outdoor retreat or a culinary resource.

Container planting of flowers and foliage in free-standing pots and planters or displayed on decorative plant stands can add color while bringing an extra dimension of design to your space.

With little space on the ground, think about hanging flower baskets overhead and Continue reading

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Container Gardening

Like to garden, but lack the time, the space or even a yard? Decorating a deck or patio? Want to grow some herbs or vegetables for cooking? If so, you might consider trying container gardening.

Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you considerable gardening versatility.

If space is an issue, you can grow your container plants on a balcony, deck, patio, porch – or even a doorstep – while creating an attractive decorative display as an additional benefit.

Or maybe you’re seeking a convenient way to grow a few vegetables and herbs. A single tomato plant and some potted herbs may meet your needs.

Choose containers that reflect your own sense of style and design and complement Continue reading