Colorblind gardening

Colorblind gardening

Is it possible that we spend too much time thinking about color schemes and designs for our gardens?  Could colorblind gardening be the next trend for gardeners? Last summer I had the pleasure of attending the Garden Writers conference in Buffalo, New York. Have you been to Buffalo recently? It is wonderful! Garden Walk Buffalo is America’s largest garden tour and gives you the opportunity to snoop, I mean explore, private gardens across the city. The photos on this post share one of the most memorable gardens I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy. A small sign reads: Colorblind people make the best gardeners. Joe, the gardener here has a major color deficiency. Hope you can’t tell! I would say that Joe’s colorblind gardening should give us all inspiration.… Read Full Post
Wall and Plant Color Combinations

Wall and Plant Color Combinations

You know those scenes that just stop you in your tracks? Coming across this beautiful wall and plant color combination was one of those moments for me!  It seemed like one of those scenes that would appear in a glossy magazine but it was just along a street on a quiet Sunday morning in Tampa. The beautiful silver blue foliage of this Bismark Palm looks perfectly selected for this peach wall. Or was it the other way around? Do we pick our plants based on wall color or do the walls dictate our plants?   The largest container with the Bismark palm (Bismarkia nobilis) also contained two copperleaf plants (Acalypha sp.), a small orange lantana and several small blue salvias that weren’t in flower.… Read Full Post
Succulent Planter Windowbox

Succulent Planter Windowbox

A boring fence in our backyard has been calling for some attention lately and I finally found the perfect project for this area. This succulent planter window box seemed like a great way to add to my succulent collection (obsession?) and also add another element to our garden. I found this 30″ long window box at Lowes and it came with the liner and the frame. It didn’t take more than five minutes to put a couple of screws into the cross-piece of the fence and hang the window planter. Let’s be honest, most of the time window boxes require an amazing amount of work and dedication to keep them watered and growing well. With succulents you certainly don’t have to worry about that part and good drainage is a non issue.… Read Full Post

Beautiful DIY Flower Containers

Creating a great looking flower container doesn’t have to be a mystery anymore.  This is a great way to add color to small spaces or as a way to greet people to your home with some terrific looking plants.   Follow these tips for your perfect flower pot: Thriller-Filler-Spiller.  This is the key to your perfect pot recipe.  These three components are the little secret that makes containers on glossy magazine covers look so good.  Let’s break it down: Thriller: This is the biggest plant in your container.  It is the eye-catching component that gives you the added height and can also include color or texture.  A few to think about for our area include cannas, grasses, ti plants, crotons or even small palms. … Read Full Post
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