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Whether you're hours away from a coastline or steps away from golden sand, bring the beach inside your home with a beach-themed garden in glass. Beach décor is all the rage this season and can be found everywhere from pillows to carpets to dinnerware. Embrace this trend with your own terrarium and capture an endless summer. You can even bring back seashells or a special memento from your summer vacation to showcase in your project.

Here's what you need:

  • glass bowl or hanging orb
  • sand
  • Tillandsia plants
  • shells, starfish, fish net and coral

Assembly is easy and fun for all ages. Simply fill the bowl with sand and then start placing your beach items. You can hang the glass orb with natural ribbon or twine for that beachy look.

Tillandsia Plants: There are about 500 different species of tillandsia and the best known is the Spanish moss that gracefully hangs from oak trees throughout the South. Tillandsia is part of the bromeliad family and is sometimes divided into grey-leaved air plants and green-leaved terrestrial plants. All tillandsia are naturally epiphytic air plants that grow by clinging to trees and extracting excess moisture from the air. Tillandsias prefer to be mounted or placed on a solid surface that does not retain water. Try glueing it or using chicken wire to put into place. Don't cover the base of the plant with moss or dirt as it may rot. Tillandsia can be grown on almost any imaginable decorative mount, including shells, rocks, slate, driftwood, etc. We like placing them in glass orbs and hanging them in windows for a green element in the house. To water, simply mist 2-4 times a week with a water bottle. Never leave them standing in water.

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Native plants are those that originated in a specific place. They are adapted to the soil and weather conditions and they are the foundation of local ecosystems. By incorporating native plants into your landscape, you'll be successful while benefiting wildlife and your community. Native plants have evolved and adapted to local conditions. They are vigorous and hardy, so they can survive winter cold and summer heat. Once established, they require little care. Natives are a cornerstone of biological diversity. They provide food and shelter for native wild animals such as birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Their root systems help rainfall percolate into the soil, reducing erosion and runoff. They help divert water from storm drains and descrease the impact of runoff to rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

Here's what you need:

A. Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan)
B. Goldenrod
C. Coreopsis (Tickseed)
D. Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
E. Perennial Hibiscus
F. Echinacea (Coneflowers)

We offer over 60 varieties of native plants for Hampton Roads including perennials, grasses, trees & shrubs. Check out our list of recommended native plants for Hampton Roads. >>

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Container gardening is a trend that continues to grow. Nearly half of American households report trying some form of container gardening. Creativity, flexibility and portability are a few of the top reasons why people have fallen in love with this form of gardening. Why not make a container that not only looks great, but deters mosquitos naturally. Try this recipe and help beat the bugs AND have a great looking planter for your deck and patio.

Here's what you need:

  • A large container
  • McDonald Natural & Organic Potting Soil
  • McDonald Greenleaf Fertilizer
  • Two 6-inch marigolds
  • One 4-inch mint
  • One 4-inch rosemary
  • One citronella geranium
  • One Quart Lemon Grass


  • To get started, fill your container with McDonald Natural & Organic Potting Soil.
  • Sprinkle a handful of McDonald Greenleaf Fertilizer over the soil.
  • Loosen plant roots slightly and gently place in the fertilized soil mix.
  • Place the lemon grass center stage and add the smaller plants around it.

McDonald TIP: Dead head the marigolds to encourage optimal blooming all summer long.


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