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DO-IT-YOURSELF STRING GARDENS

Some call it string art, some call it Kokedama and some just call it unique. Whatever you call it, these interesting moss-covered gardens held together with string find their roots in the century old art form called kokedama. A form of bonsai, the Japanese have enjoyed moss balls for centuries and just recently the West has caught on to this unique art.

Loosely translated, “Ko ke” means moss and “dama” means ball. Its history began, as a poorer mans bonsai due to its inexpensive requirements and easy to do technique. The simplicity of these moss balls are what makes them so interesting and you are not constrained by a pot. We recommend any small sized plant around 4-inches that has an interesting shape. We especially love using orchids, ponytail palms, rabbit foot ferns and succulents.

What You'll Need:

  • Clear Fishing Line or Twine
  • Orchids, Ponytail Palms, Rabbit Foot Ferns and Succulents
  • Sphagnum Moss
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Bucket of Water
  • Scissors
  • Shallow Container or Hanger
  1. Soak sphagnum moss in water. We do suggest that when working with sphagnum moss you wear rubber gloves.
  2. Remove the root system of the plant from its container.
  3. Surround the root system in a mud cake of sphagnum moss.
  4. Once the roots are completely covered, wind fishing line or twine around it to secure the moss in place.
  5. Once your are finished, hang your string garden or place it in a shallow container. Enjoy!

String gardens are not exactly maintenance free, but if you use the right plants then watering shouldn’t be a problem. We recommend watering once or twice a week depending on the plant.

Bringing the Indoors Out

GARDEN-TAINMENT: The new outdoor trend we love!

Outdoor living spaces continue to take center stage as more and more people are ready to move the festivity outdoors. From outdoor spaces with furniture and even televisions to outdoor kitchens with fancy grills on the rise, outdoor spaces are becoming more and more personalized. The National Association of Home Builders predicts home sizes will shrink 10 percent in 2015. With less square footage indoors, outdoor living spaces are becoming even more important for cooking and entertaining.

This phenomenon called “Garden-tainment” is the new buzzword in the garden industry. More and more people want their homes to spill out into garden space, where they can enjoy time with family and friends. And creating an outdoor space that has style, comfort and functionality is top of mind especially now as we start to think about warmer weather and moving out doors again. So remember, the goal of an outdoor space is to create a space where people want to be. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning and designing your outdoor space:

Design your outdoor living space the way you would your indoors. Take into account all the activities you’ll be doing or that you will want to do in your outdoor space. Be sure to consider who will use the space and how the space will be used. Try to incorporate some of the same architectural details and style you have throughout the inside of your home in to your outdoor space. It could also be as simple as picking up on the colors you have inside your home and carrying them through to your outdoor spaces.

Create a seamless transition from your indoor spaces to our outdoor spaces. Creating a cohesive look between your outdoor and indoor spaces will allow for a natural flow and look as if they are one in the same space. When designing, ask yourself who will use the space and how will the space be used.

No one wants to be stuck inside cooking while everyone else is having fun outside. An outdoor kitchen with all the amenities will give you an outdoor living space that is both functional and fun. Give the same planning and thought to your outdoor kitchen as you would with your indoor kitchen. Be sure to consider the type of storage and appliances you will need outdoors as well.

An outdoor living space with comfortable furnishings and a fire pit will provide a natural focal point for your outdoor living space and the perfect place for family and friends to gather and relax. Simple additions can also turn an ordinary space into an outdoor room that adds value and comfort to your home year-round. A hanging swing, mood lighting and a vintage find can easily transform an ordinary outdoor space into an open-air living room Add color and comfort to seating by using pillows and cushions made from outdoor fabric to spice up your space. And don’t forget the plants! An assortment of beautiful plants and containers are key to the design of your outdoor space.

Come see this outdoor trend plus many more at our 21st annual Outdoor Show this weekend, February 27-March 1. LEARN MORE >>

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New Year. New Trends.

2015 OUTDOOR TRENDS

Hold on to your gardening trowels. Fresh gardening trends inspired by local living and overall well-being are sure to make a positive impact on both our homes and our communities in 2015. From environmentally friendly plants and products to garden-tainment to portable gardening, this year’s trends will shape the garden and outdoor living for the coming year and beyond.

Wellbeing from the Outside In. For more and more people, health is a top priority. People aren’t just gardening for beauty, they are gardeing to nourish their communities, the environment and their own wellbeing. Trees, flowers, plants, birds and bees all increase overall health and wellness for self, society and the planet.

Garden-tainment. The party is moving outside! With the U.S. demand for outdoor plants expected to grow in 2015, garden-tainment is quickly becoming a way to personalize your outdoor space. Plants will play a key role whether it is potting up containers and terrariums, cooking fresh food from your garden or redecorating your patio.

Bite-Sized Decadence. Whether in a small space garden or on an apartment balcony, compact plants will pack a punch in 2015, with rich colors and textures as major focal points. Look for show stopping plants this spring like millionbells, impatiens, begonias and more!

Cacti and Succulents. No-fuss cacti and succulents are ideal for people that seek attractive, low-maintenance plants. Tiny and easy to grow succulents in bold containers bring style both inside and outside the home.

Bed Head. Purposefully unstyled outdoor spaces are the result of intentionally working within the natural landscape. This casual landscape style expresses an effortless personality with an anything goes attitude. Create bed head meadows and natural habitats using native plants to increase diversity, balance and ecosystems.

source: 2015 Garden Trends Report, Susan McCoy

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