Tagged: Grow

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 35

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    How to grow a meadow. (via Modern Farmer)

    Ready for bonfire season? Here are a few practical tips for campfire cooking. (via Design Mom)

    Before you head to the orchard, some suggestions for freezing fruit. (via The Kitchn)

    Three great menus for homemade picnics. (via NYT)

    We'd love to spend Labor Day weekend on this dreamy porch. (via Instagram @haskellharris)

    A show-stopping cake for late summer, and some sweet garden bites (via The Cake Blog)

  • From aubergine to periwinkle, late summer is the perfect time to welcome pops of purple in the garden. Two of our favorites? The often-overlooked Joe Pye Weed and Oriental Fountain Grass. We love how their unexpected beauty not only adds color to summer plantings, but height and dimension too! Read on to learn more about how to grow and care for these purple perennials. 

    Joe Pye Weed: Native to the northeastern United States, Joe Pye Weed is an herbaceous perennial that blooms from July to September in cheerful shades of mauve. This low-maintenance bloomer enjoys full sun to partial shade and moist soil, and is great for attracting butterflies thanks to its tantalizing vanilla fragrance. 

    Oriental Fountain Grass: Arching in feathery clumps, the purple-hued blooms of Oriental Fountain Grass lend themselves naturally to bringing height and texture in container plantings and borders. Moist, well-draining soil and partial sun or shade are all it takes to allow this perennial to thrive season after season. 

    Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived blooms.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 33

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Find out which houseplants are safe for your furry friends (via Free People).

    A poignant memorial blooms at one of London’s most famous landmarks (via boredpanda).

    An Austin photographer travels in search of roadside architecture (via WSJ).

    We like this clever pot design for fast-growing plants (via Fast Company). http://www.fastcodesign.com/3033840/wanted/a-pot-that-unfolds-as-your-plant-grows#7

    Tips for a perfectly-brewed glass of iced tea (via The Kitchn)

    Watch a remarkable plant come back to life after years without water (via Colossal).

    A blooming guide to flower meanings (via Elle Décor).

    The sky comes alive over Kings Canyon in the Sierra Nevada (via Slate).

  • A Meadow Urn

    August 11, 2014

    Outdoor Living
    , Grow

    In the heat of high summer, it can be difficult to keep statement-making containers from withering away in the sun. The beat-the-heat planting above uses meadow-inspired grasses and foliage as its main ingredients, which fare better during the dog days than their more delicate, flowering counterparts. Set against a crisp, white urn and cool greens, pops of Echinachea ‘Aloha’ and Coreopsis ‘Sienna Sunset’ keep the arrangement feeling playful. This combination is also a favorite for butterflies, so your planter will invite even more color into the garden. Read on for a list of all the components you’ll need to bring this planter into your own backyard! 

    Get the Look:
    1.Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
    2.Melinus ‘Savannah Ruby’
    3.Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’
    4.Echinacea ‘Aloha’
    5.Perovskia atriplicifolia
    6.Coreopsis ‘Sienna Sunset’

    Fluted Stoneware Urn

  • Now that our favorite hanging baskets have arrived in a brand-new zinc finish, we're ready to get planting and decorate our porches and patios. Crafting a hanging basket can seem like a challenge, but a few easy steps will help these suspended gardens flourish. First, it's key to form a strong base for your planting. Start by adding a moss liner that has been soaked in water and cut to fit your basket. Fill with quality potting soil, then choose a sturdy hook (your basket will be heavy once all the plants are inside). Choose healthy, well-established plants, and be sure to check their root depth; plants with very deep roots might not be suited for the limited space in a hanging basket. We like to mix in a few trailing vines for visual interest that extends beyond the basket itself. Finally, rotate your hanging spheres periodically so all sides get an even amount of sunlight, and find a long-reaching water wand to make maintenance extra simple. Read on for our recipe for the colorful planting above.

    Get the Look:
    Russian Sage
    Black Eyed Susan Vine
    Creeping Jenny
    Variegated Flowering Maple

  • New in the Nursery: Flowering Maple

    One of our favorite arrivals to the nursery this month is a subtropical plant called Abutilon. Though commonly known as “Flowering Maple” thanks to its leaf shape, it actually isn’t a maple at all! Belonging to the mallow family, Malvaceae, Flowering Maple offers unique and easy-to-maintain beauty when planted indoors or out. From spring until summer’s end, it puts on a show with bell-like blossoms in hues of white, red, yellow, or blue, while attracting hummingbirds and insects that are beneficial to the garden. Flowering Maples also make great houseplants, thriving in containers that can be put outdoors during the summer months in full to partial sun, and brought back inside before the first frost. If left to grow freely, they can reach up to 10' in height! Lower leaves will begin to drop if the plant is underfed, so be sure to fertilize if you notice signs of decline. Water thoroughly when the weather is hot, but allow the soil to dry out before watering in the winter months. 

    Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived blooms.

  • How To: Hanging Tray Planter

    July 11, 2014

    , Grow

    How To: Hanging Tray Planter

    We love when one good basic can serve multiple uses. Our collection of terrain-exclusive Habit & Form trays go far beyond practical resting places for potted plants, transforming into serving trays, boot holders, and even a tiered dessert display. Recently, stylist Alli M. got creative and turned a circular, copper tray into the living chandelier shown above! Read on for easy instructions on how to bring the look home. 

    What You’ll Need:
    Circle tray
    Black rebar wire (7 feet)
    Trailing flowers (Alli chose Superbells)
    Fern (Alli used an Austral Gem fern)
    Clump moss
    Taper candles 

    1. Cut 7' of rebar wire. Beginning with one end, wrap the wire around the circumference of the tray, just beneath the lip. Create a loop with the free end and secure it firmly. Leave extra length, as this will be used to create the handle. 

    2. Bend the remaining wire upwards and twist to create a loop at the top of the handle for hanging. Bend the rest of the wire back down and affix it to the wire surrounding the lip of the tray by securely wrapping the loose end around the wire on the tray.

    3. Fill a shallow pot with soil and place the trailing flowers and fern inside. 

    4. Position the potted plants on the tray and fill in with clump moss as needed to conceal the pot. 

    5. Nestle taper candles into the soil for a final flourish. (Be sure to monitor them once lit.)

    6. Hang and enjoy! 

  • What could we love more than a succulent? A whole garden of succulents, of course! Lucky for us, it's easy to grow a collection of these hardy, colorful plants at home via propagation. There are several, simple ways to propagate succulents; we're especially excited to try out these techniques with our new collection of aeoniums. We can't wait to see them sprouting in containers around the house and garden all year long.

    Propagating by Division: This technique, in which new succulents sprout from cuttings, works best with plants that have grown too leggy. To begin, carefully remove any leaves on the stem below the rosette-- wiggle them gently from side to side and make sure to keep the base of the leaf intact. Once all the leaves have been removed, use shears to snip the rosette, leaving a short stem attached. Allow the cuttings to dry for a few days in an empty tray until the raw ends have calloused. Next, the cuttings can be rooted in soil or water. 

    Soil: Once the stems have calloused, fill a shallow tray with well-draining cactus/succulent soil and place the cuttings on top. Within a few weeks, roots and tiny plants will begin to grow from the base of the cuttings. Water minimally until the roots appear, then approximately once a week; be careful to avoid overwatering. Eventually, the "parent" leaf will wither-- remove it carefully, being sure to not damage the new roots. Allow your propagated succulents to take root, then they can be replanted as desired. Avoid placing them in direct sun until the plants are established.

    Water: Once the stem has calloused, rest a cutting on the rim of a glass or jar of water, with the end of the stem just above the surface of the water. Choose a sunny spot for your glass. Over time, the cutting will sprout roots that reach toward the water. Once roots have developed, your new succulent can continue to live in the water (as shown above) or be replanted in succulent potting soil.

    Propagating with Offsets: Many species of succulents-- including aloe, hens and chicks, and some cacti-- will produce offsets, or small plants that grow at the base of the main specimen. Once an offset has grown for 2-3 weeks, check for root development and remove it from the main stem with a sharp knife or snips, or by twisting gently. Be careful to avoid damaging any roots that have already emerged. Follow the steps above for propagating in soil or water, allowing the offsets to dry, form a callous over any open areas, and develop roots before repotting. As a bonus, removing offsets also improves the health of your existing succulents, returning energy to the growth of the main plant.