Tagged: Grow

  • 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

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    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.  

  • Could your garden be an award-winner? Now's the time to find out, with Gardenista's Considered Design Awards open for entries. We look to Gardenista throughout the year for outdoor inspiration, and their annual awards are one of our favorite places to see what gardeners around the world are doing to beautify their backyards, balconies, and patios. There are so many amazing, creative gardeners in the terrain community-- we'd love to see one of you in the winner's circle this year!

    Until July 7, amateur and professional gardeners alike can submit their best work in seven categories: Best Garden, Amateur; Best Small Garden, Amateur; Best Outdoor Living Space, Open to All; Best Edible Garden, Open to All; Best Hardscape Project, Open to All; Best Landscape, Professional; and Best Garden Shed or Outbuilding, Professional. Once Gardenista's editors pick the finalists, a public vote will decide the year's favorite gardens. Find out more about the contest here, and take a peek above for some of our favorite entrants so far. 

  • Talking Tropicals

    June 23, 2014

    Outdoor Living
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    Whether you live in consistently warm location or a region that experiences changeable seasons, summer is the perfect opportunity to embrace the exotic with a bountiful display of tropical plants. Our Decorating Services designer, Matt M., recently put together this luxurious arrangement of summer containers for a client, and we just can’t get over how beautiful it is! “It really has everything but the kitchen sink,” says Matt. “I used common tropicals as the infrastructure, then accessorized with a curated array of sun-loving and long-lasting perennials, annuals, herbs, and succulents. It’s more about textural layers than a focused color palette, so I was able to be very experimental in my combinations."

    While working, Matt was determined to create a look that captured his client's eclectic and collected style. “I considered the plants as objects she had gathered during her travels and arranged them as if it was a vignette on a bookshelf. I’m so very fond of what the Croton standard is doing in this grouping. Its patterned leaves are a wonderfully whimsical focal point, and the effortless meadow of annuals surrounding it add a modern edge. The Chinese fan palm towers above the grouping at about 9 feet, making the perfect anchoring piece for this corner of the patio.”

    Matt’s advice for creating your own tropical statement? “There are no rules! As long as you keep the plants' general needs in mind, then you can feel free to let the story you're telling take control. I think it's important to remember scale and have layers of height so that your eye constantly has somewhere to go.  Also, think ahead and plant things that will add a surprise of color or movement later on.”

  • Heralding a season of outdoor fun and garden bounty, the first day of summer is certainly a reason to celebrate. With the summer solstice just a day away, we're getting into the spirit of the season thanks to a midsummer tradition from Scandinavia, where long, dark winters make the sunniest day of the year a particular cause for celebration. In Finland, Norway, and Sweden, the summer solstice is marked by collecting a midsommar bouquet of seven different blooms. See our seven favorites for summer above. 

    A Midsummer Bouquet
    Globe Amaranth
    Calico Aster
    Purple Coneflower
    White Fall Aster
    Aster amellus

    Photography courtesy of John Britt (calico + white fall aster), Jean (yarrow), Susan Adams (dahlia), Takuya (amaranth), Jay Morpho (aster amellus), and Isolino Ferreira (coneflower)

  • A Planted Maple Trough

    With summertime shade on our minds, we're turning toward trees as we plan new garden plantings. Luckily, our latest arrivals in the nursery include a collection of rare and unusual Japanese maples that flourish in containers, as well as planted in sunny spots around the lawn or garden. To spotlight these brand-new specimens while they're small, we filled a simple, copper trough with a trio of Japanese maples and surrounded them with Anisodontea, Fuchsia, Bacopa, and Astilbe. Speckled with just a few blooms, this foliage-filled trough is our Father's Day favorite as an outdoor centerpiece or unexpected gift for Dad. Japanese maples prefer full, natural sunlight, so keep your container outside if possible. As the trees grow larger, plant them permanently; they'll develop an elegant, sculptural shape in the years to come. 

  • 1.'Peaches and Cream' Japanese Maple; 2.'Koto-no-Ito' Japanese Maple; 3.'Crimson Queen' Japanese Maple; 4.'Shishigashira' Japanese Maple; 5.'Mikawa yatsubusa' Japanese Maple; 6.'Spring Delight' Japanese Maple

    New in the nursery, and just in time for Father’s Day, is our collection of rare and unusual Japanese maples, beloved across the globe for their many varieties, shapes, and colors. We asked our Senior Plant Buyer Steven H.-- a self-proclaimed “maple guy”-- to tell us a bit about what makes Japanese maples so special and why they’re sure to wow Dad as Father’s Day gifts. 

    terrain: Tell us a bit about Japanese maples and what sets them apart from other popular garden trees. 

    Steven: Japanese maples are a collection of trees native to Asia that can be found in a wide range of types and varieties, esteemed for their beautiful colors, shapes, and patterns. They are highly collectable, with growers constantly seeking out the newest and most rare variety. All feature lobed leaves, usually in shades of green or red. Some are highly variegated, which makes the leaves delicate and lace-like. Japanese maples range in size from slow-growing dwarf varieties, like the Mikawa, to trees over 50 feet tall. 

    terrain: How did you go about choosing trees for the collection?  

    Steven: We partnered with vendors who share the same passion for rare and unusual Japanese maples as we do. Aiming to keep the product assortment current and on-trend, we chose varieties that, in short, are just plain cool. Some, like the Crimson Queen, cascade with red, lacy leaves, others emerge yellow, green, and peach in spring and put on a spectacular show of orange, crimson, and gold in the fall. Spring Delight and Peaches and Cream are two great varieties for color. I’m particularly fond of the Shishigashira or “Lion’s Mane” variety– its short, curly leaves cluster close to the trunk, making for a compact and quirky specimen. 

    terrain: Can you share some tips for ensuring your Japanese maple thrives? 

    Steven: Japanese maples grow best when planted in full sun or partial shade with well-draining soil, making them a mainstay in gardens and landscapes.  They will also thrive in outdoor container plantings. While they can certainly survive indoors for a time, they will not flourish if kept inside and will ultimately decline. If you plant your tree in the ground, make sure to stake and shelter it for 2-3 years until it takes root and begins to mature. 

    terrain: What makes a Japanese maple an ideal Father’s Day gift? 

    Steven: They’re the gift that keeps on giving! With 3 seasons of interest, their leaves put on a colorful display from spring until fall. Some, like the Koto-no-Ito, even round out at a fourth season, thanks to unique trunk arrangements or colored bark that blazes in hues of red, green, or yellow during 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 or online to take home these newly-arrived trees.