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  • If pumpkin picking isn't in your plans for fall, our patch-to-doorstep crates of pumpkins and gourds have arrived in time to decorate for the season. This year, our design team hand-selected fresh pumpkins and gourds in three fall palettes, then added coordinating moss and dried bottle gourds for well-rounded autumn style. From vivid garden hues to spooky and sophisticated pairings, here's how we're using our pumpkins by post. 

    Atop the Mantel: Add a strand of Stargazer Lights to the classic hues of the Fall Foliage crate for a warm and welcoming autumn display atop the mantel. 

    On the Doorstep: Effortlessly dress the doorstep for fall as soon as your pumpkins arrive thanks to the display-ready wooden shipping crate. We especially like the Green Thumb collection for adding an unexpected touch of fresh green to fall decor. 

    As a Centerpiece: Tuck the dramatically dark reindeer moss of the Moonlight crate into a polished copper trough, then display the collection of white Baby Boo pumpkins and crimson gourds inside. Pair your sophisticated centerpiece with patterned linens for elegant fall entertaining. 

  • Fall Bulb Planting

    September 16, 2014

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    The first thing that comes to mind when we think of bulbs is spring, but right now is the perfect time to sow next year's show stoppers! Available exclusively in stores, our bulb collections are ready for fall planting. Hand-selected by plant buyer Karen C., each collection offers a concentrated color display that will bloom in various forms and heights from late winter through early summer. “We were very picky with these assortments,” says Karen. “We selected only what we would really want to put in our own gardens – striking colors or forms (dark Fritillaria persica, sherbet Hyacinth ‘Gypsy Queen,' drumstick-shaped Allium sphaerocephalon), new and unusual varieties (Crocus ‘Orange Monarch,’ Iris ‘Lion King,’ Tulip ‘Weber’s Parrot Spectrum’), and proven performers (Galanthus, Muscari ‘Peppermint,' Tulip ‘Parade’). We’re also going a step beyond and calling out particular bulbs with a special “terrain favorite” sticker, like the Narcissus ‘Rip Van Winkle’—an unusual, spiky form of yellow daffodil.”

    “These bulbs need to be planted in the fall or early winter, as they require a period of cool temperatures in order to bloom in the spring,” says Karen. “It’s important to get them in the ground before it freezes (6 weeks before, if possible), as they need some time to develop strong roots. Plant them to the depth suggested on the package, normally about 3-6 inches, water them thoroughly, and let them go! Bulbs in general are remarkably tough and require little care.”

    After the bulbs bloom in the spring, Karen recommends letting the leaves remain as long as possible so the plant can build up the energy to bloom again next year. Instead of cutting back, try to camouflage any unsightly bulb foliage with blooming annuals and perennials for breathtaking botanicals all season long!

    Ready to start planting? Visit our stores to take home these brand-new bulb collections.

  • As we enjoy the first days of harvest season, pumpkins are popping up everywhere in our home and garden decor. We love a classic jack o'lantern or a simple group of pumpkins on the doorstep, but we're also getting creative with five fresh ways to use pumpkins and gourds around the house this fall. From tiny, white Baby Boo pumpkins to bold and bumpy gourds, read on for our favorite ways to display these seasonal stars.

    Harvest Vase: Hollow out a tall pumpkin or gourd and fill it with fresh flowers or foraged branches for an all-natural vase. The more unusual, the better! We chose a knobby Blue Hubbard and tucked a few rosehips and fall grasses inside. If you'd like to fill your vase with water, rinse the inside in bleach first or coat the interior with wax to slow down decay.

    Hanging Planters: Hollow out a few pint-sized pumpkins to create a hanging display with big impact. Find our how-to for creating a pumpkin planter here, then suspend a group with loops of string for an elevated indoor garden. We like to fill our pumpkins with miniature ornamental vegetables and trailing vines.

    Pumpkin Plant Stands: Put your favorite pumpkins on a pedestal (or a plant stand) to line fall walkways. Choose pumpkins in unexpected colors or unique shapes-- we like low, flat varieties-- to catch the eye of arriving visitors. 

    Color Story Centerpiece: Pair a grouping of monochromatic pumpkins and fresh foliage with a coordinating platter for an understated autumn centerpiece. We added a pop of color to our arrangement-- inspired by the Diamond Dot Textile Platter-- using rosehip twigs.

    Pumpkin & Willow Obelisk: Fill a Willow Obelisk with an abundance of small, colorful pumpkins and gourds, then place atop a planter for a festive fall greeting. We wrapped our obelisk with Stargazer and Festival lights for evening appeal.

  • 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

  • With the summer bonfire season well underway, we're enhancing our twilight gatherings with fragrant fire starters made from our favorite dried herbs. These simple and pretty starters make it easy to get a fire going, and add a hint of herbal sweetness to the smoke. Select a bundle of strongly-scented herbs, then wrap it in natural twine that will burn cleanly-- the dried petals and stems will help kindling catch quickly. We used rosemary, sage, lavender, and mint to create our fire starters, then added sprigs of dried hydrangea for color. However, you can use any herbs that strike your fancy-- we're planning to try lemon thyme at our next evening around the fire pit! 

  • 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! 

  • The arrival of our much-anticipated, terrain exclusive collection of garden structures has us excited and inspired, eager to incorporate these natural beauties into our landscapes. Made from natural willow, many of the pieces in the collection are expandable for customizable sizing, providing a host of different use options and looks. We asked our Creative Director, Greg, to give us some expert advice on how to style each piece so that our structures can truly shine. View his parings above, and learn how to create them in your own garden below. 

    1. Paired Planters, Willow Cones + Black-Eyed Susan Vine
     When it comes to planters, two is always better than one. Particularly when topped with willow cones and planted with bright Black-Eyed Susan Vines. 

    2. Willow Obelisk + Globe Lights
    This structure welcomes guests for a summer soiree when strung with globe lights.

    3. Willow Urn + Hanging Basket
    Give hanging baskets a break from the rafters by placing them in the bowl of this wicker urn for an elegant, draped effect.

    4. Willow Pyramid + Kitchen Garden
    For herb or vegetable plots small, medium, or large the pyramid makes a perfect starting place.

    5. Expandable Willow Diamond Fence + Clematis
    An expandable fence, or even two fences joined together, creates brings interest to the garden as an eye-catching backdrop for clematis. 

  • With outdoor gatherings lasting later as the weather warms up, we're finding more and more reasons to light up our lanterns. Recently, we reimagined one of our Vintage Hungarian Storage Jars as a lantern for the patio or tabletop. Made a century ago, these hand-stamped vessels cast a beautiful glow thanks to the ripples and bubbles in their glass. Above, we paired a large jar with our Green Glass Candle and a lining of terrarium plants. For outdoor occasions, try placing a citronella candle inside this DIY lantern to keep pesky bugs at bay.