Tagged: How-To

  • 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.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | Week no. 16

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

    We’re amazed by the number of hues in this all-natural eggshell ombre. (via Apartment Therapy)

    Wouldn’t this pastel cake make the perfect Easter dessert? (via Sweet Paul)

    A history lesson about one of our favorite blooms for the Easter table. (via Design*Sponge)

    Which dishes would you serve from this board of Easter dinner inspiration? (via NYT)

    136 years of tradition at the White House Easter Egg Roll. (via White House History)

    Shibori-inspired eggs dyed with indigo. (via Tuts+)

    Once we're done dyeing eggs, we'd love to hop over to this weekend workshop at Georgia's 3 Porch Farm. (via Gardenista)

  • With the weather finally feeling like spring in our garden, our stylists got into the spirit of the season with a blooming garland. Made from an abundant bunch of preserved eucalyptus and fresh-plucked flowers, this springtime swag brightens the mantel, patio, or anywhere else it hangs. Take a peek at the video above to see it in the making.

    What You'll Need:
    Preserved eucalyptus
    Fresh cut or dried flowers (we used fresh ranunculus, anemone, and frittilaria)
    Floral wire

    Remove the smaller, leafy stems from the main branches of the eucalpytus. Begin by overlapping bunches of euclayptus, attaching the stems with floral wire as needed to form the garland. Use larger handfuls to create a fuller garland. Once your garland reaches the desired length, accent with fresh or dried flowers, attaching with floral wire. Since the eucalyptus is preserved, the garland will make a long-lasting display that can be freshened with new flowers as the seasons change. Our favorite place to display this springtime DIY? Dressing up a garden tuteur with a few snips of colorful ribbon.

  • Our favorite part of the centerpiece above? Those gorgeous spring pastels are all-natural succulents! With inspration and finds from the garden, we created an Easter centerpiece that blooms with a colorful mix of live succulents, ceramic eggs, and paper grass. Equal parts rustic and sweet, this arrangement is just the thing for completing a spring tabletop.

    What You'll Need:
    Sphere Hanging Basket (we used the Small, 11")
    Linen Wrapped Dish (we used the Small, 10")
    Succulents (we used echeveria and kalanchoe)
    Potting Soil
    Ceramic Eggs
    Easter grass
    Grapevine wreath
    Floral wire

    1. Start by "deconstructing" the grapevine wreath, thinning it to make a nest-style base that rests on the top of the clay dish. Save excess pieces of grapevine to decorate the top of the sphere.

    2. Place the grapevine nest and sphere on top of the dish. Once they're in place, fill the dish with potting soil, covering the bottom of the sphere to help anchor it in the dish.

    3. Choose and plant your succulents inside the dish.

    4. Decorate the spokes of the sphere with vine cuttings and additional succulents, attaching with floral wire as needed.

    5. Accent your design with eggs and a wispy circle of paper grass around the base, then place on the table for an eye-catching Easter centerpiece!