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FERNS 101: Basic Care, Facts and Varieties

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If you have a fern in your garden, you are the steward of a pre-Jurassic period plant!

Fossil records indicate that ferns evolved as the first vascular terrestrial plants over 300 million years ago.

Ferns have outlived the great civilizations of man, have outlived dinosaurs, and flourish in the wild in great numbers with no threat of extinction.

 

 

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I'm so impressed with these plants that the more I learn about ferns, the more I love them.

There are thousands of fern species today and a number of them are suitable as house plants.

Unfortunately many people have issues keeping these robust plants alive.

 

 

I'm here to guide you.

 

My latest gardening segment on the Home & Family show was on "Ferns 101" where I covered basic fern care and showcased a few new varieties.

Below is an informal transcript of questions and answers from my garden segment and lots and lots of photos for you to linger and enjoy.

 

 

HOW ARE FERNS DIFFERENT FROM MOST PLANTS?

Ordinary plants will flower and bear seed from which a new plant is born.

A seed is basically a "fertilized plant embryo in a dormant state."

A seed is the product of male/female plant reproduction, with all the "hanky panky" already completed.

Just add water and watch it grow!

 

Not so for ferns.

Ferns do not grow from seeds; they "evolve" from the action of spores.

The fern's lifecycle involves two generations of plants that give rise to the fern plant as we know it.

 

 

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Have you ever seen little black or brown dots on the backside of a fern frond  and thought it was a pest or disease?

Far from it.

These little dots are called "sori" and they contain hundreds of spores.

 

A simple way to describe spores is that they are a couple of steps behind on the reproductive work of the seed and have to play "catch up."

A fern drops a spore in the ground, giving rise to an independent tiny plant called a "gametophyte."

 

The  gametophyte is charged with the job to actually create the very male and female parts within itself needed to procreate and produce yet another life: the "sporophyte!"

 

Stay with me.

 

If the male part within the gametophyte's cells fertilizes the female part, it gives birth to a plant organism called a sporophyte.

We're finally there!

 

The sporophyte then grows into the lovely fern plants that we are familiar with. 

Wow, that takes me back to high school biology!

If you want to read more about the lifecycle of the fern with all the scientific terms and processes, (which I left out on purpose), here's a link.

 

Another cool fact about ferns that distinguishes it from other plants is the function of the fronds.

The fronds, or leaves, are responsible for both photosynthesis AND reproduction.

 

 

WHAT FERNS DID YOU BRING TODAY?

I brought some common ferns that many people at home may be familiar with.

I want you to pay close attention to the fine detail of these ferns.

 

Notice the different frond styles, textures and colors.

There are infinite differences in ferns; some ferns creep and grow like vines; others grow small or large tufts, while others grow trunks and are tree-like!

Let's take a look.

 

COMMON FERNS

 

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Australian tree fern is a slow growing fern that can reach 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

As a house plant, it would take many years for it to grow this large.

 

 

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Another handsome tree fern is the New Zealand tree fern, seen here to the right of the Wardian chest.

The dark, large forrest green leaves create a beautiful shadow on walls.

 

 

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Sword fern has erect fronds that look nice in the rectangular profile of this window box.

 

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The Pallaea, "button fern" has delicate, round, button-shaped leaves that should be enjoyed up close.

The terrarium planter helps seal in moisture so that it doesn't dry out.

 

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Button fern in foreground and hanging Boston fern in background.

 

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I placed the leather leaf fern and lace fern close to each other by design.

Grouping ferns helps them to maintain a higher moisture level.

Notice that I also placed the pots on top of a bed of gravel.

The gravel holds water that contributes humidity to the ferns.

 

 

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A young lace fern, (Woodwardia f.) stays moist and happy in the Victorian-style Wardian chest.

 

 

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The Blechnum fern bears fertile leaves, with spores, and sterile leaves without spores.

These are called, "dimorphic" fronds.

 

 

WHAT NEW FERN VARIETIES DID YOU BRING?

Fern collectors are always looking for new cultivars with interesting details.

 

Here are some from Plant Delights, a specialty plant mail order company.

Many of these new introductions come from Japan, China, India and Hawaii.

 

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I planted the ferns in an assortment of different containers that had an aged look.

The closest one to the left is a broken finial from my garden.

 

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This graceful fern is called, “Mama Mia” (Woodwardia o.) and is slow growing to 4’x6’ feet.

As it continues to grow, the glossy fronds are topped with small plants that you can propagate! 

 

 

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This bi-colored gem is actually not a fern.

'Beni Kujaku' is a Selaginella  that is sometimes called “peacock fern” because of it's lacy, cut leaves.

Beni Kujaku has a rosette form with a cup like shape and is a deep green and  maroon color.

This plant will stay small and look great in a container!

 

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'Mt. Haleakala' (Adiantium) is a rosy maidenhair fern that will grow into an attractive 1' tall x 1' wide clump with fronds that emerge rosy red.

The spores on 'Mt. Haleakala' grow along the edge of the leaves, creating a "curled effect."

As you may guess, this Adiantium is from Hawaii.

 

 

 

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'Hokaido Gem' (Asplenium) is a  clumping birds nest fern with long, tongue-like strappy leaves.

 

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'Taiwanese Tongue' fern  (Pyrrosia polydactyla) will grow to 1' tall x 1' wide and  boast a textural clump of  velvety five-fingered, dark green leaves.

 

HOW DO YOU CARE FOR INDOOR POTTED FERNS?
 

One of the most important care practices that impacts indoor ferns is lighting and watering habits.

While ferns are shade plants outdoors, often growing under the canopy of taller trees, ferns do need bright light indoors!

During the summer, a south facing window may let in harsh sunlight that will scorch your fern leaves.

It's best to set the plants away from the window, but keep them in a room that has natural light.

Pay attention to:

–Proper location-bright but indirect light, 60-75 degrees
–Use well-draining potting soil for ferns
–Water to keep soil moist but not saturated and mist leaves periodically
–Add room humidifier or group plants to slow evaporation.
–Fertilize with slow release granules in spring.

 

 

HOW MUCH WATER DO FERNS NEED?

The main challenge with keeping ferns moist is that indoor air tends to be very dry and ferns prefer a humid ambiance.

Between keeping the soil moist and periodic misting, you will eventually learn how much water is best for your fern.

Too much water feels like "hair that is dripping wet," when it should feel moist, like hair that is air drying!

 

Look for signs of too much water, like yellow leaves, wilting leaves, soil that has a bad smell and cut back.

Water and proper soil texture go hand in hand.

Soil should drain well so that water doesn't saturate it.

 

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Shirley explains how to water ferns on Home & Family while Cristina Ferrare, Mark Steines listen.

 

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I found this adorable little mister at the dollar store.

 

 

 

 

Watch my garden segment video about ferns on the Home & Family Show.

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Frankincense and Myrrh: Do You Know These Plants?

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December is a popular month for frankincense and myrrh.

All of the sudden the legendary gifts from the wise men to baby Jesus as written in Matthew 2:11 are on everyone's lips!

It's ironic because many people don't even know what frankincense and myrrh are!

Do you?

 

I had the pleasure of presenting, "Frankincense and Myrrh: Plants as Valuable as Gold" on the Home & Family Show on the Hallmark channel recently.

 

Below is a transcript of the questions and answers as presented on the show.

 

(Please excuse the incomplete article).

I would appreciate it if you would subscribe to my blog so that you can be notified when the article is posted!
This should be in the next day or two.

 

Thanks for visting EdenMakers!

Shirley

 

 

DIY Vintage Tabletop Christmas Tree From Common Noble Fir

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This year, I was itching for a different look for my Christmas tree.

At first I was thinking I would flock my Christmas tree, (since we always have a green tree), but then, I came across an old illustration of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with their children around a tabletop Christmas tree circa 1845.

 

"If only I could create a Victorian Christmas tree," I thought

I had a feeling it would make a great TV segment too.

 

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This is the "segment pitch" I sent to my producers on Home & Family for creating a vintage, tabletop Christmas tree.

 

I loved the look of the open branched tiers that created large gaps in between levels so you could see the ornaments well.

An elevated tree is also a practical idea for keeping my dogs away from the Christmas tree.

 

I made a decisio!

This year I would have a "Victorian-style" Christmas tree!

 

The only problem was, I couldn't find any trees that looked like this at any of the tree farms or garden centers.

 

Actually, I did find one source online for "Silver Tip firs," but a 4'-foot tree cost close to $100 dollars!

There were also plenty of fake Christmas trees that could be fashioned to this style by bending branches, but that's not what I wanted.

 

So, as they say, "Need is the mother of invention," and I set off to design my own vintage Christmas tree by custom pruning and cutting a Noble fir tree I bought off the lot.

 

 

SELECTING A CHRISTMAS TREE FOR VINTAGE STYLE

A hallmark of the vintage tree style is to hang, large beautiful ornaments from each level that can be seen in their full glory.

Sturdy tree stems are a must!
 

This ruled out any of the weak-limbed Christmas trees such as Douglas fir or pine.

I set my sights on Noble and Nordmann fir trees which were in good supply in my area.

 

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After finding the perfect Noble fir specimen, I made a design plan and dove in!

 

I presented "Vintage Style Tabletop Christmas Tree From Common Noble Fir" on the Home & Family show where I shared the technique.

 

 

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Landscape and garden designer, Shirley Bovshow demonstrates how to create a vintage tabletop Christmas tree from a common Noble fir to Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines on Home & Famly show!

 

Below is a loose transcript from the show, detailing the steps for making your own tabletop Christmas tree in the vintage style!

Good luck and please ask questions in the comment section below!

 

 

STYLE ELEMENTS OF VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREES 

-Christmas tree of all sizes are elevated on table.

-The table has decorative elements in addition to the tree including a silver or porcelien tea pot, gifts, and candles creating a hospitality vignette.

-Christmas tree has a series of odd numbered, evenly spaced, "tiered, horizontal branches" with a visible main trunk.

-Candle style lights instead of string lights since electrical Christmas lights weren't produced until the late 1800's.

-Silver tinsel: in the 1800's, silver tinsel was made from real silver!

 

 

MATERIALS FOR SHAPING VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE

-3'-5'-foot Noble fir or other strong branched tree 

-Display table

-Sharp pruners

-Twine

-Brown paint to camouflage cuts in trunk

-Floral wire for connecting branches, closing gaps between branches, and reinforcing branches for heavy ornaments

-Stepping stool

-Wilt Pruf, an anti-dessicant for keeping your Christmas tree fresh for extended period.

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRIMMING A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE

Before you begin cutting, make sure to set your tree on the display table that you plan to use.

This will give you the proper perspective and vantage point while cutting.

 

Don't place your Christmas tree on the floor unless you plan on displaying it on the floor!   

When a tree is placed on a table, you see the underside of the higher tiers so it's important to see how the trimming looks from below.   

 

1. Place Christmas tree on a lazy susan on top of the table to make trimming easier.

2. Look at tree from all sides and find the best side for the front.

 

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3. Open the branches to locate 4-5 "crotch branches" that radiate from main trunk and make a unified circle tier or "wreath" shape.

 

 

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4. Starting from top, outline your tiers with twine.

5. Step back and review outline, make adjustments.

6. Start trimming extraneous branches outside of your outlined area, starting from top to bottom.

 

 

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7. Clean main trunk of all needles and paint over cut marks on main trunk with brown paint to camoflauge.

 

 

Step back periodically to assess the branch tiers and make sure you cut off branches that are sticking up and above the outlined tier, or hanging below it.

Use green wire metal to troubleshoot and tie branches to close up a gap within a tier and to reinforce weak branches for heavy ornaments.

I always spray my Christmas trees with Wilt-Pruf to keep them looking fresh throughout the holiday season.

 

 

DECORATIONS FOR VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE

 

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Start by decorating from inside the tree beginning with large, heavy ornaments working from top to bottom.

 

The Noble fir's branches are strongest near the main trunk and become thinner at the tips.

Remember to step back and look at the balance of all your decorations every few minutes.

 

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Add draping garland in the middle and experiment with different styles.

 

 

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I designed a "chandelier" effect with my pearl and glass garland as well as a "necklace" effect on another level.

 

Place battery-operated candle lights on tips of branches and secure with metal wire.

I found some at Walmart for 1 dollar each.

Placing the candles will be a challenge as they are heavy.

Using 22-guage floral wire, reinforce the stems from underneath where you plan on placing candles.

Add tinsel last using as little or as much as you dare!

 

 

 

Watch my TV segment on Home & Family show, then take a look at the photo gallery below!

 

 

PHOTOS OF SHIRLEY'S VINTAGE TABLETOP CHRISTMAS TREE

Enjoy these photos of the finished Christmas tree as seen on the Home & Family show!

 

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Vintage, Victorian-style tabletop Christmas tree by Shirley Bovshow

 

 

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A beautiful angel tree topper is a perfect fit for this vintage-style Christmas tree.

 

 

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Glitter red bird ornament and swaths of gold ribbon, pearl garland and silver tinsel.

 

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Big, bold red and gold swirled ornament

 

 

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Battery-operated candlestick Christmas tree lights are held in place with wire and gold garland tied around each base.

 

 

 

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Old-fashioned angel statue draped in rich velvet is part of the vintage Christmas tree tabletop vignette.

 

 

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Closeup of gold, red, glass and pearl ornaments.

 

What do you think?
Want to create your own vintage tabletop Christmas tree?

I'm here to help you.

 

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Merry Christmas friends!

Shirley

 

Plantas Decorativas Para Halloween: “Planta Devoradora de Hombres”

Uno de los artes de Halloween más fáciles que he hecho tiene que ser el "La planta devoradora de hombres" que presenté recientemente en el  "Home & Family Show," programa del canal Hallmark.

 

 

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Este arte de la planta de Halloween es gratificante porque puede hacerse con muchos materiales re-asignados que pueden encontrarse fácilmente en el patio o garaje.

Las plantas  parecen que son del culto del clásico, " La Tienda de los Horrores."

 

 

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"La planta devoradora de hombres" fue diseñada por Dave Lowe, el talentoso director de arte del show y es parte de su "plan maestro de Halloween” diseñado para el frente de la casa.

Cuando Dave me explicó el proyecto, quede gratamente sorprendida y me dije, "Genial."

Los pasos son sencillos, y es algo familiar, ideal para involucrar a sus hijos en la decoración de Halloween.

 

De principio a fin, (no incluyendo la espera de  30 minutos para que la  espuma seque) el proyecto tomó menos de una hora para completarlo.

Una vez que tienes los materiales para una planta, haciendo otra docena no es gran cosa.

De hecho, yo pondría juntos un grupo de plantas monstruo en distintas alturas para el mejor efecto.

 

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Estaba tan emocionada de presentar este arte de Halloween a la audiencia porque los resultados son muy impresionantes y la planta puede ser muestrada en una variedad de maneras.

Puede agregar los esqueletos a la planta o arañas y cráneos y  hacerla tan leve o macabro como te atrevas.

 

 

Materiales

Una rama de arbol 

Una macetera

Espuma de insulasion {aislamiento} en spray

Una calabaza artificial

Pintura verde en spray o con brocha

Hojas de seda o de faux

Pegamento caliente

Un carver para disenar la calabaza

Toques decorativos como musgo, esqueletos aranas, huesos

 

INSTRUCIONES

 

1.Busque una rama de arbol que tenga una forma atractiva.

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2. Busque un macetero, llenelo con la espuma  aislante y espere a que crezca y se endure antes de injertar la rama.

3. Dibuje una boca grande con dientes filosos a lo largo de la calabaza, el tallo debe formar parte de la parte posterior  de la cabeza.

4. Corte la boca con una navaja, recuerde sujetar la cabeza a lo largo para que el tallo quede atras.

 

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5. Una la cabeza de calabaza a la punta de la rama y asegurela con el pegamento caliente.

6. Pinte las ramas y lo de afuera de la calabaza con de pintura verde.

 

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7. Agregue las hojas al final de las ramas y aseguralas bien con pegamento caliente.

8. Con el pegamento spray la parte de la espuma que se ve y cubrala con musgo.

9. Agregue sus toques especiales.

 

Haga exprimentos con sus decoraciones de Halloween y exhibalos con orgullo.

 

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Tiene preguntas para mi?

 

Deje un comentario y por favor comparta este atractivo proyecto con sus amigos. 

Christmas Tree Watering Pole: Design by Shirley Bovshow

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I enjoy designing beautiful and functional things.

My "Christmas Tree Watering Pole," or "watering stick," is one of them.

 

 

Watch my garden segment on Home & Family show on Hallmark channel featuring my watering stick.

 

Christmas trees are notorious for bad maintenance during the holidays.

Who wants to get on their knees every day to check the water level and fight with the lower branches to reach the tree stand to add water?

Not me, and I bet you don't either!

 

I debuted my design for the "Christmas Tree Watering Pole" on the Home & Family show last year when I presented on Christmas tree tips.

The design was met with a favorable response and many of my viewers wanted to know how I made them.

So, even though I will be selling my watering poles in the near future, as part of my "EdenMaker" line of garden products, I'm going to share the instructions to make them with you,

It isn't rocket science, just one of those clever ideas that you will benefit from every holiday.

 

SHIRLEY'S CHRISTMAS TREE WATERING POLE MATERIALS

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Most of the materials needed for the watering stick are available at your garden or home improvement center and the local dollar store.

  • 4'-foot, 3/4"-inch PVC pipe ( I bought at 10'-foot pipe and had it cut at Home Depot into two, 4'-foot pieces, plus an extra 2'-foot piece)
  • 1 large, white plastic funnel- .99 cents at Dollar Store for a pack of three nested funnels. 
  • Package of "glue tape" for plumbing projects- .99 cents at Dollar Store
  • Red and gold duct tape- Michaels or Joanns 3.50 each
  • Flat, red paint to paint one end of PVC pipe to function as a "dipstick"
  • Scissors
  • Christmas bow and jingle bells for finishing touch!

 

INSTRUCTIONS 

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1. Measure the depth of your Christmas tree stand basin. Usually around 6 or 7"-inches.

 

2. Transfer the measurement to one end of your PVC pipe and mark around pipe and add painter's tape around perimeter.

    This will become your "dipstick" area that will tell you how much water your basin has, without bending down!

 

3. Paint this dipstick area with flat red paint. 

    When end of pipe is placed in water, the paint will darken to reveal how "full" the basin is.

 

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4. Take your funnel and add "glue tape" around the neck of funnel for tight fit into the other end of the PVC pipe.

 

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5. Insert funnel to opposite end of the PVC pipe until secure.

 

6. Cover this funnel joint with red duct tape.

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7. Begin at the top of the pipe and rotate pole and red duct tape to create pinstripes down the face of the pipe.

 

8. Turn tape until you get to the bottom of post.

 

9. Add decorative touches such as bows, ribbons and jingling bells!

 

 

HOW TO USE WATERING STICK

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Dip the painted end into the basin of your Christmas tree stand and take a look at the depth of the water as marked by the darkened paint.

Add water using the funnel and pipe until your "dipstick" reveals the red painted area is all wet to the top.

The watering pole is so pretty, you won't have to hide this watering aid.

Use it like a decoration.

 

Let me know if you end up making a Christmas Tree Watering Stick!

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone, including myself 

 

Three Tiered Stackable Container Garden With Holiday Message

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I designed a three tiered, stackable container garden with a message for the Fourth of July for my gardening segment on the "Home and Family" show recently.

 

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Along the front of a trio of stacked, white terra-cotta pots, I painted the words, "God Bless America" in royal blue.

 

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Turn the planters around and the message reads, "Joy, Peace, Love," a perfect message for the Christmas holidays!

Painted with red letters, of course.

 

Stackable planters with messages are trendy these days and I always like to add my own design twist.

With "reversible" containers, I can extend the usefulness of the decorative garden display beyond the Fourth of July holiday.

 I can keep the patriotic planter on the porch from the Fourth of July until Christmas!

 

How To Make Stackable Holiday Planters

Watch my TV segment from the Home & Family show, "DIY Stacked Patriotic Planter with Shirley Bovshow"

 

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Select a small, medium and large terra cotta container and paint with white indoor/outdoor latex paint.

 

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Tape off the insde of container as shown and paint the inner lip white, stopping short of the soil line.

Paint an accent color under the outside rim of the planters, I chose red.

 

If you are good at freehand drawing, paint your desired message.

I don't trust my hand, so I wrote message in pencil and filled in with paint.

 

Begin with your large container and invert a sturdy plastic growing pot inside of it.

Growing pots can usually be found in recyle pins or at landscape centers for free.

Ask around.

 

 

 

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This upside down container will serve as a platform to set the medium size planter on top of.

You may need to stack a few empty containers until you are happy with the elevation of the medium container.

 

Once the inverted growing pots are stacked as high as you like, fill the space between them and the garden container with potting soil.

Move on  to the next level, stacking the growing pots and then place the last container on top!

 

It's time to plant!

 

This patriotic planter design features red, white and blue plants and I kept the variety of plants to a minimum on purpose.

Too many different plants creates a busy feeling and that's not what you want.

 

Plant Selection For Shirley's  Patriotic Stacked Planter

 

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RED

Zonal geraniums

Celosia- to add texture

 

WHITE

Nemesia

Gaura

Gerbera Daisy

 

BLUE

Lobelia

 

Planting Tips

Start planting from the top and work your way down.

This way, you won't spill soil on top of the plants in the lower levels.

 

Plant lower-growing annuals like the blue lobelia beneath the words so that it won't grow up and cover the message!

Cascading plants like the nemesia should be planted along the sides of the container.

 

Invest in a sturdy, strong plant caddy with casters so you can spin your container arrangement around when the holiday changes!

 

 

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Isn't this fun?

 

Small, Narrow Garden Bed Makeover: Design Ideas

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A small, narrow garden bed is not a design dilemna, it's a creative design opportunity!

Do you have a small, narrow garden and crave style but lack design ideas?

 

 

Watch my garden makeover segment as seen on the Home & Family show!

 

I recently presented a garden makeover for a tiny garden bed that measures 12 feet long by 4.5 feet wide on the Home and Family show on the Hallmark channel.

The garden bed is in a key area because you see it from inside the dining room where we tape lots of interviews.

Such is the case with many small, narrow garden beds- they are difficult to ignore, especially when they are ugly!

 

This is the condition the garden bed was in before the makeover.

 

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A neglected artichoke falls among the roses.

All of the plants in this garden bed were in bad shape and the area lacked a focal point.

 

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I was determined to bring order to the garden by creating a focal point and an appropriate plant pallet.

 

The Garden Design Plan

My design goal was to:
  • Create a multi-level garden with elements that are tall, medium and short but not too busy looking for a narrow garden bed.
  • Create a focal point with an arbor that functions as a  hanging plant support structure so plants hang down from it instead of growing up it.
  • Create a sitting area with garden bench.
  • Create a colorful garden using low maintenance plants that have an extended bloom time.
Take a closeup look at the new garden!
 
 
 
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A tall,  white arbor anchors the small garden bed and functions as a hanging plant structure.
The backless garden bench is in perfect scale for the small space and is a mid-height element.
 
 
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This is the opposite view where you can see that the yellow daisy topiary trees are not planted in the ground, but in containers!

When planting a small space area, use containers to raise the level of accent plants and free the ground for other plants.

 
 

Arbor and Hanging Garden Details

 
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Notice how the vinca major vine sits above the arbor and hangs down along the front like a pair of curtains?

 

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This gives the arbor "instant coverage" and softens the look of the structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The area under the arch creates a framed alcove for the hanging plants that hang at different levels.

There is also a hanging metal planter on the lattice in the background for additional depth.

 

 

Hanging Plants From the Arbor

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I selected three main plants and a few accent plants to hang and plant in the ground. 

Small space gardens should have less variety of plants and more of each variety.

Less is more.

Thank you to HortCouture for the beautiful selection of plants!

 

Geranium Glitterati, "Ice Queen"
 

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On the arbor, I hung a stylish geranium with scarlet orange flowers and green and white variegated leaves, called, "Ice Queen."

It is a cross between a zonal and ivy leaf geranium.

 

What makes "Ice Queen" different from other geranium varieties is more vigor, garden performance, and they have much more flowers! 

I planted these geraniums in the ground, underneath the arbor to create a multi level effect and grow as a ground cover.

 

"Ice Queen" will be available in 2015 at independent garden centers across the country.

I have the good fortune of being able to preview these plants!

 

Petunia, "Glamouflage Grape"

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Also hanging from the arbor and planted at the foot of bench is the glowing annual, Petunia, "Glamouflauge Grape."

I like how the petunia looks next to the broken ceramic mosaic stepping stone made by Kenneth Wingard on the Home and Family Show.

 

This special petunia has a vibrant purple flower on striking cream and green variegated foliage.  

The variety does great in sun or partial shade, in baskets or mixed containers. 

Petunia, Glamouflage Grape grows about 8 inches tall and spreads up to 12 inches wide.

 

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Paired with lavender, this petunia has very good heat and drought tolerance.

 

 

Detail Plants in the Small, Narrow Garden

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Yellow daisy trees, and pink petunias in wall planters round out the plant selection.

 

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I tucked in the succulent, "String of Pearls" on the inside ledge of the arbor.
Nice texture and contrast to the flowers.
 
 
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So much detail in this garden, yet so little space!
I really like how it turned out.
 

Maintaining a Hanging Garden

My new hanging gardens will need specific care in order to grow, thrive and look good for a long time.
 
Here's my maintenance plan:
 
  • Mulch to keep weeds down
  • Water the hanging plants when the soil feels dry to touch
  • Fertilize with a diluted  solution every week to promote new flowers.
  • Pinch off spent blooms to encourage new ones to grow.
  • Rotate hanging baskets for even sun exposure

 

More Narrow Garden Beds

Beyond the area where the arbor sits are more narrow garden beds along the Home & Family house.

I planted these beds with matching plants to add continuity to the back of the house.

 

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Upright rosemary, (growing against lattice) geraniums, petunias, lavender and a fragrant, David Austin English rose tree fit into narrow garden beds.

 

EdenMaker, Shirley Bovshow

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EdenMaker, Shirley Bovshow next to her small, narrow garden bed makeover.

I hope you enjoyed this detailed account of my project.

Please leave your questions below and watch my garden segments on the Home & Family show, weekdays at 10AM PST on the Hallmark channel!

 

Shirley