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Fall Containers: One Plant Wonders!

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It's the first week of October and today registered a HOT 98-degrees in Los Angeles.

Perfect weather for desiging fall container gardens!

Oh, I'm not complaining about the perennial sunshine, I only wish "sweater weather" would set in soon.

No matter how warm it is in my town, my focus is on presenting garden and design information for the national audience that watches the "Home & Family" show.

 

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My latest gardening segment is on "Fall Containers: One Plant Wonders!"

I thought it would be practical to showcase plants that boast beautiful foliage, texture, or berries and look great as "one plant wonders" in fall containers.

The last thing I want to do is care for a mixed fall planter, stuffed with a bunch of flowers that need deadheading.

What do you think?

 

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Shopping for garden containers at Green Thumb Nurseries in Canoga Park, CA.

 

My approach to fall containers this year is simple and practical.

Pair a fall foliage plant with a colorful, contrasting jewel-toned container for maximum impact!

 

Take a look at a few of my favorite fall plants for containers featuring some First Editions® plants that I presented on the show.

I want to thank Bailey Nurseries for providing the plants and Green Thumb Nurseries for the colorful containers.

 

Daub's Frosted Juniper Tree

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This Daub's Frosted Juniper is grafted as a small tree with bluish-green, lacy mature foliage and frosted golden-yellow new growth.

I like how the glossy white container and white Galaxy snowberry plant bring light to the evergreen tree.

Junipers are cold hardy and one of the most adaptable plants in the world!

You'll find them surviving under snow as well as braving the heat of the desert.

Find a sunny spot in your garden and enjoy the year-round beauty of this spreading, but low growing variety.

 

Harry Lauder Walking Stick Tree (Corylus avellana)

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The stark, gray, twisted branches of the Corylus avellana or "Harry Lauder Walking Stick" tree, transform the naked branches into a "living sculpture" in the fall and winter.

 I selected a textured, cobalt blue container with raised swirls to play up the contorted shape of the branches.

As the tree ages, the branches become thick and gnarled and bend into corkscrew configurations that are breathtaking and a hallmark of the plant.

When placed in a tall container, it elevates the tree to "art status."

 

Harry Lauder Walking Stick is a member of the hazelnut family and is dormant through the winter.

 

Loropetelum, First Editions® 'Crimson Fire' Fringe Flower

Besides small trees, I selected some plants that are commonly used in the landscape but interesting enough to be featured as a specimen plant.

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The dark ruby leaves of the Loropetelum, or 'Crimson Fire' Fringe Flower, persist throughout the year.

In the spring, the Crimson Fire boasts an eye-opening, neon pink flower.

When  I combined this plant with a glossy, ochre ceramic container, I was impressed with the vivid colors.

Although the loropetelum is hardy to nearly 0-degrees Farenheit when planted in the ground, as a container plant it can tolerate cold temparatures near 20-degrees.

Take it indoors to a sunny room and enjoy closeup when temperatures dip less than 20 degrees.

 

First Editions® 'Red Fame' Hypericum

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Don't I look like I'm enjoying the fall with my sweater?

I was boiling but I kept smiling!

 

 The fire engine red berries of the 'Red Fame' Hypericum tower over the dark green leaves, looking beautiful with autumn colors.

The purple container has a raised, knubby texture that mimics the round berries and reminds me of a cozy, cable knit sweater.

I wish!

 

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Hypericum is related to St. John's Wart and this variety grows round and compact at 2.5 feet tall  by 2.5 feet wide.

Give the Hypericum full sun and don't eat the berries!

They can be toxic to people and turn black in the winter.

 

First Editions® 'Tiger Eyes" Staghorn Sumac

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The warm, orange ceramic planter sets off the golden and scarlet tones of the 'Tiger's Eyes sumac.

 

Take a look at the rosy pink stems with chartreuse green and yellow fall leaves.

If this combination doesn't scream "Autumn," I don't know what does!

Tiger's Eyes is an award winning plant and can be planted later in spring,  in the garden as shrub or small tree.

Find a space with a lot of open space as the sumac tends to grow enthusiastically and cover some ground!

 

Questions From Home & Family Show!

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Q:  Other than color, what type of containers are best for cold weather?

Containers that won't crack from freezing and thawing.
Wood, metal, fiberglass, stone and high-fired ceramic like these

 

Q: What is the difference between a plant with a brand name such as, "First Editions" and plants without special names?

Branded plants such as First Editions® have been bred to be an improved version over their common plant counterpart.

Better disease resistance, more color choices, better size selection, more or extended bloom times.

If you like a plant but not it's behavior, look for branded plants to see if they have improved version.

 

Q:- Any special care for fall container plants?

 

Water once per week if no rain

No need to fertilize

Use an "anti-dessicant" such as Wilt-Pruf to keep leaves from drying on cold, windy days

 

Leave me your questions about your landscape or garden below!

 

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?

 

DIY Bunny Rabbit Topiary From Tomato Cage!

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My fingers are still tender from working on my DIY bunny rabbit topiary made from a repurposed tomato cage and floral netting!

After trying six different design approaches for the bunny topiary, I finally settled on using a tomato cage as a support.

You can't beat the 2 dollar price tag and the small tomato cage frame is the perfect size to fit a 1 or 5 gallon size plant.

And so, I presented my design on the Home and Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden design expert.

 

I love the challenge of coming up with new ideas and garden design projects every week for the show.

The bunny topiary was a challenge because it had to be easy enough for most people to do, use inexpensive materials, and be structurally viable.

I was excited when I finally thought of using a tomato cage and estatic when I put it together and it actually looked kind of cute!

 

Want to make one?

Here we go.

 

Materials for Shirley's DIY Bunny Rabbit Topiary From Tomato Cage 

  • Small tomato cage (used as topiary support)
  • 4 packs of green floral wire netting by  Panagea  12" x 48"-inches ( $3 each Joann's)
  • 1 pack 22g green floral wire
  • 1 lightweight plant container
  • 1- 5-gallon African Boxwood plant (SEE NOTE)
  • 3- 4"-inch English Daisies
  • 1-4"-inch Festuca blue- (to use as bunny's tail)
  • 1-pack "sew on eyes" (.50 cents at Joann's)
  • Sphagnum moss

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NOTE: Use an evergreen plant for a topiary frame so it looks good year-round.

Select plants with small leaves and dense, green foliage that looks good when sheared.

Examples include boxwood, myrtle, syzygium, laurel, privet, rosemary, ivy, creeping fig vine.

Buy compact varieties of these plants for small topiaries and regular growing varieties for large landscape topiaries.

 

Create the Bunny Topiary Frame

  1. Check  that your inverted tomato cage fits over your plant and sits on the soil of the container.
  2. Remove your tomato cage from plant and wrap with floral netting, securing with floral wire beginning at the base of cage and work your way up.
  3. Pull your netting as you wrap it around so that it is not loose.
  4. Cut off the metal stakes that stick up from the tomato cage with wire cutters.
  5. Place the covered tomato cage carefully over your plant.
  6. Reuse the cut metal stakes to secure the cage to the planter by bending them in half and inserting in soil.
  7. Cut a 8"-10"- inch piece of netting and press it on top of a round object to curve it- this will become the top of the bunny head.
  8. Secure the netting to the top of the topiary form, closing the gap and creating the top of the "head"
  9. Cut another 8-10"-inch netting and shape on top of round object- this will become the bunny's face.

10.Secure the "bunny face to the top of the frame and "head"

Add Appendages

 

FEET

Cut 2 pieces of netting 8"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each piece with moist moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

Bend feet upwards.

 

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Cut 2 pieces of netting, approx 4"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each with moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

 

BUNNY EARS

Cut two pieces of netting, 12"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each with moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

 

FINAL DETAILS

  1. Attach the "Sew on Eyes" with a piece of wire onto the "face" 
  2. Plant the Festuca grass where the bunny tail would be.
  3. Plant a few English Daisies along the rim of planter
  4. Finish with a hand painted sign that reads: "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" 

 

HAVE FUN!

 

Watch the video of my segment on Home and Family

 

 

 

 

Miniature Garden: Emerald Isle, Mossy, Misty Irish Landscape

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My latest miniature garden is titled, "Emerald Isle," inspired by the misty, mossy, verdant landscape of Ireland.

I created this tabletop-sized landscape for the "Home and Family" show, Hallmark channel's popular daytime home and garden talk show.

The Hallmark channel is all about the holidays, and with Saint Patrick's Day around the corner, I was in the mood to do some interpretive gardening!

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Shirley Bovshow demonstrates how to plant moss, with Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines on Home & Family show.

 

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I've never been to Ireland but I've seen lots of photos of the rolling, pastoral hills covered in a thick, persistent fog.

These dense, wet clouds and vapor trickle over Ireland, perpetuating colonies of diverse moss fields.

I turned to Moss Acres, a nursery that specializes in growing moss for the landscape architects, designers, contractors and gardeners for my plants.

 

Did you know that there are over 12,000 recognized species of moss, a plant in the Bryophyta family?

Moss Acres not only supplied the moss for my TV segment, they also sent me a couple of "Mist Makers" to create the foggy effect in my container garden!

 

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I chose only four varieties of moss to showcase in my Emerald Isle miniature garden.

 

Moss Varieties

 

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Sheet Moss (Hypnum imponens)- a flat, creeping moss gaining popularity as a lawn replacement plant.

 

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Cushion Moss (Leucobryum)- a light-green, plump and cushy moss.

 

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Rock Cap Moss- (Dicranum) a dense, medium green moss that grows on top of rocks with little or no soil.

 

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Reindeer Moss-(cladonia) a lichen plant that reindeers eat to keep warm.

 

Mosses are peculiar plants.

Mosses have no roots or flowers and stay relatively small throughout their life.

Mosses are true survivors of the plant world.

Once established in a shady spot with regular water, mosses will respond to freezing temperatures or drought in the same way.

Mosses go to sleep in order to survive extreme temperatures and conditions.

They are brought out of their dormancy by watering and then growth begins again.

 

 

Other Materials Needed To Make This Garden

Container or pot saucer (I used pot saucer on the show and in the example above).

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Gravel (use a small layer for drainage when planting in saucer).

Potting soil

 

 

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Emerald green glass boulder made from recycled glass (sold  in landscape center)

Stones and pebbles

Small glass container (to hide mist pump)

 

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Mister Maker machine (small)

Fairy or St. Patrick’s figurines for holiday theme

Spray bottle with distilled water to water the moss
 

Steps:

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1. Set your glass boulder in middle of planter as a focal point.

 

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2. Make a hole to bury your glass container where mist pump will be placed, leaving 1/2 an inch lip over the soil level.

3. Insert Mister Maker pump into glass container and add water, cover with plastic to keep soil out.

4. Plant mosses, using different types to create a natural effect.

5. Add small stones and cover with sheet moss to create raised, undulating hills.

6. Plant small fern or other plants

 

Detail with St. Patrick's Day or fairy garden decor.

Switch on mister and enjoy the show!

 

 

 

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

 

Miniature Garden: Emerald Isle Photo Gallery

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Tabletop miniature garden of the Irish landscape.

 

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I bought a glass lampstand at Pier One Imports and used it as a lighthouse for my miniature garden.

 

 

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Close up of "bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow."

 

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I designed the rainbow using bent floral wire and sheer rainbow ribbon which I used a gluegun to attach it with.

 

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The Irish landscape in miniature form includes lots of stone and moss plants to look authentic!

 

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Assorted mosses, stone and Oxalis, a clover plant.

 

Alternative design:

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Here's an Emerald Isle Miniature Garden I designed in a ceramic container!

 

Want to see some more miniature and fairy gardens I've designed?

 

Easy Modular Monogram Succulent Wall Planter From Wood Crates!

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I'm going to show you how to make a trendy, modular monogram succulent wall planter from wood crates you buy at the craft store.
There are no tools involved and this is probably one of the easiest vertical wall planters you can make.

 

ßHave you been watching the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden lifestyle expert?

One of the producers asked me if I could make a monogram succulent wall planter that they saw in a popular garden magazine.

The design was gorgeous but too complicated for the average person to make, so I redesigned it as a modular planter using store-bought wood crates.

Take a look!

 

 

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The letters "H" and "F" succulent wall planters are displayed at the Home & Family deck.

 Some of the unique design elements of this vertical succulent wall planter include:
 
  • The planters are made from ready-made, lightweight wood crates from the craft store, so there's no heavy wood construction involved.
  • The succulent monogram design is created by hanging a series of large and small crates to form block letters.
  • This succulent wall planter is a "no-soil" planter.
  • Succulent cuttings are planted in moist moss so the planter is very lightweight.

 

MATERIALS FOR THE EASY MONOGRAM SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER

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Gather these materials and start making your monogram succulent planter!

 

 

 

  • Wood crates from Joann's craft store. Price ranges from $4 to $8 dollars depending on size.
  • Spray paint for wood in your favorite color, glossy finish. I chose "Sunny Yellow" from Krylon.
  • "NeverWet" waterproofing solution by Rust-Oleum. NeverWet is a two step solution designed to create a moisture repelling barrier on a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, aluminum and more.
  • Moist moss as a planting medium.
  • Plastic chicken wire to keep the moss and plants from falling out.
  • Succulent plant cuttings.
  • Staple gun for securing chicken wire to crates.
  • Screws for hanging on wall.
        

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING SUCCULENT WALL PLANTERS

 

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Helpful Hint: Use a Lazy Susan when painting for easy access to all areas!

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1. SPRAY PAINT one or two  coats of color paint, inside and out and let dry.

 

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2. Apply the BASE COAT APPLICATION of  Rust-Oleum® NeverWet solution.

Shake the can of NeverWet Base Coat vigorously for one minute before spraying and then frequently during use and between passes.

I love this product, it has revolutionized the materials that I can use to make planters because of it's effective waterproofing abilities!

Spray Base Coat approximately 6-12 inches from the surface.

Spray two light coats of Base Coat (right to left, then up and down).
Wait for 30 minutes for the Base Coat to dry.
Apply a second coat if desired, waiting 30 minute before moving to the next step.

 

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3. Apply the TOP COAT APPLICATION of Rust-Oleum NeverWet solution.

Shake Top Coat can vigorously for one minute after mixing ball begins to rattle.

Shake often during use.

Spray Top Coat over Base Coat approximately 6-12 inches from the surface.

Avoid soaking the surface.

 

Spray two light coats (right to left, then up and down).

Wait 1-2 minutes and then spray two additional passes, taking care not to soak the surface.

Wait at least 30 minutes before exposing to water, 12 HOURS IS IDEAL.

 

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Painted and water-proofed crates, ready for chicken wire and after, planting!
 
 
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4. PREPARE PLANTER with moss and chicken wire for planting.

Staple chicken wire inside of crate

 

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Fill tightly with wet moss

 

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Secure the moss in the front of the crate with green plastic chicken wire.

I prefer the plastic chicken wire to the metal one because it's much gentler on your skin!

 

HOW TO PLANT SUCCULENTS IN MOSS BOX

There are a few plants besides succulents that can be planted bare root in moss.
Bromeliads, tsillandsias and orchids are among them.
You could probably add some of these plants to your vertical planter along with the succulents if you wanted to.
 
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Push small plant cuttings through chicken wire opening and secure into moss.

After a few weeks, the succulents will begin to root in the moss, wrapping their roots around moss clumps.

Succulents are able to grow and thrive in the soiless medium with the advantage of slower growth.

Use a small bent coated wire to wrap around plant stem and anchor into the moss if needed for security.

 

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Continue to add more succulents but don't overplant!

 

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Leave some space for the plants to grow.

 

Planting Tips:

Plant creeping plants such as Senecio on the lower areas of planters so that when the plant grows, it doesn't cover other plants.

Buy  small succulent plants (4"-inches and smaller) so that your plants don't  outgrow the planters quickly!

Use cuttings from larger succulents to save money. 

 

HOW TO WATER YOUR SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER

Mist the moss in your succulent wall planter until fully wet once a week or take your planter down from the wall and gently water.

Be careful not to dislodge your newly planted succulents.

I never fertilize my succulents that are planted in moss and they still grow well and last a long time.

One of the advantages of planting in moss is that you can hang your vertical wall planter immediately after planting as their is no soil that needs securing.

 

Do you have any questions about creating a  modular monogram succulent wall planter using wood crates?

 

 

Miniature Rose Garden With Repurposed Glass Bottle Arbor

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I designed a miniature rose garden featuring repurposed glass bottles which I made into an arbor just in time for Valentines Day!

Don't ask me where I get my wild ideas, I just get them.

I have a collection of gorgeous liquor or "spirit" bottles that I picked up in an alley behind a bar in Sherman Oaks, California a couple of years ago.

It's been my intention to use these beautifully shaped bottles in my garden designs, and I finally used a couple of them.

 

If you watch my gardening segments on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel, you might be visiting my blog, EdenMakers, to read more information or to see more photos of the miniature rose garden I presented on the show.

You've come to the right place!

 

 

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Take a look at my "Glass Bottle Arbor and Rose Mini Garden" from start to finish with a little video thrown in!

 

Video, "Shirley Bovshow's Mini Rose Garden on Home and Family Show"

 

MATERIALS FOR SHIRLEY'S GLASS ARBOR ROSE MINI GARDEN

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Miniature roses in 4 or 5"-inch container
 
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Sweet Alyssum in multi pack size
 
potting soil
Urn or container 5-gallon size is ideal
 
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Fill your container up to 1-inch shy of the rim with well draining potting soil
 
 
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 Remove all labels from bottle and wash inside and out before using in your container garden.
 
22-gauge florist wire to wrap around bottle
2- bottles (nicely shaped)
2-wine corks
 
1-Covered wire stem (to make top of arbor)
Sharp scissors
 
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1-heart-shaped cookie cutter
 
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1-package of red "sparkle glass"
Package of small white pebbles
pantyhose discards

 

Instructions

PREPARE THE BOTTLE ARBORS
1. Select two identical bottles, wash inside and out, remove labels.
 
2. Starting at the bottom of the bottle, wrap 22-gauge florist wire around the base and extend to neck of bottle.
    Twist wire to other side of bottle neck and extend downward to bottom of bottle.
    Cut wire and tighten ends together.
 
3. Wrap floral wire horizontally around the bottle to create a "trellis" grid for the roses to be attached to.
    Wrap at least 3 horizontal wires.
 
4. Drill a small hole on top of wine corks with end of scissors or small nail.
    (This will make inserting the wire for the "arbor top" easier).
 
5. Twist a couple of covered wire stems together and shape into a small arch.
 
 
INSTALL THE ARBOR
 
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6. Insert the two bottles into the potting soil, burying approximately, 1/2 – 1"-inch of the bottom of the bottle.
    Make sure the two are at the same level and directly across each other.
 
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7. Insert the wine corks into the bottles and join the two bottles by inserting bent covered wire into each of the corks.
    This is the top of your arbor.
 
PLANT ROSES AND ALYSSUM
 
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8. Plant your roses on each side of the bottle and attach stems to the grid using small pieces of pre-bent wire.
 
9. Plant sweet alyssum along edges of your container.
 
PREPARE FOR DECORATIVE SOIL COVER
 
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10.Cover the soil with old pantyhose or landscaping material so that the topping won't sink into the soil after watering.
     Top with white pebbles.
 
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Miniature rose garden floor covered with white pebbles
 
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11. Insert the heart-shaped cookie cutter into the pebbles and top with red sparkle glass.
 
DETAIL YOUR MINI GARDEN
 
12. Cover the bare soil near the plants with sphagnum moss
 
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13. Hang a small crystal pendant from arbor.
 
14. Place a small bench in your garden.
 
Water lightly and place indoors near sunny window or outside in covered patio in bright spot.
After roses fade, plant them in your yard in a sunny location that get six hours of full sun each day.
 
 
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MAINTAINING YOUR MINIATURE ROSE GARDEN
 
1. Water your miniature rose garden when the soil feels dry to the touch.
 
2. Remove old flowers once they are spent to keep the garden looking fresh
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3. As rose plants grows, you can re-pot each rose in it's own container or plant outdoors in the garden as weather permits.
 
 

MINIATURE ROSE INFORMATION

Contrary to popular practice, you don't have to throw away your supermarket miniature rose when it stops blooming.
 
These roses are just as strong as their full sized counterparts.
 
Many miniature roses will grow up to 2-3'-feet tall when planted in the ground and are ideal for small spaced gardens.
 
Plant your miniature rose outdoors in the spring after all threat of frost is over in a location that receives at least 6 hours of full sun.
 
Water, fertilize as often as you would your full size roses.
 

More Miniature and Fairy Gardens by Shirley Bovshow

I've created a number of miniature and fairy gardens throughout the years.

Here are some links to other blog posts as well as videos of my projects.

Enjoy!

 

Fairy Gardening: Miniature Garden Ideas

Miniature Rose Garden: Container Idea

Butterdish Terrarium by Shirley Bovshow

 

Videos on Miniature and Fairy Gardening with Shirley Bovshow

 

"How to Make Your First Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden"

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"Make a Mini Garden With Sun Parasol Garden Crimson Mandevilla"

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Staghorn Fern Mount Displays From Repurposed Materials

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I have  some creative ideas for displaying mounted Staghorn ferns using repurposed materials and no nails!

This tutorial was presented on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden lifestyle and design expert.

Fans of home and garden TV will love this unique talk show!

 

Enjoy this rainforest wonder plant indoors and learn how to care for it.
 

ABOUT STAGHORN FERNS (Platycerium bifurcatum)

Staghorn ferns grow into a huge plant under ideal conditions which are warm, temperate and humid conditions.

  • The Staghorn fern is an exotic epiphyte plant that grows directly on trees and stone and draws nutrients from falling leaves that are caught by the ferns "antlers."
  • Native to Australia and tropical, South East Asia, the Staghorn fern has two distinct leaf forms with its own function.
  • The smaller leaves cover the roots and help take up water and nutrients and are sterile, (they don't bear spores).
  • The larger fronds resemble a stag's horn and bear spores on its underside which help propagate the plant.
  • The large fronds can grow up to 3 feet long, depending on variety.

 

SHIRLEY'S STAGHORN FERN MOUNTED PLANTS

Browse some of my designs and if you are interested in replicating them, read the instructions below on "Preparing Your Staghorn Fern for Mounting."

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to Acacia Wood Cutting Board

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Staghorn fern mounted to an acacia wood cutting board with burlap 

 

After preparing the Staghorn fern for mounting, I wrapped it in burlap and hung it from the cutting board handle.

This is a unique and affordable way to display your Staghorn fern.

 

HomeGoods offered this acacia wood cutting board for approximately 10 dollars.

In a few years, the Staghorn fern will outgrow the cutting board and become very heavy.

At that point, the basal fronds will attach themselves to the board and not rely on the burlap for support!

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to A Driftwood Photo Frame

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Small Staghorn fern mounted to a driftwood photo frame.

 

My head started spinning with ideas when I came across this rustic driftwood photo frame from HomeGoods.

The opening for the photo measures 5" x 4"-inches, perfect for my small Staghorn fern plant.

The back of the frame is open so it will be easy to water it by taking the frame down and dipping the back of the plant into a bucket of water!

As the plant grows it will basically "swallow" the frame, enveloping it completly.

I suggest that as it outgrows the space, move it and replace it with another small Staghorn fern.

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to a Black Metal Fruit Bowl

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Staghorn fern mounted to a black metal fruit bowl.

A black metal fruit bowl from HomeGoods, (again!) is repurposed as a planter!

I was  looking for a contemporary style product to reinterpret as a planter- what do you  think?

Mounting the fern to the open grid was easy to do with metal wire and will be easy to take down for a good soak of water!

If I allow the plant to grow in the metal planter indefinitely, two things may happen:

  • The metal may rust after a few years
  • The plant will swallow the metal basket

I can't think that far in advance, so I'm not sure what I'll do!

 

Staghorn Fern Planted in Large Driftwood Stump

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Staghorn fern planted in crevice of large driftwood stump.

 

There's a special story behind the stump of driftwood that I used as a "living sculpture planter" for the Staghorn fern.

A homeless man who I befriended entrusted the beautiful driftwood stump to me to be it's "guardian" as he had no place to keep it.

This man found the stump when he was out and about with his daughters when he still had a home and they were very young.

The memory of him being with his girls is connected to this momento so it's a precious possession for him.

He is estranged from his daughters now, making this unassuming stump even more important.

The Staghorn fern is planted in a large crevice along the top.

 

Now that I've served up some inspiration of repurposed Staghorn fern mounts, are you ready to make some of your own?

 

PREPARING STAGHORN FERN FOR MOUNTING

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Materials

  • Small Staghorn fern
  • old pantyhose
  • sphagnum moss
  • fishing wire (25-50lb capacity) 
Directions:
 
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Remove any soil surrounding the roots of a small Staghorn fern and cover with wet sphagnum moss.

 

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 Place inside a piece of pantyhose. Secure with wire.

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Cover the exposed pantyhose with decorative sheet moss or coconut fiber, WRAP with wire.

You are now ready to attach the prepared Staghorn fern to your selected mounting material!

 

WATERING AND MAINTAINING INDOOR STAGHORN FERN

  • Staghorn ferns thrive  outdoors in humid climates (50-90 degrees) or indoors in high humidity rooms such as a bathroom or greenhouse.
  • Indoors, watering should be light but often, approximately every other day in the summer and twice a week during the winter as moss dries up.
  • Apply water to  the root area which is blanketed in sphagnum moss when it feels dry.
  • During spring through summer, fertilize your Staghorn with a balanced, (1:1:1 ratio) half diluted plant food added to the water once per month.
  • Mist-spray your Staghorn regularly to maintain high humidity. 

 

LOCATION NEEDS FOR INDOOR STAGHORN FERN

Bright light but not direct sunlight or it will scorch your plant.

 

OUTDOOR LOCATION FOR STAGHORN FERN

If you live in a tropical and humid area, you can grow Staghorn ferns outdoors!

Ideal temperatures are between 50 and 90 degrees.

Older, established plants may fare well in slightly colder and warmer temperatures, but this is the comfort zone.

Place your Staghorn in light to partial shade and bring indoors to humid room when temperatures dip below 55 degrees.

 
 

STAGHORN FERN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why should Staghorn ferns be hung?

In nature, Staghorns are epiphytes and grow attached to tree trunks and stone and make ideal vertical plants.

The beauty of the shape of the Staghorn fronds are more visible when the plant is hung on its side.

 

How do you water an indoor Staghorn fern? How often?

Indoor Staghorns are dependent on you for their humidity needs and should be watered when the moss area is dry to the touch and misted regularly.

During the summer, this can be as often as every day or every couple of days, depending on how hot and dry you keep your house.

In wintertimes, you may only need to water once per week.

 

Apply water directly to the moss root area. 

You may need to take down your wall mount and dip the roots in a bucket of water, so plan for this when creating your display mount.

Don't drench the roots with water, water lightly as Staghorn roots and basal fronds may rot.

The rule of thumb is frequent, light watering over drenching your plant each time you water it.

 

How big do Staghorn ferns get?

Outdoors, under ideal temperatures and high humidity, Staghorns and their pups, (plantlets) can span 6 feet wide or more!

Staghorns can become very heavy, reaching hundreds of pounds.

 

What other plants can you combine with Staghorns for a pretty display?

Combine your small indoor Staghorn fern display with other epiphyte plants such as bromeliads, orchids and tsillandsias for a pretty combination.

Be aware that with time, the secondary plants will be overtaken by the larger Staghorn fern.

Succulents also combine well with Staghorns as their roots can also be wrapped in moss and watered as needed.

 

How long do  Staghorn ferns live?

Well maintained Staghorns can be passed down from generation to generation as "legacy plants" and live hundreds of years through their progeny.

 

Should the small fronds be removed as they turn brown and old?

Don't remove the small, infertile fronds that attach themselves to surfaces when they turn brown.

Your Staghorn will grow many layers of these round fronds which help capture nutrients from air and water for your plant.

The natural breakdown of these fronds provide hummus for the plant.

 

How do you propagate a Staghorn fern?

Staghorn ferns have spores that can be used for propagation but it's an involved process that takes patience and experience.

An easier way to cultivate more plants is by dividing small plantlets that emerge at the base of the plant.

 

Do you have any questions about mounting Staghorn ferns?

Please leave a comment below!