Garden Décor DIY-Inspiration Meets Experience

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 19, 2016 5:00:06 PM

Social media is an unlimited source of inspiration. It's easy to spend hours on websites such as Pinterest, browsing jaw-droppingly beautiful garden projects which you're just dying to try at home. However, it can be hard to know where to start to get your projects looking as lovely as they do on your screen. 

We're here to help with some simple DIY décor ideas to catch the latest online trends and keep your patio Pinterest-perfect. 

Tantalizing Terrariums

DSC04011-461196-edited.jpgTerrariums are miniature gardens enclosed in glass, and they make beautiful centerpieces for an event or just on display in your home. A few pointers for pulling this project off:

  • Because terrariums are enclosed and lack drainage, watering can be tricky. Try wrapping the root ball of the succulent in coco coir or moss when you "plant" it, then removing it from the container when you water. 
  • Morning sun or indirect light is best, the enclosed space can magnify heat.
  • Layer your sand, rocks, or mulch in the container, and don't forget charcoal, which will absorb any odor caused by excess moisture. 
Choose a theme and let your imagination run wild- any combination of ingredients can be paired to emulate a landscape in miniature. Try sand, glass and shells for a beachy feel. Mulch paired with moss, then accented with tchotchkes can create a whimsical woodsy look. 

The Art of Kokedama

DSC03930-533748-edited-799791-edited.jpgKokedama is a Japanese term which means "moss ball" and its a fast-growing trend in the world of miniature gardening. Basically, it's something which has been "planted" in a ball of moss, which is then wrapped in bonsai mix, layered with more moss, and bound with twine.

Kokedama is a form of bonsai in which you are stunting the plants growth, but creating a beautiful and peculiar work of art which can be suspended to hang or displayed on a pedestal.

Things to consider:

  • Small plants which grow slowly are good choices for kokedama planters, bonsai starters have a wide selection
  • Kokedama have limited root space to sustain them, so avoid situating in harsh conditions such as full sun or reflected heat.
  • Watering will depend on sun exposure, wind and the type of plant. Generally, an indoor fern, such as the one pictured, will need to have its moss ball soaked once per week. If outdoors, mist between waterings. 


Up-cycled Container Chic

DSC03941-732504-edited-771301-edited.jpgSurely you've seen planters which are made of unusual recycled objects. This "up-cycling", as it's called, is wonderful for taking things which might have otherwise gone to waste and transforming them into a stylish home for a living thing.  Basic tips for turning what might have become trash into container-gardening treasure:

  • Whenever possible, poke drainage holes in your container. If you can't, be sure to layer charcoal in the bottom, and be cautious of over watering.
  • If planting something which will be hung vertically like the birdcage pictured, use wire to hold the plants in place until their roots grow out enough to anchor them.
  • Succulents are a savvy choice for up-cycled containers because the plants can be divided and nestled into little nooks and crannies. 

These are just a few examples of projects you can accomplish with little time, your personal taste, and a little garden know-how. For recipe cards, and more adorable inspiration, visit us this weekend at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new Rocklin location.

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Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 1, 2014 4:03:00 PM

Certain times of the year we are bombarded by uninvited guests...mosquitoes. Try repelling them naturally with plants.

All three of these plants are suited to containers. All are available in seed and most are available as starters. Fill any containers you have with good quality potting soil and sow seeds or plant these mosquito repelling gems! Try starting in smaller containers and move them around the yard to wherever you want to enjoy some mosquito-free time.


mosquito repelling plants 

Lemon Thyme: 
This staple of the herb garden has many health benefits that also include mosquito control. Thyme is a perennial, so once you've got it started, you'll have it for years to come with proper care. There are several different types of thyme, although, lemon thyme has the reputation of signaling mosquitoes to bug off. 

 Sow and Grow:

  • Thyme seeds are tiny, so they shouldn't be sown too deeply; 1/8" is plenty.
  • Like any other shallow sown seed, keeping the soil moist throughout germination can be tricky. Try sowing the seeds into pre-moistened soil then cover the area or container with clear plastic wrap. As soon as you see green, remove the cover (this works for the rest of the seeds in this article, too).

Basic Care:

  • Thyme likes to grow in full sun, but in the heat of summer, this can be too much in the Sacramento area. 
  • Start by establishing the plants in a flowerpot in partial sun then transplant it during the fall into a sunnier spot.


Many people grow this ornamental beauty for their feline friends. Some people grow it for teas and its medicinal qualities. Now we can all grow it for its ability to repel mosquitoes. Catnip is also a reliable perennial and will return year after year, like thyme.

 Sow and Grow:

  • Catnip seeds are very tiny. Scratch them gently into pre-moistened soil and keep moist, being careful not to cover too deeply.

mosquito repelling plant

Basic Care:

  • Catnip likes some room to spread out, so plan for about 2' of space for each plant. Also, catnip does grow well in containers, although it will be a smaller plant.
  • Catnip is both a low-water plant and a deer resistant plant.
  • If you have cats, you may want to cover your plants with wire mesh to make sure there is plenty of plant left to deter mosquitoes.

Lime Basil:

This less traditional basil has all the culinary acumen of standard basil with a distinct lime kick. This easy-to-grow annual is suited to almost any garden and is the ire of mosquitoes.

Sow and Grow:

  • Lime basil, like other basil, requires warm soil to germinate. Be sure to sow in a warm spot.

mosquito repelling plant 

Basic Care:

  • Lime basil likes to grow in full sun but will tolerate as little as 4 hours of strong, direct sun a day.
  • Lime basil is great in gardens with well-drained, moist soil and is also great for containers. In either setting, a steady supply of moisture is necessary for peak performance.


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Personalize Your Pot-Ups With Seasonal Color

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 8, 2014 3:51:00 PM

Backyards, courtyards, patios and entryways are focal points for all the gorgeous colors of the season.

 plants and flowers

Flowerbeds are ready for a freshening of color, and decorative pots and hanging baskets await new plants to give lively accents to yards.  One of the most common questions heard in the nursery this time of year is...

“How do I plant up the containers I have at home?”

It can be daunting and overwhelming to begin a pot-up from scratch given the amazing array of annuals and perennials. So here are some simple tips to streamline the selection process:


Sun or Shade? 

First, ask if the pot will be in full sun, part sun, or shade. It is important to group plants according to their sunlight requirements, and by asking this question plant choice narrows.

plants and flowers 

Thriller, Filler or Spiller? 

Next, remember there are three different aspects of the pot-up. These are commonly referred to as “thriller”, “filler” and “spiller.”
Terms Defined:

A thriller will give a focal point to the pot and often sets the color scheme of the display. Antique, pastel colors provide a subdued and elegant presentation, while deep, saturated colors give a visual impact of fun and

Fillers will complement the thriller by providing contrasting texture and color, and will assist in rounding out the color scheme of your choice.

Spillers are the final addition to the pot up, cascading down over the pot edge to give a lush and full look.  (Great example of a thriller in the photo on the right)

Get The Look

In addition, when selecting plants, know the impact desired: classic, fun, edible, Mediterranean, tropical – the list can go on, but the main point is that it incorporates appropriately with the rest of the house, yard, or patio. Remember to keep the color of the pots in mind for the objective effect as well, whether already established in the landscape or purchasing them new.


Play in the Dirt

Finally, time to get gardening gloves on and plant your beautiful new pot-up!

PRACTICAL PLANTING TIP: If the pot is against a house, wall or fence, position the thriller at the back of the pot so the fillers and spillers aren’t hidden in the back. If the pot is a stand-alone feature or a hanging basket, position the thriller in the middle to balance the pot.


Choosing the right plants for a pot-up is an adventure, the result of which is a personalized accent or feature of a home. Come visit the nursery for inspiration and assistance creating an exquisite pot-up!






Suggestions for Charming Container Combinations

common geranium, grass, calibrachoa, verbena, bacopa, African daisy.

Part sun
fancy geranium, fuchsia, rush, sedge, heuchera, coleus, helichrysum, sweet potato vine, creeping jenny, deadnettle.

Full shade
fancy begonia, impatiens, fuchsia, fern, coleus, wirevine, ivy. 

oregano, lemon balm, thyme, nasturtium, mint. Nasturtium flowers are edible!

senecio blue chalks, aloe, echeveria, crassula, sedum.

dwarf pomegranate, dwarf olive, geranium, grass, trailing rosemary, thyme.

dwarf bird of paradise, hibiscus, sunpatiens, mandevilla, sweet potato vine.

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How to Plant a Winter Container Garden

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 14, 2012 2:21:00 PM

How to plant a winter container garden

Creating a gorgeous winter planter is a simple project for anyone.  We hear from customers that say they get overwhelmed when it comes to potting up their own containers.  We understand the apprehension, but our goal is to give you some tips so you can confidently make a creative planter to welcome your friends and family this holiday season.  It's so easy and fun!  Here are the steps:

1.  Choose your container.

Remember the exciting items you may already have: an old crock, a galvanized bucket, a wheel barrow,  glazed pottery or even terra cotta.  Anything goes! Just remember whatever you choose as a container will need a hole for drainage.
Designer tip:  Choose a larger sized container - it will help you create a true focal point!

how to plant a winter container garden

2.  Choose your evergreen!

This is where the fun begins.  Here are just a few great options:

  • Variegated Boxwood 
  • Juniper 
  • Boxwood topiary 
  • Azalea, or Azalea topiary
  • Camellia
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce
  • Cordyline 
  • Phormium 
  • Spiral topiary


how to plant a winter container garden

3.  Choose your flowering "filler" plant. 

The holidays beg for winter whites, crimson reds and even jewel tones.  Want a wintery scene? Try 'Diamond Frost' Euphorbia and white Cyclamen to bring a snowy feel. Maybe instead you want a "bring-on-the-festivities" look.  The jewel tones of Cyclamen and Pansies together will shout, "party!".  If you are going for a more traditional look, try red Cyclamen and white Pansies. 


how to plant a winter container garden4.  Choose your "spiller" plant!

There is a host of fun trailing plants to round out your creation:

  • Junipers 
  • Variegated Ivy 
  • Angel Vine  
  • Silvery Dichondra
  • Lime Green Lysmachia

5.  Dress it up!

Toss in some pinecones, string in a strand of white lights, or add a grouping of shiny round ornaments to reflect light. Outdoor ribbon is also a lovely addition if your planter is under a covered area, (any non-satin choice will work well).  If the location is out in the elements you will need an outdoor ribbon!

Remember that to pot up a winter container garden of your own you'll need an upright evergreen plant, a "filler" color plant, and a trailing evergreen "spiller" plant.  Be sure to use good potting soil, fertilizer and a moisture meter to keep your new creation healthy and full of blooms! 

how to plant a winter container garden

If you desire assistance choosing plants for your holiday creation then come see us at Green Acres Nursery & Supply!  We have four convenient locations to serve you. We'll help you create a gorgeous display piece to help ring in your holiday season!

Happy planting!

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