Unique Houseplant Projects

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 22, 2016 11:49:32 AM

Gardening becomes a bit of a challenge in the winter months. The plants are dormant, the weather is chilly and the soil is unworkable. Whatever is a plant nerd to do? Indoor gardening of course!

 

Here are some of our favorite fun houseplant projects to keep the winter blues at bay. 


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Tillandsia (Air Plants)

Unusual, easy, eye-catching, these are all words to describe the air plant. Although they look more like aliens than plants, they are actually epiphytes native to South America.

Design Tip

The best part about Tillandsia* is their versatility, they can be suspended like ornaments, encapsulated in glass globes or nestled into a festive centerpiece. The possibilities are endless!

Learn More About Tillandsia 

 

 

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Bonsai

The word "Bonsai" in Japanese literally translates "tray planting", so almost anything can be a bonsai. It's the art of dwarfing a plant in a small container, and maintaining it through careful pruning, watering and fertilizing. 

Design Tip

For a festive winter centerpiece, try decorating an evergreen bonsai with ornaments, like the Christmas tree pictured, courtesy of the Sacramento Bonsai Club

 

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Succulents 

Succulents lend themselves well to miniature gardens because they root easily from cuttings; just break off a piece, plop it in a pot with E.B. Stone Cactus Mix, water, and wait. Succulents are best in bright light (within four feet of a window) and after the initial planting, water them only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Design Tip

Succulents make beautiful "living walls" - simply stick cuttings into a vertical surface with a medium like moss, secure using wire and mist occasionally. 

 

 

 

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Fairy gardening is a catch-all term for crafting a tiny landscape with an enchanting fantasy feel. In many ways it's similar to bonsai, you're seeking to create a garden in a confined space, and the limit is your imagination. Accessories like the mushrooms pictured help define your fairy garden, so be sure to stop by our Garden Décor* section. 

 

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Design Tip

Don't just fall for flowers, there are many petite foliage plants that look quite charming nestled into a terrarium or container garden. 

Learn More About Fairy Gardens 

* Not available at our Sacramento location. 

Curious about more creative ways to bring the outdoors in this winter?

Check out our  DIY Inspiration




Topics: Winter, Air Plants, Airplants, Tillandsia, Decorating, Pot-Ups, Succulents

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Wintercreeper

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 4, 2015 5:19:42 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Wintercreeper

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Emerald and Gold Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald & Gold') is an evergreen shrub with a mounding, slightly rambling, and sometimes climbing growth habit. The variety pictured bears deep green foliage rimmed with gold, and its sister variety 'Emerald Gaiety' has cool, cream and mint green leaves. Both varieties take on a rosy blush when the weather turns cool, giving them winter interest in addition to their incredible versatility and hardiness. 

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Reaching about two to three feet tall by three feet wide, wintercreeper adapts well to many different garden situations. If placed near a wall or trellis, its tendril-like new growth will wander upwards, attaching itself to whatever vertical objects are nearby. If left to stand alone, it can be sheared into a neat little hedge. In containers, it fills in beautifully around evergreens, and its red-hued foliage makes it a unique candidate for a holiday pot-up . Once established, it is drought tolerant, making it a wise choice for the California-conscious gardener.  

It's Zella's pick-of-the-week because:

"It's easy to grow and the multi-colored foliage is a nice surprise in the winter."

 

 

Interested in dressing up your garden with low-water gems? Download a list of our favorite drought tolerant plants. 

Drought Tolerant Plants

 

Topics: Winter, Container Ideas, Drought Tolerant, Wintercreeper, Emerald Gaiety, Pot-Ups

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