From the Blog
written by Janet Lee Harrold
Have you ever walked by a commercial space and thought…wow the front of their store looks absolutely amazing? Chances are they put a little extra TLC into welcoming their guests or potential shoppers to their door. Why not have your home entrance or outdoor space look equally amazing! Container gardens make it possible for anyone and everyone to have a green thumb. They are low maintenance with a very high reward.
Choosing the container or decorative pot is half the battle-you can choose a pot that you already have on hand or we have a variety that we sell here at our Garden Center. My personal favorite is a modern ceramic pot with geometric elements that can enhance a contemporary space or any space where you would love an extra burst of color.
If a statement piece is what you are looking for…why not choose this super cool faccia natural cast stone planter ( who says picasso can’t find be found in the garden)? A conversation piece for many years to come and a piece of art in itself.
All that being said, even if you have an ordinary pot or classic urn hanging around, once filled with colorful plants it will breathe new life into your outdoor space. Keep in mind when you are filling your pots that you adopt the companion planting method, what this means is that you choose a combination of plants that have similar needs…for example, you never want to combine plants that need full shade with plants that need full sun in the same pot. An interesting container garden would typically include texture as well as color and a bit of drama as featured below. Whether you are planting your own container gardens or having Cedar Grove Gardens plant them up for you, I sure hope you will have fun with them and transition them from season to season.
Things to begin thinking about…
It’s the time of year when we begin to get motivated about the upcoming spring season. Doing a few early preparations will bring great benefits all year long. So while we wait for mother nature to give us the go ahead, there are a few things that we can be thinking about. One small secret to executing our spring garden is by starting off with a plan. Maybe you would like to plant a vegetable garden this year, maybe a raised bed? Think about trouble spots from last year and how you can rectify them early this year to make your yard a welcoming environment and a place that you will really enjoy coming home to after a long days work. If container gardening on your deck is a better prospect for you, think about investing in a couple of decorative pots that really make a statement. In container gardens, plants are easily transitioned from season to season.
Now is the perfect time to get your lawn mower in for service, this way you are ready when the time comes and you will also beat the eager gardening crowd. Turn on your outdoor spigots and attach hoses.
Over the winter leaves and debris gather and live in drainage areas. Keep in mind that a great place to discard your cleared material would be in the compost. Rake out any existing leaves and debris, pick up small branches and add them in the compost pile as well.
When planning your garden this spring don’t forget to visit our garden center at Cedar Grove Gardens for great ideas and inspiration. As well as the best variety of plants in town!