Vertical Garden Inspiration …with measurements included

July 7, 2012 by Rickb

 

A project that brings beauty up to eye level

You can also fill it with Succulents that will live for many years in a hanging planter like this.

Classic Living Walls are available at most Florida Home Depot Garden Centers and filled with the ideal succulents for this application.


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September 11, 2011 by Rickb

Many Florida Home Depot Garden Centers will be carrying these Vertical Gardening planters.

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At $14.98 you will find these are a value that will get you hooked on adding green to your outdoor gallery. Beautiful and versatile Succulents are the perfect low water use, easy care plants to make this investment a success.

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Each tray has 2 built in legs with holes for hanging the Classic Living Walls ®

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3.5 inch deck screws give you more than enough length for easy hanging and rehanging for times you want to take them down to water, fertilize or rearrange.

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It’s nice to have a drill and the right drive head for the screws you use.

At The Home Depot you will see the Classic Living Walls® displayed in picture frames with simple turn tabs to hold them in place. Check back for a diagram and parts list for making these or something similar for yourself.

Vertical Gardening is touted as the next Mega-trend in gardening by those who tout such things.

Patrick Blanc has led the way with his installations around the world and images and he has inspired lots of folks to Garden Up.

Got some hang-ups? Or do you need some ideas? Check out what Delphine has found to help you get ideas to cover your walls.


Southern Coastal Home Landscape

May 17, 2011 by Rickb

We recently visited Stephen and Kristin Patagas, Landscape Architect and Designers home.

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Together they call their design company Hortus Oasis. Visit their website for a look at their extensive body of work.

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They have a new book, Southern Coastal Home Landscaping, you should check out if you have a home in Florida and enjoy your outdoor spaces and rooms. It is filled with great ideas and technique. The Table of Contents hints at what you will find but only hints as the images and illustrations and the clarity and depth of the ideas are a culmination of their life's work together making great outdoor spaces.

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The Patagus landscape features primarily drought tolerant plants in unirrigated areas and no lawn.

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Long time friend, Randy Knight joined us for the tour. Randy is the Director of Horticulture at The beautiful Polasek Sculpture Gardens and Museum in Winter Park that we will feature in an upcoming post.

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Low maintenance, drought tolerant containers were used to feature their collection of containers and artifacts from Bali, the place where they have drawn much of their inspiration for their design.

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The back yard is filled with raised beds of vegetables, a grape arbor featuring the Southern Home variety and butterfly garden plants.

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That’s the neighbors lawn you see in the backdrop of this turf free property.

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A look inside shows a designers talent and taste for collectables from around the world.

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They are very fond of using Succulents and Bulbine for low maintenance, long lived and drought tolerance.


Going for the Gold with Sedums

February 27, 2011 by Rick

Three chartreuse sedums you will find at these Home Depot Garden Centers this spring will offer you new choices to cover the ground and feature plants, garden ornaments and collectibles. The chartreuse color of these hardy succulents contrasts with many of the colors of the flowers, foliage and objects you have in the garden.

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Sedum Florida Friendly Gold is quickly becoming one of the most popular perennials for it’s striking color and wide range of use possibilities in the full sun and even in a setting where you get shifting or filtered shade all day.

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Sedum Florida Friendly Gold is also available in convenient 9 pack trays.

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Use them as a unifying ground cover in front of the garden border or along your home or garden fence border where you feature other showy plants. You can also use it to Shrink the Size of Your Lawn.

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Sedums and succulents are great combination planter components that can thrive on neglect.

 

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Sedum Fine Leaf Gold is a beautiful container plant that spreads and fills to make a solid carpet with an appealing texture.

 

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Sedum Ogon as a container plant that fills, contrasts and cascades in your containers. Extremely easy to grow and share.

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Durability and low maintenance are another reason to weave these low growers into your garden.

These sedums work well as pot toppers and SPILLERS in your container gardens.

 

 

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Florida Friendly Demonstration Gardens - The Discovery Garden

February 19, 2011 by Rick

This week I visited The Discovery Garden at the Hillsborough County Extension Office

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as the Master Gardeners did a spring cleanup and planting.

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It should be ready for prime time Monday but call before you go or check the status on their web site.

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They decided to employ the Pot-in-Pot method for their most colorful plantings of seasonal flowers.

In the Pot-in-Pot containers they have selected Voltage Yellow Osteospermum which is the first truly Florida Friendly Osteospermum. Voltage Yellow is available most of the year at your local Florida Home Depot Garden Centers. As a permanent border they planted Sedum Florida Friendly Gold which is becoming one of the most popular chartreuse groundcovers and combination container plants.

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At the Discovery Garden you can see the 9 principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping in action and learn how they can help you design and maintain a home garden and landscape that is easy to maintain, beautiful and has a positive effect on the Florida environment.

There are many of these similar U of F Demonstration Gardens around the state and much of the funding comes from Florida Yards and Neighborhoods programs and the plants are usually all donated from growers like Riverview Flower Farm.

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Rocky was captured that morning at the Discovery Garden and is ready for transplanting elsewhere.

 

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The Outdoor Room and a Patrick Blanc Inspired Design

January 30, 2011 by Rick

The Outdoor Room is one of the best shows on Television for garden design inspiration and the producers have scripted it with just enough drama and conflict in each episode to make it very entertaining. The episode, French Garden, is inspired by Patrick Blanc who invented the Vertical Garden concept. Vertical Garden images and Patrick Blanc images on Google will give you some ideas and possibly inspiration to think of how they might accent you home or garden spaces. I recently attended the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition in Ft Lauderdale and found quite a selection of Living Wall options available. Here is a YouTube on How to make a Patrick Blanc style living wall and another YouTube from an Australian firm.

 

 

We have plans in the works for an affordable option for your patio or garden room. Keep up with us here and on Facebook for the details.

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Vertical Succulents are Getting Our Attention

June 8, 2010 by Rick

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We purchased these plastic containers designed to plant and hang on the wall.

We didn’t have a suitable wall so we thought using posts with the trees as a backdrop would let us view them from our back porch and place them in enough light to make them thrive.

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Much of my inspiration comes from 2 books by Debra Lee Baldwin that you too might enjoy.

 

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I rooted the succulents directly in this container in April for this early June hanging.

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With the rainy season starting we are more worried about too much water than too little. We considered a drip system for the dry season to water them. Succulents need little so little water and can go for weeks without it. I think we will determine if drip irrigation is needed before we install it. There are plenty of succulent varieties to make your own vertical garden project. Using succulents would mean the wall container doesn’t need to be very elaborate. I  think you could hang pots close together and create some interesting effects.

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The Spanish Moss hides the posts and blends in well with the moss covered plant stand holding the bromeliad planter. They are attached with 2 screws so I can take them down if we get a frost in the winter. It will be fun to watch them grow.

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Below is an inspiring video of vertical garden images to get you thinking if this is something that will help you decorate your own space.

 

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Fairchild Tropical Garden in Spring 2009

March 20, 2010 by Rick

There is always something special happening at Fairchild. Last spring I took these images. I always get ideas of how to use Florida Friendly Plants when I visit the gardens. New species and hybrids on display in unique combinations get my design mind in gear. They display plants in colorful arrangements that are interesting to the viewer at all levels. Groundcovers and foreground plants draw your eyes forward and down the path. There is a picture of a new vignette with every few steps you take so don’t go without your camera. I wonder what new plants I will find on my visit at the end of March? Look for them here or plan your own trip.

 

 

Go through these Power Points to see some flowering trees at Fairchild Gardens and some new and interesting plants that will be coming to a Florida nursery near you soon.

 

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Succulent Success part 3

March 4, 2010 by Rick

Debra Lee Baldwin demonstrates how to make a beautiful container garden with succulents. Watch how she selects the component plants using what Debra Lee says are the most important design features - contrast and repetition. You are sure to enjoy her books Designing with Succulents and her latest book, Succulent Container Gardens. Check out her sites Debra Lee Baldwin and Succulent Chic where you can get information about her books and much more inspiration. Visit Debra Lee’s blog, Gardening Gone Wild, for updates on what she is doing and her thoughts on garden design.

 

 

In most Florida Home Depot stores you will find an assortment of succulents and all the materials to begin a creative adventure in succulent gardening. Remember to ensure you have a well drained site and add perlite to your containers for success. Succulents are long lived and they multiply and propagate easily making them the ideal plants to share with friends.

See also Succulent Success part 1 and part 2

 

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Spring is Coming to The Home Depot Garden Centers

February 19, 2010 by Rick

Over the last 3 weeks I have traveled around the state and met with 600 Home Depot garden associates spreading news and knowledge about great Florida Friendly Plants. This excited team is chomping at the bit for good weather after all the freezes we have had. We did have a little sleet and snow on January 10th in parts of Florida. What an El Nino winter this has been! With climate change we know winter and summer precipitation will be greater as there will be much more water vapor in the atmosphere as the planet warms yet droughts in drought prone areas are worsening. Poor Australia! We gardeners will just have to take what mother nature sends our way.

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A good percentage of associates are Florida Certified Horticulture Professionals (FCHP). Much of what I shared with the long time Home Depot garden associates (some as much as 20 year vets) is in the post  Successful Gardening in 2010.

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New shipments of Florida Friendly Plants are arriving daily at most

Florida Home Depot garden centers.

 

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