26 Jan

Top Tips for Arranging Indoor Plants

Indoor plants can dramatically improve aura and ambiance of your home. They add a touch of liveliness and freshness to indoor living. However, selecting and arranging plants in indoor settings can be a bit challenging. Not all indoor plants have similar requirements nor do they grow in the same pattern. Some indoor plants can survive long spells of drought and neglect while some require continuous care. Some indoor plants will look nice in an open living room and some will look good in smaller spaces. Some indoor plants will live happily in dark corners and some will be continuously looking for bright light. Today, I am not talking about selecting the right indoor plants for your home. My focus today is how to arrange indoor plants in your home.

Good arrangement of indoor plants not only uplifts your interior but also affects positively on the health of your indoor plants.

I will start this post with some quick tips on arranging indoor plants.

Arrange large plants in open areas

Large plants like Ficus lyrata and Philodendrons look good when placed in open living areas. When placed in small rooms, they take up too much space and attention of the onlookers. Use small potted plants in smaller spaces like bedrooms or study rooms.

Choose supplementing colors

Arrange colorful plants wisely. Make sure that their colors supplement color scheme of your interior design. Use contrasting colors when you want to make your home look bright and bold.

Create groups of supplementing plants

Some indoor plants have nice foliage, some have attractive forms, some have variegating colors and some of them have interesting textures. Group them together to create a dramatic effect. Plants that look similar often lose their looks when placed in a group.

Create depth with indoor plants

Instead of lining indoor plants, arrange them in a close group with taller plants in the background and smaller ones in the front. Use tables, stands, windowsills or other furniture to create varying heights.

Use accent plants

If you have one large plant, make it centre of attention. Large ficus, yucca, palm can be used as stand-alone accent plants. Provide them with a nice pot and place them in a prominent place.

Add unusual forms in your indoor arrangements

Many succulent and bonsai plants come in unusual shapes and forms. Get benefit of their eccentric and unusual formation and place them strategically in your indoor settings.

With these few tips, I would like to present some nice examples of indoor plant arrangement.

10 Jan

Dendrobium: Orchids for Beginners

Orchids are usually considered to be difficult plants to grow for beginners but Dendrobium is an exception. Dendrobium is one of the largest groups of the Orchid family and it offers a number of lovely species that are fairly easy to grow.

Dendrobiums come from a variety of climatic conditions – from Australian deserts to cold Himalayas and from the Pacific islands to warm tropics. Therefore, it is not hard to find a Dendrobium that thrives in your climate.

Generally, Dendrobiums prefer bright light, a well-drained media and plenty of fresh air to grow. Most species will grow nicely at temperatures ranging from 18 C to 25 C provided that they get adequate light and water. They can be grown as potted plants in windows sill or in hanging baskets near a sunny window. When grown outdoors, protect them from direct sunlight and humid conditions.

Dendrobium nobile

Dendrobium nobile / Image by José Pestana

Dendrobiums need a well-drained media that does not retain too much water and allow the plant to develop its tender roots. A mixture of perlite, coconut fiber and clay aggregate is ideal for most species of Dendrobium. When watering, allow plenty of water to run through this media, wait for the residual water to drip and then allow it to dry up before next watering. Dendrobium are hungry plants and should be fed with general fertilizer during the growing season – usually in spring.

Dendrobiums are not only easy to grow but also one of the prolific bloomers too. Some species bloom more frequently than commonly known orchids. Some species such as Dendrobium nobile produce flowers that lasts for many months.

Dendrobium

Dendrobium / Image by Stefano

Popular species of Dendrobium include: D. nobile, Dendrobium phalaenopsis, D. anosmum, D. christyanum, and Dendrobium sulawesiense.

07 Jan

Top Tips for Redesigning Your Garden

No garden design is ever complete, especially with changing tastes and unpredictable weather. If you are not quite satisfied with your garden, you have probably been noting some of the things that you like or dislike about it.

 

Since you have already put some thought into what your ideal garden should look like, you can learn from your mistakes and redesign it with pride. The following are some handy tips to help you transform the look and feel of your garden:

Choose a style

Before you start re-designing your garden, you should decide on the overall style, form, colours, and theme that you desire. This will help to bring your design together, and provide a great starting point.

Useful Resources: Use Garden Puzzle software to design your garden

Look for inspiration

There are many places where you can get ideas, including gardens like yours. Consider visiting several open garden schemes in your area, so you can pick up new ideas on how to redesign the space or transform your planting in a cost effective way.

Useful Resources: Examples of Beautuiful Landscape and Garden Design

Consider your garden’s function

Be realistic about how you intend to use your garden. If you have children and pets, it is likely that they will spend a good amount of their time tumbling on the lawn, so it will not make a very good showpiece. If you plan on using your garden for entertainment, then some shade or a well designed patio area with the right style of furniture may be a good idea.

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Tidy up

It is a good idea to spruce up an untidy or cluttered garden by weeding and removing any junk. You should also organise your garden tools and essentials, so you know what you need for your revamped garden design. This will also make it appear more spacious for better planning.

Useful Resources: Tips for keeping you garden fresh and clean all through the year

Develop a plan

Before you start work on your garden, write down your ideas, budget, and make a simple sketch of your garden, so you know exactly where each piece will go, and save time and money. When sketching the plan, start with a focal point, such an eye-catching plant, and re-design around it.

Lastly, take your time. Reflect on the changes, bit by bit, to ensure that you are happy with the final outcome. If you’re not up to doing the actual work yourself, you can always hire a gardener.

Resources: Hire a Garden by Comparing Quotes on MyJobQuote.

MyJobQuote has a huge database of gardeners and other tradesmen so finding someone local won’t be difficult. They then send off your job details to 3 local gardeners who will then get in touch with you with a quote, thus allowing you to compare prices.

05 Jan

Simple and Beautiful Deck Design Projects

 

29 Dec

8 Simple and Practical Ideas for Water Features and Fountains

Garden designers would agree that water features and fountains make powerful design elements. Water not only adds sound and motion to the landscape but also gives an ethereal touch to the environment. Browse these simple and practical design ideas for introducing water features and fountains to your garden.

Try this simple water feature to add music and motion to your garden landscape.

 

A really simple and low-cost water feature that you can build yourself.

 

You can also use terracotta planters to make an economical yet attractive water feature.

 

A delicate water feature when you have plenty of room in your garden.

 

Another DIY project that you should try to build this bubbling fountain.

 

A beautiful water feature for small space gardens.

 

A delicate mix of greenery and architectural design.

 

A creative and impressive design that you can try to build a stream of water in your garden.