Planning Plant Fun

Planning Plant Fun

I was recently at the TPIE trade show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was fun to be in a place where orchids can be grown in the landscape, and the plants we can only grow indoors scramble up trees. In addition to the tropical plant show, we visited botanic gardens and growers. The plant trials at Costa Farm, a large grower near Miami, was filled with annuals and perennials that have been recently introduced. They also had displays about some of the ways people can have fun with plants.

At this time a year it’s enjoyable to plan for what you might want to do in your yard and garden next spring. What type of containers do you want to plant? Do you want to do something different on your patio or deck? Perhaps you’d like to set up a large raised bed, such as the one we had on display last summer at the garden center. Or maybe you’re eyeing some of the treasures (aka junk) in your basement or garage, knowing that it would make a funky, fun planter.

Winter is a great time to gather inspiration, whether it’s in another location and climate or from blogs and Pinterest. We can’t wait to see what you create this spring.

The Costa Farm booth at TPIE contained this repurposed grill. Old barbecues make great planters because most of them already have drainage holes in the bottom. The Costa Farms designers used succulents in their display - what plants would you use in yours?

The Costa Farm booth at TPIE contained this repurposed grill. Old barbecues make great planters because most of them already have drainage holes in the bottom. The Costa Farms designers used succulents in their display – what plants would you use in yours?

Do people have a hard time finding your house? Here's a way to colorfully display a street number. You could so something similar with a half-whiskey barrel as well.

Do people have a hard time finding your house? Here’s a way to colorfully display a street number. You could so something similar with a half-whiskey barrel as well.

At Costa Farms they used new paint cans to create some hanging planters. I'm thinking that old, recycled cans might be even more charming...

At Costa Farms they used new paint cans to create some hanging planters. I’m thinking that old, recycled cans might be even more charming…

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