Container Gardening

Vertical gardening

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How cool are these vertical gardens? I’ve recently set up my own vertical garden using these felt-like pocket gardens. You can plant anything you like in them – herbs, strawberries, flowering annuals or leafy plants. 

Gunny Sack Garden helps ChildFund

Ahead of Mother’s Day, international aid organisation ChildFund NZ is encouraging Kiwis to participate in a fun family gardening activity that also promises some delicious food for thought – making a Gunny Sack Garden. These upcycled gardens are environmentally friendly and promise nutritious homegrown food.

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Build a strawberry tower + giveaway


My dad and I built this nifty strawberry tower, which is brilliant, if I say so myself. It’s so good for small gardens, and accommodates quite a few strawberry plants.

To find out how to make it, plus to go in the draw to win a bag of Daltons Easy Lift Potting Mix (it’s truly remarkable stuff), click through to my other website, Sweet Living, here.

Good luck!

Super duper succulents

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I adore succulents (we know that already) because these colourful plants are just so versatile. They look great in bouquets and vases and they make very cute table centrepieces. There’s not much work involved with them either. Just plant them in a sunny spot that’s free-draining, and that’s it. Although sometimes snails like to munch on the succulent leaves. Grrr. You might need to resort to putting down snail bait.

The bottom two images come from Stephenie Wong’s Pinterest page and the top one, which includes dahlias, roses, freesias and billy buttons (Craspedia globosa), is from Sugar Plum Invitations.

Nice nemesias

Nemesia Innocence Opal

A pot of single-coloured nemesias is quite lovely, be they purple, red, lemon, white or other colour. These nemesias, from the Aussie Winners range, look so elegant with their lavender and pink tinged white blooms. Called ‘Innocence Opal’, just think how beautiful they would look mass-planted in the garden.

Black is the new black in gardens

Black pansies

Last year a new black petunia took the gardening world by storm, which sparked an interest in other black blooms, including the humble pansy. You can see why. Don’t these black pansies look striking planted on their own? Imagine a few of these positioned around your garden. You can buy seeds for black pansies at Kings Seeds and sometimes you’ll find seedlings at garden centres.

This photo features over at Spriggs Florist.

DIY hanging plant pouches

DIY hanging plant pouch
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Don’t throw away that ancient, threadbare sweater. Use it to make a hanging plant pouch. There’s a definite trend on at the moment to upcycle old jumpers into plant pockets. They look super cute, especially when they’re embellished with buttons and fancy stitching, like these ones made by Cynthia Shaffer. Cynthia’s provided step-by-step instructions for making your own. Check them out here.

Succulents on pedestal

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Got an old floor lamp that’s surplus to requirements? At least for its intended purpose. Turn it into a plant container. Here, the lamp shade has been removed and a lined basket filled with soil set in its place. It’s a super clever idea, and especially great where height is needed in the garden. Check out more container ideas for succulents at Mod Vintage Life.

Yarn pockets

Yarn pockets

International Yarn Bombing Day was held on June 11th last year. What’s IYBD you ask? “It’s an art craze cooked up by a bunch of ladies ’round the world who like to wrap things in yarn,” says “More than that, they fancy themselves to be the softer side of street art — instead of spray paint and wheat paste, they cover things in cozy, custom-made sweaters.” Had I known about it, I might have knitted something like these cute little yarn pockets, which feature over at Offbeat Home. They even provide a pattern for making your own. Go on. Get your knitting needles out. The next International Yarn Bombing Day is slated for June 9th, 2012.

Recycled lawn seats

Lawn seats
Lawn seats
Here’s a super smart idea for recycling tyres. Turn them into lawn seats. This park in the historic town of Lima, Peru incorporates tyre planters, tyre seats and a children’s playground made up of recycled plastic and tyres. How clever is that?!

More images from Architizer.