Arrange Containers to Maximize Landscapes

Interested in adding some variety to your landscape this summer? Then consider incorporating an assortment of planters of different shapes and sizes! Whether they’re rustic and weathered or polished and chic, they will add depth and flavor to your garden.

Marvin Gardens has a handful of tips for you from container gardener Steve Silk to get started. Take a look below:

Even unfilled pots can be useful in the garden: Even though it wouldn’t seem like it right off the bat, it can become a fine focal point or seating area.

Use containers as a means of traffic regulation: Nothing slows a group down in their tracks like a narrow passageway. Group some containers together closing up a walkway to naturally slow visitors down.

Use pots to describe garden spaces: Things like hallways, enclosures and corners can all be created by with containers. This gives a unique “space” feel to any garden.

Arrange fragrant container plants to freshen walkways: The fragrance of varieties like pineapple sage, scented geraniums, rosemary, lavender and other herbs are wonderful container species that can be grouped in front of an entrance way for a nice burst of luxurious fragrances.

Contact Marvin Gardens today form more information on our wide variety of unique vintage garden containers!

Photo Credit: Pompeii

Vacation-Proofing Your Garden

You tend to your prized flower beds every single day. You water and fertilize them consistently with care. But even though your precious garden may be getting pampered throughout the year while you’re home, chances are, it’s going to get a little lonely during those days or weeks that you’re away on vacation. Luckily, though, with a little planning, your garden will be just fine while you’re away.

Marvin Gardens has come across a handy preparedness list from ShelterPop for you to follow before you head out on holiday and it’s sure to keep your garden looking lush and healthy while you’re away.

  • Weed and pull off spent blossoms. This will help guarantee that water is reaching your plants and not being sucked down by the weeds.
  • Make sure that your flower beds are properly insulated. If you’ve already laid down mulch earlier in the season, just top it off with a fresh layer.
  • Make sure your garden is watered while you’re away is a must.
  • Group potted plants together out of direct sunlight and go for self-watering planters.

Contact Marvin Gardens today to for more gardening tips and to learn about our large selection of vintage garden urns and accessories!

Photo Credit: Prairie Rose Garden

Introducing Rosemary Milner!

If you’re not already familiar with the deeply imaginative work of Rosemary Milner, then pay attention. Marvin Gardens has absolutely fallen in love with the screen-printed wallpaper, books and fabrics from this English artist. Her patterns are whimsical and she loves traditional approaches to printing and production and has perfected the art of hand stitching, hand etching, silk-screen printing and lino illustration. We came across some of her swatches on decor8 and we’re simply enamored with her current collections. They are inspired by flora and fauna with historical narratives including woodland animals, British birds and botany, alongside her own fresh take on them. Take a look below at some of the sweet and charming patterns that possess a fairy-tale like quality. From the soft butterflies to the fleeting foxes and everything in between, her patterns are perfect for a powder room or perhaps and children’s room reading nook.

Rosemary’s designs have a traditional, rural and bespoke quality; hand stitched motifs, stitched-into papers and fabrics and embellished vintage found items are quintessentially Rosemary’s style. The range also extends into mass-printable linens and furnishings for the home, evoking a subtle, composed feel for interiors.

Visit Rosemary Milner’s website to learn more about her creative designs!

Photo Credit: Rosemary Milner

On-Site Container Gardening

Warmer days are approaching (finally) and we are closer to the last potential frost date. On-site container gardening begins in late April. Marvin Gardens’ containers are always low maintenance and tolerant of high neglect. Please call Amabel at (203) 544-2020  or email MarvinGardensUSA@gmail.com to schedule your appointment and make your color/plant selection. On-site fees are $25 per container (includes composted dirt) plus retail cost of plants. Minor fuel surcharge applies.

4 Great Spring Gardening Tips

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For landscape designers, April showers usually bring much more than just May flowers. They also invite us to think about best-practice gardening ideas, some of which can be universally applied pretty much any type of exterior design scheme.

Just came across a great article in The Epoch Times in which writer Mark Cullen outlines some great, and timeless, gardening trends to keep in mind.

Here are four of my favorite…

Native plants: Use of native plants in the landscape to reduce maintenance (fewer bugs and diseases), increase natural biodiversity cycles

Gardening in containers: Canadians are ‘pushing the envelope’ by mixing annuals and perennials together in containers, often adding vegetables and herbs for both a practical and decorative touch.

Color: Demand for annuals and perennials that produce a reliable abundance of colour for the longest possible length of time is on a steep rise.

Invest in your own outdoor ‘retreat’: Spend hard earned cash to improve your yard and garden rather than booking costly travel vacations or purchasing a vacation property.

Well, what do you think about these tips/trends? Do you have any of your own?

Marvin Gardens Awarded Blue Ribbon at Philadelphia Flower Show

The Philadelphia International Flower Show is strongly considered one of the premier gardening events in the world, in part because so many outstanding talents make their way to the Show each year the showcase their finest plants and design work.

So when it was announced this past Sunday that Marvin Gardens won the Blue Ribbon for Best Retail Exhibit, we were absolutely thrilled!

Since 1829, the Philadelphia has maintained a tradition of showing some of the most exceptional and unique plants and displays from around the world, so to be now listed in the Shows history as one of the best in class, well, that’s truly an honor.

The Philadelphia Flower Show continues throughout Sunday, March 13, and we plan to be around and take in as much of the scenery as possible. Be sure to stop back to the blot later in the week, as I’m sure there will be plenty more great photos to post!

Luxurious Low Maintenance Container Planting at Your Home

Custom Container Gardening at your HomeMarvin Gardens takes pride in creating low maintenance container gardens at the home owner’s site.  Amabel will come to your home and transform individual containers into lush, long lasting plantings that will carry a beautiful effect from late April to late November – no fertilizer or dead heading required! Each container is filled to the brim with composted soil that will feed the plants for the duration of the season. Plants are chosen according to the home owner’s selected color pallet and personal style.  Amabel impresses upon the homeowner that common flowering annuals typically require frequent fertilizing, watering and dead heading to maintain a lush effect. In lieu of using such high maintenance plants,  a variety of perennials, leafy tropicals and a limited number of annuals (typically only white double petal impatiens) are used.

Book your appointment now. On site container gardening begins late April, but keepin mind that the frost date is typically Mother’s Day. Some frost protection may be required if April planting is requested. Cost of container gardening is $30 per container and the retail cost of plants. A delivery charge may apply depending on proximity to Wilton. There is no charge for the compost soil and your container garden will not require any further enhancements until the first hard frost in the fall!

Dressing Up Your Gingerbread House

Crafts and the holiday season inevitably go hand-in-hand. Decorating Christmas cookies, glittering stockings and of course hand-making ornaments are just a few of our favorites here at Marvin Gardens. One of our particularly favorite holiday projects is building gingerbread houses. Not only do gingerbread houses make the perfect holiday centerpiece, but they’re delicious and creating them is a fun activity for the little ones. If you’re planning on taking on the task of building one this holiday season, we’ve got something for you. Take a look these tips from Canadian House & Home for making sure your project goes off without a hitch! For more information on how to improve and simplify your holiday craft projects this season, contact Marvin Gardens.

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