Preparing Container Plants for Winter

Now that September is here, it’s time again to start preparing our gardens for winter; this includes moving outdoor container plants indoors for the chilly season. While preparing to bring in the container plant, it is critical to make sure your plants are not bringing in any unvisited guests. Outdoors can carry pests and diseases that spread through indoor plants faster than outdoor plants, so don’t convince yourself that you’ll quarantine the plant will treat the problem.  The good news is that plants can be easily treatd for pests with natural home remedies.

The simplest way to fill a basin or water with a natural, non-detergent liquid soap, then take the potted plant and fully immerse it into the soapy water.  You can leave the plant sitting in the water for up to 3 hours, the soapy solution should force any bugs living out of the soil.  Don’t worry this solutions is actually quite good for the plants roots and will the roots nicely hydrated.

Now all you have left is to clean the lefts and flowers; using the same soap solution, mist the plants (you can purchase a new spray bottle from the local dollar or grocery store, but recycling an old spray bottle will just fine too).

Now that you have treated your container plants, you are safe to bring them indoors without fear of bringing any pests as well.


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Caring for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

One of the most beautiful uses of an indoor plant can be seen in the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. Its gorgeous leaves enliven a room and make it feel fresh. Bringing this bit of vogue into the room doesn’t come without costs however. The tree must be well taken care of to survive indoors, so we thought we’d share with you the best way to care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree.

fiddle leaf fig tree in sunroom

Before watering the tree, make sure that the top soil is dried out. Then, water the tree slowly around the stem and continue around to the outside of the soil. Stop watering once you see water coming into the bottom tray. If you don’t have a tray to judge by, use about 3-4 cups of water in all. Also consider keeping a close eye on the tree – some weeks might require more watering than others. Another way to care for the tree is to give it some fresh air once in a while. Avoid especially hot or cold air, but take advantage of mild breezes.

fiddle leaf fig tree in breezeway

Taking special care of this extraordinary tree is well worth the effort. It looks fantastic in a variety of interior settings and complements any space well. For more ideas on beautiful plants for your indoors, contact Marvin Gardens.

Photos courtesy of Habitually Chic.

With a vertical garden, there is no excuse for no space

We think that gardens are best served if they are presented on an expanse of land, free to bloom hither and thither, filling our field of vision. Of course, that requires a decent amount of space. But what if you don’t have the square footage to landscape the traditional way?

You may resign to a few hanging planters suspended from the ceiling or windowsill to fulfill your green thumb. But the possibilities don’t end there. A vertical garden is a viable option to have purposeful foliage even when horizontal space won’t allow for it. Plants that require little soil and water work best for this arrangement.

A wall garden may consist of a simple vine scheme.

Succulents are also easy to care for, while creating a lushness.

Edible variations are doable.

Fashion a design inside the garden.

Flowers aren’t banished from the list, either.

Photo source: superbatfish; Flora Grubb; Interior Design Houses; My Healthy Green Living; quinn.anya

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!

Gorgeous String Gardens

After sharing about the beauty of vertical garden walls earlier this month, we came across another neat form of indoor gardening: string gardens. We first spotted them on Joanna Goddard’s blog, but when we looked a little deeper we found more info from Urban Gardens. Take a look so you’ll know what we’re talking about:

We’ve seen them hung in groups and as a single hanging plant, but either way string gardens are really livening up their surroundings. If you’re interested in how these hanging gardens work while strung from the ceiling, you can learn more here. Or if you’re just interested in the eye candy, check these out:

So, what do you think of string gardens? Would you hang a plant from the ceiling in your home?

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Images via Urban Gardens

Garden Trend: Zinc Planters

Have you heard the news? Zinc planters are a big garden trend right now, and we can see why. Not only are they attractive, but they’re also durable and can give your garden a unique contemporary vibe. Other benefits of metal planters listed over at All About Planters include their resistance to chipping, cracking and breaking as well as their beautiful look, which only continues over time. In fact, they often acquire a pretty patina as they “age.” Want some eye candy? Here are a few neat zinc planters we spotted around the web:

As we mentioned earlier this week, Marvin Gardens will participate in two flower shows in March, displaying and selling our great home and garden accessories. As zinc planters are growing in popularity, our custom-made ones will be a highlight at both shows. Come and check them out!

Images: Terrapin Trading Co. via, Ferro Zinc Planter via,

The Beauty of Vertical Gardens

Scoot over potted plants because a new type of indoor flora is becoming increasingly popular in interior design: vertical garden walls. For the ultimate way to bring the outdoors in, take a look at this beautiful custom vertical garden wall we spotted over at Urban Gardens.

Especially during the wintertime, it’s easy to get glum looking outside only to see no leaves on the trees and only rare glimpses of greenery. Well, we don’t know about you, but we at Marvin Gardens would get cheered up every time we saw a pretty and luscious plant-filled wall brightening up our indoor spaces.  How do you feel about this vertical garden wall trend? Would you add one in your home?

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