Interior Design |Update…Container gardening with texture and color! 2

Earlier this summer we shared our container gardening tips…loving the combination of heights, colors and textures we added to our rain or shine patio garden display.  Check out how our garden grew this summer!

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containergrownVarying heights, colors, and textures will add beautiful interest to any container!

Remember, gardening doesn’t have to be labor intensive.  Container gardening is an easy fix for adding color and texture to any outdoor space.  For more container gardening ideas check out Southern Living: 101 Container Gardening Ideas!  Don’t know where to start?  Just let us know we would love to help!

Get out and enjoy your garden.

Best,

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design |Container gardening with texture and color! Reply

There is nothing quite like spending time in the garden to clear the cobwebs of the mind and get your flower fix on.  I call gardening my “green therapy”, a place where my senses can vacation in the world of color, sweet smelling fragrances, and plethora of textures.

Last weekend we visited my favorite horticultural go-to Vassey Nursery. . .a hidden gem here in the Puyallup valley most commonly known for their exquisite hanging petunia baskets – Ooo la la!

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Ahhhh. . . Like a kid in a candy store it was hard to stay focused on the mission to find perennial colors and textures to liven up our dreary deck for summer enjoyment.

Embarrassing to admit, but this is one of our ugly blah containers left over from winter in need of a summer garden rescue.  Not exactly a view you would want to see from inside your home!

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What’s the view through your doors and windows?  Remember, interior design marries beautiful views well beyond the interior walls . . . If you have blah, uninviting views, adding a spot of color will help liven up your outdoor spaces and enhance the views from inside your home.

We love container gardening because it is the perfect solution for small patios, decks, and balconies…anywhere you need a lift in color and textures.

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I like to add a combination of heights, colors and textures to my containers.  To add more interest to your container gardens, try incorporating pottery, figurines and sculptures. Buried bricks come in handy for elevating and leveling your favorite items.  Be sure to leave plenty of room for plants to mature.  Can’t wait to see how this container garden grows over the summer!

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Gardening doesn’t have to be labor intensive.  Container gardening is an easy fix for adding color and texture to any outdoor space.  For more container gardening ideas check out Southern Living: 101 Container Gardening Ideas!  Don’t know where to start?  Just let us know we would love to help!

Get out and enjoy your garden.

Best,

Corinne Gail

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.

Design Soup | Healthier Weed Control 4

You may be asking yourself what does weed control have to do with interior design – literally, nothing.  However, when designing fabulous spaces inside and out, I look to the great outdoors for inspiration and I find that I’m not inspired by a garden full of weeds, although some can be beautiful, but that’s not my point today.  I wouldn’t be doing my job if I neglected to emphasize a gorgeous outdoor view from the interior.  Extending interior views that frame attractive outdoor living spaces means I look closely at how the landscape from decks, patios, windows, walkways, entries, etc., will enhance my client’s experience, and sorry, the weeds must go!

Early Spring and early Fall are the best times to kill off those pesky weeds before they have a chance to move in the relatives and take up permanent residency in your landscape.  Here is a very effective HEALTHY weed control alternative to commonly found toxic weed/vegetation killers.  This natural alternative is safe, cheap and non-toxic to you, your family and pets!

Vinegar!  Yes, vinegar!  Here’s why it works.  Growth of plants/weeds depends on a fairly balanced pH level in the soil.  Adding acidity such as vinegar to the soil alters the pH level to an extreme causing the weeds to die.  This process is almost immediate after application as seen in these photos – photos courtesy of my own landscape.

Typical blooming weed.

Weed 1 hour after vinegar application

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Creeping weed 1 hour after application.

WooHoo!  Vinegar knocked those hard to remove weeds in my rock garden dead within minutes!

I suggest using inexpensive white distilled vinegar you can purchase anywhere.  If you have a bulk discount store, you may find the best price ~$2.00 a gallon.  I empty the gallon of vinegar into a garden sprayer and then add about 1/3 water.  That’s it. . .now go spray the weeds making sure you saturate them.  Full sun helps speed up the process, but is not necessary.

A couple things to know about using vinegar as a weed control:

  • You will smell it for a few hours.  Just tell your neighbors you are making pickles!  I would rather smell vinegar over any TOXIC chemical, any day!  Have you noticed how long those chemical smells linger in the air that you breathe!? Think about tracking those chemicals into your home for your kids to play in, hmm? that’s scary!
  • Vinegar does not sterilize soil.
  • Heavy rain will lesson its effectiveness. Choose a dry day for application.
  • May increase your pickle appetite.

These photos were taken less than 24 hours after vinegar application –

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Removing and disposing of the dead bodies is easy…pull up and toss into recycling!

Choosing alternative solutions to our chemical dependencies inside and out, will help create a healthier life for everyone.

We would love to see your photos of success using this method, just drop us an Email to share your experience.

Happy landscaping~
Corinne Gail

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