Did you know that flower boxes are one of the quickest, easiest ways to clean up the look of your house?
Replace cluttered potted plants on your doorstep or patio areas with flower boxes filled with fresh, beautiful plants or flowers. The look will make your house feel homier to family and friends, add the illusion of added value to your home and just clean up the area in general!
While window boxes are the first thing people think of when considering flower boxes, remember there are more options on the market. Flower boxes can can line the perimeter of your house or yard, they can rest on the beams of some covered patios, they can even hang from the fence that separates you from your neighbor.
Flower boxes don’t have to be built out of wood and have that country feel to them. The aluminum box above looks elegant and very stylish, making it a great option for most any style house. If you are looking to make this style even cleaner or simpler, use one long flower box liner pot in black or white. Growing things like succulents or herbs can also minimize the traditional flower box look and look classy in more architectural or modern style homes.
Don’t have a window to use for a flower box? Or maybe you are just looking to update your deck? Check out this box which holds on to your deck railing. This great idea adds instant color and style to your yard.
If you are headed to southeast Asia anytime soon, you may want to consider visiting the World’s Largest Flower! This flower, the Rafflesia, reminds me of the old movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
Apparently, there is no season to see this beautiful flower as it appears to bloom whenever it feels like it. Blooms usually only last for less than a week, so it is not a flower that is easily planned for by tourists. These extremely rare blooms, crazy enough, have no roots or leaves of any sort – the Rafflesia is actually a parasite. In order to grow, the parasite will have to infect a Tetrastigma vine, shown below, which is part of the grape family. This vine appears to be the sole host for the Rafflesia flower, making a blossom hard to come by!
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The bloom is said to be the stinkiest of all flowers. It has a scent of bad meat, and its petals also appear to look like meat as well, to attract flies and other insects in order to transfer pollen to flowers and possible seed dispersal.
The average weight of these giant blooms is said to be about fifteen pounds, with the largest on record being twenty-two pounds! Now that is a flower!
If you would like to plan your next vacation around a possible sighting of this incredible flower, you will want to contact the Rafflesia Information Center.
To me, planting bulbs is a confusing task. It requires you to know what flowers you want and what time of the year they bloom. And if you really, truly want them – well, you better have it on your calendar seasons in advance!
Dahlia image from BHG.com
True gardeners keep calendars of their blossoms so you can prepare yourself for each season. I compare it to buying holiday gifts for people a year in advance – I like to get gifts on clearance to save some serious cash, but it requires having a list prepared for who you are buying for and what age they will be the following year!
My absolute favorite summer bulb flower is the Dahlia. The detail in these amazing flowers is truly one of the most beautiful you will ever have in your garden. I just love how the petals appear to be painted on by some talented artist.
Dahlias are a difficult flower to plant and grow, in my opinion, as they need a lot of maintenance. First you must keep the planted bulb indoors about six weeks prior to planting outdoors. During this time, they should be place in a room that gets plenty of sun through the window and be kept moist. If you live in an extremely cold area, be sure not to plant outside until after the last frost of the season. I usually plant my seedlings no more than three to four inches deep in the soil and keep a distance of about one and a half feet between each.
For more information on summer bulbs, visit our image source BHG.com.
Some plants hinder other plants’ growth and shouldn’t be grown next one another. Here are some “bad friends”:
Beans: onions, garlic
Cabbage: strawberries, tomatoes
Cucumbers: potatoes, sage
Onions: beans, peas
Peas: onions, garlic, leeks
Potates: pumpkins, squash, tomatoes
Rue: sweet basil
Tomatoes: cabbage, cauliflower, fennel, potatoes
These gorgeous climbing roses have small clusters of mid pink, medium-large, cupped rosettes. They give off a heavenly, sweet smell of myrrh and heather honey. The branches are covered in glossy, dark leaves that is a perfect backdrop to the pink buds.
They can grow up to 10 feet high as a climber and work well in zones 5 to 9. Wouldn’t these be stunning for a backyard wedding? Simply beautiful.
Images from DavidAustinRoses.com
The cosmos produce small 3-5 inch, daisy-like blooms in a variety of hues, including pink, orange, red and yellow, white, and maroon. Cosmos flowerheads can be bowl- or open cup–shaped, and they may reach a height of up to 6 feet. Both amazing and rare, the Chocolate Cosmos actually smells like dark chocolate!
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Chocolate Cosmos are beautiful flowers with rich brown coloration surrounded by burgundy petals. Because of their smell, you might think they would be edible, but they are not! Chocolate cosmos are actually toxic.
Plant these heavenly blue morning glories in a hanging post and they will grow downwards.
As the name implies, early morning is when morning glory flowers are in full bloom, although there are a few species that bloom at night! Full sunlight throughout the day and moist soils are ideal for growing them. Morning Glories also make good trellis plants. Beautiful!
Got a bouquet of roses you really loved? You can keep on enjoying them, by cutting the stem, inserting them in a potato and planting them!
This is a great way to get more use out of the flowers, and it’s surprisingly easy to do. First, cut the stem at an angle just below the lowest flower. Then, cut a potato in half lengthwise, and score the flesh lightly with a knife. Insert the stem into the potato so that the cut end is buried. Finally, plant the potato in a pot or directly in the ground, making sure that the top of the potato is level with or slightly above the soil surface.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and in a few weeks you should see new growth emerging from the potato. Once your roses are established, they can be treated like any other potted plant. Enjoy your beautiful blooms!
It is often referred to as the “concrete leaf” succulent. It is also called the “Titan”. Beautiful!
Cactus flower’s petals open up when it is sunny and close back up when it is cloudy or dark outside. Cactuses will only bloom (visible Cactus Flowers) if they get enough water, heat or after a certain age. If a cactus blooms, parts that have been growing underground for many years suddenly sprout into a stalk with buds and then finally flowers on top.
As if these cactus flowers weren’t gorgeous enough just to look it, watching them open is amazing!