Getting (and using) a gift card can be tricky . . .
Are you a bit wary or nervous about owning and tending a living plant? And yet someone gave you a holiday or Valentine’s gift card from a garden center? Hmmm . . . Seriously, don’t panic.
These two tips could turn you into a confident plant person. Tip one: pick a plant that’s reliable. Tip two: pick a plant that isn’t fussy about how it’s treated. So, do what you usually do when you need the inside word: hunt around online for bullet-proof plants and then ask your friends. By the time spring arrives, you’ll know what to ask for when you pop into that garden center, card-in-hand. Start looking, and be sure to check out Flower Carpet Roses and Storm Agapanthus and Tropicanna cannas. All 3 are strong performers and will be the gift that keeps on giving!
Did you get a live plant for Christmas or Valentine’s day?
If you did, how’s it looking now – a little sad? Don’t throw it out . . . you can play around with it instead. Cut off the dead bits then give it a good soak. While it’s having a drink, go and find a bigger pot for its new home. The idea here is that your Christmas-present-plant will become the leader of a new gang of plants, all put together into a bigger pot like the mix in this black pot. Need inspiration? Picture a Flower Carpet white rose surrounded by white petunias and parsley (get some seedlings from the garden center). Or a Blueberries & Cream hydrangea inter-planted in with lobelia and blue fescue grass.
In other words, keep the colors simple. Water your new gang and watch them grow together into a very funky living flower arrangement. Then pop the pot where it will get some attention.