Jan 6, 2014

3 Ways to Liven Up a Space with Greenery

Now that the festivities and bright d├ęcor of the holiday season have subsided, it’s easy to get caught up in the winter doldrums. At the January Home Show, landscape designer Cynthia Bee of Conservation Garden Park will showcase fun ways to bring in some “green” to liven up your home through the dreary season.

EASY: Air Plants
Air plants (Tillandsia) typically grow suspended from trees in tropical climates. They absorb water and nutrients through the air and require no soil. Using floral glue (non-toxic to plants), adhere the base of the Tillandsia to a suction cup then attach to the walls in your shower or kitchen. Every time you shower, the steam and humidity from the shower will provide the water the plants need. If you place Tillandsia in other rooms in your home, all you need to do is mist them with water a couple of times per week.  In this application, they’re a no-maintenance option that even the blackest of thumbs can appreciate!

MODERATE: String Gardens
String Gardens (also called Kokedama) are great way to incorporate a green focal point in a room, and they’re sure to attract attention! Simply form a ball of clay soil around the root ball, cover with moss, then tie with hemp twine. One string garden is interesting but a collection of various plants is a showpiece! To maintain, simply dunk the root ball in water every few days and allow to “dry” before hanging back up. 

CHALLENGING:  Succulent Monogram Wreaths
Succulent wreaths have been in style for awhile now, but combine it with a monogram initial (another hot trend) and you have a eye-popping showpiece to display in any room in your home.  The initials shown here contain two different types of succulents. The “B” shows some of the great Utah-hardy plant options, which also means the monogram wreath can live outside on your front door year-round. The “M” shows the diversity of non-hardy succulents that will work for interior applications only. Both provide a unique focal point that will surely provide a lift to any space.

You can find complete tutorials, plant lists, and resource guides for all projects listed above on the Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club blog, Also, be sure to catch Cynthia Bee on the Design Stage on Friday, January 10 at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m., and Sunday, January 12 at 2 p.m.