Vertical Planter Art

GroVert Sea Foam Wall Mounted Frame Kit available from BG Vertical Planters

If you have a green thumb and you’re always looking for innovative ideas to jazz up your home, vertical planter art is a great way to go. It’s a versatile form of planting that can be used outdoors and indoors. It’s especially ideal for a home with limited space where you would like to enjoy the beauty of your favorite plants and herbs indoors.

It’s All About Thinking Outside the Box
When you immerse yourself in vertical planter art, you’ll find a new direction for creative expression. Imagine a picture frame that is filled with an assortment of colorful plants, creating a living portrait that can be kept in your home or outside, depending on your preferences and the availability of space. You can choose from an assortment of frames in various sizes. If you are planning on making your vertical planter art an outdoor centerpiece, you’ll want to opt for a larger frame that will really grab your attention. However, if your vertical planter art is going to be an indoor attraction, you may opt for a smaller frame. It all depends on your living space and what will work best for you.

How Does Vertical Planter Art Work?
Vertical planters consist of planter cells that are stacked on top of each other in a vertical direction. They can be placed within an outer frame for trim or stand alone. You’ll fill each cell with the plants and herbs of your choice, thinking about how they’ll complement each other to create an attractive combination. Once your plants grow, you’ll no longer see the planter itself. Living art will be hanging on your wall or be mounted in your garden and outdoor patio area. Planters are relatively inexpensive and allow you to get your creative juices flowing.

A Picture in Plants Can Speak Volumes

The more you experiment with vertical planters, the more artistic you can become. Create designs by arranging your plants in ideal locations, planning out your final outcome through your selection of colors. Think about what kind of plants work best and sketch out you concept before you actually begin planting. You can also want to opt for planters in different sizes to provide yourself with more flexibility. Imagine the potential for each room in your home. Vertical planters make an excellent gift as well, especially if you grow a picture first.

Looking for Inspiration?

Follow our Pinterest board for Vertical Planters that showcases some of our favorite design ideas for vertical planters:

http://www.pinterest.com/doleaf/vertical-planters/

Looking To Design Your Very Own Vertical Planter Art? 

Browse through our collection of vertical planters for sale on DoLeaf.com:

http://doleaf.com/search?q=vertical+planter

Vertical Planters for sale on DoLeaf.com

 

 

Get to know Josh from Iowa’s In the Country Garden and Gifts

In the Country Garden and Gifts is one of our favorite nurseries. Not only do they carry great unique hostas (my favorite shade plant) but they’re also located in Eastern Iowa where Ryan and I grew up. Josh specializes in both hostas and water gardens and his family nursery both delivers on plants as well as teaching gardeners of all ages and abilities.

Welcoming you to In the Country Garden and Gifts

When did you start In the Country Garden and Gifts?

We started the business the year I graduated from high school in 1998.

How does your location outside Independence, Iowa influence your nursery and what you grow?

We are rural. We’re actually located on the family farm on a gravel road! The biggest challenge this proves is some difficulty for our local customers to find us.  Most people don’t mind, though, and a trip to In The Country actually becomes a whole fun experience.  A completely different atmosphere and setting than a visit to an every-day garden center.  In addition to the nursery, our personal garden acts as a display garden that customers are welcome to explore.

A water garden at In the Country Garden and Gifts

We began getting serious about mail order about 3 years ago.  We have a loyal local customer base, but the very specialized nature of our business (hostas, water plants, and a handful of misc. uncommon annuals & perennials) captures the interest of a very specialized gardener. Mail order offers a huge market and has grown tremendously for us each year.  Mail order also helps level out some of the seasonal nature of the nursery business…die-hard hosta collectors order the latest and greatest new hostas all winter long for delivery in the spring!

Of course, running a local and mail order nursery brings many challenges, which we continue to figure out along the way!

How many hostas do you carry currently,  and how did your interest in hostas begin?
We currently carry around 350 different varieties.

My interest in hostas began when I was around 10 or 12 and my grandmother began buying hostas for her shaded yard…often buying duplicates for me. Within a few years I had accumulated a modest collection and there was no turning back! My personal hosta collection has grown to over 900 varieties and my brother-in-law and I have started to experiment with hybridizing.  My hosta addiction has resulted in a number of my articles being published in The Hosta Journal (the official publication of the American Hosta Society) and lead me to serve on the American Hosta Society Board of Directors as the Website Editor since 2008.

Bright Lights and Blue Angel hostas at In the Country Garden and Gifts
Currently, what are your favorite hosta cultivars?

My standard answer to this question is “it depends on the day!”  My short list of favorites will always include ‘June’ and ‘Sagae’….both proven performers.  Among the multitude of new introductions, ‘Rhino Hide‘ and ‘Curly Fries‘ are at the top of my mind.  I also think ‘Ripple Effect‘ and ‘Goodness Gracious’ are going to be fantastic hostas. See…it goes on and on!!

Do you have any advice for gardeners with lots of shade in their yards?

Work with it…don’t fight it!  In addition to hostas, there is a huge and fascinating array of shade tollerant perennials out there.  Sure you may have to do some digging to find the nurseries that carry them and they may be a bit more expensive than the standard selection of perennials, but they are out there.  Do your research!

To help do your research, check out The Hostapedia: The Hosta Encyclopedia by Mark R. Zillis.  It’s the most definitive work on hostas in print and is a must for every collector, nurseryman and gardener. The book contains:

  • Over 7400 hostas  listed from A-Z
  • Over 1800 color photos
  • 1120 pages filled with descriptions, facts and stories
  • Complete index of hosta names

Introducing Krieger Greenhouses from Jefferson, Iowa.

1) What makes Krieger Greenhouses unique and worth checking out?
What makes us unique is that we are still family owned and operated. We care about our customers and know that our customer’s success is ultimately what will drive the next generation of our business.

2) When did Krieger Greenhouses begin?
“Growing for you since 1892” is our company motto. We’ve been in business for four generations. It started by my great great German grandfather. His father was a gardener for the King of Prussia.
Funny story – when he emigrated to the us he worked for a beer distributor. He moved west and wound up in Iowa where he worked then owned a beer distributorship as well as a truck garden / greenhouse. Decided that there was a better future in green goods instead of beer. My grandmother swears that she will kill him when she finally meets him at the Pearly Gates. The small beer brand that he gave up on was soon to become Miller!

3) Has Krieger always been a greenhouse?
We did start out as a Truck Garden but then quickly expanded into wholesale and specialty markets.

What’s a truck garden? Commercial vegetable growers were known as Truck Gardeners. They grew veggies in hot houses then moved them into the fields. This crop was harvested and sold to markets and grocery stores via trucks.

4) What kinds of plants do you specialize in?
We are strictly annual growers. Cost efficiencies come from a narrow product line and we pass these cost savings onto our customers.

5) Personally, what’s your favorite plant to grow and why?
My favorite flower or plant is a “Gardens to Go”.

“Gardens to Go” is an idea that we came up with around 10 years ago. Customers were walking out of retail settings with one or two packs of flowers. They would come back later in the afternoon because they had not purchased enough plants to fill out the basket or planter box. Also because they had not planted enough flowers they had to wait for weeks for their flower beds to fill in and start to look good.

A “Garden to Go” features 24 flowers that will fill out 4 hanging baskets, 2 large planter boxes or one 6’*6′ flower bed. You plant more plants, closer together which gives you quicker response time in the garden. Plants fill in faster and look better sooner! A “Garden to Go” is much more cost effective for a customer than purchasing individual packs of flowers.

Another great benefit of the “Garden to Go” is that it uses half the amount of plastic of ordinary flower flats and packs. Less plastic means less plastic to recycle or to fill up your garden shed.

Lastly, the “Garden to Go” is the perfect gift because it comes in a “trendy” gold flat with a convenient carry handle. The package just looks SUPER!

6) Do you have advice for the gardeners out there who grow Krieger’s plants?
Ask questions, learn and most of all TEACH! Tell others about your successes and failures but most of all SHARE your appreciation for cultivating beauty in the outdoors!