Petunia, petunia hybrida


PETUNIA – Petunia x hybrids

Sparkling blossoms for full sun; an annual that can be flowered in winter sown plants flower throughout summer.

TEMPERATURE: Averge to cool climate. minimum at night 45-55 degrees

LIGHT: Full Sun

WATERING: Soil may dry out between waterings.

FERTILIZE: Every 2-4 weeks

Information brought to you by Lawn Patio Barn.com taken from Merchant Publishing Company and Agricultural Research Center in Florida.

The primary consideration in selecting a planter for your petunia should be the amount of space it needs for the roots of the plant to grow.

Many petunia’s that are bought from nurseries are root bound which means not only does the plant have to adjust to a new home but also needs transplanting as soon as possible. These technicolor plants have been grown outdoors in Florida and southern California for many years. Greenhouse growers gave petunias a makeover and selected varieties that adapted to light. However today’s petunia is one of the most widely sold flowering plants, and because they are easily propagated in greenhouses, they are quite affordable as well.

Petunia’s also have a high transpiration rate, so they need frequent watering. Efficient drainage is the key to any green thumb. Water that collects in the bottom of a flower pot can be the kiss of death for almost all plants.

Make sure your flower pots have at least one large hole in the bottom. The more capacity the planter the more holes will be needed. Our guideline is the more holes the better. Place a coffee filter or some fiberglass screening inside the planter to cover up the holes. This will help prevent creating crannies to harbor beetles, slugs or any other destructive bugs.

If you wish to add a layer of broken clay flower pots or rocks in the bottom of a planter to improve drainage it is up to you. I have even been known to sterilize some Styrofoam and place that in the bottom of a very large flower pot to prevent the drain holes from being blocked.

Whenever a plant needs lots of water I recommend you water it from both the top and the bottom of the container. To do this I simply pour water into a tray or saucer, set the plant in it, an allow the plant too drink its fill for up to 30 minutes before emptying out any excess water. Never leave a pot sitting in standing water for more than 30 minutes. Although this might be a little more time consuming, bottom watering plants is often the best way to be certain that the lowest half of the root receives adequate moisture.

Most plants flourish when they are watered both from the top and the bottom because it helps to avoid the formation of dry pockets in the flower pot. Depending on where you place your planters, you may want to put a saucer under each container to hold water that drains from the pots.

We prefer saucers made of thicker material that stand up better to sunlight and to the rigors of moving planters from one place to another. Saucers are attractive and durable. We recommend a plant saucer to keep water from leaching through onto the deck wood.

Once you have chosen the right combination of planter and saucer to fit your foliage you will be ready to fill them with soil and enjoy starting on your way toward a bountiful harvest.
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Black Eyed Susan


BLACK-EYED SUSAN – Thunbergia alata

Perennial vine often grown as an annual for ourdoor use; Plant or sow in summer foor winter blossom indoors. Prune back older stems to soil level to encourage new growth.

TEMPERATURE: Averge climate. minimum at night 50-60 degrees

LIGHT: Plenty of light

WATERING: Keep soil uniformly moist but not wet.

FERTILIZE: Every 2-4 weeks while growing vigorously

Information brought to you by Lawn Patio Barn.com taken from Merchant Publishing Company.

A few great flower pots filled with beautiful flowers can set a tone for any lawn or patio. The best thing about using planters pots is changing your selection of plants from year to year which shows off your artistry and can be a rewarding experience. Make sure your lawn planters are made with drainage holes to allow accurate irrigation for proper production of plant growth. If your planter does not have drainage holes, you can break up a clay pot to place at the bottom to help keep water from sitting on the roots.

If you are a part time gardener you are aware of the time it takes to create your dream. There are no rules to lawn and patio decorations, just a few great accents that bring life along with attitude.

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Ivy Geranium


IVY GERANIUM – Pelargoonium peltatum

Vigorous trailing plant flowers throughout summer. remove dead heads for continued blossom.

TEMPERATURE: Average to cool climate. minimum at night 45-50 degrees

LIGHT: Full Sun or bright diffused light.

WATERING: Soil may dry slightly between waterings.

FERTILIZE: Every month during spring and summer.

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The ivy geranium is easy to care for and is produced in many different colors.
They have a hearty nature and grow well in flower pots and hanging baskets. This geranium being ivy grows well as groundcover and will give the appearance of a carpet with spikes of colorful flowers.

Ivy geraniums need nutrient-rich soil so plant then in a rich mix of composted organic matter. Use potting soil when planting ivy geraniums in flower pots and add organic compost to the soil when planting in the ground.
Ivy geraniums love direct sun exposure.

They will thrive in a variety of conditions but the more sun this plant receives the more flowers it will produce. Any flowering plant will need thorough watering, especially when first planted. As the roots grow they will tolerate less frequent watering’s but do not allow the plant to dry out completely.

If using a flower pot or hanging baskets make sure there are holes in the bottom to accomplish good drainage. Adding compost to the soil will help enrich the soil but also helps with water drainage. Apply a flower fertilizer once or twice a year and be sure to water well.
Use a fertilizer with a higher phosphorous than nitrogen content to encourage and support greater flower production. High phosphorous fertilizer also supports strong root growth and is good to use in the initial planting.
Pruning your ivy geranium plants weekly will maintain a constant new growth of flowers.

Ivy geraniums can be pruned by bending the brown flowing stems in half and simply plucking them off with your fingers. You can allow the flower stems to fall to the ground on their own but it is recommended to prune heavily for best flower production.

If you are looking for dimension in your landscape a flower pot is a great addition to the design.

Some concrete flower pots can be very upscale and appear as statues providing life to its surroundings. A flower pot serves perfectly to define your home, garden, patio and balcony.
If you invest in concrete flower pots they will be sure to age gracefully. They are a classic choice for outdoor use and add depth to your garden sculpture. Planters made of composite materials are lighter in weight which makes them a little easier to move around. Nature is creative and using garden sculpture will channel that energy to achieve some new vision of paradise.

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Vinca Major


VINCA MAJOR BAND PLANT – Vinca major variegata

Trails of waxy cream-edged leaves on wiry stems, trim too encourage bushiness. Fine for outdoor use, and to combine with other plants in hanging baskets. big blue flowers in spring.

TEMPERATURE: Average to warm; minimum at night 50-55 degrees

LIGHT: Plenty of light, full sun especially in winter, protect from the heat of summer sun through glass.

WATERING: Keep sooil uniformly moist but not wet.

FERTILIZE: Every 1-2 months

Information brought to you by Lawn Patio Barn.com taken from Merchant Publishing Company and prepared by Agricultural Research Center in Florida.


Let your garden sculpture bring back the relaxed feeling of joy, let it loosen up and contain your sense of humor as you escape outside. If you wish to change your garden feature design your sculpture statues are easily movable. There are endless possibilities for placement of these scene-setting, mood making sculptures.

Sculptures statues are a surefire way to add low-maintenance nonliving points that add interest and pizzazz to your garden or landscaping. They do not need weeding, feeding or pleading to keep them at their eye-catching best all year long

Garden styles are best enhanced with subtle touches of whimsy. Contemporary landscapes can be canvases for unusual and visual senses of welcome. Classy garden sculpture compliments and adds spice to your landscape. Statues are quick and easy and add instant gratification that last forever.

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Large Lady Palm, rhapis excelsa


LARGE LADY PALM – Rhapis excelsa

Elegant palm growing to about 5′ Bamboo-like stems support the shiny green leathery leaf segments.

TEMPERATURE: Average; minimum at night 50-55 degrees.

LIGHT: Needs very well lighted position; bright diffused sunlight

WATERING: Never allow soil to dry out, though do onot saturate it.

FERTILIZE: Every month in spring and summer.

Information brought to you by Lawn Patio Barn.com taken from Merchant Publishing Company and Agricultural Research Center in Florida.

Planting a flower pot can be a convenient and satisfying way to grow flowers, vegetables, bushes, trees and anything you can dream of. That is the beauty of planting with planter pots you can use your imagination. It really doesn’t matter what you plant when it blossoms it will add color, texture and life to any home or commercial setting. Landscape architects design areas with garden sculpture so they are not only functional but also beautiful and harmonious with the natural environment.
There are many different kinds of soil to choose from at your local store. With a green thumb and a little compost or some back yard dirt you can produce a great container garden. Make sure to follow the instructions for fertilizing and add some vermiculite to the soil so the plant will drain well. It is wise to choose a flower pot that has holes in the bottom for good drainage. Another trick is to place broken pieces of a clay pot in the bottom so that the water will have a place to drain and not be on the roots of the plant.
It is good to keep in mind your setting and what it is that you wish to highlight when picking plants for your flower pot. You may also wish to pick plants depending on height, color and where you plan to place the flower pot. It is often recommended to use a variety of sizes and shapes to complement the landscape. Many architects will use a matching pair of flower pots as an entry way.

If you invest in concrete flower pots they will be sure to age gracefully. They are a classic choice for outdoor use and add depth to your garden sculpture. Planters made of composite materials are lighter in weight which makes them a little easier to move around.
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Variegated Wax Ivy


VARIEGATED WAX IVY – Senecio macroglossus variegatus

Succulent ivy-shaped leaves with bright green and cream coloring. Branches prolifically

TEMPERATURE: Average to warm, minimum at night 62-65: tolerates lover temperatures of 55 for short periods.

LIGHT: Diffused sunlight or partial shade.

WATERING: Soil may dry out between waterings

FERTILIZE: Every 3 months

Information brought to you by Lawn Patio Barn.com taken from Merchant Publishing Company and prepared by M. Jane Coleman, PHD and Agricultural Research Center in Florida.

Snake Plant


SNAKE PLANT – Sansevieria trifasciata

The original long-tongued snake plant, up to 4’tall, with cross bands of gray on deep green succulent leaves.

TEMPERATURE: Average to warm: minimum at night 62-65 degrees; tolerates lower temperatures of 45 degrees for short periods.

LIGHT: Shade or light.

WATERING: Soil may dry out between waterings.

FERTILIZE: Every 3 months

Information brought to you by Lawn Patio Barn.com taken from Merchant Publishing Company and prepared by M. Jane Coleman, PHD and Agricultural Research Center in Florida.