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Indoor and Outdoor Plant Ideas

It’s that time of year when we think about plants and gardens. I’m not a gardener but enjoy plants and love the colors that they can bring to any space. With that in mind, I wanted to offer a few indoor plant ideas that are easy to care for and anyone can find success:

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How to Add a Cottage Style Garden

shutterstock_104066024Growing up in the Northeast, I’ve always enjoyed the casual look of the cottage style garden. The charming and informal flow that invites the eye to discover the various plants and garden accessories. Here are five helpful tips to help you create a cottage style garden at your house! (Note, these tips are useful in areas where you already have a bed started. To give you some visual ideas of various features in a cottage styled garden, click here to view my Garden Idea book on Houzz.

1. Create a Garden Path or Walkway

Walkways or paths through a garden offer a visual break and a way to get around your garden to weed and water. There are many unique ideas that you can create yourself, click here for some beautiful ideas from House Beautiful. Also, have you ever been out in your garden watering and realized the hose is laying over one of your favorite flowers? I found the perfect product to prevent this; they are garden hose guides that come in various shapes, click here to view an example of a Fleur-de-lis pattern.

2. Add a Trellis or Arbor

Add a trellis or arbor to your garden offers a feature or backdrop to your climbing plants. Here is a list of resources to help you decide if this is a project you would like to take on yourself or purchase:

3. Add a Fence or Gate

In a cottage style garden, the gates are low and have a weathered or old look. Add an item that will add interest or character to your garden. I recently discovered Carson’s in the Cornfields in New Holland, PA that sells architectural finds, antiques, collectibles and old and new hardware – what a find! If you are in the PA area, it’s worth the drive! Click here to find out their location.

4. Plants to Use

What makes these gardens unique are their soft romantic look that comes from the type of flowers used. To view the best plants to use in this sort of garden, click here for the best plants to use and zoning information from This Old House. If you are unsure of your location’s plant hardiness zone, click here to view the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map. Also, consider using some evergreens that can supply a “structure” to your garden and offer year round green.

5. Add Garden Accessories

As you would add accessories in your home decorating, the same rules apply to outdoor decorating. Add a birdbath, gazing ball, or garden fountain to give the eye a focal point.

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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Decorate with Plants and Flowers

At this point in February, everyone located in the northeast is ready for the idea of spring!  Unfortunately, I think we have many more days of winter ahead of us.  What can we do to help get us through this long and snowy winter?  Though we may be blanketed in white, we can still enjoy and incorporate natural elements such as beautiful flowers and plants into our indoor décor.  Here are a few ideas and tips to help incorporate a breath of spring air into your life this February!

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Bring live plants and color into your house with multiple vases of varying height and shape.  If you keep the color of the vase the same, or choose all clear glass, you can make an arrangement without spending much and it’s easy to care for and replace.  Most grocery stores sell tulips this time of year at a very reasonable price – and what expresses the feeling of spring better than a tulip!  To help with creating flower arrangements and ideas, here is some help from Martha Stewart, click here to review.

Create a live plant arrangement by grouping multiple plants together and adding some color with flowering plants.  By grouping many plants together, you get the fullness that you want and by adding some inexpensive flowering plants from your local garden center or grocery store you get some instant gratification in color!  If you plant the flowering plants on the outside of the planter, you can easily remove the flowering plant once it is past its flowering stage and replace with the next one that you prefer.

Create a terrarium!  If you would like to create your own, click here for useful step-by-step instructions from Sprout Home.  Peruse the many nice products offered at Terrain online or in their Glen Mills, Pennsylvania location or West Elm online or at their store location in King of Prussia Mall.

Go to a flower show!  Philadelphia hosts a world-renowned show, hosted by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society.  The 2014 Flower Show opens on Saturday, March 1 and will close on Sunday, March 9.  The theme this year is ARTiculture and the flowers and colors look spectacular!  Click here to read more about attending the flower show this year.  I can’t wait to attend and purchase many bouquets of roses!  The hardest part is deciding which colors!

Attend a gardening class at a local nursery!  Terrain in Glen Mills offers a class to help you prepare your flower bed for spring!  That will get you in the mood for spring, click here to learn more about that class.  Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania also provides educational courses as well; click here to view their offerings.

Visit an indoor garden!  This can help rejuvenate you, think about new color combinations and inspire you in your own home or garden!  Plus it’s always warm and beautiful in those greenhouses!  Living in the Philadelphia area we are fortunate to have Longwood Gardens in our back yard with a yearly display of beautiful conservatories filled with beauty that are awe inspiring.  Click here to plan your visit!

Logo-JPEG-1March 20th is the first day of spring this year; that’s not too far away!  Enjoy these thoughts of spring!  If you want to make a change in your home and you need help, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with your design vision.

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .