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2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions and Trends

It’s that time of year again, the time for making resolutions. Whether your resolutions are to get to the gym more, go to sleep earlier, or save more money, we’ve complied a couple resolutions that will still fall in line with the classic ones and a couple that that will be trending in the New Year.

Here are 2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions & Trends:

  1. Get outside more. Take a walk around your building at lunch, walk around the block with your family after dinner, or do a little spring prep in the garden to ensure for a prosperous garden come springtime. Try container gardening if you’re in a region of the country where it’s just too cold to be outside right now. Window boxes with a cleat hanging system make perfect containers for small space gardening. Plant whatever your heart desires (keep in mind the small space), keep the box inside until it’s warmer outside, and then hang it below your window once it’s warm enough outside. Click Here to find out When and How to Start Seeds Indoors.
Egg carton and egg shells with young plants

Do-it-yourself seed starting in eggshells! Image from Hew and Sew.

  1. Use new gardening tools. If you’re an avid gardener or you’re just starting out, gardening tools are you best friends. Start off the New Year with new gardening tools. They’ll be all clean and shiny and you’ll want to get in the garden and yard ASAP to break them in. This is also a great time of year to order your garden trellises so they’re ready to use when you buy plants in the Spring.
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  1. Improve your home’s curb appeal. This is a biggie. You’re lucky if this can be accomplished in one afternoon, but for the rest of you, this will be an ongoing but incredibly rewarding project! All it takes is some motivation (like seeing a gorgeous house on Pinterest), dedication, and a plan. You can improve your home’s curb appeal by simply mowing the grass, trimming the grass along the sidewalk, and pruning bushes and trees. But if you really want to differentiate your home from all the other houses on the block, think about installing exterior window shutters, window boxes, or flanking your front door with planters with tall topiaries. Click Here to meet Sage, she’s our curb appeal expert. Follow us on YouTube and we’ll let you know when she has her next curb appeal tips video!

  1. Try new plants. This may seem daunting as you are probably very comfortable in your current flower/plant situation. But isn’t that was the New Year is all about, trying something different? Add a more colorful arrangement of flowers to your planters, mix it up with different heights and densities of plants, and plant some veggies that you’d like to cook up later to go along with the next resolution.
"A Cheerful Hello" - WindowBoxContest.com Entry

“A Cheerful Hello” – WindowBoxContest.com Entry

  1. Eat healthier. This one can be a little difficult for those of you that work from sun up to sun down but there are small and also very affordable ways you can make small changes that will make a huge difference later. You can grow your own herbs in your kitchen. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love fresh basil and mint? With container gardening, you can even grow mushrooms, tomatoes, and micro greens right on your countertop. Click Here to view seed starters and tabletop grow boxes.
This should spice things up!

This should spice things up!

  1. Save more money. Isn’t this something everyone strives for in the New Year? You can accomplish this multiple ways this year. Save money on your water bill by using planter reservoirs in your pots and hanging baskets so you never need to worry about over or under watering your plants. You can also save money on your water bill by planting drought-tolerant plants that naturally require less water. Dramatically reduce your grocery expenses by growing your own herbs, veggies, tomatoes, and lettuce. You can even plan ahead and start growing your own lemon tree for delicious citrus in the coming years! Click Here to view planter reservoirs.
    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    You can shop all of these great gardening solutions at www.HooksandLattice.com, or simply pick up the phone and call us for guidance: 1-800-896-0978.

 

Hooks & Lattice Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Top Ten Gardening Gifts for Christmas 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

 

Hello, holidays! ‘Tis the season to discover wonderful and unique holiday gift ideas for family, friends and Secret Santa trades. Check out these home and garden decorations to delight a range of loved ones and colleagues on your shopping list this year.

This set of mini garden statues fit gardens of any size.

This set of mini garden statues fit gardens of any size.

1. Gorgeous Garden Statues 

Price range: $30-$70

These pretty little toadstools make great gardening gifts all-around. Whether planting in small containers or a large back yard, statuettes lend an element of surprise to botanical arrangements. In addition to bright, whimsical colors our selection also features metallic styles like pewter statues for more minimalist gardeners.

 

Glittering with fresh 'snow' this live pine wreath welcomes everyone warmly.

Glittering with fresh ‘snow’ this live pine wreath welcomes everyone warmly.

 


2. “Whispering Winds” Winter Wreath

Price range: $50-$60 with shipping

Delicate snowflakes, noble fir sprigs and silvery frosted accents – it doesn’t get more wonderfully wintery than that! This living evergreen wreath makes an elegant front door hanger for the holidays. Great for party hosts, office gift trades and next-door neighbors.

 

Fun and unique for the gardener who has everything.

Fun and unique for the gardener who has everything.


3.Decorative Moss Obelisk 

Price range: Starting at $46

Although these garden decorations are not officially holiday-themed, they certainly feel seasonal. Each cheerful wire obelisk is embellished with lifelike moss-mat material. Gift recipients will love them for front steps or the holiday hearth. Available in three sizes.

A complete DIY kit for indoor gardeners.

A complete DIY kit for indoor gardeners.

 

4. Hanging Teardrop Terrarium Kit

Price range: $25 + shipping

Whisk life and color into someone’s wintertime decor this season. Terrarium kits are among those unique holiday gift ideas with a “green” spirit. And anyone can assemble and enjoy with this easy all-in-one package – kids and growing-novices included!

 

Fun and modern, terrariums fit in windowsills and on desktops for a pop of color.

Fun and modern, terrariums fit in windowsills and on desktops for a pop of color.

 

5. Bottle Terrarium Kit for Tabletops

Price range: $39 + shipping

Just a touch more advanced than our #4 gardening gift suggestion, this tabletop terrarium kit lets indoor growers start from seed. Again, we love this as a Christmas gift idea for eco-inclined youngsters. Terrariums also make memorable ideas for holiday gift exchanges with a $50 spending limit.

 

Rolls come in 4, 8, 16 and 33 foot lengths.

Lengths: 4, 8, 16 and 33-foot

 

6. Coconut Coir Liner Rolls

Price range: $25 and up

This may not seem like the most exciting of garden gifts, but we guarantee container growers who use coco husk will love you for it! Want to spruce up the presentation? Add fun wrapping paper and tie springtime seeds onto the roll with a festive bow.

 

Urban dwellers love these modern hanging planters.

Urban dwellers love these modern hanging planters.

 

7. Lunar Hanging Bowl Planter

Price range: $24 and up

Know someone with an eye for modern details? This indoor hanging basket is oh-so sleek and stunning. Potted with simple green grasses and herbs, it’s the ultimate addition to minimal-chic home decor. Also available in sphere and oblong shapes for a modern mix-and-match.

 

This should spice things up!

This should spice things up!

 

8. Hot Pepper “Foodie” Growing Kit

Price range: $22 + shipping

Help friends and family heat up cold winter nights with some spicy, homegrown peppers. Ideal for lovers of cuisine or as a creative $25 gift exchange idea. All materials and instructions included. Foodie Seed Kits also come in tomato and basil varieties.

 

Eco-conscious giving never looked so stylish!

Eco-conscious giving never looked so stylish!


9. Lavender Seed Kit and Bamboo Planter

Price range: $20 + shipping

Looking for Secret Santa ideas in the $25 range? Tap into the appeal of lovely lavender for your lucky recipient. This handy growing kit is made in the USA and totally eco-friendly. Great for windowsills and work desks. Not into purple? Check out green herb alternatives like mint and parsley.

 

A green & recycled gift for small space gardening.

A green & recycled gift for small space gardening.

10. Basil Seeds & Recycled Bottle Planter Kit

Price range: $40-$45 with shipping

Calling this the ultimate “green” Christmas gift isn’t a stretch. A re-purposed wine bottle turned into eco-friendly growing space? Um, yes please! Add some basil seeds to the equation and you’ve got a delectable pesto-producing plot that doubles as attractive home decor. A no-brainer for anyone on your holiday shopping list. Check out more ideas like this one here.

 

For more unique, garden-centric holiday gift ideas be sure to visit us at http://www.hooksandlattice.com and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Fresh Ways to Use Christmas Wreaths

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Fresh Ways to Use Christmas Wreaths

Smells have a way of evoking feelings and memories from long ago.  For me, the smell of cut pine will forever make me think of carefully crafting Christmas wreaths with my father in our back yard.  While I no longer make my own holiday wreaths thanks to time constraints and lack of easy access to materials, I enjoy the flood of memories that comes whenever I get a strong whiff of evergreen.

Fresh Christmas wreaths have been used for centuries to celebrate the season.  Traditionally hung on the front door to welcome guests from next door or across the county, creative homeowners have been coming up with some interesting Christmas decorating ideas using this age old symbol of the season. 

Where to hang your Christmas Wreaths

While a wreath hung on the front door will never go out of style, there is no reason to stop there.  With a little imagination, a wreath can be turned into a multi-purpose Christmas decoration.

In a window

Many holiday wreaths are hand crafted works of art, to beautiful to keep to yourself.  If you are looking to share your Christmas spirit with the whole neighborhood but don’t want to subject your wreaths to the elements, try hanging wreaths inside your home in street facing windows.  If you like the idea of a wreath hanging in your window but want to enjoy it yourself, just hang your wreath inside the curtains.

Over your table

A big part of Christmas celebrations is the family meal.  The memories made when gathered around the table with close friends and family really is the reason for the season.  Help bring the spirit of the season to the dining room by hanging a wreath horizontally above the dinner table like a holiday chandelier.  Any meal eaten under a wreath is bound to be filled with joy and holiday spirit.

 

Above your bed

Around the holiday season, sleep can become pretty rare.  Between visits with rarely seen relatives, late night and early morning shopping trips, and the always-enjoyable gift wrapping sessions, sleep deprivation can set in early around Christmas.  When you do get the chance lay your head down, wouldn’t it be nice to drift off with memories of Christmases past floating through mind?  Hanging a wreath above your headboard is a great way to remind yourself why you love the season each night before bed.

This year when you decorate for Christmas, remember that wreathes are not just for the front door, spread the joy around your home with these Christmas decorating ideas. For the highest quality fresh Christmas wreaths visit HooksandLattice.com. Handcrafted fresh Christmas wreaths shipped express to doorsteps around the country and guarateed.

It's easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

Baby Shower Flowers for Every Season

Baby showers are a time to celebrate a sweet new bundle of joy and a great opportunity for ladies to get together for a fun party. But when planning a baby shower and dealing with all of the games, food, and decor, it helps to have something to save time and make a statement. Artificial floral arrangements are a simple way pull things together for a polished and creative baby shower and make for unique baby shower decorations. No matter the season of your baby shower, artificial flowers are always in bloom.

It's easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

It’s easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

Baby Shower Flowers for Every Season

Spring

Welcome the bright blooms of spring with silk flowers-no need to worry about getting your bulbs in time to enjoy a breath of fresh air. Spring is all about new life, so incorporate bright colors and interesting shapes. After a long winter, it’s nice to have flowers that bring joy and gladness. A chic spring decoration is this potted peony arrangement. The vivid pinks and crisp whites paired with a chic container make for the perfect springtime baby shower décor for a baby girl. For a boy, incorporate green, blue, or yellow flowers.

Summer

Let your creativity run wild in the summer. It’s time for a laid back shower with bright colors and interesting blooms. Break out of the mold and try arrangements in unique shapes and containers, like this country delight arrangement in a watering can. Sunny colors and big blooms make summer arrangements extra special. And with artificial flowers you don’t need to worry about the heat turning your baby shower flowers to a crisp-they can look great and last throughout the season.

This artificial arrangement has tulip, roses and hydrangeas - the perfect baby shower centerpiece!

This artificial arrangement has tulip, roses and hydrangeas – the perfect baby shower centerpiece!

Fall

As the air begins to grow crisper, bring in the warm earth tones of autumn with color and earth-inspired textures. Fall flower arrangements can be rustic and include pumpkins and hay bales, or can stay sophisticated, like this rose and hydrangea arrangement in stunning fall colors and perfect for a boy or girl. No matter the style, look for artificial flowers in coordinating rich reds, oranges, and browns to match the changing leaves outside.

Winter

Keep things crisp in the winter by using monochromatic flowers in somber shades. This stunning gender-neutral snapdragon arrangement uses crisp white to match the snowfall, but brings in rich emerald greens for a dash of color. Winter floral tend to be more sophisticated and traditional, but don’t be afraid to bring in color in small doses.

Throughout the year, artificial flowers are the perfect accent to a baby shower. And with quality design and artificial arrangements, your guests won’t even be able to tell the flowers aren’t real. After the party planning is done, you can enjoy the beauty of a gorgeous floral arrangement and the smiles of a newborn baby.

Design Idea: Place small accents and birdcages on the table as a decorative centerpiece.

5 of Our Favorite Bird Products

Is there any nature lover who doesn’t adore birds? Waking up to the delicate tones of birdsong and bird spotting in the early evening are just a few of the joys that birds bring to the world.

Birds: Universal Motifs of Peace

Images of birds have created a relaxing aesthetic in home décor for centuries, and pieces inspired by bird cages have rose in popularity since the Edwardian era. They add rustic charm to indoor and outdoor spaces alike. Here are five of our favorite bird products, from bird cage planters to bird houses.

  • Wood and Wire Birdcage Centerpieces. This set of two centerpieces measure 9.5″ W by 19.25″ H will charm your guests and create a sweet atmosphere in your home. However, we cannot recommend decorating your backyard with these centerpieces – their wooden base has not been treated to handle inclement weather.
  • Veranda Decorative Bird Cage. If you do want to express your love of birds on the outside of your property, consider adorning your deck or patio with this elegant fountain-like monument. The cage’s thin wires are perfect for displaying flowers you’ve grown in your garden, combined into a vibrant bouquet.
  • Medium Bird Cage Planter. With this indoor planter, you can move on from just showcasing your flowers and plants to growing them in a bird cage-inspired planet. The planter bowl is 9.5″ deep, and the iron wire frame of the cage is sturdy enough to support climbing vines. Every one of these planters has been painted by hand, so you’ll know that each one is truly unique!

    Design Idea: Place small accents and birdcages on the table as a decorative centerpiece.

    Design Idea: Place small accents and birdcages on the table as a decorative centerpiece.

  • Medium Glass Bird Cloche on Stand. Say goodbye to traditional candy or pastry trays, and say hello to this coffee table-friendly glass cloche. It’s an ideal gift for anyone who’s had trouble deciding how to display their knick-knacks, collections, and other small treasures worthy of being shown off. The metal and iron wires of the black stand are reminiscent of a bird cage. This piece stands 7″ H, while the bowl itself is 1.75″ H and 6.5″ in diameter.
  • Driftwood Birdhouse. Out of these five products, this is the only one that real birds should actually use. This birdhouse is just as beautiful as it is functional. It’s sure to become a focal point of any outdoor area. Birds will flock to this birdhouse year after year to start families of their own, while you and your own family look upon the hatchlings with delight.

Safety Considerations

Unless the bird product you want to complement your home’s atmosphere specifically states that it is intended for use by actual animals, please do not use it for the housing or shelter of real birds. When in doubt, talk to a specialist at your local pet store about the best habitat for both domesticated and wild birds.

"A Cheerful Hello" - WindowBoxContest.com Entry

Results of the 2013 Window Box Contest Are In!

Love to admire gorgeous railing and window planters teeming with botanicals? You’re not the only one! It’s this appreciation for the best window boxes and flower arrangements that makes Hooks & Lattice so proud to sponsor the nationwide Window Box Contest each year.

Today, we congratulate the 2013 contest winners across four categories. Additionally, to all entrants, we warmly thank you for participating. Each contestant serves to grow our online community of passionate container gardeners. And it’s our belief that the more beauty and inspiration there is to go around, the better.

Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for – it’s time to announce the victors!

 

Winner #1 – Window Planters On A Wall

"Seeing Red"

“Seeing Red”

Our first category was ripe with competition last year. But in the end, Stella Anastasia’s Seeing Redarrangement proved simply irresistible. Tapered Copper Window Boxes provide the ideal contrast against bright white siding. And the whole presentation pops beneath a noteworthy red roof.

 


 

"A Cheerful Hello"

“A Cheerful Hello”

 

Winner # 2 – Railing Planters Category

And the prize goes to: A Cheerful Helloby Joe McGarvey. This green thumb knew what he was doing with texture and color, layering in dimensional vine and floral combos. And making the whole display possible is two affordable railing planter boxes – beautiful and budget friendly. Couldn’t be any better if we’d dreamt it.


Winner #3 – Most Creative Window Box

"Marvelous Mandevilla"

“Marvelous Mandevilla”

Our winner is “Marvelous Mandevilla” submitted by Joanne Ahern. Can you believe this was once an unremarkable greenhouse riddled with exposed valves and eyesores? Joanne really outdid herself using a pair of window planters and cleverly placed mirrors to finish her space off in gorgeous fashion.


Winner #4 – Before & After

Sweet, sweet curb appeal is the real winner in this category. Along with contestant Stefanie Meyers and her “Summer of Abundant Colors” entry. Talk about a transformation! This clever homeowner used our Presidential Vinyl Window Boxes in red to match her front door. And by adding flower arrangements for shade she capitalized on a tricky environment, resulting in a spotlight on her light grey home’s exterior.

"Summer of

“Summer of

Abundant Color"

Abundant Color”


You Could Be A Winner in 2014!

All you have to do is enter by uploading photos onto the contest website.

This year we will feature three exciting categories of competition. Along with bragging rights, winners will receive garden-centric prizes to delight their taste for outdoor living. Let the container gardening games begin!

Decorate your Home with Beautiful Spring Wreaths

Spring is just around the corner and after a long, cold winter, there is nothing that sounds or feels better than welcoming its warmth and cheerfulness into our homes and hearts. That is particularly true in the beginning of the season, when pretty much everything around us looks dull and still reminds us of winter, as under or above the muddy ground, most plants are just waking up from their lengthy sleep.

But, How?

The Rustic Rose Wreath is a favorite for kitchen doors and Mother's Day gifts.

The Rustic Rose Wreath is a favorite for kitchen doors and Mother’s Day gifts.

If you are wondering what could help you make your home look warmer and full of life, part of the answer is spring wreaths. There is hardly anything as cute and lively as a beautiful wreath embellishing the walls or front door of your home in spring. Flower wreaths evoke this season, and remind us in the cloudiest of afternoons that sunnier days are just around the corner.

Wreaths are often overlooked when it comes to decorating our homes, one of the reasons being that people sometimes think that they will last for only a few days and that afterwards they will need to get rid of them and replace them. Well, for those of you that think so, you should know that many types of wreaths, including dried floral wreaths can last for years – and therefore be reused. You can keep them up for as long as you like and, after taking them down, you can simply store them somewhere dry until next year, or whenever you feel like using them again.

Transport yourself to Provincial France with a dried lavender wreath. Breath deeply and relax into the sweet scent of lavender fields every time your front door opens.

Transport yourself to Provincial France with a dried lavender wreath. Breath deeply and relax into the sweet scent of lavender fields every time your front door opens (also repels insects).

Styles

Traditionally, wreaths were made of plants – herbs and flowers, delighting us with their colors and smell. Nowadays, people also make them from fabrics, plastic, or anything else that looks colorful and cheerful enough. There are countless styles of wreaths that you can get or make for your home – all you need to do is choose one of the designs that you like best, and go for it.

Placement

Although usually used as outdoor décor, wreaths are becoming more and more used as indoor décor as well. Their freshness, as well as their expressive combinations of colors makes them easy to like and an increasingly preferred method of filling empty spaces in houses everywhere. These year-round wreaths can be used anywhere, from terrace to kitchen or even living room.

For a modern spring wreath, try this succulent garden decoration. Remember - Echeveria can be transplanted and are drought tolerant plants.

For a modern spring wreath, try this succulent garden decoration. Remember – Echeveria can be transplanted and are drought tolerant plants.

Instant Curb Appeal with Spring Wreaths

Spring wreaths look delightful in a variety of settings and are an easy way to add curb appeal without breaking the bank. They are inexpensive, and their apparent simplicity combined with their beauty probably explains why they are liked the way they are by people everywhere.   So, next time you’re thinking about making a small change to your home, consider using spring wreaths.

Metal Lantern Centerpiece

How to Decorate Metal Lanterns

Metal Lantern Centerpiece

Create a unique centerpiece with a metal and glass lantern. These living table mats are cool too!

For first-timers and DIY veterans alike, deciding how to decorate lanterns is a fun and challenging part of the process. Some projects call for simplicity like the effortless feel of decorative candle lanterns, perhaps adorned with a ring of fresh garlands outside the enclosure. And for special occasions, transform metal lanterns into Christmas themed centerpieces or unforgettable wedding decoration ideas. With so many design concepts to choose from, here’s a few of our favorites to get you started:

Centerpiece Table Ideas

Spruce up everyday home decor with elegant table centerpiece ideas crafted using iron lanterns. On a dining room table, a kitchen island, or atop a patio set, indoor and outdoor lanterns add a touch of personal charm.

One classic option begins with our Victorian Table Lantern and your favorite pillar candle. Understated and elegant, this lantern provides the perfect display case for a gently flickering flame: A timeless accent that is sure to warm the ambiance at any dinner table. And it makes a great housewarming gift, too!

Lanterns for kitchen and tabletop display are also a wonderful opportunity to showcase your family’s personality. Fill with keepsakes like vacation souvenirs, children’s art projects, or a string of wildflower garlands to create an irresistible conversation piece.

Holiday Themed Lanterns

Give your Christmas, Passover or Thanksgiving table decor a boost using lanterns for decoration. For Christmas themed centerpieces, it’s as simple as choosing favorite yuletide materials: ornaments, garlands, holly berries, light strings, colored candles, and more. An enclosure like our Oxford Garden Lantern is ideal for combinations of bright reds and greens, all arranged to gleam through the lantern’s glass sides.

Incorporate lanterns into Thanksgiving table decor with festive autumn materials like dried fallen leaves, miniature pumpkins, and textured husks. Create your own favorite combinations and delight holiday guests with all the colors and shapes of the season.

Decorative Metal Lanterns

We added a candle, smooth stones, ribbon, and a seashell to create our beach-themed metal lantern.

Seaside & Beach Lantern

Start with simple bronze or black lanterns, fill with tokens of the sea or lakeshore, and, presto! You have a charming beach lantern that will warm any tabletop. Whether you live near the water or not, seaside themed lanterns are a breeze to create. Choose combinations of sand, seashells, pebbles and corals to construct a calming coastal theme. These can be collected in nature, or purchased at most any craft store.

Wedding Decoration Ideas

For a memorable wedding decoration, professional planners and DIY’ers alike are loving indoor and outdoor lanterns. An all-around charming look coupled with the endless opportunity to customize makes this an irresistible option for the big day! Cater to the bride and groom’s tastes by displaying glimpses of their life together within each lantern, like a folded map for the honeymoon destination, or a small photograph of the happy couple together. Or, keep it simple and classic with decorative candle lanterns and enclosures filled with brilliant floral arrangements.