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A Man’s Guide To Gardening Part 2: Plant Aesthetics

In Part I you read about the plants that you should incorporate into your home and their practical uses. You’ve bought your seeds, you’ve put on your gardening gloves, and you’re ready to spawn your crop. Read on for instructions on how to make your plants a part of your home’s signature style.

The Practical Stuff
When it comes to actually planting you probably don’t need our help. You’re not an idiot, you know what makes plants grow: soil, sunlight, and water. Good soil should be light and fluffy (the consistency of breadcrumbs) so that the roots have room to spread. Check the packets your seeds come in for specific instructions about sunlight and watering. As they grow, pluck off any dead leaves or flowers as you find them so that new ones can grow in. We’ve also heard that talking to and tweeting at plants can make them grow faster, so give them a few words of encouragement but don’t blame us for the weird looks from your neighbors.

Aesthetic Appeal
This is the important part. The vessels in which you choose to give your plants permanent residence and the manner in which you arrange them are just as, if not more, important than the plants themselves. This is the point at which you utilize the rules of style. This is the point at which the ghost of your great-great-great-great-great-grandfather pats you on the back and says, “you got it from here.”

Containers for plants are not mere containers for plants, they are equivalent to posters and furniture in that they are crucial they are to the feel of a room. Containers are to your clothes what plants are to your body; it’s all about how they’re dressed up and displayed. There are a lot of interesting looking plant containers out there that look quite visually appealing:


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However, you get slightly more credit for repurposing things you already have or building something yourself. This is what we mean by repurposing:


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You can also use coffee or paint cans, colanders, bathtubs, buckets,  tires, crates, drawers, suitcases, or just about anything that can hold dirt and seeds. All you need is imagination and maybe a few tools and some elbow grease. Just make sure that there’s a hole in the bottom so that water can drain out. And building your own plant container is pretty simple. Check these out:


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Photo via inhabit.

We wrote about building your own pallet furniture recently and, lo and behold, you can make pallet garden planters as well.


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Where you choose to situate your plants are all about context. Put them in a place in which they will compliment the surrounding spaaaaaace. Think about the colors, textures, and shapes present in a spaaaaaace and what you want to draw attention to. Notice how these plants work with the locations in which they’re placed:


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You get the point: get creative and innovative with your horticultural displays. Plants provide us with food, air, and beauty; give them love and they’ll give it back to you.



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