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A beautiful and attractive plant is not always sufficient to compensate the ugliness of a boring pot so people mostly think of looking for some beautiful and expensive pots. Instead of buying expensive pots, you can decorate them and for this, all you need is some great and applicable ideas. Decorating your pots at home will save money and you will be able to add beauty to not only your plants but whole garden. Here I have come up with some ideas which you can apply to decorate your potted plants:

First and easiest option is to decorate your boring pots with paint. You can paint your pots either with a single color or make a pattern by using different colors. It all depends on your creativity. Mostly boring pots are made interesting by painting either stripes or polka dots on them. If you are creative enough and have good painting skills, you can paint a whole garden scene on a dull pot. Bright colors are always recommended to paint dull clay pots.

Another technique which you can use to decorate your pots is one which is called decoupage. In this technique, you can stick on pictures and other relevant items to your pot using a decoupage medium and a paint brush. After doing enough practice, you can make different designs on pot by cutting paper in different shapes like that of flowers and then sticking them to pots. But remember that this technique works well on pots made of plastic or terra cotta.

Decorative elements can also be added to terra cotta pots by attaching mosaic tiles. You can do so by using any simple tile glue. You don’t need to have some expensive mosaic tiles for this purpose because you can also use broken pieces of glass and dishes to make mosaic tiles. If you don’t have enough broken pieces then you can also purchase tiles and other items. If these tiles are very large then use a hammer to break them into smaller pieces but before attaching these pieces on pots, make sure that you have made a plan about a pattern in which you are going to attach them.

Last but not the least; you can use plant pokes to decorate your flower pots. Don’t you know about plant pokes? Plant pokes are actually decorations which are attached to a thin rod. All you need to do is to dig the bottom of rod into soil letting the shape at the top to mingle with plant leaves. You can easily find these decorative elements in market having interesting shapes like that of bees and other garden related images.

These were some really great and simple ideas which can be applied easily to decorate potted plants. I hope that you will like these ideas and follow them as well.

Are you planning to design an herb garden? Great idea indeed!!!! An herb garden is a wonderful and magical place which is filled with those plants which not only add to beauty of your garden but also it provides you with useful herbs which can be used for different purposes. If you are looking for some general tips to design an herb garden then this post is going to prove very helpful for you as I have gathered some basic tips to for designing an herb garden:

  • Location, Location, Location. Yes!! When it comes to design a specific garden, the first thing which you should select is a suitable location.  You are required assessing your site to know how much sunlight it receives. Most of herbs especially cookery herbs require ample sunlight for 10 hours a day for their growth while some other varieties of herbs may require less light to thrive.
  • Next, consider the purpose for which you are designing an herb garden. For example, you may want to grow only cooking herbs or you may want a remedial garden which can provide you with safe remedies for different diseases or you may want a simple fragrant and refreshing garden. The choice is entirely yours.
  • You will also require acquiring complete information on which herbs grow best in your climate. For this purpose, you can visit parks and nurseries which have herb gardens. While visiting these places, notice what plants and herbs attract you the most and then collect complete information about those herbs and plants.
  • Start growing herbs in containers even if you have sufficient place for planting them because containers look attractive and it is easy to move them. If you are growing herbs that are tender to your climate then you can shift them indoors during winter. If you are living in hot climates then you can also move your potted plants to shady areas during summer.
  • Don’t forget to enclose your herb garden with a fence or a wall. It will not only capture fragrance of herbs but also this process will give you more privacy.
  • Add a water feature to your herb garden. You may do this by adding a fountain or birdbath. Birdbaths and fountains add beauty to your garden and at the same time they will attract birds and butterflies to your garden. Moreover the moisture provided by these water features in air will intensify fragrance of herbs.

That was all about designing an herb garden. These tips are really useful and I hope that you will also find them the same.