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Moss has a unique and unusual nature as it does not develop actual root system. Instead of it, this plant produces spores which develop a structure like roots. This root-like structure grows into ground and attaches to the surface. This feature of moss make it the most suitable and attractive plant for creating indoor garden. Do you also want to create an indoor moss garden? If yes then you need some basic supplies and a little bit of efforts to grow indoor moss garden. Here in this post, I will provide you with a set of instructions which will help you a lot in creating indoor moss garden:

  • First thing which you will need to grow moss is a suitable container. Moss will easily grow in vessels like small plastic aquariums, glass vases and bottles. Moss also likes humidity to thrive so it looks for an environment where it can get warmth and moisture.
  • Next step is to find moss which you will grow indoors. You may have some moss grown in your backyard. For your assistance, I will like to inform you that you can find moss in shaded areas where the soil is damp. You may also find some moss grown at your friend’s house so you can also take some cuttings from there.
  • Harvesting outdoor moss should be done carefully using a shovel. While taking a patch of moss make sure that you are also taking an inch of growing medium along with the patch. It is necessary for the safety of moss’s root system. To transport moss to your house, place the cut patch in a plastic plate.
  • Take your container and fill one quarter of it with gravel or stones. Then fill up container half full of soil. As moss like acidic conditions to grow, you can also add a skinny layer of peat moss on the top if soil layer. After making a layer of soil, don’t compress it because moss likes loose and non-compacted soil. Place patch of moss on the layer of soil and then press it down making sure it sits properly on top of layer of soil.
  • Now place your moss garden in such area of your house which is semi shaded and away from direct sunlight. Mist your moss garden regularly using a spraying bottle filled with water at room temperature. Moss should be kept damp but not saturated with water because over watering can cause moss to rot. Check your moss garden daily to know whether it needs to be misted or not.

These were some basic instructions about growing indoor moss garden. Follow these and have beautiful moss garden indoors.

Most of us know that sunflowers come only in bright yellow color. That’s not actually true. Sunflowers are available in other colors also like pale and dark orange and deep red. Drying such beautifully colored flowers for floral arrangements is quite enjoyable. After drying, these flowers can be used in a number of ways combined with other flowers and foliage. But for all this to happen, you need to follow some reliable method of drying. Here an easy way to dry sunflowers is presented after which you can use these flowers for beautiful floral arrangements.

Method of Drying

Method of drying sunflowers for floral arrangements is as follows:

  • First step is the careful selection of flowers. For floral arrangements, choose the flowers that are newly opened without having broken or damaged petals. After selecting suitable flowers, cut the stem in such a way that only ¼ inch remains back.
  • Next step is to cut a wire having a length of 2 inches. The top half inch of wire should be now bent in the form of a hook.
  • Now the long end of wire is pushed into flowers so that the hook comes at center of flower and the flower is protruded from its back. Keep in mind that the hook should not be visible from the front. Actually the purpose of hook is to attach floral wire to the flowers so that they can be easily placed in floral arrangements.
  • Take some silica gel and make a layer of about one inch in a container made of plastic. Make sure that the lid of the container is tight. Take flowers and lay them on the top of silica gel layer. Keep in mind to place the flowers facing upwards. Now gently push sunflowers into gel.
  • In the next step, silica crystals are sprinkled on the top of flowers. To keep the sunflowers in their natural shape, try to make sure that crystals reach between and under sunflowers petals. Continue to sprinkle the gel until the flowers are fully covered with. Now cover the container with its lid and leave the flowers in the mixture for 2 days.
  • After two days, remove lid. In order to remove gel and disclose the center of flowers, brush the gel carefully. If the center of flower is dried then it is ready to be used but if it is not dried completely then leave it for one more day.
  • The last step is to lift the flowers out of gel. To perform this process successfully, take down or slip your fingers under sunflowers and lift them. Now remove the excessive gel by turning flowers upside down and tapping them on the back. Your sunflowers are now dried and ready to be used for arrangements. These flowers can also be stored in sealed bags if you don’t have any intentions to use them immediately.

Following the above method will enable you to dry sunflowers in a better way to use them for floral arrangements which can further be used for various purposes.

Orchids have been included in list of home plants for their gorgeous fragrance and variety in shapes, color and sizes. Like other plants, orchid plants also need proper growing conditions. Giving right amount of water at right time to your orchids is one of the basic needs of orchid flowers to grow and thrive. Remember that different species of orchids have different water needs, so you are required to research your particular plant as well as you should also be aware of general watering needs of an orchid.

Orchid plants are typically found in tropical areas. The areas where many orchids are grown receive tremendous rain. These areas can also be very humid in native habits. Ideal humidity level for orchid flowers is 80% but this humidity level could be quite uncomfortable for human to live in so you need to think other strategies to provide your orchids with healthier environment. A very convenient way to humidify your orchids is to water them frequently. You may purchase a deep saucer or and some pebbles. Pour these pebbles into the saucer then water the pebbles. Make sure that the water never touches the actual orchid pot. This way you will be able to create artificial humid climate for your orchid plant.

Very common mistake that people do is over watering their orchids. Many people wait for the soil of their orchid pot to look dry and when it becomes, they feel that their orchid plants need to be watered now. This is not true especially for orchids. The rule to water your orchid plants is to water once a week. Let the potting bark of your orchid plant dry out completely before you water again.

Orchid plants also need to be fertilized but sparingly as well. Buy best fertilizer for your orchid plants from nearby garden shops. Make sure to maintain for watering and fertilizing your orchids is a guarantee in itself that your orchid plants will grow best and you will have exotic plants for a long time.

Orchids will thrive in your home environment if you succeed to provide them with proper care, for instance right amount of water at right time, proper sunlight and best fertilizer occasionally. Orchid flowers are quite beautiful and can also be temperamental. Once you get to know exact needs of your orchids, it is not so complicated to maintain your orchid flowers healthy conditions.

Decoration with Orchids

Decorating interior spaces and gardens with orchid flowers is a good idea to fill spaces that will make you relaxed and feel good. Orchids have long list of advantages that make them perfect for home decoration if you are aware of special care these plants need. You can have this plant by following simple rules to create a huge visual space it is placed in.

Decoration of house or interior space needs much consideration. Use of plants within the whole area is a common idea but it needs much care. Green and leafy plants are always attractive that can greatly transform interior spaces, gardens and offices if perfect orchid is selected to decorate these spaces. Have you ever thought to decorate your home, garden and terrace with orchids? If not then you should think of this to get a new green environment in your home or office.

  • A very big advantage of these flowers is that you can keep these flowers fresh for months contrary to other indoor plants.
  • These are hardy plants and don’t require much water. They are virtually immortal if and only if you are aware of proper care and maintenance needs of orchard plants.
  • They are also considered as best for indoor and garden decorations as you can get wide range of colors that you exactly want for decoration of your chosen space.

Definitely you need to know details that you have to pay attention from very first day you grow orchid plants in your home. Here is very useful information that will help you in making your decoration successful and attractive exactly you have dreamed.

Make Sure to Buy Orchids in Healthy and Good Condition

Remember that healthy and fresh orchids, without diseases and pests, you are guaranteeing more than 60 percent of your success to make your decoration project great. Make sure that there should be no spots on leaves. Bulbs and flowers will help you in determining the health status of orchids you are going to buy.

Think about the Space You Want to Decorate with Orchids

Determine if that selected space is too hot, too cold or it is exposed to lot of breezes. Any extreme condition will be bad for your orchids.

Check Availability of Light of the Place You Want to Decorate

Light is a very important factor to be considered before thinking to select a place for decoration with plants. Some orchids are very resistant to light than others. Make sure to choose right orchids for the space according to light and other conditions to ensure proper growth of orchids without any problem.

Determine Moisture Level of the Space Where you Want to Plant in Orchids

No extreme situation is good for orchids. Don’t make a mistake to place the plants in the area that has either very high or low humidity.

Follow above mentioned basic information that is very necessary to keep your orchid healthy and happy. It is hopped that information provided here will help you to create very attractive space using best orchid flowers.


Lighting in a garden is very important as it gives your garden a completely different look in night. Besides decoration, garden lights are used to show different aspects of a garden in night. If you don’t know which type of light is better for your garden then read this post as I have mentioned some common types of lights which can be used in garden.

Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are actually decorative lights which are small and strung on a cord. Since these lights are decorative, they are mostly used on Christmas to decorate gardens. But these lights can also be used year-round for as they give a pleasant and romantic feel to garden. Fairy lights come in different varieties. They are either powered by electricity or solar energy. Some fairy lights are battery powered also. Fairy lights are easy to install in garden because these strands of lights have clips which can be attached to branches of trees. Fairy lights are available in different colors to highlight different aspects of a garden but white fairy lights are commonly used as they serve general purpose.

Spotlights

If you want to highlight one specific area of your garden then a spotlight is the best for this purpose. Using spotlight is not a garden lighting method because it cannot light the whole garden. It is just use to create a dramatic effect in a garden. A garden spotlight can be used to highlight a specific garden feature like a tree, garden pond, statue, waterfall or a garden fountain.

Peg Lights

Peg lights are either LED or powered by solar energy. They are most popular way of lighting a garden as they are easy to install and are less expensive. Moreover they do not require maintenance. But these lights have a dark side too. Solar powered lights need sunlight during day so that they can produce light in night. This drawback has been overcome with batteries. There are some solar lights which also have batteries which can be used if there is insufficient sunlight. Peg lights have different shapes so you can choose one according to your garden style and theme.

Garden Lanterns

Lanterns are also decorative garden lights and come in different shapes, styles and sizes. Most common type of lanterns which are used in gardens is hanging lanterns. You can hang these lanterns on garden posts or around garden furniture. Besides hanging, lanterns can also be placed on garden furniture and other garden features. Lanterns get power either from solar energy or electricity. Some types of lanterns are also powered by candles. Such lanterns give a unique ambience to your garden at night.

These are four major types of lights which you can use in your garden. Each one of them has its own unique characteristics and style so choose one of your favorite from them and use it to have a well-lit garden.

Butterflies make a garden look vibrant and alive with their colors and elegance. Monarch butterflies are one of the butterflies gardeners want to see in their garden. How to attract them to your garden? Follow these simple tips and attract monarch butterflies to your garden and enjoy their grace:

  • Most of the adult monarch butterflies like nectar present in flowers so you can plant those flowers in garden. These flowers include lantana, daisies, coneflowers, daylilies and sedum. All these are perennials which bloom after year and year. If you have an herb garden, fill it with mints, verbena and bee-balm.
  • Female butterflies always fly here and there in search of plants where they can lay eggs. You can also grow those plants on which monarch butterflies lay their eggs. Monarch butterflies like to lay their eggs on milkweed. Milkweed has different species and you do not need many efforts to grow these plants. Some types of milkweed which you can grow include Showy Milkweed, Smooth Milkweed, White Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Green Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed and Sand Milkweed. After young caterpillars come out of eggs, you may don’t like them to be in your main garden. The solution to this problem is simple. You may plant milkweed away from main garden area that is near to nectar plants.
  • Male monarch butterflies also like to be gathered around damp sand and mud ponds. If you want to attract monarch butterflies to your garden, you should consider about making such a spot for them. For this, dig a spot and fill it with thin layer of sand and then cover it with dirt. Don’t forget to keep the sand and dirt moist throughout summer season. Again to save beauty of your main garden, make this puddle in your yard away from major garden area.
  • Monarch butterflies also need a shelter area to protect themselves from harsh weather conditions like strong winds. Make sure you have a shelter area in your garden. You can also buy attractive butterfly houses but they are just only for decoration because butterflies actually don’t like to stay in these butterfly houses.

Throughout summer season, monarch butterflies undergo four cycles so make sure that you are providing them with above mentioned requirements during all summer and especially in late summer.

Garden sheds are an important feature of a garden and they don’t look attractive if they kept simple and boring so like every other thing in garden, sheds also need to be decorated. People lacking time and money often try to tuck away garden sheds in corners so that they may not become visible. But in small gardens, it is not possible to hide garden sheds in corners. Don’t worry, with some innovative ideas, you can make garden shed looking an attractive feature of your garden and the great news is that I have come up with some ideas which are not only practical but also economical. Just have a look on these ideas:

  • First thing which you can use to decorate your garden is weather vane so attach one with peak of your garden shed. You can buy a traditional rooster weather vane or some other weather vane featuring one of your favorite animals.
  • Bird feeders and birdbaths are also considered essential while decorating a garden or a garden shed. Buy some attractive but economical birdbaths and bird feeders and hang them on a side of garden shed. Another idea is to hang birdbath at front of shed and set up birdhouses in nearby trees. Hanging birdbaths and bird feeders will not only decorate your garden shed but they will also attract birds which will make your garden even more beautiful and natural.
  • Take old garden items and use them to decorate the outside and entrance of shed. Old garden items may include tools, straw hats and clay pots.
  • Dried flowers arrangements can also be used to decorate a garden shed. So arrange some dried flowers in hanging baskets and hang them over windows and around entrance. Use flowers which have strong fragrance like sage and lavender to hang them on garden shed door.
  • Under the windows of garden shed, nail flower boxes and plant beautiful and smaller flowers in them like moss roses. You can also set matching flower boxes near path to garden shed. Also add other flower containers around outer area of shed.
  • Hanging wind chimes around garden shed is another wonderful idea. It adds to the beauty of garden shed and provides you with a pleasant feeling by producing melodious sound when wind blows.
  • Terra cotta garden art can be fastened to the side of garden shed that comes in different designs like that of butterflies, sun, flowers and fairies.
  • A trellis can be leaned against shed wall so that roses, ivy and other plants and vines can climb the wall easily.
  • I have also seen some garden sheds decorated with castle style cupola. It is actually a beautiful piece of artistic quality and it adds height to garden shed.

See!!! How simple it is to decorate a garden shed. If you are creative enough, you can use any of your own ideas to decorate your garden shed in the way you like.