Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is on the rise. You can call them what you like...living walls, eco-walls, green walls or even wall art.  Such walls may be indoors or outside, freestanding or attached and come in a great variety of sizes. LaFleur Plantscapes can design and install a wall that's right for you.

Succulent Wall

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Air Plant Wall

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Wall Art

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Dirtt Interior Plant Walls

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Garden Wedding Chic

We recently styled the floral arrangements for Loren Galesi and Nick Joyce's wedding at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson. This gorgeous spring wedding was relaxed yet chic. It celebrated the new beginning of Nick and Loren's life amidst the bloom of spring in Tohono Chul's first wedding and reception held exclusively in the park.

LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora used seasonal wildflowers, white anemones, ranunculus, succulents, and lots of texture to create romantic, garden-themed arrangements. Crystal baubles, bengaline linens and delicate succulents planted in mercury glass added extra charm to centerpieces and ceremony décor.

From start to finish every single detail of this garden soiree was perfectly captured by Neil Kreuser Photography and highlighted this couples love of nature, family and each other.

Winter Garden (Part 1): Edibles

One of the best parts of living in Tucson is the year round gardening. While our friends up north are shoveling snow and de-icing their windshields, we are busying ourselves in the garden for yet another season of veggies, herbs, flowers, and succulents. I wanted to focus this week on some great winter garden edibles that anyone can grow in their backyard, in a container, or even incorporate into their landscaping. Edibles are a wonderful way to introduce gardening to your kids and encourage healthy eating habits for all of us. Plus, it's another fantastic opportunity to experiment with native varieties of edibles to create some new favorites for your table. This list is by no means comprehensive - these are just a few of my favorites that are high yield and easy to grow. Enjoy! Carrots are a highly adaptable root vegetable that grows well, spring, summer, fall and winter. There are as many varieties of carrots as there are ways to prepare them. Consistent watering and soil temperature matched with the appropriate seasonal variety will yield sweet, tender, colorful carrots year round. A couple of varieties that are particularly good for cooler climates are Carnival Blend carrots (which are cold hardy up to twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit) and the Paris Market variety (which grow exceptionally well in containers and mature in about 50 days). I like both varieties because they are exceptionally cold hardy, mature quickly, and can be grown easily in containers. I have both varieties growing in my back yard right now and hope to be able to serve them with Christmas dinner. I'll keep you posted...

Onions are a culinary staple in the kitchen. Just try to prepare a savory stuffing, homemade stock, or garden fresh salsa without onion - it wouldn't be very tasty. I use onions for cooking so regularly that I decided to try growing my own. Onions take a couple of weeks to germinate, so make sure that you amend your soil with compost or manure before planting the seeds. Onions like their soil on the acidic side, so a trip to your local nursery for a pH kit is worth the investment. If you plant your onions in a container (like me), make sure the soil is well drained to prevent rot. Short day varieties of onions do best in our region; short days mean the variety needs less sun to grow. Some popular types are Texas Early Grano or Red Burgundy.

And finally, where would the winter garden be without a beautiful cluster of greens? Greens (like lettuces, collards, kale, and spinach) grow very well in the southern winter garden in both containers and in the ground. They are packed with nutrients and so delicious! Consider a new twist on an old favorite: Plant various varieties of kale and lettuce around the borders and in decorative containers instead of flowering annuals. Greens come in an array of colors and flavors to coordinate with any landscaping theme.

I hope today's post has inspired you to try a few edibles in your winter garden this season. If you have other ideas or success with any of the veggies listed above, I'd love to hear about it. Leave a comment to share!

Giving Thanks from the Garden to the Table

Fall in the desert brings welcome relief from the heat of summer without losing the beautiful blush in the garden. Each autumn brings another opportunity to set aside time to give thanks for the harvest, for family, and for sharing what's simple and pure in our lives. I know I especially love sharing from my garden, and the Thanksgiving table is a perfect place to highlight some wonderful fall fare. The cooler, yet still mild, Tucson autumn is perfect for cultivating fresh herbs that compliment a traditional Thanksgiving meal particularly well. I like to grow sage in a pot to bring a refreshing scent to my patio, then easily move it inside on colder nights or to use in the kitchen. Some freshly cut deep silver-green foliage can easily be incorporated in a center-piece or bundled and laid on the plate as an eco-chic placard.

Besides herbs, there are many shrub varieties of mums that grow well in pots and translate easily from the garden to a centerpiece and back again. Try a Hardy Mum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) for fall blooms in a deep red, gold or burgundy. Choose a plant that is still small with few blooms from the nursery. Transplant to an un-glazed terra cotta pot and allow at least one week for it to get established. Once the plant has adjusted to its new home, the blooms will begin to open. Placing your potted mum at the center of your table is a great alternative to fresh cut flowers because it can be placed outside after use and is hard enough to survive winter.

For more ideas about incorporating local plants and flora into your holiday celebration, contact LaFleur Plantscapes & Fresh Flora at 520-548-1338 or info@lafleurplantcapes.com.