Photo courtesy of Bachman’s
So far this year we have lucked out with a mostly mild winter (can we call it luck when it is actually climate change?), but there is no doubt that some of us are already suffering from the winter doldrums. If the shortened daytime hours are getting to you, I have a selection of plant-based projects by way of Karen Bachman Thull, from Bachman’s Floral, Home & Garden, that will help combat your winter blues. Whether you need guidance on decorating the interior of your home with something green and leafy, are curious about growing herbs and other edible plants, or are looking for some outdoor projects, Bachman’s has you covered.
If you are not already sold on introducing plants into your living space, Bachman Thull has the pitch down pat: “Green plants offer amazing benefits including purifying the air, boosting mood and productivity as well as beautifying any space.” In other words, having plants in your home is a literal and a metaphorical breath of fresh air.
Terrariums and dish gardens are a beautiful way to display plants. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably by laypeople like me, but a dish garden is open to the outside air and a terrarium is fully enclosed. This means that terrariums are able to recycle their water supply for quite some time, making them delightfully low maintenance.
If you choose to make a terrarium or a dish garden, don’t limit yourself creatively! Most people fill these tiny habitats with cacti and succulents, but leafy plants work just as well. If you are feeling extra creative you can even add small statuettes, toys, and stones alongside the plants.
For those of you who want a plant without the project, Bachman’s has options in all colors, shapes, and sizes. From tall jungle ferns to succulents you can fit in the palm of your hand to a selection of flowers more diverse than you dare imagine, you are sure to find something special for every room of your home. If you are specifically looking for plants that are good oxygenators (it is winter, after all), most Dracaena plants are highly rated as oxygenators, as are Peace Lilies, Heart Leaf Philodendrons, and Chinese Evergreens.
Keeping your furry friends in mind when you choose the plants to bring into your home is important. Some favorite plants, like aloe vera, are toxic to animals. However, there are plenty of plants that your pets will enjoy as much as you do. The Calathea Rattlesnake and Bird’s Nest Fern are both unique green plants that will add a pop of color to your living space without compromising the health of your four-legged family. There are also several flowers that are pet safe, my current favorite being the Phalaenopsis Orchid.
Herbs are also pet-friendly. Ideal for adding a little extra life to your kitchen – and your cooking – these plants thrive in humid environments like sunny kitchen windowsills. One of the most common mistakes people make when growing herbs is pruning them too little, so do not save your home-grown herbs for special occasions. The more you eat, the more they grow.
If you want to take your journey with edible plants a little further, get started on planning a summer vegetable garden! “It’s not too early to start planning your garden! Seeds are available in-store now,” Bachman Thull says.
In fact, for those of you who prefer to grow your garden from seeds instead of seedlings, this is the perfect time to start planning. “If you are interested in starting seeds indoors, you can generally start to do that in March,” says Bachman Thull. Start dreaming now and by the time March rolls around you will know what you need to buy and can get started on your best garden yet.
Remember that plants are not the only way to bring a little extra natural beauty to your backyard. To enjoy the wildlife of your neighborhood right now, all you need to do is set out some bird feeders. Bachman’s has put together a helpful chart cataloguing which treats are most appealing to various bird species. This chart can be accessed on the Bachman’s website under the “Care, Advice, and Information” tab. If you are not picky about the species, you can find bird-friendly snacks in your own kitchen. Oranges, raisins, bananas, pecans, peanuts, and sunflower seeds will all bring the birds to your yard.
No matter what project you have in mind, Bachman’s has the products and knowledge to help you make the most out of your agrarian adventure. “People have found renewed purpose in being active outdoors in their landscape and beautifying their spaces with living plants,” Bachman Thull muses, “Whether indoors, or out, people are reconnecting with nature.”
There are several Bachman’s locations across the metro area with in-store and contactless shopping options available. For more information on locations, hours, and project ideas check out their website, listed below.