How To Make A #KokedamaGarden

Tropical  by Ashley Camper Photography

The first time I saw a wonderful display of kokedama, a variation of Japanese bonsai, hanging against a stark white wall, I never imagined how easy it would be to create this plant-and-string look. “Kokedama” means “moss ball” in Japanese; it is made by transferring a succulent, small fern or other plant into a ball of soil held together with moss and colorful string or twine, which is also used to hang the plants. These string gardens look great hanging in homes and are a fun way to bring the outdoors in. Follow along with floral designer Mandy Grace of Hawaii as she walks us through how to make a cool hanging-plant string garden.

 

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Bring A Touch of #RenaissanceItaly To Your Garden

Contemporary Landscape Chelsea Flower Show 2014 - The Telegraph Garden

Italy has influenced many fields of design, so it is not surprising that it has also had a great influence on garden design. Italy’s Renaissance and villa gardens are renowned for their skillful design, attention to detail, use of water, grottoes and statues that come together to create elegant and tranquil gardens that charm, excite and amuse. The gardens emanated from the Italians’ delight in the beauty of nature, sincere love of art and keen interest in archaeology.Recently garden designers have begun to show how much we owe Italian garden design by reinterpreting some of these traditional elements in modern gardens. If we look at some of the simple elements of traditional Italian garden design, including a strong axis, the control of shapes, the use of water and restricted plantings, it is easy to see how our gardens can benefit from their inclusion.