Daniel’s Lawn & Garden Center has so many options for you to choose from, but let us help narrow your list. Here are some of our favorites:
- Sweetheart Hoyas
Gift this solitary, waxy, succulent heart to the one who has claimed yours. This houseplant is available in solid green or variegated. Extremely slow growing, Hoya will eventually grow into a vining plant if given the right conditions.
Perfect for Valentine’s Day! This tropical-looking houseplant, with heart-shaped spathes in shades of red and pink, favors bright, indirect sunlight and high humidity. Enjoy its long-lasting blooms for years to come!
- Heartleaf Philodendron
This slow-growing, long-living, easy-care plant is perfect for the inexperienced houseplant lover. Heart-shaped leaves frame delicate, wavy stems. Whether hung from the ceiling or trained to climb, Heartleaf Philodendron are sure to earn a place in your Valentine’s heart!
- Golden Pothos
Characterized by pointy, heart-shaped leaves of green, yellow, and white, the undemanding Golden Pothos is sure to charm your Valentine. Similar to the Heartleaf Philodendron, these houseplants are low-maintenance and can be trained to climb, crawling up to ten feet!
- String of Hearts
Perfect for those forgetful plant parents, this delicate-looking plant is tough and thrives on neglect. The String of Hearts houseplant showcases beautiful, grey-green marbled, heart-shaped leaves tinged with pink. Tendrils of love will seek your affection with its tumbling vine display. This succulent will fit right into any esthetic.
- Arrowhead Vine
Bring the tropics home with this luscious heart-shaped vine. Flaunting beautiful, variegated leaves, let this velvety-textured houseplant capture your loved one’s heart. Arrowhead Vines are low-light thriving plants, sure to add interest to any decor.
- Mask Plant
Your Valentine will be saying “oo-la-la” with this stunning, uniquely textured houseplant. The waxy leaves contain the most impressive contrast between the dark leaf and its silvery-yellow veins. This tropical-vining houseplant confidently enchants any viewer who dares to gaze upon it.
This decorative houseplant flaunts intricately patterned leaves of green and cream. True to its succulent nature, the waxy, thick leaves are as hardy as your love! From alluring, ornamental foliage to air-purifying properties, Peperomia is a gift that just keeps on giving.
- Philodendron Monstera
Create your own tropical paradise this Valentine’s Day with this large-leafed houseplant! Adding that “wow” factor to any room, its glossy heart-shaped leaves are found in vibrant shades of greens. Fawn over its impressively large leaves, tending as it continues to grow over time.
Heart-shaped leaves weave an elegant pattern of greens, while petite, elegant flowers brighten up a room with dynamic reds, pinks, and whites. This houseplant is sure to bring a smile to your Valentine’s face. Not for the faint of heart, cyclamen can be forced to bloom again after dormancy.
Why stop there? Complete your Valentine’s Day gift with a decorative pot and the tools needed to care for a new houseplant. We have everything you need to set your sweetheart up for success.
Stop by Daniel’s Lawn & Garden Center and check out our incredible selection of houseplants, pots, supplies, and more! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help guide you on your journey to a victorious Valentine’s Day!
A porch pot can be a beautiful accent to any entryway, and with a bit of patriotic flair, you can easily style a Fourth of July porch pot as a decorative highlight for all your summer festivities. By carefully designing the pot and the plants it showcases, it can burst into festive glory just in time for the holiday.
Beyond the Porch
A porch pot is traditionally an elegant container positioned at the main front entryway, but for summer porch pots, it’s fun to look beyond the porch for where to show off your festive container. Where will you be greeting guests and entertaining during the summer months? Any gathering spot can be made more seasonal with the right porch pot, so consider placing one or more pots:
- In the corners of a deck or patio
- Spaced along a bare section of fence
- On stairs leading up to a deck or porch
- Framing an outdoor kitchen or grill area
- Accenting a pool surround
- As an outdoor table centerpiece
Wherever your pots can be seen, theyâ€™re sure to add a patriotic bit of color to give a party-like atmosphere to your outdoor living spaces.
Picking the Pot
When choosing a container for a Fourth of July pot, first consider where the pot will be located and choose an appropriate size for that location. Be mindful that the pot will not block walkways or cause a trip hazard on stairs, and be sure it is sturdy enough to hold up the plants you want to showcase.
The pot style can vary, and choosing a pot with patriotic colors can add instant flair to your decorative arrangement. Red, white, or blue pots are always popular choices, or the pot could be painted with a patriotic theme such as stars and stripes. Spattering a white pot with red and blue is a more subtle but festive option, or larger polka dots could be a bold and colorful statement. To honor a military connection, consider a pot with a camouflage pattern, or choose a more demure, understated pot to let the plants be the true stars of the arrangement.
Top Fourth of July Flower Picks
You can add any type of flowers you’d like to a Fourth of July porch pot, but red, white, and blue blooms are always favorites. Fortunately, there are many flower choices that can work into this color palette, including:¦
- Red – Petunia, zinnia, verbena, cardinal flower, impatiens, geraniums, nasturtium
- White – Zinnia, dahlia, geranium, verbena, daisy, petunia, cleome, vinca, snapdragon, impatiens
- Blue – Agapanthus, clematis, scabiosa, verbena, wishbone flower, lobelia, salvia, ageratum
In addition to bloom colors, you can also consider flower shape and opt for star-shaped blooms such as lilies, pentas, or star jasmine. Tall, flowing grasses with arcing plumes are another elegant option that mimics the gracefulness of fireworks. The round balls of allium and the spikes of salvia are other interesting shapes popular in patriotic displays.
Whichever plants you choose for your pot, remember the thriller-filler-spiller rule of thumb to create a lush, eye-catching arrangement, and it will sure to be a stunning decoration.
Planting Your Pot
Ideally, a Fourth of July porch pot should be planted several weeks before the holiday or any summer event so the plants have a chance to settle and fill in the pot before the celebration. If youâ€™ve chosen a larger pot, add a layer of rocks or a brick or two to the bottom of the pot so it is properly weighted and will be less likely to tip over if accidentally bumped. Choose h potting soil to give each plant the proper nourishment, and ideally choose plants that all have similar sunlight and watering needs so they will thrive together.
Summer Porch Pot Care
Once planted, you will need to give your Fourth of July porch pot the proper care so it continues to look its best. Positioning the pot on a moveable stand or casters will help you be sure it has adequate light even as shadows shift from week to week, and rotating the pot will ensure the plants grow evenly. Water the pot appropriately, bearing in mind that smaller pots will need more frequent watering, especially on hot summer days. Fertilizing should not be necessary if you’ve used h potting soil, but if needed, fertilize sparingly to avoid burning roots or causing uneven growth. As the plants get taller, stake them if necessary, and protect the pot from sudden summer storms so it is not tipped or flooded.
Decorative Accents for a Fourth of July Porch Pot
It’s easy to add a bit of holiday flair to the pot if you choose decorative stakes with a red, white, and blue theme. Miniature flags are a popular choice, or you can find metallic sprays or faux firework rockets that will add a fun touch to the arrangement. Pinwheels are another great option that add a bit of movement to the pot.
Tying a ribbon around the pot can also add a holiday touch. Choose red, white, or blue ribbons, or opt for a rustic theme with gingham or checked patterns. Gold ribbons can also be a meaningful way to honor military members and deployed troops.
Be creative and fun with decorative accents for your porch pot, and it will be an eye-catching, attractive arrangement and a focal point for all your summer holiday entertaining.
Perennials may not be the best showstoppers in a garden full of annuals, but they make great foundation plantings to serve as a reliable backdrop or trusty fillers, among other plants. There’s no reason you can’t select perennials that are just as beautiful as your favorite annuals; however, it’s just a matter of choosing the flowers that pack the most punch and using them appropriately.
Best Perennials to Choose
When choosing a perennial to fill an empty space in your garden, make sure to get the most bang from your buck by selecting one or several long-blooming perennials. These flowers will be worthwhile additions to your landscape for their ongoing staying power, giving you a reliable backdrop and structure to build from.
- Achillea (Yarrow)
- Alcea (Hollyhock)
- Anemone (Wind Flower)
- Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
- Campanula (clips series)
- Clematis (Jackmani)
- Coreopsis (Tickseed)
- Corydalis lutea (Yellow Bleeding Heart)
- Delosperma (Ice Plant)
- Dicentra exima (Bleeding Heart)
- Echinacea (Coneflower)
- Gallardia (Blanket Flower)
- Gaura (Wand Flower)
- Geranium (Johnson Blue)
- Helenium (Helenâ€™s Flower)
- Heliopsis (Sunflower)
- Hemerocallis (Stella D’Oro) (Daylily)
- Hemerocallis (Happy Returns) (Daylily)
- Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
- Liatris spicata (Gayfeather)
- Ligularia (Ragwort)
- Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
- Lythrum (Loosestrife)
- Malva (Mallow)
- Monarda (Bee Balm)
- Nepeta (Catnip or Catmint)
- Oneothra (Siskiyou) (Evening Primrose)
- Perovskia (Russian Sage)
- Rudbeckia (Coneflower)
- Salvia (most verticillata)
- Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)
- Shasta Daisy (Becky) or (Snow Queen)
- Stokesia (Stoke’s Aster)
- Veronica (Speedwell)
Using Your Blooming Perennials
To make your perennials truly pop, it’s important to position them in your landscape, where they will show to their best advantage. Popular options include:
- Filling in between showstopping annuals with perennials that will grow and bloom to cover fading blooms after the annuals are finished.
- Adding blooming perennials in front of a hedge, fence, or privacy screen for extra coverage with a dash of color.
- Using perennial flowers as a backdrop for lower annual plantings along a house foundation or in other flowerbeds.
- Creating a naturalized lawn or meadow-like area full of different perennials for a low-maintenance option that still stuns.
- Planting perennials in hard-to-tend areas, such as alongside a water feature, in tight corners, or on terraces, so they can be gorgeous with less maintenance.
With so many options for lovely perennials that can be used in many different ways in the landscape, there’s no excuse not to enjoy these easy-care flowers for many years!