Terrariums and Dish Gardens

terrarium_violet12-06Of all the many ways there are to enjoy indoor plants, terrariums and dish gardens are among the most interesting. They have both been around for literally hundreds of years and are more easily grown today with so many plants and types of containers available.

Traditionally, dish gardens are collections of plants with similar cultural needs that are grown in a container without drainage. Terrariums are the same, except grown in glass sometimes with a top to the container and often without. Your options of glass and pottery containers are limited only by your imagination, and many other containers of various materials can be used.

Dish gardens and terrariums make an outstanding gift any time of the year but especially on Valentine’s Day when plants and flowers are so appreciated by the ones we love. At Waterloo Gardens we carry a large variety of dish gardens and terrariums in many sizes and shapes. If you do not see exactly what you have in mind, our experts will help you choose the container and plants for a unique gift which will last far longer than the last minute bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates.

You can even bring in a container of your own that you would like planted up with your choices. Come in soon and we will have what you need ready for pickup in just a couple of days.

Many other great gift ideas are available throughout Waterloo Gardens. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you with unique gift ideas for everyone you love!

Why Buy a Houseplant?

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These cold dreary months can drag on without something new and colorful to remind us that winter is only a matter of weeks and spring will most certainly come. Perhaps you will spend a month in Hawaii basking in the sun but if that is not on your calendar this year, Waterloo Gardens has a solution.

Houseplants not only wake up a room but they are also efficient air purifiers. All plants add oxygen and create a healthier indoor environment, and some plants provide additional added benefits by removing toxins from the air.

The choices in houseplants have increased exponentially over the last several years and in addition to amazing foliage color there are now a number of plants you can enjoy inside for their flowers as well.

All your concerns about choosing the right plant and learning the correct way of caring for it will be addressed by one of our houseplant experts. The sheer enjoyment of a cozy warm tropical experience awaits you when you enter our lush and colorful Greenhouse.

While you are here, check out the schedule of classes we have each weekend for additional information on growing and maintaining houseplants.

Top Five Easy Care Houseplants

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This cold and dreary weather is torture for an outdoor gardener, but there is a cure for those of us itching to exercise our green thumbs. Houseplants add instant vitality to your home. The trouble is that those who have the most success in their yards often cannot seem to grow anything well inside.

Do not give up! There really are some easy plants that you will grow to love in just a few weeks. Consider these five:

* Pothos is a low maintenance vine often confused with the heartleaf philodendron. The variegated foliage adds interest in a hanging basket, climbing up a structure, or just left to crawl over a tabletop or mantel.

* Snake plant is a care-free succulent plant that tolerates neglect extremely well. There are tall forms or shorter bird’s-nest types available. Be sure to avoid over-watering or the plant will develop root rot.

* English Ivy is one of my favorites. This versatile vine with deep green or variegated foliage should be set on a shelf or mantel where its stems can trail down. For a more formal effect, train the stems onto a topiary form (or purchase one already done for you at Waterloo Gardens).

* ZZ plant, sometimes called the eternity plant for its longevity, is a succulent that tolerates low light and minimal care. The shiny, thick fleshy leaves are so durable you might mistake them for plastic. It grows slowly, so select a larger plant for more impact.

* Rubber Tree is a classic houseplant that eventually grows very large unless you prune it back to keep it shorter and fuller. The big shiny leaves definitely make a dramatic statement.

Of course these plants have different cultural care in terms of light, food, and water necessities. Ask one of the experts in our greenhouse department for specific instructions on the plant of your choice and become a successful indoor gardener!