Friday, May 10, 2013

Choosing Flowers for a Vertical Garden Vlog {Part 2: #DigIn}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.  I know, a sponsored post.  But keep reading because the project is awesome and Ike stars in a vlog!

Simple Tips for Choosing Flowers for a Vertical Garden (or flower garden)

I don’t know about you but I used to find garden centers intimidating.  All of those aisles.  All of those needy plants.  Sun. Shade. Little water. A lot of water.  Big roots.  Little roots.  6” spacing.  36” spacing.  So many things to consider when choosing flowers to spruce up your outdoor living space.

Lucky for you, Ike and I are here today with a vlog on how to choose the correct flowers for a vertical garden (or any flower garden for that matter).  The tips are simple but choosing the correct flower is actually a very simple process.  Ike is currently looking for agents now that he’s a vlog star.

If you’re not in an appropriate vlog viewing environment, here’s what Ike and I discuss in the vlog:

You will first need to determine where you are going to place your vertical garden (or where your flower garden is located).  If your garden will receive 6 or more hours of sun, you will want to choose plants that grow well in sun.  If you garden is in the shade, you will want to choose plants that grow well in the shade.  This seems obvious but I have tried many times to grow a sun loving plant in the shade.  It won’t work.  No matter how hard you try. The Home Depot Garden Center makes this step easy.  The flowers are separated by sun loving and shade loving.  They even have big signs to help direct you. *There are sirens in the video.  I live in a super safe, tiny town.  There just happens to be sirens the one time I try to shoot a vlog.  Good work.   I just couldn't do another take of this tip without losing my marbles.  Ike sees a bug.  Decides it's too far away to chase.*

Sun and Shade Flowers #DigIn

Water Requirements:
The next thing you will want to keep in mind is how much water will your flowers will need. This is especially important in a vertical garden.  You wouldn’t want to put a water loving plant next to a succulent.  One of them will not end up a happy plant.  Sad plants make for sad plant owners.  The flowers I chose (verbena, asylum, petunias and marigolds) all need water about 2-3 times per week.  How do you know how much water your flower will need?  Check the tag that comes with the flower.  Easy peasy. (Don’t forget to sign up for the Home Depot Garden Club!)  *Ike sleeps through this tip.*

Flower Tag #DigIn

For a vertical garden, you will want to select plants with a short root system.  Short roots make for a lighter box.  You will also want to select plants that spread a little (to cover the box) but not so much that they take over the entire box.  The plants that I selected will spread about 4-12” each.  How do you tell how big your plant will get?  Again, check that tag that comes with the flower.  (See above.)  *Ike gets bored during this tip and decides to take a nap.*

We chose flowers over succulents or herbs for our vertical garden because we wanted to add some color to our otherwise dull and boring deck.  I choose some bright pink and purple verbena and some purple petunias.  I grabbed some yellow marigolds to wake that little vertical planter up.  I will use asylum to add some greenery to break up the brighter colors.  I tried to find flowers that would look great together but also meet the above requirements. *Ike smells each flower.*

I hope these simple tips help you be all smiles at your next trip the garden center.

Shopping at Home Depot #DigIn

Read about our vertical garden inspiration in Part 1!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.
Check back on Monday to see how the vertical garden is constructed!
Do you have a brown thumb or a green thumb?  Do you love garden centers or do they overwhelm you?  What are your favorite types of flowers?  Think Ike has an acting career ahead of him?


  1. You are just cute as a button :) And Ike is so handsome :) Thanks for the great flower tips. I, too, am guilty of planting full sun plants in shady areas and vice versa.

  2. I just love you. You are a vlogger extroidinare. And I'm impressed by the special labels you added to your video. Can you teach me your vlogging ways? Also, I think we should co-host a vlog! Wouldn't that be fun?

    Looking forward to seeing this garden come together.

    1. Michelle, you are too cute! Great vlog and great information.

      I agree with Kim- co-host a vlog. That would be awesome!!

  3. It's funny to hear your voice after I have been just reading your blog for a long time. Ike is the cutest doggie ever!! Great work and I can't wait to see how the vertical garden is going to turn out!

  4. So that's what you voice sounds like! It's so weird to pair someone's actual voice with the one you create in your head after reading their blog. That sounded creepier than I meant it to.

    Also awesome tips! Can't wait to see this vertical garden!

  5. Awe... your voice is so cute. I'm not really sure what I pictured you sounding like but let's just say I can't picture you with a southern accent ;).

    Can't wait to see what your garden looks like!!

  6. Love those cheerful flowers! Ike is such a handsome dude! :)

  7. You and Kim are friggin' professionals at vlogs! You did such a great job!! I love that I know now both of your voices, so I'm not making up in my head what you guys sound like. ;)

    PS-I cannot wait to see your vertical garden come together. With all those tips and tricks you talked about, I bet it will be perfect!! :)

  8. Look how cute you both are! I enjoyed myself immensely. Excited to see it come together. :)

  9. You are so freaking cute! I love how Ike just laid there the entire time. :) Can't wait to see the vertical garden!

  10. Vlog stars ;) so professional! And Ike doesn't have a care in the world.

  11. Michelle has a voice!!! (This is news to me.) Seriously, your video went so smoothly and professionally. You sounded like you actually practiced and knew what you were talking about, unlike when I make videos.

    I, too, have tried to plant shade plants in the sun and vice versa. Fail.

    Have a great weekend!

  12. How fun was this post! Great job and can't wait to see the vertical garden! :)

  13. I'm pretty sure you have a future career in TV. You and Ike can be a team, like "Wake up with Michelle and Ike". You'll just have to make sure he doesn't get too big of a head. Can't wait to see the garden!

  14. Ike is such a superstar.... I can't wait to see how this project turns out, it seems so intimidating- I'm glad you're dividing it into a few posts.

  15. Um, you are SO CUTE. I don't think I've ever seen you in a vlog?? You should totally do that more often. Feel like I know ya more know! Choosing flowers always seems so simple, but I still manage to destroy them no matter where I put them.

  16. You guys are adorable :)
    Now can I borrower your green thumb?

  17. MORE VLOGS!!! You and Kelly (VATW) are so much more subdued in your blogs than I imagine you to be in real life. Just sayin. I am going to go shopping for veggies and flowers this week!! Thanks for the tips!

  18. Yay for vlogs! It was fun to hear your voice. Oh and great job to Ike too! :)

  19. I would love to try this...have never even heard of a "vertical" garden until I saw your post!
    Lisa H.

  20. Great tips. I didn't know there were different's so complicated. This is why we only have grass at our house ;)

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  22. Wow Michelle. You did such a great job on this Vlog. It's fun to hear your voice and to see Ike in person. You're both very cute. I have to say that I also learned something given that I'm terrible at gardening.

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  24. Absolutely love it! You guys did a fantastic job - looking forward to more vlogs :)

  25. More vlog videos please....and this time, let Ike in on the action as well ;)

  26. Great post! :) Loving that vlog!

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