sail away: giving your plants a nautical touch

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This summer’s hot fashion trend is nautical; the ocean has come to the catwalk and the high street. The theme is all about anchors and stripes, and it’s not confined to clothing! The look of the sea is fun for summer and if you are wearing your stripes for BBQ season why not add a touch of the sailor to your yard? Planters are a great way of bringing color to your outdoors, as well as an excellent growing environment for plants {see that cute whale planter here}.

Sea shells

One thing that is guaranteed to elicit feelings of the sea is a sea shell; most of us become fascinated from when we are children and we first pay a visit to the beach, or we are first told to listen to the “sea” in a conch. Planters come in a variety of shell representations from wooden planters adorned with them as decoration, to planters created in the shape of giant shells such as the conch.

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Boats 

Most people have taken a boat trip at some point during their lives, and the water based vessels play a major part in nautical planter design. From a simple wooden design to a metal version for optimum durability, they are a pretty funky yard accessory.  There are even galleon versions for Pirates of the Caribbean fans! 

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This little guy is no longer available – but check out his concrete sailboat cousin here!

Anchors

Let’s face it you can’t go to sea without an anchor, so what better way to bring the sea to you than with a few well-chosen anchor designs!

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{and when in doubt… go with blue!}

Continuing on a Theme

Why not really embrace the ocean and complement your planters by expanding on the water and beach theme? Instead of edging your yard with wood or rocks, make use of the shells you collect at the beach (or buy a selection online), and use them to make your yard stand out; maybe a line of clam shells would be a good look. For a bit of fun, get yourself some flip flops and place them strategically through the yard; they make a real quirky footprint style feature.

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The Dew of the Sea

To complete the nautical experience, rosemary is a great plant to grow (its name means “dew of the sea” in Latin)!  Trailing versions of the plant are especially appropriate for use in planters; adding a carpet of color to the landscape. Rosemary is also a very easy plant to cultivate; it requires very little water and is great for use in xeriscaping.  It is best grown in a sunny position.  You can visit Gaddys Indoor Plant Hire for more on this. Vertical growing varieties of the plant can be quite high and bushy; they are robust and can look good in a yard for several years.  They can be cut into shapes and hedges, and have often been used for topiary.

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Rosemary can have pink or blue flowers, and the leaves have a multitude of colors and designs depending on the species of the plant.  It can be cultivated by clipping off a 4-6 inch long shoot, stripping off the bottom leaves, and planting the new shoot in soil; a great way of giving more color to your nautical and vintage themed planters and yard!

What’s your favorite look?

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