HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER
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Plants and succulents are a great way to add a touch of color and a more natural feel to your interior space. However, interior space is valuable and we don't always have room for a potted plant beside the sofa. A wall planter is a great solution for this problem because they provide a natural appearance while taking up minimal space.

Wall planters come in many shapes and sizes, from spherical ceramic planters to rectangular wooden planters. Succulents are often the best choice for this type of planter because they need little maintenance. Additionally, flatter succulents like the paddle plant are a great choice for this type of planter because they will will remain the most secure. Continue reading below for more tips and tricks on how to properly maintain your succulent wall planter!

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TIPS & TRICKS

  • Select your style of wall planter to match the interior design. A bright white ceramic wall planter is great for a more modern space. 
  • Ensure that your wall planter is situated on a wall that receives moderate sunlight. 
  • Place moss around the base of the wall planter as both a decorative tool and to retain moisture. 
  • For a more interesting look, try using three small wall planters and stagger their placement on your wall. 
  • If the soil appears dry, mist it with filtered water on a weekly basis.
  • Lightly water the soil in your planter on a monthly basis. 
  • If a succulent appears to be dying or if it is outgrowing the planter, remove the succulent from the arrangement.
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We hope that these tips will help you in maintaining your succulent wall planter! Visit your local Rolling Greens store to learn more about our products and the services we provide.

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SELECTING THE PERFECT VASE
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Fresh flowers are a wonderful way to liven up your home while simultaneously providing a personal touch. While an emphasis is often placed on arranging your pretty blooms, today we will be focusing on how to choose the right vase for your flowers. Continue reading below to discover how color, size, texture, and shape factor into selecting the proper vase. 

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SHAPE + SIZE

The shape of your ideal vase is dependent upon both the rigidity, length, and diameter of your flower stems. A tall and cylindrical vase is best for flowers with tall stems such as roses, hydrangeas, and lillies.  A small spherical vase is perfect for flowers with rigid stems because they are able to stand straight in the vase creating a beautiful dome shape. A narrow necked vase works well with flowers that have a thin stem but large bud such as the peony. This type of vase will allow you to fit a large number of stems in the neck and the blooms will still appear full and will overflow over the opening of the neck. 

When selecting the size of your vase, you should consider the length of your stems. The length of your flower stems should be no more than 1.5-2 times the height of a vase. For instance, if your stems are 10 inches long, you will need a vase that is 5-7 inches high.

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COLOR + TEXTURE

When selecting the perfect vase, you should ensure that the color will compliment the various hues your arrangement. A black, white, glass, or earth tone colored vase is often a good approach because neutral colored vases compliment the majority of floral arrangements. This potted orchid above demonstrates how the neutral black allows the vibrant purple color to shine through. However, the striated texture of the container provides a more interesting look. If you are opting for a neutral vase, try selecting a container that has an interesting texture.

 

We hope that this blog post will help you in selecting a container for your next floral arrangement. Stop by Rolling Greens to shop our wide selection of vases! 

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DROUGHT TOLERANT LANDSCAPE + DESIGN
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FORGET WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW...

Most people object to the thought of saying goodbye to their lush green yards. What many haven't embraced is the idea that drought tolerant landscaping brings a garden to life in a new and vibrant way. the world of water-wise landscaping expands our horticultural horizons past the expected to the surprisingly beautiful. Exploring with us the various ways drought tolerant landscaping can enhance your outdoor living space.

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FORM | COLOR | TEXTURE

Mixing botanical forms, colors, and textures to create an artfully curated water-wise palette is the key to a stunning drought tolerant garden. Our design team understands the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. 

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WE GET IT... 

Let our talented team of professionals re-imagine your outdoor space and help you to take advantage of municipal rebates for removing your lawn. We are well versed in the application process and are here to help guide you through all aspects of design, installation, and maintenance. 

Contact our Landscape + Design Team

310. 559. 8656 | landscape@rg-ca.com

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OUR SUMMER SALE
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Our Summer Sale Event is taking place August 18th through September 2nd at our Culver City location. Enjoy up to 75% OFF of large containers, found items + antiques, furniture & more. This is the perfect time to start transitioning your home to fall decor or to replace old containers. Continue reading below to find out more about our exclusive items and how you can use them!

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At Rolling Greens we are known for our luscious plants and succulent arrangements. However, our Culver City store is also a great place to shop for beautiful found items and antiques. Our Summer Sale features a vast selection of items like these antique chairs pictured above. The rustic and worn appearance of these chairs is perfect for the fall! Purchase a single chair as a corner piece and accent it with a cozy throw or buy a full set for your kitchen table. 

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In addition to plants and furniture, our Summer Sale is also a great opportunity for customers looking to purchase unique containers. Heading into the fall is a great time to purchase containers because as you transition plants indoors you should make sure that your containers match your home decor. Look out for pieces that have a really interesting visual appeal like the pots pictured above. The striated texture and calming blue hue is a great way to add a pop of color and to liven up your interior! Or if you are looking for something different, try using a woven basket as a planter!  

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We hope that you enjoyed learning more about the items in our Summer Sale! Stop by to shop Monday through Saturday from 7:30AM–4PM.

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SHOULD YOU INVEST IN A GREENHOUSE?

The idea of a greenhouse can seem daunting at first due to the various types of infrastructures, heating systems, and maintenance involved. Although the options can feel overwhelming and appear costly, there are many benefits to having a greenhouse in your backyard. 

A greenhouse plays an important role in the gardening world because it has the ability to provide a stable and warm environment for plants regardless of the season. The greenhouse structure prevents the release of thermal energy from the building and uses the sunlight that passes through the glass walls to heat up the ground and radiates heat through the air. Rather than waiting for plants such as peppers or zucchini to come into season, gardeners with access to a greenhouse can plant them year-round. In addition to providing shelter from the cold air of winter, greenhouses also prevent the intrusion of pests. Continue reading below for a full breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of having a greenhouse!

BENEFITS 

  • You are able to enjoy fresh vegetables, fruit, and flowers all year long. 
  • You are able to grow plants that thrive in other climates including exotic flowers or tropical fruits.
  • The enclosed space will prevent insects, rodents and other animals from damaging crops.
  • A quality greenhouse will add beauty and visual appeal to your property.
  • Out-of-season produce comes in high demand and these vegetables can be sold for profit in certain markets.
  • You can grow fresh fruits and vegetables without worrying about pesticide residue that is found on grocery store produce.

CHALLENGES 

  • A greenhouse can be expensive to build due to the costs of electrical and water bills.
  • Both the structure and plants require constant monitoring, maintenance, and care.
  • The humid greenhouse conditions that allow plants to thrive also contributes to plant diseases.
  •  Greenhouse fans, which circulate air and keep foliage dry, don't generally create enough wind for pollination. 
  • A greenhouse will produce too much heat during the summer if it is not regulated correctly and this can lead to plant death. 
  • Each type of plant has an ideal growing temperature which means you may not be able to grow a variety of plants in the same greenhouse. 

Having gone over the benefits and challenges to owning a greenhouse, do you think you will invest? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for another blog post about the different types of greenhouses!

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BENEFITS OF APOTHECARY

Fragrant soaps and candles have become an important role in the daily routine for many people. Shoppers often opt for a scent that appeals the most to their senses. But do you know where the scent comes from? Or understand the benefits behind each smell? Keep reading below to learn more about the benefits of apothecary.

Essential oils are created by distilling raw plant material over water and are then placed in items like diffusers, candles, and soaps. Often used in beauty care and aromatherapy, oils like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree, are an important part of self-care. All essential oils benefit the body because they are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. However, each essential oil serves a specific purpose. 

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE MIND

If you find yourself loosing focus throughout the work day, try lighting a candle with Bergamot oil to boost your concentration. Looking to elevate your mood? Rose oil is the way to go. This scent is said to instantly boost your happiness and relieve depressive thoughts. For those that experience excess stress or anxiety, lavender oil is the perfect solution. Try adding a lavender diffuser to your bedside table for a relaxing evening. When combined with peppermint, lavender oil is also a great remedy for minor headaches. Next time you are experiencing a headache, try lighting a lavender and peppermint candle to relieve your pain.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE BODY

Experiencing a breakout? Try applying tee tree oil as an instant spot treatment. For those looking to add a little volume or to regain strength in their hair, adding rosemary oil to your conditioner will help. If you find yourself with unwanted food cravings, using a cinnamon oil diffuser or candle that will help balance your blood sugar and reduce unnecessary snacking. 

Whether you prefer a bar of soap, burning candle, diffuser, or body spray, there are many different ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily routine. Stop by Rolling Greens to shop our wide selection of apothecary products! 

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Tips From Our Arrangement Bar

Our arrangement bar does it all. Now, we don’t mean to be biased, but seriously, talk to any of our “baristas” and you’ll get all the info on any of your plant needs. Not only is the arrangement bar a fun place to come do workshops, or customize a one-of-a-kind piece, our baristas provide great tips and tricks on how to take care of your special arrangement! Continue reading for some of our best advice for getting the most out of your arrangement!

WATERING + DRAINAGE

To determine when your arrangement needs water, feel the soil for moisture. This may require that you remove some portion of the moss or topdressing. For dry soil, water the center of each plant so the water will penetrate down to the roots.  Remember to replace any moss or topdressing that was removed.

TRIMMING + TRANSPLANTATION 

Remove yellow leaves promptly. Some plants may outgrow their container over time. In that case, transport them to a larger container and replace with younger plants.

PEST CONTROL

When watering your arrangement, look under the leaves and on the soil for insects. Immediately treat any infestation with a water based insecticide, as pests generally multiply exponentially.

LIFE EXPECTANCY 

To maximize color year-round, remove any faced blooming plants from your arrangement and replace with another colorful plant. Depending on your arrangement’s surrounding environment the usual life expectancy for blooming plants is 2-3 weeks. Orchids may last 1-2 months or more.

SUNLIGHT

The best place for your arrangement is indoors in a semi-bright to bright location. To avoid overheating and sun damage, do not place your arrangement in direct sunlight - indirect or filtered sunlight is best.

ORCHIDS IN YOUR ARRANGEMENT

To determine how often you should water the orchids in your arrangement, check to see if your orchid is planted in bark or moss. If your orchid is planted in bark it may need to be watered every 7-10 days; if planted in moss, it may need to be watered every 12-14 days. Always check the status of your orchid before watering. Orchids flourish in humidity, was well diffused or indirect bright light.

We hope these little tips helped, and if you have any other questions make sure to stop by any of our Arrangement Bars!

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Why You Need A Hanging Planter

As we’ve mentioned countless times on our blog, decorating with plants is one of the best (and cost efficient) ways to update your home. One big trend we’ve been seeing a lot of lately is hanging plants! And we’re so into it. Besides being a super cute way to decorate, hanging plants can come with many more advantages! Continue reading to learn about why we think hanging plants are a must in every home!

MORE FLOOR SPACE

Whether you reside in a little apartment or spacious home, every square inch of your place counts. So rather than taking up floor space with a bulky planter, save some space and hang your plants from the ceiling! This could provide you with some extra inches for a side table or additional chair for example.

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BETTER AIR QUALITY

It’s more likely you have more space on your ceiling than your floor, which allows you to have more plants in your house! You can hang multiple bundles of planters from your ceiling space, which will ultimately increase your air quality!

BEAUTIFUL NATURAL LIGHT

Hanging your plants in front of, or near a window will bring beautiful, cool light to the room. Light will reflect from the greenery of your plant, providing a fresh, inspiring environment.

CREATIVITY

Hanging plants not only provides you with a more creative space, but you’ll have so much fun actually creating your hangers! Not only will you now have a more creative space, you’ll have so much fun mixing and matching your hanging plants! You can bundle a few in a corner, or keep one all alone so it can really stand out.

MINIMALIST JUNGALOW STYLE

Hanging a few planters throughout your house is almost like the segway into a jungalow style home.  It’s perfect because you don’t have to be fully committed to the jungalow style (which can be a little overwhelming).

We can't wait to see how you decorate with hanging plants! Don't forget to tag us on Instagram at #RGatHome

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KITCHEN HERB GARDEN

It is hot, hot, HOT! This weather has us craving super clean, healthy foods, and now more than ever is the perfect time to try new, summer recipes that incorporate fresh herbs. Of course, going to the store to buy bunch of herbs is an easy option, however growing a little collection of your own is the number one way to guarantee optimal freshness! Not to mention, having an array of cute, potted herbs is an easy way to decorate your kitchen space. Continue reading for more tips on caring for a potted herb garden, and the best ways to utilize fresh herbs this summer!

Caring for a potted herb garden is simple enough, however it’s important to take necessary steps to ensure your herbs thrive in their environment. Things to remember include:

  • Using a pot that has holes at the bottom, or some type of drainage system (like a drip tray) that will allow excess moisture to drain away.
  • The right location is important for herbs, so make sure to check the specific directions on your plants tag. Most potted herbs will grow nicely in a sunny windowsill, however it’s important they don’t get too much direct sunlight, as that can shorten it’s productive life.
  • To get the most out of your foliage herbs, pruning and harvesting is essential. A key tip that many forget, is to always use clean shears while cutting your herbs, in order to minimize the potential for disease within the plant. This will keep your herb garden healthy and flourishing!

What’s just as exciting as deciding on what herbs to buy, is finding chic containers to place them in. Both our Los Angeles and Culver City locations offer a wide variety of pots and containers that would be perfect for planting herbs in, that double as decoration for your kitchen countertops!

Since herbs usually have a nice, vibrant green shade, planting them in a white, or neutral colored pot provides the perfect contrast (that will let the herb(s) steal the show!) On the contrary, finding a bold container with an interesting texture, or intense color is a fun option for any kitchen that is looking to get a little brighter!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #RGatHome to share your potted, kitchen herb garden (and maybe get featured on our Instagram: @rollinggreens)! We can’t wait to see your beautiful creations! Have a great weekend! 

 

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Indoor Plant Care
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The weather has been scorching lately, so we thought we’d go back inside for this week’s post. Today on the blog we’re talking about indoor plants! These guys are the perfect way to decorate  your space and incorporate nature into your home, however keeping them alive seems to be a common challenge among many. Read on to get some tips on how to take care of three plants you probably already have in your home!

PLANTS

The great thing about houseplants is that they can live just about anywhere, so the only big decision you’ll need to make is which tree will best match your home’s aesthetic. If you’d like your plant to live a nice long, lush, life, then our biggest tip is to put down the watering can. Indoor plants should not be watered more than once a week, and it’s important to note that the top of the soil should be completely dry before more water is poured. (Of course this varies from plant to plant, but as a general rule, keep  the watering to a minimum.

POTTED FLOWERS

Usually potted flowers need ample water, however they should be allowed to gently dry out in between waterings. If you’re not sure if your flowers need water, poke your finger into the soil. If it feels wet let it be, and if it’s dry give it some water. You want your soil to be moist but not completely wet, so make sure not to drown the soil. On a similar note, it’s important to choose a pot that has good drainage (holes at the bottom of the pot). Another tip is to make sure you read the how much light your flowers actually needs. Some flowers do very well in direct sunlight, while others may thrive in a shadier area.

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SUCCULENTS

While succulents seem like an easy, go-to house plant, they actually require a bit more care than expected. Succulents generally require six hours of sunlight a day, however they can get sunburned if they’re placed in a spot where the light is too hot. On the contrary, if they aren’t getting enough light, they’ll start to stretch. Also, a helpful fact to know is that most succulents have a dormant period (usually in the winter months) where they don’t require as much water. Lastly, succulents thrive best in clay or cement pots as opposed to glass (terrarium) because like most other plants, they need adequate drainage.

We hope this post was a little helpful! Don’t forget to stop by any of our locations to pick up some indoor plants to brighten up your home.

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