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By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Painted tongue plants are upright annuals with trumpet-shaped, petunia-like blooms. Their amazing colors look great in flower arrangements indoors or grouped together in outdoor plantings. Learn more about this plant in the article that follows.

Sansevieria, mother-in-law’s tongue!

Sansevieria, also called Mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant, is a plant native to Africa. Used indoors, it boasts graphic designer leaves and is very ornamental.

Simple Sansevieria facts

FamilyLiliaceae (lily family)
Type – indoor plant

Height – 1½ to 5 feet (0.5-1.5 m)
Exposure – well-lit
Soil – soil mix + sand

Flowering – March

Its leafage is original and elegant. The plant is very resistant, especially to heat. Each variety boasts trendy traits that home designers like Nikki (photo author, top) make use of to decorate interiors.

Planting beardtongue

If you purchased your plants in nursery pots, it is best to plant them in the ground in spring, spacing them 12 inches (30 cm) apart and adding “flower plant” soil mix to the garden soil.

  • Plant at least ten plants in any given bed to produce a remarkable visual impact.
  • Water regularly after planting.

Planting beardtongue in pots

Beardtongues are actually well suited to growing in pots for balconies and terraces.

  • Plant in flower plant soil mix.
  • Water regularly at the beginning and then only when the substrate surface is dry.

Transplanting beardtongue

Has your beardtongue patch grown too thick?

  • Give some away or transplant your beardtongue to a new spot in spring, after the last frost spells.

How To Cultivate Pentunia Flowers

While petunias will bloom in bright, indirect light, they do their best in full sun. Petunias like fertile soil which drains well and is neutral to slightly acid (pH 6.0 to 7.0). Light, sandy soil is ideal.

Break up the soil by digging down 6 or 8 inches, mix in some organic matter, and then smooth and level it. Dig a hole for each petunia seedling about the size of its container. Carefully pop each one from its container, set it in its hole, and then fill in the dirt around the roots, pressing gently. Do not set the seedling any deeper into the soil than it was in its container. Water generously.

Group seedlings in threes or more or, where space is narrow, side by side from 8 to 12 inches apart in rows. After transplants grow to 6 inches tall, pinch back their central stems to force them to develop side stems and become bushy. The new, tiny milifloras can be planted as close as 6 inches apart as they are slow growers and finer textured plants. Sprinkle a teaspoon of all-purpose, slow-acting granular fertilizer on the soil around each newly planted seedling for the rain to soak in. This will provide consistent, basic nutrition for the petunias over the season.

Because they are such profuse bloomers from late spring to mid-fall, petunias appreciate an energy boost from diluted liquid fertilizer either poured onto the soil or sprayed on their foliage every so often. Feed petunias in containers by adding the granular, slow-acting fertilizer to their soilless growing medium. Otherwise, water with diluted liquid fertilizer periodically. Petunias need regular moisture because their shallow roots dry out quickly. If they are in soil rich in organic matter they will not need to be watered as often. Petunias in containers in the sun need watering every day--especially those in clay pots.

14 Cinderblock Garden Ideas For Your Veggies, Flowers and Succulents

If you are looking for an alternative to a raised pallet bed or a straw bale garden take a look at what we’ve got for you! Raised garden beds, succulent homes and vertical living walls made out of cinderblocks!

Cinderblocks are easy to get your hands on and are easy to work with! They are like giant legos! They make for wonderful garden edgings, or you can plant directly into them to show off your beautiful spring flowers or house your herbs.

Making a cinderblock garden doesn’t have to require any tools, just some planning and lifting!

Have fun with the design of your cinderblock garden by stacking, re-stacking and adding curves! Paint your cinderblocks fun colors or funky patterns if the grey bores you or keep it natural! So let’s take a look at 14 cinderblock garden ideas for your veggies, flowers, and succulents!

1. Raised Garden

Here is the step-by-step process for building a raised garden bed out of cinder blocks so you can start planting!

2. Living Wall

A vertical garden can be built using cinder blocks and a creative mind. Perfect for showing off your succulent collection!

3. Garden Bar

Build the most beautiful backyard bar this year using cinderblocks to build a sweet little garden and also as a base to your bar!

4. Stenciled

Paint and stencil your cinderblocks for an artistic flare. It’s a beautiful way to add some art to your lovely garden.

5. Blocks and Logs

Slide the treated logs right into the cinderblock grooves to recreate this stunning raised garden bed idea!

6. Vegetables and Flowers

This cinderblock garden is growing vegetables in the center and flowers in the grooves of the cinderblocks! A great idea for attracting pollinators.

7. Separating Wall

Create a lush wall out of cinderblocks and plants to separate one area of the garden from another or your house from your neighbors.

8. Painted Black

By painting the cinderblocks a deep black color, it will make the colors of the plants pop and make a big statement.

9. Colorful Patterns

Paint funky patterns onto your cinderblocks with bright and bold colors to add some fun to your outdoor living space!

10. Zen Garden

Okay, yogis, this zen sculpture/garden will look amazing in your outdoor yoga studio or as an addition to the front porch or balcony!

11. More Green Space!

Add more and more green to your outdoor living space with the addition of many cinder block gardens!

12. Mosaic

A cascading cinderblock garden that has been decorated elegantly with a mosaic pattern and filled with happy little succulents!

13. Vegetable Edging

Give a strong and bold edging to your garden bed to stop the grass from entering, and to keep things neat and organized!

14. Keyhole

A sort of keyhole garden made out of cinderblocks for easy access to all of your plants and a unique look!

What do you think? Pretty cool right!

A cinderblock garden can be as simple as placing them in a rectangle and filling in the middle with garden liner and compost! Or, if you are feeling a bit more creative try following one of the other ideas that involve stacking cinderblocks to create unique planters.

I especially love the ones that have been painted bright colors or decorated with mosaic to make things a little more pretty!

Cinderblock gardens can be budget-friendly if you look for a way to get your hands on some cheap cinderblocks and you’re good about composting your kitchen scraps! Then, all it takes is picking a design, slipping into your gardening jeans and getting to work!

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