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Dress up your plants

Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 16, 2009
First Published: 15:50 IST(16/3/2009) | Last Updated: 15:52 IST(16/3/2009)

Anything well kept is pleasing to the eyes and that is true for healthy plants and attractive plant accessories that include planters, pots, pot hangers and hooks. Watering cans, sprays, plant glides, moss and manure are the utility-based plant products.

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Plant holders and hooks leads to interesting displays, using space innovatively. These are specially recommended for flowering plants and creepers with soft stems. They come in wrought iron, wood, clay and other metals and can be custom made in the shapes and sizes of your choice.

Custom made
“We have customers who want a plant holder in the shape of a favourite chair,” says Rajiv Karani who has a small metal workshop for customised house products. Karani’s largest orders are for hooks and holders in metals like brass and wrought iron.

Plant gliders or casters come in plastic or wood and are best for plants that need limited sunlight. They make moving large pots easier and prevent the floor from getting spoilt while watering and also from the erosion of clay pots. Anjali Kalra, a housewife and gardening enthusiast, says, “I like planting decorative plants in glass containers that are beautifully designed and available in various shapes. She is fascinated by a small birdbath she has placed between the plants in her balcony garden.

Divide and drool
Garden troughs are sturdy containers made of concrete, clay or carved out of stone and filled with alpine plants. Ideal for seasonal shrubs, two or more troughs placed together make for interesting arrangements and act as dividers.

Interior designer Neha Vyas suggests the use of landscape backdrops and lights with a group of potted plants for offices and living rooms. “Backdrops made of wood, cloth, stained glass and bamboo with landscape paintings are in demand these days,” she says. “One can create an ambience with the simple yellow dimmers.”

Garden scissors comes in handy to chop away unwanted, dried or over-grown leaves and stems. While selecting watering cans, it is best to choose one with detachable spray fixtures, double handles for better balance and a long spout that makes watering easy.

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