STUDIO CITY ( — Fall is around the corner, so why not prep your garden for a season full of festive color?

Nell Foster of Joy Us Garden stopped by the KCAL9 studios Wednesday to show viewers how to get their homes and gardens ready for fall.

1. Accent Home With Tillandsias
. So easy to grow – no soil required. Keep out of direct, hot sun. Simply mist every week.
. Can be attached to wood, stone, metal or lucite & hung on wall.
. Attach to coiled wire & hang from ceiling or curtain rods.
. Or, place them in a bowl, shell, teacup, decorative pot – whatever you like.
. Great for people with brown thumbs or those who travel a lot.
. Interesting shapes make them a conversation piece.

2. Three Tips For Growing Mint
. Plant in a container – it will take over the garden.
. If the container is large enough, plant 3 varieties together.
. Does best in morning sun & afternoon shade. Can take sun if not too hot.
. Water! Mint is not drought tolerant.
. Some of the many types available: Juicy Fruit, grapefruit, orange, lemon, licorice, banana, Mojito, Margarita, Italian spice & Thai basil.

3. Color Blocking Without Flowers & Foliage
. Lots of color makes our eyes jump. Consolidate it for a more “restful” effect.
. Group pots in the same or similar shades.
. Upcycled (another garden trend!), painted window frames hanging from walls or fences
. Paint a patio set.
. A bench or bistro set with color draws you down a path.
. A grouping of gazing globes or painted bowling balls in different sizes adds interest lower down.

4. Succulent Purses For Outdoor Parties

. Fun for an outdoor party.
. You don’t have to worry about heat – Succulents are tough.
. No soil required or heavy vases filled with water – easy & light to transport.
. “Fill” the purse up with moss or newspaper to hold the Succulents.
. Accent the purse itself to go with your theme.

5. Outdoor & Indoor Art With Staghorn Ferns
. Easy to grow outdoors in summer. Hangs on walls, fences or from trees.
. Mount on wood or in a hanging basket & use peat moss or coco coir as the medium. Or, use an old picture frame.
. No direct hot sun.
. Indoors they are great in bathrooms near the shower – they like humidity.
. Hang on the wall in grouping (so much kinder than a deer head!) or a larger one as an accent piece.
. Like Tillandsias, they are a focal point.


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