If you're looking to beautify your home, Jamie says an easy place to start is with window boxes like the ones he installed across the street from Harpo Studios.
First, start with a simple wooden box and cover it with a sheet of copper. "This will give it that lovely green patina," he says.
Then, after putting down a base of soil, add a spillover plant like a bacopa. But don't get hung up on what your plants are called. "I often tell people buy plants with shapes first, names second," Jamie says.
After the spillover bacopa is in place, Jamie arranges pretty flowers in the box. Here, he uses white volcano phlox and pink geraniums. Then Jamie adds sphagnum moss. This will absorb nutrients in water and keep the soil moist, which is important for flower boxes that are regularly exposed to sunny and windy conditions.
Last, fill in any holes with more soil, and you're ready to hang your summer window box...just don't forget to water the plants.
Forgetful gardeners take note—there are some plants that require little or no water to survive. Now, you can have lush greenery without any of the hassle!
Jamie suggests drought-resistant plants to people who travel a lot. One of Jamie's favorites is an air plant called tillandsia. This variety can live for up to six months with no water or soil. All you need is a little sphagnum moss in the bottom of a bowl, and you've got greenery.
"It's a gorgeous little thing," Jamie says.
Another plant that requires very little care is the vermiliad, which is a rain forest species that's used to growing in the shade. Jamie says this is the perfect indoor plant. "They hold water in the base," Jamie says. "They're like camels."
For something a little larger, try a sansevieria plant—commonly known as the "mother-in-law's tongue." If you're going away on an extended vacation, Jamie says you can leave this plant outside for months and it will survive on its own.
If you love roses but hate tending to thorny bushes, Jamie suggests a variety called Flower Carpet roses. These vibrant blooms have the same beautiful form, and the bush is disease-resistant. "It really does look after itself," he says.
You don't have to have a green thumb—or even a yellow thumb—to create an outdoor oasis. All you'll need to get started are some of the items found in Oprah's Summer in a Box!Find out what's included in this gardening kit!
"I think everybody should have a little garden, no matter where you live," Oprah says. "Having green things around you changes the way you feel."
Whether you have a yard, a terrace or just a window box, a little soil and a few seeds can transform a concrete jungle into your very own Garden of Eden!
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