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Springtime Decorating Ideas With Artificial Plants

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White wicker pot with Holly leaf ball

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Blue topiary ball in modern steel vase

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Artificial boxwood hedge in modern steel planter

As the vast majority of the country is now thawing out from the abnormally frigid winter, it is time for sunshine, planting, gardening, and redecorating. Geranium Street floral has a whole line of new artificial plants just in time for Spring. Artificial plants are in and wicker planters and vases are always in.

Wicker has been popular since ancient Egyptian times, and Geranium Street Floral has a whole new lineup of wicker pots, wicker planters, and wicker vases. Combined with an artificial topiary ball, or an artificial boxwood bush, a wicker planter looks fantastic in a yard, on a deck, or even a balcony. Artificial plants can be placed among live plants and nobody will even know the difference.

I addition to classic wicker, Geranium Street is introducing a line of steel planters and modern designs. They have artificial topiary balls of different colors, and new multi colored holly leaf balls that can be used any time of the year. These handsome steel planters can be filled with artificial boxwood bushes or even an artificial boxwood hedge and placed on a veranda or in a courtyard near a fountain.

Modern décor versus classic décor is the question. Many people are opting for water and maintenance free artificial plants. They look real and are water wise, which is especially important as a major drought is ongoing in California and other parts of the southwest. UV rated artificial boxwood balls, bushes, and hedges from Geranium Street Floral are perfect for outdoor use.

Many retailers, restaurants, and commercial property managers are also purchasing artificial plant products for their establishments. It only makes sense because artificial foliage is easy to take care of and cost effective and it looks great. Artificial hedges are being placed everywhere from restaurant dining areas, to office lobbies, and hotel public areas. Check out Geranium Street Floral’s new products.

Artificial Boxwood Hedge Puts Some Green in St. Patrick’s Day

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Exterior of “Avenue”

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Artificial boxwood at “Truckstop”

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Another view at “Truckstop”

St. Patrick’s Day in Pacific Beach is always a big day as beach goers and spring breakers crawl from bar to bar. St. Patrick’s Day 2014 was no exception as people swilled green beer along the boardwalk or up and down Garnet Avenue. Geranium Street Floral provided artificial hedge mat to liven up two Pacific Beach establishments, Avenue on Garnet Ave., and Truckstop on Mission Blvd.

Many bars and restaurants are using artificial hedge as a way to add a little green to their décor. The result is striking, hip, and unique. I think the artificial hedge creates a warmer, more inviting atmosphere without being overstated. It also muffles echoes and improves the overall acoustics of a room. Sound waves bounce off of hard flat surfaces, and the artificial boxwood hedge softens sound, similar to carpet hung on walls.

Truckstop is a breakfast and lunch establishment just adjacent to the Pacific Beach boardwalk. It is known for its large serving portions and great breakfast entrees, including pancakes and omelet’s. They have a full bar and are known for their killer bloody marys. They have redecorated the restaurant and used artificial boxwood hedge to liven up one of their walls.

Just up the street on Garnett, is Avenue (formerly Plum Crazy). This place is also owned by the same people as Truckstop and they overhauled the whole décor of the place. Avenue has a fantastic look and they used artificial boxwood hedge behind both bars, and artificial ivy on the outside patio. Once again, it is a unique and trendy look. Customers may not be able to put their finger on the difference, but they subconsciously notice it – trendy, hip, sophisticated.

Geranium Street Floral is providing artificial boxwood hedge, fake ivy, fake bamboo and many other artificial plant and privacy products to bars and restaurants throughout San Diego County, and all over the United States. They just provided and installed artificial hedge for the exciting new Savoie restaurant in Chula Vista, and also at the pool area at the new Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Back bar at “Avenue” in Pacific Beach

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Front bar at “Avenue” in Pacific Beach

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Closer view of back bar at “Avenue”

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Hybrid Living Walls and Water Conservation

Hybrid living walls are a new product designed with water conservation in mind. As much of the country is experiencing a deep freeze and harsh winter, California is experiencing one the worst droughts of the past one hundred years. Not one drop of rain has fallen in most of California for the whole month of January. January is usually one of the rainiest months in California. If the drought continues, it could cause problems that will affect the whole country.

California Governor, Jerry Brown has declared a drought state of emergency. This will allow local water boards to enact emergency water restrictions. The days of watering lawns seven days a week in California will soon be over. Also, water from agriculture will be diverted to urban areas. This will likely push food prices higher. Authorities are also asking residents to voluntarily decrease their water usage by 20 percent.

So, how can residents decrease their water usage? First of all, lawn watering should be cut down to three days a week, and be done during the early morning hours. Washing cars in the driveway and washing sidewalks is not a good idea. Flush toilets sparingly, and do one large load of laundry, rather than three small loads. Wear clothes more than once, and wash towels once a week. Take a shower every other day.

Another long term solution for many people is to change their landscaping choices. Many plants that people grow in California are not native to the area, and require much water in the arid climate. Grass lawns require much water. Many people are switching to either artificial turf, or rock gardens and succulent plants.

Geranium Street Floral is based in the epicenter of California drought country. The company is constantly searching for solutions to California’s drought crisis. They have designed hybrid living walls, and hydroponic gardens. Their designs include California succulents that require little water and are suited for the arid climate.

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California drought

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Hybrid Living walls taking over the Design World

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(Close up view of the artificial succulents mixed with the live succulents)

Living walls throughout the design world are used to spruce up drab walls whether they be in restaurants, apartment foyers, etc. but, with living plants comes the added need for expensive irrigation systems rigged throughout the living wall and necessary expertise to run the system in order to properly water the succulents. What if I told you that you can cut down on the expensive irrigation system to only a select few plants throughout the plant wall by incorporating a smaller, modular system and artificial plants to fill in the gaps? Well, today is an exciting new day in the world of Geranium Street because we have started to offer Combination living walls to bridge the gap between artificial living walls and living walls.

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(View of a portable Combination Living Wall outside Convention center in Long Beach)

Geranium Street Floral wants to provide the best of both worlds in an affordable package, whether that be a portable wall that events can use to spruce up their mobile décor, or a restaurant using it on one of their barren walls, to bring out the ambiance of the venue. Hybrid Living walls are a unique piece of art in the design world that should not be taken lightly, and moving forward in time, will be an essential tool in every designers cabinet.

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(View of Combination Living Wall Indoors)