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Today's THV

Enjoy Chris Olsen's Todays THV segment titled "Todays Home" on KTHV during the Friday 5pm Newscast and again during the Saturday Morning Show. Visit the Today's Home page here.  


July 6th, 2012 - Use Tropical Plants

It doesn't matter where you live you can have your own tropical paradise.

If you have an area in your garden during the heat of the summer time that is so intensely shade and you can't even get impatiens to grow, tropical plants are perfect - they love deep shady areas.

Especially varieties like the Kimberly Fern. Most of us know this plant because you can buy it at the big box stores for five bucks for a three gallon plant. But why just use it in containers? Plant it as an annual in the garden - and you plant five of them as a grouping and you have intense look and impact. Why? Because not only do we have the color green - which is a color remember - but we also have the beautiful soft texture.

The key thing is mix it with other foliage plants that have lots of color to the foliage. For example the Limelight Dracena - Craigeye Dracena - can come in dark green or you can get it in the Limelight version. Intense shade it loves and it just glows in the dark.

And don't forget the Stingray Alocasia. This is related to the Elephant Ear. It's very tropical so it is not winter hardy in most zones, but what is great about it is that it looks just like a Stingray.

Don't forget about tall plants. A Bottle Palm which fills in the big void and at the end of Summertime you can bring it in as a house plant. That's it.

Use tropical plants in deep shady areas.


June 22nd, 2012 - Love Thy Neighbors - click here

June 15th, 2012 - Create a Wine Cellar - click here

June 8th, 2012 - COLOR in the Garden - click here

June 1st, 2012 - Awesome Custom Railings - click here

May 26th, 2012 - Spring Blooming Bulbs - click here

May 18th, 2012 - Fire Blight - click here

May 11th, 2012 - Turtle Pond - click here

May 4th, 2012 - Synthetic Grass is something to think about! - click here

April 27th, 2012 - Ordinary concrete blocks of beauty - click here

April 20th, 2012 - Make your own Hypertufa - click here

April 13th, 2012 - Unique Alligator Skin Walls - click here

April 6th, 2012 - Two great looks for your yard - click here

March 30th, 2012 - Shining light on collectibles - click here

March 23rd, 2012 - Bring Spring flowers indoors - click here

March 16th, 2012 - Terraniums are all the rage - click here

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flowers are here - click here

February 24th, 2012 - Vines on Trees - click here

February 17th, 2012 - Creating a Great Water Feature - click here

February 10th, 2012 - Buying Pottery in the Winter - click here

February 3rd, 2012 - Trimming in your yard - click here

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