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Home Depot shows how to make Mother's Day flower arrangements

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Plants and flowers make wonderful gifts for Mother's Day. But if you're thinking about making your own arrangement, it's best to get started a few weeks ahead. The Home Depot's Scott Krueger and Joe Autry have two project ideas that may be perfect for the special woman in your life.

Vertical Gardens:

Vertical gardens are all the rage this year-from the creative use of shoe organizers as planters to simple space-saving herb gardens, propped up on lattice and great for the apartment dweller. The vertical garden project is perfect for the crafty DIYer who wants to create an outdoor showpiece that will get people talking. The key is thinking of a vertical garden like it's essentially a hanging flower box.

This project is broken down into four parts:

Assembling the bed

Adding a French cleat to the back for hanging

Assembling the frame

Creating an irrigation system and planting a wonderful, colorful garden

The final planted bed will need to settle for two to three weeks before hanging it upright, so plan accordingly for the party you'll have to show off this unusual and beautiful vertical flower box.

Wave Petunia Flower Tower:

Wave petunias bring bright colors to any porch or patio. They are hearty flowers that are a good match for hanging pots or high spots that allow them to drape over the sides. They also need sunshine, so plan ahead. But the Home Depot team has a few tips for keeping these colorful planters in good shape.

--Water regularly. Towers dry out faster than flowers planted in the ground, especially on hot, sunny, or windy days. If you're growing Wave petunias, don't let them go completely dry between waterings.

--Give Wave petunias full sun for at least 5 to 6 hours a day. (They can tolerate a couple of hours of shade.) Other plants may need the same or less sun, so read the plant tag for growing requirements.

--Faded blossoms on Wave Petunias will drop off, so you don't have to cut the plants back or pick off the dead flowers. If you grow Waves as recommended, you shouldn't need to pinch them, either. (Pinching refers to removing a main stem to encourage more stems to grow, resulting in a fuller, bushier plant.)

--Feed your petunias with diluted liquid fertilizer every 10 to 14 days, or use a slow release fertilizer. Follow the directions on the label for your product.

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