What You Should Be Doing with Your Garden in January

Plants with frostIt’s middle of winter and for many the month of January can be frustrating.

It feels like winter will never end and when you look out at your garden, you see snow, ice or barren nothingness (unless, of course, you’ve got a winter garden).

Although it can be difficult to get out into the garden during this month, the fact is that if you can find the time and the weather cooperates, there are still things you can do with plants in January.

Right now is the perfect time to start thinking ahead to spring. Depending on where you live, the warmer weather may be heading your way as soon as the end of February or beginning of March. Some areas may get a very short spring, leaving a tight window for planting. Read More »

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The Ultimate Guide to Succulents

ultimate guide to succulentsSucculents have long been one of the most popular types of indoor plants. There are a variety of reasons for their popularity. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and require very little care in the way of watering and pruning.

There are some succulent species that don’t require a lot of light, which makes them the ideal choice for spaces devoid of natural light.

Ambius has been enhancing interior landscapes since 1963. We are experts in the use and care of succulents indoors and often use succulents in our green walls and interior landscaping projects. Ambius plant specialists know how to care for succulents what they need to not just survive, but to thrive in almost any environment.

In order to answer the most common questions about succulents, we asked Matt Kostelnick, Senior Horticulturalist at Ambius.

Click on one of the questions below to be taken directly to the answers. Read More »

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The New Year’s Guide to Lucky Foods

Edible Landscapes 1It’s that time of year once again to dig out your lucky horseshoes and begin your preparations for a successful New Year of great health, prosperity, and happiness.

If the horseshoes aren’t cutting it, however, and you need a little extra luck for the coming year, we have you covered. Here is our list of tasty good-luck foods to help you kick off your New Year’s Day the right way.

On January 1 as  you’re preparing your first feast of the year, make sure to have one or more of these lucky delicacies on the table for good measure – and  because they taste delicious! Read More »

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The Curious KISStory of Mistletoe

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Most people have received a kiss under a sprig of mistletoe during the holiday season. If not, then you have undoubtedly seen the tradition unveiled in the movies.

In fact, decorating with mistletoe is just as well-known of a tradition as singing carols or drinking eggnog.

Despite the popularity of the tradition, the history of the plant and how it became incorporated into holiday custom remains steeped in mystery.
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How Plants Can Help the Winter Blues

Bleak WinterIt’s that time of the year again. That time when the sun goes down earlier and earlier, the air gets cold and people spend more time indoors. Although it hasn’t happened quite yet, everyone who lives in an area that gets snow knows that it’s right around the corner.

For some people, that is a very bad thing. You hear talk about getting the “Winter Blues” but it has an actual name: Seasonal Affective Disorder. There is scientific and medical evidence that says the shorter days, more time indoors, and the cold weather can actually cause people to feel depressed. Depression is nothing to sneeze at and can have very serious consequences.

There is also something known as Sick Building Syndrome that tends to become more prominent during the winter. Read More »

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