Patio Makeover for a Famous Jail-Turned-Hot-Spot!

In operation from 1851 to 1990, the Charles Street Jail of Boston, Massachusetts, temporarily housed some of the world’s most famous people, from Malcolm X to suffragette protesters. Reformed in 2007 as the Liberty Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel set in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, the old jail has become a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. What was once the jail’s “drunk tank,” where inebriated disturbers-of-the-peace were placed to dry out, is now a chic eatery called the Alibi Bar & Lounge. Earlier this year, the Alibi’s general manager came to us for ideas on revamping their patio. Here’s what happened next. Read more

Hanging Basket Beauties: Lifelike Flowers and Plants That Last for Seasons

Hanging baskets are a simple way to add instant beauty to a place—be it a home, office, commercial property, or city street. But since hanging baskets live at or above eye level, with that high visibility comes the need for them to look fresh and attractive at all times. Our faux hanging basket arrangements appear lifelike, even up close, and are UV protected and fade resistant so that they will maintain their beauty season after season. Read more

VISUALIZE THIS! 5 NEW PRODUCTS with FAUX FOLIAGE INTRODUCED AT ASLA 2016

Artificial Plants Unlimited (APU) introduces five inspired products with faux foliage–all designed for the savvy landscaper in mind–at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) show in New Orleans this year, October 21 – 24. Enjoy sneak previews of APU’s latest innovations helping industry experts use sustainable plant management practices. learn, too, about incorporating fake trees and flowers in state-of-the-art planters from our sister company, Planters Unlimited (PU). Read more

Privacy Screens, Balcony Privacy, Artificial Boxwood

The Lowdown on Privacy Screens

Privacy screens are used for more than just, well, privacy. Whether you need to block unsightly views with a green wall, grow your brand with a branded living wall, delineate space, or showcase your property with a vertical garden, green walls can provide just what the doctor ordered when it comes to solving any of these challenges. Adding a patio privacy screen to block visibility of a pool down below from the cafe terrace above is one such practice that has been successfully used by Marriott Irvine, for example. Another customer had Artificial Plants Unlimited design a snug lounging area by creating a casual wall garden surrounding their outdoor seating. Still another common use of green walls is as balcony privacy screens blocking lateral or lower viewer’s line of vision. Read more