shrubsLandscapes cannot be designed elegant way without the presence of shrubs. Shrubs do benefit the environment — filtering the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Shrubs leave lasting impressions of a garden.

Landscape designers usually understand the importance of shrubs and say that herbs are backbone of the gardens. Shrubs ease out on the maintenance issue up to great extent and require low maintenance but add beauty to the garden.

A single shrub can create dramatic, eye-catching focal points. And, once established, shrubs can produce interesting flowers or berries or stem color or even multi-season appeal as they provide food and shelter for butterflies and hummingbirds.

Shrubs can be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous. Most experts say every garden should have a few shrubs.

While planting shrubs this season in your garden read labels and plant accordingly. And, remember, that during the first growing season, it is important to water shrubs weekly. Read the rest of this entry

soil-thermometerA vegetable gardener must have an inexpensive tool i.e. a soil thermometer.

A good quality soil thermometer helps throwing all guesswork away. As an experienced vegetable gardener knows , soil is the best indicator of when to plant a particular vegetable in the garden. Measuring soil temperature is the best and easiest way to determine timing for planting irrespective of the climatic conditions.

During the early spring season, you can plant cool-season vegetables such as peas and kale. This would not be good time to plant warm season varieties. Better keep them off.

Here is a brief description about the particular crop that will germinate at a particular soil temperature;

1. Below 40 degrees:      arugula, fava beans, kale, lettuce, pak choy, parsnips, peas, radicchio, radishes and spinach seed. Read the rest of this entry

water efficient landscapeAre you looking for water-efficient plants?  Easy care and low-water plants generally remain in high demand among the gardeners across the world.  In order to create a water efficient landscape (WEL) Garden here are few plants you may like for your water-efficient makeovers.

Vine Hill manzanita (Artostaphylos densiflora Howard McMinn):  It is the California native shrub that grows 6 to 10 feet tall and looks beautiful year-round with its wine-red bark and clusters of urn-shaped flowers in the winter – “just when you love to see some beauty in your gardens,”. In case you have small space you may better opt for more compact staying under five feet height “Sunset manzanita” for your garden. Bush anemone (Carpenteria californica Elizabeth) is another such native  handsome shrub that grows up to 8 feet tall and thrives in afternoon shade with its lovely white flowers brightening the entire garden area. California native lilacs (Ceanothus) come in umpteen hybrid varieties including the bright-blue Ray Hartman and Concha, and pale-pink Marie Simon. Ceanothus is really great for the gardens with the striking gold and green variegated Diamond Heights. Read the rest of this entry

rainstorm gardeningHeavy rains, rain-storms, and cooling temperatures, all become a big cause of worry for gardeners during the spring season. Protecting garden from these natural risks is extremely important else the hard work invested in a lovely garden may go waste in destruction. You need to take necessary steps to protect your garden so that it grows happily during entire spring.

It becomes extremely essential in the spring to harden your plants. This means setting your bedding plants outside for a few days before you plant them. It will help the plants prepare themselves for the harsh conditions they will face during a cool spring. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips for Blooming Perennials Garden

perennialsIf you are planning for a garden that grows flowers throughout the season then you would require many perennials to grow in it. It is mainly because the majority of the perennials have a short blooming period of bloom. Annuals on the other hand long blooming period as bedding plants.

Best option would be to buy and transplant some long-blooming annuals between the perennials to ensure continuous floral flash and dazzle in that space.

Daylilies (Hemerocallis species), sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa), purple coneflower―some with purple flowers and others with white flowers but both are Echinacea purpurea species, gold Plate yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) and old-fashioned hardy chrysanthemums have springtime contribution as a background for varieties in bloom. Read the rest of this entry

coleus plantAny container garden is incomplete without the coleus plants. Magnificent colors of this plant add a totally different look to the garden. These days technological applications like tissue culture and propagation techniques have enhanced ease of growing these plants in growing numbers. You can easily give your home container garden an exciting look with coleus plants.

Gardeners also know that taxonomical genesis of the coleus plant has its Latin name as Solenostemon, but it’s currently called Plectranthus scutellarioides.

Gardeners love to grow coleus plants as annuals. Coleus are tender perennials and can be overwintered indoors. Large plants tend to “age” rather quickly when brought inside and are prone to disease. The easiest way to propagate them is to take cuttings that root in water in a flash – about 3 to 5 days. Read the rest of this entry

How Soil pH Affects Plant Growth

soil pH1Your garden or the landscape frequently needs to be checked if the soil pH is appropriate with your gardening requirements or not. If you are not getting required response even after using fertilizers you must get the soil tested and ph Level determined.

pH Values and pH Scale

pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a soil. The pH scale runs through 0.0 to 14.0 values on the scale. The most acid soil would have 0.0 value stands for the most acidic soil while 14.0 is the top value for the most alkaline soil on the pH scale.

Middle of the scale i.e. at 7.0 values is attributed to the neutral soil. Meaning thereby, the soil with 7.0 pH value would neither be acidic nor alkaline in nature on the scale. Read the rest of this entry

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