Perfect Pocket Gardening Tips

pocket gardenApril is the best month to weed, feed and add plants to your perennial or shrub borders. As soon as your garden beds are weed-free and ready to plant, you must think of grouping similar plants together to create your own “pocket garden”.

Pocket Gardening is really simple as it is actually just grouping plants together to grow. There are several other ideas that you may also evolve for such grouping and pocket gardening.

How to Include Pocket Garden in Landscape

Pocket garden is a compact composition of plants grouped in specific areas in your garden. It may be near the front door like a “welcome pocket garden” or along a perimeter fence, the “border pocket garden” or under the shade of a large tree, a “pocket garden for woodland” or “shade loving plants pocket”. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Soft and Hard Landscaping Tips

hard landscapingGardens generally have two types of landscaping materials, i.e. soft and hard materials. In common parlance “soft landscaping” refers to plants, trees and lawns while the “hard landscaping” includes non-living objects such as paving, fencing and other structural features.

In order to give an elegant landscaping appearance you need to plan very carefully for each and every element. Hard as well as soft landscaping depends largely on how and what to use in your garden. Any wrong choice will give your garden landscape an awful look and you may end up with utter failure.

Soft Landscaping

The age-old-gardening-saying, “right plant at right place” holds true with the soft landscaping and it is not just limited to the plants but also goes well with the flower beds. Read the rest of this entry

Hellebore: The Bright Star of Winter Gardens

helleboresAmidst the snowdrops during these winters many gardeners must be glaring with the ‘galanthomania‘ ,so popular have they become, but if you seek flamboyance in your winter flowers then look no further than “hellebores”.

Hellebores flowers offer you a wide range of colors and color combinations, and many are long flowering through winter and well into spring. Their often large, pendulous blooms look especially attractive grown among lower growing spring flowers such as wood anemones, primroses and snowdrops.

Hellebores are of course easy to grow, and will generally thrive in any reasonable fertile soil. These woodland plants are well suited to light, dappled or partial shade and will also do well in full sun if the soil remains reasonably damp; they do not, however, like being waterlogged. Many perennials are reinvigorated by being split every three or four years, but not hellebores. Division sometimes causes them to die, so it is better and easier to let them keep on developing into good-sized clumps. Read the rest of this entry

Preserve Pollinators for Healthy Garden

pollinatorsPreserving pollinators for a healthy garden is one of the good gardening practices. Intelligent gardeners and gardeners with deep understanding do not just think of plants, fruits, flowers, beauty, texture, and landscaping only. Alongside all these concepts such gardeners do care for others. Gardening for bees and butterflies is one such nice philanthropic fundamental in itself and usefulness of pollinators becomes extremely important in this perspective.

It is not only fun but also informative. Gardening for bees and butterflies and native plants is really great. You could say the gardening community is abuzz about the need to create an environment that will sustain and increase the number of pollinators which are vital for healthy gardens.

Pollinators of native plants generally cover the life cycle of bees and butterflies including where and when they nest, forage and seek shelter and food in our landscapes. As an informed gardener you must know about pollination and which native plants are specifically pollinated by bees or butterflies. There are variety of native plants for different habitats for both bees and butterflies including butterfly host plants.

Tassel Fern for Rare Beauty in the Landscape

tassel fern2The tassel fern in itself is a rare beauty, form and texture in the landscape, and for any gardener this would sure be the first priority when it comes to adding beauty and elegance to the garden.

The tassel fern known botanically as” Polystichum polyblepharum” gives us a lush evergreen presence evenduring the winters. polyblepharum actually means many eyelashes.

A typical native to Japan and Korea but this fern is exceptionally adaptable that you will always consider it to be a native.It is cold hardy to zone 5 and yet can thrive in filtered-light areas in zone 9. Like many ferns, it does need moist, fertile, organic-rich soil that is well drained. And to your pleasure and relief, this fern is not on the diet for the deer. Read the rest of this entry

Grow Drumstick Flowers in Your Garden

drumstick flowersInitial growth of drumstick is somewhat rounded or , sometimes star-shaped bud at soil level. Generally you will find   yellow-green chalky colored nascent leaves and flower buds are covered with pale yellow wax. Even at this early stage, its elegance and decorative value is spectacular. The protective wax coat persists on the leaves and stems right up to flowering time in a few weeks.

Shaped like a drumstick for a big bass drum, the drumstick primrose, though ready to flower, it is very tentative about pushing up its flowers. The drumstick primrose flower is native to China, where it grows in meadows and rocky areas on the lower reaches of the Himalayas. Being a mountain flower, it responds early to the relative warmth of an Irish spring. Read the rest of this entry

Growing Lovely Orchids in Home and Garden

orchids-white-purpleOrchid is certainly the most exotic of all flowers. Its fragile beauty and elegance makes it one of the most favorite corsage flowers.

You will find stunning array of shapes, sizes and colors of this lovely family of plants. Orchids grow wild all over the world except in the coldest climates. Some orchids are epiphytal and will grow on trees and rocks needing no soil.  The type terrestrial even grows in the ground like the Lady Slipper orchids. You can grow orchids almost everywhere. Read the rest of this entry

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