Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 4:03 pm
Landscapes 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
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 4:44 pm
A 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
Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 11:57 pm
If 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
Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 11:39 pm
Any 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
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 12:15 pm
April 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
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 5:02 pm
Amidst 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
Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 5:34 pm
The 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