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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

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

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

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

Growing Lovely Palms in Home Gardens

palmsPast few years home gardeners have shown great interest in growing palms in home gardens. Nowadays exotic palm species and varieties are more readily available. Gardeners are more inclined to grow the most reliable palms for landscape use.

The best time to plant palms is May through September.The soil is warmest this time of year, and warm soil is one of the most necessary criteria for palm root growth.

It also is important to transplant a palm as soon as possible after digging. Never allow the roots to become dry. But this should not be a problem with container-grown plants. Read the rest of this entry

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