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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

landscape styleDesigning a landscape could be limited to only your imaginations. There are infinite styles and concepts for designing landscapes. There are umpteen options for garden landscapes.

A “Formal Landscape” style involves lots of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. Plants are arranged and positioned in an orderly fashion. Close arrangement and pruning is is crucial for such types of landscaped gardens.

The “Informal Landscape” goes well with cozy cottages. Beds with curved edges instead of straight lines and random placement of plants suit this landscape style. “English Garden Landscape” emphasizes the harmony between the house’s architecture and the garden.

“Formal landscapes” as well as the “Informal Landscape” garden often include a brick walkway that exudes formality. This walkway leads to the rear with a circle of plants. The arrangement of plants resembles the English garden style but without formal borders.

“Oriental Landscapes” are typical gardens created generally in the small backyards. It uses rocks, evergreens and water. A wide variety of plants create several interesting angles with this style. “Woodland Landscapes” usually fits well with a house that has a wooded backyard and sloping ground.

Perfect Tips For Using Best Garden Lighting System

garden lighting systemLight is life for the garden and its plants. If you understand how plants use light, and the many lighting options available today, you can put together a lighting system that’s right for the plants you want to grow indoors. Proper light will help sustain your plants until they are able to venture outside again.

Bright sunshine contains the full spectrum of light wavelengths from red through yellow and green to blue and violet. Plants use all of these wavelengths for photosynthesis, but red and blue are two of the most important. The blue spectrum promotes vegetative growth so young plants build robust, full foliage. The red wavelengths promote flowers and fruits.

Every plant requires light to thrive, but some plants need lower intensities than others. Native tropicals, shade-loving forest plants and houseplants like ivy and philodendron don’t need as much light as Mediterranean succulents or desert cactuses. Flowering plants of all kinds, such as orchids and gardenias, generally need brighter light to flower and produce fruit. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Growing A Miniature Garden

Miniature gardens are inexpensive, can be created in a few hours, are accessible for all ages, and appeal to seniors who have had to give up their gardens.

Growing little plants in trough and alpine gardens is a long-standing tradition. Miniature gardens are about creating an entirely new world, like the one discovered by Gulliver when he washed up on the shores of Lilliput.

When integrating mini-scenes into a larger garden, you may prevent a patchwork look by dividing the spaces into garden rooms using “hedges” of ornamental grasses or walls built of tiny bricks. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Low Maintenance Landscape Designing Tips

Many of the home gardens have  typical “hardscapes,” combinations of walls, pavers, pergolas and water features. One thing most of them have in common is being over-planted. Some of the home gardens look lie “plant collections,” with one each of many different species and some other have mass-plantings. There could always be a better way to fill landscape beds with color without appearing cluttered.Otherwise most of the designs will have twice or three times the number of plants needed and will become much too crowded in a short time.

Not many landscape designers really know about plants. You can easily spot out many examples of plant combinations that won’t thrive because the plants need different growing conditions. A good example is combining hostas, which need shade protection, with ornamental grasses that prefer full sun all day. This might work on a color wheel, but with time, the wonderful color harmonies will disappear because some of the plants won’t survive.

Overcrowding and poor plant choices will make maintenance a real headache during the long haul. Woody plants that grow too large will need to be sheared  constantly to fit the space and keep them looking good. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Take Stock of Your Landscape

This time of the year amidst intense heat at various places you should put off labor-intensive jobs such as creating new beds (or even reworking old beds), building structures like decks and arbors or major landscape plantings. Instead, you should invest your time in slowly strolling around your gardens in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are somewhat cooler. Stop to take care of some weed issues and try to keep the physical activity to a minimum because it may be too hot to do that.

It would be a better option to take a stock of your own landscape.It is a good time to enjoy beautiful flowers and bright colors of summer bedding plants and tropicals blooming this time of year. You should work hard to create and maintain your gardens — don’t forget to appreciate and enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry

Creative garden lighting concentrates on subtle schemes that create atmosphere and enhance the planting, garden features, and architecture. Suitable lighting serves many purposes. A garden that has been “designed” – one with focal points, structured layout, good planting and a sense of perspective are more likely to bring out the best from lighting design but any outdoor space is benefited by suitable lighting.

The creative use of light and shadow is the key to achieving good results, as only this will provide depth. Excessive lighting and indiscriminate use of floodlights is the most common error that results in garish illumination and a flat perspective. Creative garden lighting taps into the richness of textures, forms and colours. To be able to design an effective lighting system for your outdoors, begin by understanding the role you want lights to play in the use and enjoyment of the exterior. This will have fundamental implications for planning power source, circuits, positions and types of control. Read the rest of this entry

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