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
Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 12:43 pm
Gardens 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.
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
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Designing 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.
Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm
Light 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
Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 1:40 pm
These days the newer houses and condominiums have smaller yards and if you grow staple plants you will go short of space very quickly.
Modern windows often are so well insulated that the window feature reaches almost to the ground. Smaller foundation plants that grow slowly and require little or no pruning over the years are an ideal match for such sites.
Dwarf conifers could be one of the best choices to be grown under such living conditions where smaller, slower growing plants would be more suitable.
Conifers are cone-bearing evergreens. Their colors range from pale moonbeam yellow to bold gold, from lime green to olive and from almost black to silver or steel blue. Some are variegated. Most have needle-like leaves that are retained all year. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 1:05 pm
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
Saturday, December 17th, 2011 at 9:04 pm
Gardeners could face situations like overcoming water problems in plant beds quite some time.The best way out in such conditions would be to use and grow the right landscape plants compatible with wet, sandy, well-drained soil.
Prior to the commencement of planting such landscaping plants you must remove debris from overflowing or blocked rain gutters and redirect downspouts to alternate lawn or landscape beds.
If there is any, ensure that you cover the exposed soil with a layer of organic mulch. Pine straw works extremely well in wet areas. You need to wait for a few weeks before planting. Thereafter install the plants right into the mulch layer. Read the rest of this entry