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

Perfect Azaleas Growing and Caring Tips

azaleasAzaleas are beautiful and easy to grow.  Azalea is a typical native deciduous species. During spring season azaleas need special care. Plant azaleas in early spring as the new roots need time to develop before summer heat and drought.

Transplanted azaleas should be kept well watered. Azaleas grow best in dappled or part shade.  Too much sun results in shorter bloom time.

Azaleas plants require acidic soil with a pH of 4.5-6.0. The soil should be loose, well drained and contain plenty of organic material. You must plant the root ball higher than ground level.

Azaleas have a shallow root system that spreads within the top 12 inches of soil therefore protecting the roots with organic mulch would be better. There wouldn’t be much need of fertilizer as it could burn shallow roots. Read the rest of this entry

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