Hellebore: The Bright Star of Winter Gardens

helleboresAmidst 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

Perfect Mold and Fungal Diseases Control Tips

mold and fungal diseases in plantsDuring the month of July gardeners must be cautious of development of mold and fungal diseases in their gardens.

It is extremely important in gardening to monitor for mold and fungal diseases. If your flower garden having annuals and early blooming perennials has started appearing shaggy then it would be better to trim these plants back to improve appearance and promote more bushy growth. Trimming plants will further facilitate increased air circulation around adjacent and later-blooming plants. This in turn will reduce drastically the conducive growth for mold, mildew and fungus.

The vegetable gardeners should preferably use straw as a mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce fluctuations in soil temperatures. Straw will also serve as a potential barrier between fruits and vegetables and the damp soil. Do not ignore the factor of ensuring good air circulation which is needed to reduce probability of occurrence of mold and fungal diseases in the vegetable garden. Read the rest of this entry

Resist Temptation of Cutting Back Foliage

cutting back foliageSpring blooming bulb-flowers including daffodils and tulips are graceful beauties are now welcoming the arrival of a new growing season. But once the blooms fade, what’s left is drooping foliage and messy stems that crowd beds for weeks.

Gardeners need to resist the temptation of cutting back the foliage as soon as flowering ceases. There are other creative ways to deal with the green bulb foliage, to ensure a picture-perfect crop of bulb blooms again next year. Foliage shouldn’t be cut off until it turns yellow and dies back naturally.

The foliage on the smaller bulbs such as snowdrops and squill will die back rapidly and cause little problem. The foliage on the larger bulbs such as tulips and daffodils will take several weeks to die back.

After flowering, the plant needs the green leaves to manufacture food (photosynthesis) stored in the bulb for next year’s growth. If the gardener cuts off the foliage early, the plant can no longer manufacture nutrient reserves for next year. This results in a small, weak bulb that will gradually decline and die out. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Grow A Black Flower Garden

black flowersThere are umpteen black flowers varieties to spice up your garden. A black flower garden with pops of silver, white or red could be quite dramatic.

“Black Velvet” petunias grow well in containers and hanging baskets and do best in full sun. They grow to a height of 8 to 12 inches.

“Black Coral” elephant ears is a tropical flowering plant with large-leaves that thrive in moist soil in full sun, but will do fine in lower light situations. You will need a large container for this plant and can also be placed at the edge of pond or even submerged in shallow water at the pond’s edge. Read the rest of this entry

New Year’s Blooming Varieties For Your Garden

hydrangeaHydrangea lovers have all the reasons to rejoice in the new year with some spectacular new shrubs. Breeders have moved hydrangeas way beyond simple blue, pink or white.

The Everlasting series of hydrangeas was bred for the cut flower market. Now the hydrangea also have dark leathery leaves, big long lasting mop head flowers and strong stems to hold them.

Macrophylla (big leaf) “Everlasting Amethyst” equally elegant to a vase. Blooms start as fuchsia pink or violet blue depending on soil acidity. Flowers age through a mix of reddish pink and lime green, finishing all lime green. It would be better to grow the plants in full to part sun with regular watering. Read the rest of this entry

Grow Vibrant Flowering Houseplants in Winters

jasmineGardening indoors is great enjoyment and best use of time when snow flies. You can grow beautiful blooms with plenty of easy-to-grow flowering houseplants.

Majority of such plants are not intended for outdoor gardens as these are not winter-hardy. So, it is best to keep them as houseplants only and better indoors.

Jasmine’s flowering vine spreads sweet fragrance around. Usually grown on a topiary frame or ring, jasmine bears tubular white and light-pink flowers. They prefer high light levels, but not direct sun, and evenly moist soils. Winter Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is one of the easiest species to grow indoors during winters. Read the rest of this entry

Tips To Keep Your Garden Alive in Winters

Cold and short and dull days coming ahead and this gives you a better chance of bringing a little light into the life of the winter garden.

You must be aware of the winter jasmine(Jasminum nudiflorum) with its typical lovely yellow blooms appear long before the plant’s leaves. The scented Daphne mezereum, whose sweet, fragrant flowers seem to thrive in February’s bitter frosts, is also a great option worth trying this winter season in your garden.

For ground cover, consider winter-flowering heathers and hellebores, bulbs like Cyclamen coum, snowdrops, winter aconites, dwarf daffodils and the white wood anemones. Read the rest of this entry

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