Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 11:57 pm
If you are planning for a garden that grows flowers throughout the season then you would require many perennials to grow in it. It is mainly because the majority of the perennials have a short blooming period of bloom. Annuals on the other hand long blooming period as bedding plants.
Best option would be to buy and transplant some long-blooming annuals between the perennials to ensure continuous floral flash and dazzle in that space.
Daylilies (Hemerocallis species), sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa), purple coneflower―some with purple flowers and others with white flowers but both are Echinacea purpurea species, gold Plate yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) and old-fashioned hardy chrysanthemums have springtime contribution as a background for varieties in bloom. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 10:52 pm
If you are looking for a small flowering tree for your garden this year then the lovely, durable, and one of the most adaptable choice would be “Chinese fringetree “ (Chionanthus retusus). It features glossy foliage and white lacy flowers in late spring. The foliage is attractive throughout the season — a shiny dark green that looks clean and polished through even the dog days of summer. Fall color may be a nice yellow and spectacular.
The Chinese fringetree is deciduous, and females bear egg-shaped blue-black drupes about a half inch long.
The American fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is also a great variety for your garden with its beauty. The flower’s individual petals are larger. The flowers obviously appear a brighter white. Flowering panicles are borne above the foliage, almost like snow lying atop the dark green leaves.
Among all the “China Snow” would certainly be a best choice. This veriety was developed from cuttings. You may love the foliage on “China Snow” .
Chinese fringetree is easy to grow in sun or mostly sun and tolerates a wide range of soil, except extremely wet. You should expect it to eventually reach 20 feet tall and wide. It’s a head-scratcher that these trees aren’t planted more.
Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 11:37 pm
Winter-flowering shrubs ,trees and flowers open up a new opportunity for gardeners to exploit the potential of the winter garden in all its beauty by growing some of the season’s most beautiful woody plants.
Witch hazels, is a deciduous, winter-flowering shrub. There are many winter growing plants with their crumpled petals in various shades of copper, gold, burnt orange, ember-red and lemon-yellow.
Depending on the variety, the witch hazel’s elegantly ragged flowers can appear on starkly bare stems from as early as Christmas or as late as March. They last an average of six weeks and despite their apparent fragility, are defiant of even the iciest winter weather. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, January 26th, 2013 at 2:55 pm
Container gardening is no less addictive with various compelling options without any limit on the number and variety of plants that could be grown in containers.
A container plant’s greatest asset is that it can be moved around, shown off when it is looking good and hidden when it is not. There is never the problem of planting it in the wrong place. If there is too much shade, then it is simply shifted until it is happy.
Although more attention needs to be paid to watering and feeding, a creatively conceived collection of containers can give small gardens, courtyard gardens or even areas within a larger garden that “sense of place”.
Container gardening need not having too many pots but a well designed combination of textures, contrast and color is the beauty that one notices with surprises in your containers.
“Quick Mixers’’ are most affordable container plants. Like the instant containers, it takes the guesswork out of combining plants that complement each other in colur, growth habit and vigour. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, January 25th, 2013 at 2:39 pm
Hydrangea 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
Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Gardening 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
Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 7:19 pm
Burmese Plumbago (Ceratostigma griffithii) is a small height plant, generally grows upto 2 feet. The plant blooms in summer (fall) season in full sun to partial shade. This plant requires very little pruning to shape. Water needs are also minimum and once established, water deeply once a week.
This colorful, low-growing perennial makes a good ground cover or it can be trimmed into a short border hedge around flower beds and rock gardens. Its vibrant blue flowers attract butterflies and beneficial insects throughout the summer. In fall, the dark green foliage turns red-orange, adding more interest. Easy care and hardy, plumbago tolerates just about everything: poor soil, drought (once established), frost, even deer.
The little intense royal blue flower clusters are extremely pleasant and start blooming at the branch tips in June and continue until frosty November, at which time the leaves turn a brilliant autumnal orangy burgundy color.