Perfect Pocket Gardening Tips

pocket gardenApril 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

Tassel Fern for Rare Beauty in the Landscape

tassel fern2The tassel fern in itself is a rare beauty, form and texture in the landscape, and for any gardener this would sure be the first priority when it comes to adding beauty and elegance to the garden.

The tassel fern known botanically as” Polystichum polyblepharum” gives us a lush evergreen presence evenduring the winters. polyblepharum actually means many eyelashes.

A typical native to Japan and Korea but this fern is exceptionally adaptable that you will always consider it to be a native.It is cold hardy to zone 5 and yet can thrive in filtered-light areas in zone 9. Like many ferns, it does need moist, fertile, organic-rich soil that is well drained. And to your pleasure and relief, this fern is not on the diet for the deer. 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.

Lime Glow Junipers Add Color To Your Winter Garden

lime glow junipersDuring the winter seasons it is a good idea to add a little color in your garden.

Lime Glow creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) is a lovely compact evergreen shrub with its soft, feathery, lime-green summer foliage. During winters you will be surprised with its bronze-purple with pink tips. Its winter color is, of course, nothing compared to all the bright hues in the flamboyant summer garden.

Lime Glow Juniper develops its best color, summer and winter, in full sun. Experts mostly agree on the non-fading summer color of lime-green. But the winter color is variously described as burnished gold, bronze-orange, burnt orange, bronzy copper, and deep purple with pink flashes. Read the rest of this entry

Redbud Tree Adds Elegance To Landscape

Spring is the time when you see flower buds on early-season trees like Eastern redbud.

Redbud is the native tree representing multiple gardening climates and bears its botanical name as “Cercis Canadensis”.

These days you find many varieties under different names useful giving an elegance to your landscape and these include Oklahoma, Forest Pansy, Ruby Falls, Hearts of Gold and Burgundy Hearts.

All of these varieties are gorgeous and like similar growing conditions — part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Redbud does best when it is planted under taller trees, like pines. Read the rest of this entry

The days are shorter than nights and the leaves are flying in the wind. Color of the prairie is brown these days.This is the time of investment of good efforts in your garden. It is the time to protect your landscape from the ravages of winter.

It is time to drag out the hoses and water your landscape. Whether you are watering lawns, garden beds or woody plants, apply enough water to soak in 8 to 12 inches. Water when the daytime temperature is above 40 degrees, there is no snow cover and the ground is not frozen. Irrigate early in the day to allow moisture to soak in before nightfall. Remember to unhook and drain the hose at the end of the day.

This is the best time to check the level of mulch around woody and herbaceous plants and to wrap the trunks of newly planted trees. It will help you protect plant tissues from the freeze-thaw cycles that damage both roots and stems. Depending on the size and type of mulch, go for 2-4 inches of mulching.Remember to keep mulch an inch from woody plant trunks to discourage animals from feeding on the bark. Plastic or cardboard wrap etc. 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

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