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

14 Perfect Gardening Tips

  1. Wooden plant markers are a great way to keep track of your seedlings and transplants. They look fresh and neat and can be used from season to season.
  2. If wooden markers are too boring, try making signs from polymer clay and armature wire, old silver spoons or smooth stones, labeling with paint pens or markers. 
  3. Recycled glass cloches make interesting decorative accents for a garden. They are mini terrariums that hold in heat and humidity that, in turn, acts as a watering system.
  4. Natural materials make stylish supports. Use strong branches to hold up tomato plants. Bind them together with natural roping instead of nails, which can pull apart over time, for a sturdy, less expensive support.
  5. A tipi-style support allows for increased air circulation, helping with weeds. Lifting vines off the ground keeps them safe from low-lying pests and less susceptible to mildew.  Read the rest of this entry
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