Perfect Soft and Hard Landscaping Tips

hard landscapingGardens generally have two types of landscaping materials, i.e. soft and hard materials. In common parlance “soft landscaping” refers to plants, trees and lawns while the “hard landscaping” includes non-living objects such as paving, fencing and other structural features.

In order to give an elegant landscaping appearance you need to plan very carefully for each and every element. Hard as well as soft landscaping depends largely on how and what to use in your garden. Any wrong choice will give your garden landscape an awful look and you may end up with utter failure.

Soft Landscaping

The age-old-gardening-saying, “right plant at right place” holds true with the soft landscaping and it is not just limited to the plants but also goes well with the flower beds. Read the rest of this entry

Preserve Pollinators for Healthy Garden

pollinatorsPreserving pollinators for a healthy garden is one of the good gardening practices. Intelligent gardeners and gardeners with deep understanding do not just think of plants, fruits, flowers, beauty, texture, and landscaping only. Alongside all these concepts such gardeners do care for others. Gardening for bees and butterflies is one such nice philanthropic fundamental in itself and usefulness of pollinators becomes extremely important in this perspective.

It is not only fun but also informative. Gardening for bees and butterflies and native plants is really great. You could say the gardening community is abuzz about the need to create an environment that will sustain and increase the number of pollinators which are vital for healthy gardens.

Pollinators of native plants generally cover the life cycle of bees and butterflies including where and when they nest, forage and seek shelter and food in our landscapes. As an informed gardener you must know about pollination and which native plants are specifically pollinated by bees or butterflies. There are variety of native plants for different habitats for both bees and butterflies including butterfly host plants.

Growing Lovely Palms in Home Gardens

palmsPast few years home gardeners have shown great interest in growing palms in home gardens. Nowadays exotic palm species and varieties are more readily available. Gardeners are more inclined to grow the most reliable palms for landscape use.

The best time to plant palms is May through September.The soil is warmest this time of year, and warm soil is one of the most necessary criteria for palm root growth.

It also is important to transplant a palm as soon as possible after digging. Never allow the roots to become dry. But this should not be a problem with container-grown plants. Read the rest of this entry

How To Grow Cannas in Your Home Garden

Cannas are typical of the tropical regions and are really tender plants. These plants are easy to grow outdoors in many areas providing there is no risk of frost.

Cannas plants are now stepping in to the home gardens across the world. If you want to have a taste of tropics in your home garden you must go for cannas. It is one of the easy –care flowering plant.

Cannas range in height from 2 1/2 feet (dwarf or Opera series types) to 16′ the Omega) The dwarfs only grow to 3′ and tend to have larger flowers. The average tall canna is 4-6′. Foliage colors vary from green to purple to bronze and varigated yellow and green or even red orange with colorful flowers of pale or lemon yellow, scarlet or ruby reds, salmon or hot pinks, orange and multi-colored spotted or striped.

Cannas can be grown in pots, window-boxes and the ground. They make great landscaping plants to fill in large areas as they multiply each year and can form a screen or windbreak, but if you don’t want them to spread, sink pots into the ground. Read the rest of this entry

Dwarf Conifers are Perfect For Small Spaces

These days the newer houses and condominiums have smaller yards and if you grow staple plants you will go short of space very quickly.

Modern windows often are so well insulated that the window feature reaches almost to the ground. Smaller foundation plants that grow slowly and require little or no pruning over the years are an ideal match for such sites.

Dwarf conifers could be one of the best choices to be grown under such living conditions where smaller, slower growing plants would be more suitable.

Conifers are cone-bearing evergreens. Their colors range from pale moonbeam yellow to bold gold, from lime green to olive and from almost black to silver or steel blue. Some are variegated. Most have needle-like leaves that are retained all year. Read the rest of this entry

Growing Bauhinia:Perfect Landscaping Plant

Bauhinia  is a wonderful plant for landscaping the entrance area of your garden.

Bauhinia is a large genus with well over 200 species, including both vine and dwarf varieties. Majority of its varieties are confined to the tropics.

The most spectacular and desirable small tree is blakeana (orchid tree).it is very often grown as a shrub. This cultivar possesses the unusual, heart-shaped, twin-lobed leaf which characterizes the entire genus – grey green in this case.

The real beauty of Bauhinia  lies in the large, scented, paper-thin, five-petalled, purple, magenta or maroon flowers. They do indeed resemble orchids and are profusely borne on terminal sprays, or in the leaf axils. And they are large – maybe five inches across. Read the rest of this entry

Buying Garden Tools and Equipment

With a little serious efforts in  the Fall you’ll likely find the best deals of the year on all types of gardening  tools, equipment and other supplies – with the possible exception of snow  blowers, chain saws, and snow shovels.

This time of the year is perfect for hunting for  used lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other lawn and garden equipment, since many  people dump their used equipment at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales  at the end of the season. Read the rest of this entry

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