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

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

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

Perfect Tips To Take Stock of Your Landscape

This time of the year amidst intense heat at various places you should put off labor-intensive jobs such as creating new beds (or even reworking old beds), building structures like decks and arbors or major landscape plantings. Instead, you should invest your time in slowly strolling around your gardens in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are somewhat cooler. Stop to take care of some weed issues and try to keep the physical activity to a minimum because it may be too hot to do that.

It would be a better option to take a stock of your own landscape.It is a good time to enjoy beautiful flowers and bright colors of summer bedding plants and tropicals blooming this time of year. You should work hard to create and maintain your gardens — don’t forget to appreciate and enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry

It is really important to make sure what you plant around your home will help keep it safe from a fire. What you plant could mean the difference between saving your home, or watching it burn.

The lilacs would be a good shrub, spiraea, barberry, are all good choices, they’re mostly deciduous shrubs, and they have a lower burn point. Roses and lilies are also good plants for fire-prone areas.

As a general rule, plants that hold more water in their stems and leaves are best.Some plants, like pines and junipers, are bad for fire-prone areas. When it catches on fire, it burns extremely high and the radiant heat from that will catch the studs inside your house on fire, through your siding. So, if you have stucco, it’s not a protection.

Planting pines and junipers is also good from fire protection point of view, just make sure they’re at least 25 feet away from your home.

Apart from planting the fire-resistant plant in your garden it is equally important to ensure proper maintenance of these plants.Clearing away the grasses that are dying off, that are becoming an easy ignitable fuel point, keeping proper planting in perspective, you know, you don’t want to crowd a bunch of plants in. That’s going to give you a brush fire source.

As spring begins, the Missouri Botanical Garden has identified 18 new Plants of Merit for the midwest in 2011. The Plants of Merit distinction aims to build home gardeners’ confidence in selecting annuals, perennials, shrubs and vines, trees and edible ornamentals.

Selecting good plants for the landscape can be challenging, especially when faced with numerous possibilities and limited information. New plants are introduced each year without much regional information. Meanwhile, many excellent plant selections are known only to horticulture professionals. The Plants of Merit program aims to promote diversity in the home gardening landscape, with emphasis on selecting hardy, trouble-free plants.

To be nominated as a Plant of Merit, selections must be non-invasive in our area, be easy to grow and maintain and grow consistently well in Missouri, central and southern Illinois and the Kansas City metro area. Plants of Merit must also be resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects, have outstanding ornamental value and be reasonably available to purchase. Read the rest of this entry

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