Hemigraphis (Red Ivy), a climbing plant, is popular in the United States for hanging baskets but a rarity in Britain. Red Ivy has colored leaves – silvery in the shade, metallic purple when exposed to a few hours’ sunshine. Its satiny leaves are slender and lance-shaped with toothed, scalloped, or lobed margins. Hemigraphis is not an easy plant to grow, but it is not quite as difficult as indicated by some textbooks. It needs winter warmth, moist air, and pruning when stems become straggly.
Hemigraphis is an excellent garden plant. Its white flowers grow intermittently throughout the year.
When it comes to embellishment of the garden of your house, lots of opportunities come up. In fact, numerous options are there that let you enhance the beauty of the surrounding environment in the best way. Many people start thinking of creating a lush green lawn at the frontal area of the house with colorful flowers surrounding it. For some other group of people, it’s just an illusion. This is primarily because of lack of enough space to create it. However, this scenario has completely changed with the introduction of high quality garden pots. You must have heard about balcony garden or window box garden. These styles of gardening are quite popular among people who stays in flats. These people mostly use garden pots to plant the plants. So, when you are looking for an option to improve the appearance of your house, utilize the benefits that come with garden pots.
Popular and effective way of recycling organic waste is backyard composting. Compost is used by gardeners since long to improve garden soil. Garden composting process transforms lawn debris into a soil amendment product. Composting includes biological cycle of growth and decay. Microorganisms feed upon dead organic matter (forming the composting heap) and the nutrients from the decaying plants are recycled into their own bodies which in due course make way back to the soil. Remaining material from the decaying process exhibits properties similar to that of organic matter found naturally in the soil. This organic matter makes the soil porous, allowing the soil to retain sufficient water and making digging part easier while planting seeds or seedlings.
Peaches (Prunus persica) and nectarines (P. persica) are ideal for small garden spaces. Firstly because they are self-fertile, meaning they don’t require another tree for pollination. Secondly, there are compact forms of peaches that can successfully be grown in pots, making them suitable for a sunny patio, courtyard or balcony. These varieties rarely growing higher than 1m when grown in a pot, and require minimal pruning.
Peaches and nectarines are best grown as a fan on a warm south or south facing wall. Peaches can be grown as free-standing bushes in very favorable sites, but nectarines will struggle. Due to their slightly tender nature, both peaches and nectarines can also successfully be grown in glasshouses but will require diligent watering. Avoid a heated greenhouse as they require a period of dormancy.