Creating A Jungle In Your Backyard

Creating A Jungle In Your Backyard – Creating a hardy jungle. A jungle is lush with foliage, with many large, differently shaped leaves growing at different heights in curtains of green, all overlapping More »

Garden In The Barrels

Garden In The Barrels – During the creation of your garden you may find that you require an especially big container – perhaps to grow shrubs, small trees, or simply a large More »

Feeding The Lawn

Feeding The Lawn – During late spring and summer, the rapid growth of grass means that frequent mowing is essential. The dangers of allowing the grass to grow too tall have already More »

Elements Of Informal Garden

Elements Of Informal Garden – Informal gardens do not have the straight walks and avenues that create obvious places for focal points. Their curves and hidden spaces should reveal eye-catching surprises at More »

Decorative Stones For Landscaping

Decorative Stones For Landscaping – Having a sprawling garden in front of the house is a dream that each one of us has. Beautifying the garden with flowers, hedges, decorative elements, etc. More »

 

Training Fruit Trees

Training Fruit Trees

Training fruit trees – Cordons are single stemmed trees, fruiting spurs grow directly from the main stem – although double or even triple cordons can be created. Apple and pear cordons are generally planted at an angle of 45° and trained to a height of 1.8 m (6 ft). This produces a stem 2.4 m (8 ft) long. All cordons should be pruned in the summer; little winter pruning is necessary.

Pruning is simple. Cut back all laterals (side branches) to three buds beyond the basal cluster (the cluster of leaves nearest the main stem). Tie in the leader but do not prune it until it has reached 1.8 m in height. Mature cordons may need some of the fruiting spurs thinned in the course of time.

Winter Trees: Chamaecyparis, Cupressocyparis And Cupressus

Winter Trees: Chamaecyparis, Cupressocyparis And Cupressus

Winter Trees: Chamaecyparis, Cupressocyparis And Cupressus – Chamaecyparis or false cypress is a useful genus, from East Asia and North America, with a huge number of cultivars. They range from giant forest trees to smaller forms that can be used as specimen trees, for hedging and as dwarf plants for the rock or scree garden.

Lawson cypress (syn. Cupressus lawsoniana), a conical tree, native to North America, is too large for many gardens, but it has given rise to many cultivars of widely diverging habits All are hardy. Among the best dwarfs is ‘Aurea Densa’, which is rounded and one of the outstanding golden-leaved cultivars.

Helianthemum

Helianthemum

The helianthemum (also known as Rock rose) is a vastly popular alpine sub-shrub, of which there are many named cultivars. They grow to about 15-30cm/6-l2in high, with a spread of 30-60cm/12-24in. Helianthemum ‘Jubilee’ has a mass of double pale yellow flowers, about 2.5cm/1 in across, held in terminal clusters, in early and midsummer. The leaves are small, elliptical in shape, dark green above and grey-green below.

Cultivation and propagation

Plant helianthemum in early fall or early spring in any well drained soil and in full sun. You will get a second flush of flowers if the plants are trimmed over in midsummer.

Potting Table Ideas

Potting Table Ideas

Potting Table Ideas – If you have been shopping for a potting table, you have recognized that they aren’t all alike. Some follow a basic design, while others incorporate extra features for additional storage and better organization. If your gardening supplies have become a mess, maybe these features can help you.

Nearly every potting table offers some shelves in addition to the work space. Generally, the bottom shelf will be wide and sturdy. This shelf is the best place to store heavier and larger items – things like bags of mulch and potting soil, planters and buckets, watering cans. Some potting tables have more than one wide shelf. If you are concerned that some tall items might not fit in a multi-shelf unit, measure the items you plan to store.