Perfumed Plants for Winter Garden – If you are looking for a temporary plant to brighten your winter balcony or garden bed then think of stock with its interesting clove-like perfume and soft spires of flowers that can also be cut for indoor decoration. Probably the best approach to growing this annual species is to purchase punnets of seedlings from your local garden centre when they become available in early winter.
The delicate perfumes of daphne (Daphne odora), luculia (Luculia gratissima), wintersweet (Chimonanthuas praecox) are winter wonders to die for. They can all be temperamental plants that are best grown in large containers to give the excellent drainage they require to thrive. Trim each species in spring after they have finished flowering to keep them vigorous and bushy.
Creating A Zen Garden – Life in our era is down right brutal. With phone calls left and right, deadlines piling up the desk and errands here and there, how will one be able to find the time to take it easy? No one has the time to go on a vacation all the time, let alone afford it. There is a quick fix to this problem. Create a Zen garden in your backyard.
There are just a few simple basic components in making a Zen garden. There are a number of easy and convenient steps to start making your desperately needed oasis. A Zen garden features all the four elements: fire, water, earth and air. It’s understood that you only have to worry about the first two. Fire can be an outdoor fire place or even as simple as firing up a couple of wood pieces. Fire can also be represented by the color red. You can put red pillows, seat covers, outdoor drapes, rugs, etc. to best represent this element. Water on the other hand should be in the state of running water. The sound of running water has been proven to calm the nerves so this makes it a must have. A fountain can be used to rectify this effect.
Guide To Garden Pond Supplies – Have you ever dreamed of creating a backyard oasis? Someplace where you can relax and enjoy nature, even if you live in the middle of a big city? If so, then a pond may be just what you have been looking for. While building a garden pond is not necessarily difficult, there is more involved than simply lining a hole in the ground and filling it with water and some fish.
Before you start the pond building process, you must first gather your pond supplies, decide on the size and the location for your pond and, of course, how deep your new pond will be. The depth will depend on where you live and whether or not there will be fish sharing your new oasis with you.
Planning The Barbecue Area And Built-in Seats – There are many ways in which built-in seats can be used in the garden, apart from alongside a barbecue, and they can often double up for other purposes. Walls for raised beds or surrounding pools make a perfect perch.
Integral timber seats are an obvious choice for framing the edge of timber decking, or for surrounding a raised planter. Wooden or metal seats around a tree can form a charming focal point, providing somewhere to pause in the shade of overhanging foliage. You can buy off-the-peg design in wood, but they all tend to look pretty similar, so why not build your own?
Winter Gardens – During the grey and cold days of winter, our gardens lack the vibrant colors and intoxicating scents of the other seasons.
However, if you have paid attention to the basic definition of your landscaping, winter is the time when silhouettes of bushes and trees and dried seed heads or bright winter berries come into play. Woody plants with beautiful bark and interesting architectural structure can form the backbone of your winter garden.
Creating Landscape That Children Love – When you are planning a re-design of your garden landscape, it is important to take into consideration the needs of your children. While many of the in-vogue looks are stunningly beautiful, not all of them are very conducive to the lifestyle of children. If you are a parent looking to make some major changes in your yard, then the following elements can be wonderful additions to consider:
1. Different levels: If your property has a slant or slope to it at all, then adding some levels into the landscape can be both beautiful and functional for children. Give your kids something to climb over with some large rocks, retaining walls, fenced areas, and other such features that will add varied layers to your yard.