Lotus Flowers For Your Garden Pond – A lotus flowers can be successfully grown in ‘tubs’ in or around your pond. Large containers will work as well. Just be sure to keep them wet, and by wet the professionals mean very wet. Usually there should be at least two inches of water above the ground soil in which you plant your lotus flowers. They love the soil, however they are very thirsty plants, which is why the garden pond conditions may be perfect. Continue Reading
You may start out in gardening and color theming with an almost overwhelming desire to fill your plot with a blaze of mixed colors for as many months of the year as you possibly can. But as your tastes get more sophisticated, you begin to realize that restricting the rainbow to two, three or even a single color can produce more impact. Continue Reading
Growing Rose Gardens – Growing roses isn’t difficult. It just takes some tender loving care. Plant roses in a location which gets full sunlight.
Roses should be pruned in the spring. Cut out dead and damaged branches. Always sharpen the hand shears and soak them in a solution of half water and half bleach before pruning. This will helps to protect the rosebush from diseases and insects. Continue Reading
Seaside gardens pose their own special problems. To begin with, you have to strike a balance between openness to the sea view and providing shelter from the sea wind, which isn’t always a gentle zephyr. With salt picked up from the sea spray, the wind can cut any plant that gets in its way as effectively as a pair of pruning shears. Foliage and shoots can be injured by rubbing against each other or from dust or sand abrasion, or may be torn off altogether. Continue Reading
When the word Bonsai is mentioned in conversation, most people probably think of a beautiful, tiny, juniper tree planted in a small dish. While juniper is a good choice for bonsai, it is by far not the only one. Most any plant, trees and shrubs in particular, can be grown this way. Of course, some are more easily adapted to this type of growth and are more easily cultivated. While bonsai trees are the most popular, growing a bonsai bush isn’t unheard of.
If you are considering growing a bonsai you must be made aware that it is a long term process and one that will take as many as 10 years to obtain the desired results. Much like taking in a new dog or cat, your bonsai tree will need a commitment of your time for many years to come.
It’s spring and that means that many of you will be planning to overhaul your landscape design. If that is what you plan to do, keep in mind that solid landscape design principle should be followed. The primary key being that evergreens are the anchors of any solid design. There are a few evergreen shrubs that you should consider for your landscape:
These guys are extremely over-planted but they still are good for any landscape. They have dark green foliage and the new growth is neon colored. They have very little issues with insects or disease and will live for 80 years if cared for properly. They can also take a heavy shearing year after year with no visible effects on health.