Annual Flowers In Fall Garden

Annual Flowers In Fall Garden – These are the easiest to grow and most popular annual plants for the fall garden. Try them yourself: ageratum, alyssum, antirrhinum, calendula, centaurea, clarkia, cosmos, larkspur, pinks, godetia, gypsophila, helichrysum, impatiens, linaria, lobelia, nasturtium, nemesia, nicotiana, phlox, poppy, salvia, stock, sweet pea, tagetes, verbena, viola and zinnia.

–  Wait until all risk of frost is past before you buy summer bedding plants, unless you can keep them under cover. Plant them out when you see your town parks department put theirs out.

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Winter Plants: Cyclamen

Cyclamen are a seasonal flowering plant, available during the winter months. Cyclamen are ideally suited to growing in a shaded rockery or naturalized in the light shade of woodland borders. As well as shapely, marbled foliage, Cyclamen have the most elegant, sweptback flowers in shades of pink, white or carmine, often accompanied by a seductive fragrance. With cool temperatures, bright light, and a feeding every two weeks, Cyclamen can reward you with several months of beautiful flowers.


Cyclamen are very popular flowering houseplants that are exceptionally beautiful and very striking. If possible, keep your cyclamen in an unheated room that maintains a daytime temperature of no more than 68°F.

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Bamboos

Bamboos belong to the grass family (Gramineae). They are evergreen with woody hollow stems called culms and narrow, handsome foliage. Bamboos make excellent architectural plants; even when used as screens or hedges, they make a dramatic statement in any garden.

They will grow in any dry, sheltered, shady spot and can create a lush tropical effect together with other evergreen shrubs. The tall vertical culms make interesting contrasts with the fronded foliage of ferns. Japanese anemones can be grown nearby, especially white ones such as Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Joubert’.

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Tree Schemes In The Winter Garden

The importance of trees in winter garden design can easily be overlooked. In summer they are part of the scene, making masses of leafy growth, but in winter, when the bare branches are revealed, they often have a majestic beauty.

Trees need to be looked after as much as small plants to give their best. The best trees have either colored stems or create wonderful silhouettes against the light. Mature trees might well need thinning at some stage if they are to be effective. Lopping off branches lets light get to the ground, where there are bulbs, and also makes sure that the tree has an open, striking outline. It is also important to make sure that any twiggy growth sprouting out of the base of the trunk is removed, giving a clean look.

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What You Need To Create A Backyard Oasis

What You Need To Create a Backyard Oasis – Today’s hottest trend is creating a welcoming space in your backyard. While extravagant backyard oasis sometimes include features like swimming pools with cascading waterfalls or full kitchens complete with refrigerators, you can renovate your backyard without breaking the bank. From adding a patio to tree cutting, here are a few tips for an inexpensive update to your backyard.

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How to Keep Pests From Destroying Your Wood Deck

Wood is the original decking material, and it looks great. However, it requires a lot of work to maintain. Since it’s made of a natural, biodegradable material, making it last requires a constant battle with nature.

One of your biggest battles will be with water damage. Water rots away wood eventually if it isn’t sealed regularly. However, there is an enemy that can make short work of your deck if they’re ignored: pests. Continue Reading