Garden Types Of Bulbs – Many of the popular bulbs which flower in the garden during the spring months can be grown indoors. For many people, helping to plant up a bowl of tulips or hyacinths was their first introduction to the world of indoor gardening.
There are two basic growing techniques. Large bulbs are nearly always ‘forced’ so that they will bloom well ahead of their garden counterparts – this forcing technique involves keeping them cold and dark to make the roots grow and then providing more light and warmth for leaf and flower development.
Climbing Plants – Climbers produce some of the most magnificent floral displays of any plants. They can cover bare walls, fences, trellises and pergolas with sheets of bloom in every color in natures range. Yet even the largest and most rampant takes up an area of ground only the size of its trunk. Because climbers grow up first, then spread out, they actually expand the garden by growing on to otherwise blank walls or other suitable supports, leaving the beds tree for non-climbing plants.
Climbing plants will transform a bare wall and form a beautiful backdrop for your garden. Some climbers cling with suckers or aerial roots and need no support.
Benefits Of Having Spring Perennials – For many, a spring garden just would not be the same without the contribution of perennials, often long-lived plants that provide interest year on year. They encompass many early-flowering plants (usually low-growing) that are delightful with spring bulbs and are good in herbaceous borders. If you have a spring perennial that you like, you can easily take cuttings in the summer; providing extra, free plants. Generally, a young, 10cm (4in) long, non-flowering shoot gives the best results.
After a long winter, you are about to start getting your yard ready for the warm months ahead. A big part of this process is working your flower beds and getting everything planted and ready to go.
Find A Place For Your Topiary – During the fall season the key architectural ingredients start to grab the eye. And some of the best are topiarized shapes that range from traditional birds, urns and simple geometric shapes, to clouds, animals, chairs, and even cars.
The best way to decide where to place your topiary is to walk round the garden on a late fall afternoon when it is looking quite bare, and decide where it really needs livening up.
Edible Wild Plants For Your Garden – When picking edible plants in your wildlife garden, it is crucial that you can properly identify them, because many are similar in appearance to poisonous plants. They may not all be tasty or particularly flavorful, but many are quite nutritious. Tubers, leaves, flowers and stems of many plants are edible. Some can be eaten raw and others are best boiled, roasted, or used in soups or tea.
The optimum time to ensure proper identification is when the plants are flowering, since most have a unique appearance of flowers or fruits. To make extra certain if in doubt observe the plant through the growing season if it is possible.
Jasmine Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) is a lovely heirloom flower gaining recognition among today’s gardeners. This ornamental tobacco plant is notable for the unusual color of its evening-scented flowers, which make it popular with flower arrangers. It makes an erect bushy plant, 60-75cm/24-30in tall, covered in sticky hairs and with lax group of long-tubed flowers which open out into a star at the end, about 7,5cm/3in long. These are freely borne all summer from early to mid-summer, and are unaffected by most weather.
Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ is a half-hardy perennial which will overwinter, if the weather is mild and flower early. But it is usually grown as an annual.