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.
Sculpture is placed in gardens to provide pleasing forms or a way of marking and emphasising spaces and contrasts, as a focal point or surprise, and to give a sense of movement or stillness. Traditionally, sculpture had a certain symbolism but, in general, this is not so meaningful today.
Many people associate sculpture with traditional western forms such as large stone or lead figures from classical literature. These are too large, too grand and too steeped in the past to look at home in many of today’s small gardens. However, sculpture incorporates many other objects that can add interest, focal points, humour or romance to garden.
Hot tubs have long been loved for their therapeutic properties, but today more of us are investing in them for their sheer fun value. The fact is that families love hot tubs, from kids to grandparents, and they’re a safe, cheap way to get together for some quality time together. Continue Reading
Is living in the city hindering your desire and passion for gardening? Is your limited space making you hesitant on putting up your own garden? If so, you don’t have to worry anymore because you can still make your small urban garden by following these simple guidelines on how to make your successful garden in the city.
If you are living in a small place with a limited space for a garden, the best thing to do is to use pots. Whether they may be commercially bought or customized pots don’t really matter as long as they can serve the purpose of their use. Basically, planting on the ground is the same as planting on pots. You need to have a good soil with adequate nutrients that the types of plants will need. This is needed for the good growth of your garden plants.