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.
Rain gardens are located to receive runoff from hard a surface such as a roof, a downspout, a sidewalk or a driveway. Rain garden is easy to install, looks good year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!
Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment plants often can’t handle the deluge of water, and in many locations the untreated water ends up in natural waterways. The EPA estimates as much as 70 percent of the pollution in our streams, rivers, and lakes is carried there by storm water.
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.
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’.
Low light house plants are always on the wanted list for indoor gardeners. You may be thinking that all houseplants are low light tolerant, but this isn’t necessarily so. Although there are many shade tolerant plant varieties that have been re-named house plants, at the same time, many plants grown specifically for the indoors, still require a fair amount of light.
First off, let us define low-light, without getting too technical.
If you need a torch, night-goggles, or have to switch on the overhead lights – this is a dark area. Plants do not grow in the dark. In a low light area, if you can still cast a shadow – not talking silhouettes here, there are plants that will in fact grow in this amount of light. Don’t bother going any darker than this, just brighter.
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.