Designing A Herb Garden (Part 2) – The secret of successful herb garden design lies in care, planning and study. Think carefully about the objectives and possibilities, and don’t be afraid to experiment to get the effect you want.
Scented herbs. Consider the scent of the plants as well as their other properties. Many herbs are beautifully scented and a container or two of scented herbs will parfume the air on a summer evening, something that is most welcome if the family is sitting outside. Scented herbs include heliotrope, sweet rocket, hyssop, bergamot with its scarlet flowers, sweet cicely, and the scented geranium with sweet violets that can be planted at the front of the container to flower in spring.
Designing A Herb Garden (Part 1) – Many gardeners use containers to grow herbs, whatever the size of their garden. This has many advantages: the containers can be positioned just outside the kitchen door so that they are easily available to the cook; many herbs, such as mint, are invasive in the ground and are better confined to a pot; and a number of herbs are tender and are best brought indoors in winter or sheltered by the walls of the house or covered with protective fleece.
However, to expand your horizons beyond a few pots of culinary herbs and devote a whole patio to growing herbs while creating an attractive garden at the same time, requires more care and study. The secret of successful design in all gardening lies in these things, design is not some esoteric talent given to a few.
Planning A Kitchen Container Garden – The first thing any gardener has to do when planning a garden is to measure the space there is available. This is particularly important when planning a kitchen container garden for when space is limited greater care has to be taken to make sure every bit is used to the best advantage.
Whether the space is large or small two fundamental rules apply:
1. All the elements of the garden must be easily reachable;
2. There must be a clear plan to the area.
Extraordinary Plants For your Garden – They might be static and for the most part a shade of green, but that does not limit the wonder of plant life. Their diversity is unsurpassed amongst the natural world and some are truly extraordinary. Here are some examples of the more unusual plants that can be found on our green and pleasant earth.
Venus Fly Trap
One of the most well-known carnivorous plants The Venus Fly Trap is a remarkable organism. Its latin name is dionaea muscipula. Dioneae refers to being the daughter of Dione from Greek mythology that was Aphrodite and the muscipula translates directly as mousetrap. The plant is available all over the world due to cultivation on a large scale and the result has been a plethora of cultivars.
Perfumed Plants for Winter Garden – If you are looking for a temporary plant to brighten your winter balcony or garden bed then think of stock with its interesting clove-like perfume and soft spires of flowers that can also be cut for indoor decoration. Probably the best approach to growing this annual species is to purchase punnets of seedlings from your local garden centre when they become available in early winter.
The delicate perfumes of daphne (Daphne odora), luculia (Luculia gratissima), wintersweet (Chimonanthuas praecox) are winter wonders to die for. They can all be temperamental plants that are best grown in large containers to give the excellent drainage they require to thrive. Trim each species in spring after they have finished flowering to keep them vigorous and bushy.
Guide To Garden Pond Supplies – Have you ever dreamed of creating a backyard oasis? Someplace where you can relax and enjoy nature, even if you live in the middle of a big city? If so, then a pond may be just what you have been looking for. While building a garden pond is not necessarily difficult, there is more involved than simply lining a hole in the ground and filling it with water and some fish.
Before you start the pond building process, you must first gather your pond supplies, decide on the size and the location for your pond and, of course, how deep your new pond will be. The depth will depend on where you live and whether or not there will be fish sharing your new oasis with you.