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Topiary In The Winter Garden

Topiary In The Winter Garden

Topiary In The Winter Garden – Topiary can be as traditional or as modern, as abstract or representational as you wish. All that counts is that you choose the right plant for cutting, pruning and shaping and that it fits in with the rest of the winter garden.

For traditional evergreen topiary use Buxus (box). It can be used to make all kinds of shapes, from squares to balls and peacocks. The small leaves mean you can create precise shapes with tight angles, and it is quite fast growing, at about 30 cm (12 in) a year. Box responds well to regular clipping.

Creating A Beautiful Garden For Beginners

Creating A Beautiful Garden For Beginners

Creating A Beautiful Garden For Beginners – Planting a flower garden may be an overwhelming experience for anybody let alone a beginner gardener. The good news is there are easy ways to get around it by following these simple steps. Read on to find out what these simple tips are for planning your garden landscape and what lawn decor to choose to get what you want from the sweet escape in your backyard.


Before you head to a nursery or garden center, make sure you have a plan. Think about where you want to put your flowers and garden accessories, what colors you want where, how many and so forth. This will make your shopping experience much easier and faster and probably less expensive.

Planter Boxes As Attractive Garden Focal Points

Planter Boxes As Attractive Garden Focal Points

Planter Boxes As Attractive Garden Focal Points – Planter boxes are wonderful for giving form and emphasis to your garden. Many modern houses are frequently designed with built-in planters, and traditional houses have them at entranceways, on terraces, and beside garages. Planters come in a variety of durable materials for outdoors, such as concrete, wood, brick or stone.

There are two types – the permanent planter box attached to the house and the movable one bought or built to suit a particular need. Some gardeners maintain several for replacement as plants pass their prime. Planters are rectangular, square, oblong, triangular, hexagonal, circular, or free form. Like pots and tubs, their value is largely architectural.

Fall Planting List

Fall Planting List

Fall Planting List – Many gardeners focus exclusively on the springtime as the time to plant things in your lawn and garden. Fall may seem unexciting and solely for lawn maintenance, but there is a lot you can do during this season in terms of planting seeds and growing anything from trees to flowers to vegetables. Here are five things that you can and should plant during that fall.

1. Cool-season vegetables. The ideal type of vegetable to plant varies greatly by season. In the cooler seasons, the vegetables you were planting during the spring and summer will not grow well, if at all. During the fall, vegetables that thrive include broccoli, spinach, kale, and carrots. Those with a short maturity time, such as lettuce and spinach, are acceptable to plant later in the season.

Window Garden

Window Garden

Window Garden – If window boxes and hanging baskets are the only garden you have, make the most of them. It is wonderful that English pubs have gone so wholeheartedly for highly colored hanging baskets and window boxes. Many are truly splendid in their rich and varied plantings, but all the best ones have very deliberate color schemes. They are not simply a chaos of any old colors planted together.

If you like these cheerful displays, note down what plants have been used to create them and do the same at home.

Gardening In Early Winter

Gardening In Early Winter

Gardening In Early Winter – The onset of winter inevitably means fewer jobs to do in the garden, but it is a good idea to get outdoors whenever is favorable. There is always tidying-up to be done, and jobs like broken fences to be mended. It makes sense to get work like this finished before the more severe winter weather makes them less appealing. This is an especially good time to take a critical look at how you can improve your soil in time for the next growing season.

Heavy clay soil needs breaking up with horticultural sand and grit and mushroom compost. Fork it in, and smash down thick lumps of soil with the back of a spade, breaking them into pieces.