The Primula group contains some of the best of all winter- and spring-flowering pot plants. The plants bear large numbers of flowers, clustered in the centre of the leaf rosette (the stalkless varieties) or on long, erect flower stems (the stalked varieties).
The Primrose and Polyanthus which grow in the garden make pretty pot plants – the blooms are large and colorful and after flowering they can be planted in the garden. It is usually the tender species which are grown indoors. The flowers are smaller and are borne on stalks. The Fairy Primrose is the daintiest, the Chinese Primrose has frilly leaves and flowers, and the Poison Primerose is the one not to touch if you have sensitive skin.
Pergolas are a shady, garden structure whose beginnings date back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and were common features in early Renaissance gardens throughout Europe. Pergolas’ primary purpose was to provide shade on walkways, terraces, or pools. The earlier versions were often constructed from stone pillars with wooden cross-beams with a lattice roof. It was common to see ivy, grapevines, or other climbing plants winding around the wood, and filling the open spaces between the lattice. Freestanding pergolas, those not attached to a home or other structure, provide a sitting area that allows for breeze and light sun, but offers protection from the harsh glare of direct sunlight. Pergolas also give climbing plants a structure on which to grow. Today pergolas are often constructed from pressure-treated wood or cedar. The many varieties of maintenance-free lumber products are also widely used. They give the look of wood, but never need painting, resist rot, peeling, and fading, and are available in a variety of colors.
A flower garden can be a peaceful and beautiful refuge from the rest of the world. Sitting in the midst of fragrant flowers while reading a book or strolling along paths lined with flowers in cheerful colors can help you to wind down after a busy, stressful day. With some planning and work, a lovely flower garden can be yours to enjoy.
Planning Flower Garden Designs
Creating beautiful flower garden designs takes much planning and consideration. You will need to consider the types of flowers and combinations of colors you desire for the garden. In your flower garden you will also need to think about the placement of borders and shrubs as well as seating and ornaments. It is a good idea to choose an overall style for the flower garden and stick with it. When you begin your flower garden designs project, you should make a scale drawing of the design to help visualize your concepts.
March is first month of spring has arrived and your garden really begins to come alive after the long winter. But remember that March is a tricky month – it is possible to get a sunshine one day which is likely to be followed by hard frost next morning. So do not be tempted to put out any tender plants yet! Now the ground is warming up and so over this month and next month a lot of the spring planting, moving and dividing needs to be done before the hotter, drier weather sets in.
What to do in March?
Mulch soil after weeding and tidying it first. Mulch has many advantages – helps to retain moisture, prevent soil erosion, control weeds and it adds nutrients to the soil; but also makes your garden look neat and clean. As mulch you can use well-rotten farmyard manure, cocoa shells, chipped bark, mushroom compost or garden compost (the best one comes from your garden compost bin!). Apply generous layer of mulch using a spade; layer should be about 2 in deep; an important thing is to do not spread mulch too close to plant is stems, as it may cause rotting.
Spring is one of the busiest and most exciting seasons in the garden. After months of inactivity, with rain, snow and cold temperatures,spring growth suddenly accelerates. The major new colour is lime green as the lawn puts on new growth, and the shrubs and trees explode in thousands of buds. Daffodils emerge, then tulips that can be as subtle or extrovert as you like, followed by the exotically beautiful magnolias, and rhododendrons that can be as high as a house. Getting the garden off to a smart start could not be simpler.
Large-scale mixed planting. With planning, you can create superb floral displays. If you have a spare patch of garden, or a long stretch of path, try creating a fantastic show of spring colours. Plant a row of lime trees down the centre, add decorative large pots and urns, and then begin underplanting the limes with hundreds of bulbs and perennials in a bright jamboree of red, white, blue and yellow.
Creating a small urban garden or restricted outdoor space would deny you the pleasures of what gardening can provide. This is not really true since you can easily take advantage of raising your own plants and produce whether you have a tiny plot of land or simply even a window box. A variety of plants can be grown in planting pots and many thrive in both sunlight and shade, thus being perfect for the urban garden.
In addition to a significant range of flowering plants and shrubs in urban garden, there are various types of vegetables, fruits and herbs that can be grown very easily in containers. Having an urban garden like this will make your urban setting more appealing, smell nice and you will also be able to have healthy produce. There’s great satisfaction in providing your food since you are in the entire operation from start to finish. By doing the work yourself, you know that the food will never have any poisons or pesticides on them.
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