Pumpkins For Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns

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Designing A Flower Garden

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Garden Lighting For Perfect Look Of Your Backyard

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Desert Gardening: Create Your Summer Garden In The Desert

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Colors In Your Garden

Colors In Your Garden

Colors In Your Garden – The handling of flower and foliage color in the garden usually causes gardeners the most difficulty, but it also entails the most fun. We all agree that some colors ‘go’ better together than others – though we may disagree which – and that in ‘going together’ these colors enhance each other. Good combinations are what we strive for, and that can involve both harmonies and contrasts.

When deciding how to plan a color scheme, it can be helpful to refer to the chart called the ‘color wheel’, which is based on the spectrum. On this circular diagram, the primary colors (red, blue and yellow) are separated from each other by related secondary colors (violet, green and orange).

Decorative Containers: Sink Garden

Decorative Containers: Sink Garden

Stone sinks are difficult to find, and they are expensive to buy when you track one down, but the old porcelain models are more readily available at not such extortionate prices. It is then quite easy to convert one into a good replica of a stone sink, by cleaning it, coating it with a contact bonding adhesive, and then applying a roughened layer of cement, sand, and peat, mixed together with water. The mixture should only take a few hours to dry thoroughly.

Once filled with soil and rocks, the sink will be immensely heavy, so place it in its final home while it is still empty. Even empty, it will be very heavy.

Flower Garden During June

Flower Garden During June

Flower Garden During June – June in the garden and the season is in full swing. Even in the smallest garden there is plenty to do at this time of year. From transplanting seedlings you have raised in the greenhouse to cutting back early flowering plants to make way for colorful annuals. So before you put on your boots for a day in the garden, read this short reminder of some of the vital jobs to be doing in the flower garden during June.

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to plant up a beautiful summer basket. By now the risk of frost has passed so you can plant it up right now and hang it straight out. Make a visit to your local garden center where you will find a huge variety of colorful varieties of annual plants well suited to a hanging basket.

Garden Path Edging

Garden Path Edging

Garden Path Edging – Edgings can he used to dress up a plain path, provide crisp lines between paving and landscaping materials, or hold paving slabs or bricks in place. In most cases, all you need to do is decide on the material you’d like to use, excavate shallow trenches on each side of the path, and stake or set the edging in place. However, integral concrete edging needs to be made at the same time as the path.

Edging options

Edging materials can vary just as much as the paving they border. Choose from concrete, brick, stone, tile or timber.

Create A Barrel Of Petunias

Create A Barrel Of Petunias

Create A Barrel Of Petunias – Most petunias are half-hardy perennials but they are best grown as annuals, as the plants tend to become leggy and less floriferous in their second year. In their first year, they flower continuously from early summer until fall, but as with most plants that flower for a very long season, it is important to deadhead spent blooms to keep the display going.

Their leaves and stems are covered with downy hairs and the leaves are also quite sticky, so grow them away from heavy pollution or they will gradually become smothered in black dust.

Useful Ground Cover Plants

Useful Ground Cover Plants

Useful Ground Cover Plants – The best ground cover plants are evergreen. St. John’s wort (Hypericum) can be grown in a shady part of the garden where its bright yellow flowers will grow out of the darkness. Rose of Sharon (Hypericum calycinum) flowers from early summer to early fall. It makes a good specimen plant in non-shady places, too, but if planted in a border it can be invasive.

The periwinkles (Vinca) are excellent at covering the ground but can be invasive too, so plant them in woodland where they will have to struggle a little. Vinca minor grows to only just off the ground. It normally has pale lilac flowers but white and dusky red forms are attractive and slightly less invasive.