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Mikania

Mikania

Mikania is a quick-growing trailing house plant which is one of the new generation of house plants – it entered the shops in the 1980s. Mikania is colorful; the veins are purple and the leaf surface is distinctly red or purple when the plant is kept in a brightly lit spot.

Growing Mikania can be tricky until you give it the right conditions. Mikania care can be narrowed down to two important ingredients: water and light. Mikania is not really happy house plant in the living room – it needs moist air, but misting can damage the leaves.

Patio Garden

Patio Garden

Patio Garden – A well thought-out patio garden can be a delight. Make a list of the plants you wish to grow and then plan the position of each container, checking that the colors will blend well.


A patio is the most sensible, easiest and most convenient place to site a container garden. In many houses the kitchen door leads directly on to it, and herbs and vegetables grown there can be sought out by the cook and be picked immediately.

3 Reasons to start Collecting Rainwater for your Garden with a Water Tank

3 Reasons to start Collecting Rainwater for your Garden with a Water Tank


Collecting rainwater – Throughout Brisbane and across many cities around the world, you may see an increasing number of water tanks being used on both residential and commercial properties. The purpose of these tanks is to collect and store rain that falls onto the property so that it can be used later as needed. There are an incredible selection of rainwater tanks available from various companies to suit all needs. These range in size from a few thousand litres to hundreds of thousands of litres, and there are styles such as slimline tanks, round tanks and underground tanks for you to choose from. Before you make the decision to invest in a new tank for your garden use, you should consider some of the top benefits associated with doing so.

Magnolias

Magnolias

Magnolias – Sumptuous and stately, magnolias are among the most handsome of garden trees, as well as being among the hardiest. Magnolia trees are native to East Asia and the Himalayas, eastern North America and Central America. Magnolias grow 40 to 80 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 40 feet. Depending upon the species, magnolias may be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous.

Drawbacks of some of the species are their enormous size, slowness of growth and reluctance to flower until some 20 or more years after planting. Fortunately, most of the modern selections are free from these vices. The deciduous spring-flowerers make excellent features.

Growing Hops In The Garden

Growing Hops In The Garden

Growing Hops In The Garden – The hop is a hardy, perennial plant that is easily grown at home. The hop (humulus lupulus) is a good plant to grow in a container provided that a wall can offer it some support. A vigorous perennial climber, it will cover a trellis in summer or grow over a pergola. The leaves are most attractive and the variety ‘Aureus’ with its golden leaves is the one most commonly grown.

It is best to buy female plants rather than attempt to grow hops from seed as technically they are dioecious which means that the male and female plants are separate.

The Tea House Garden

The Tea House Garden

The Tea House Garden – It is thought that the Zen monk Muratushuko (1422-1502) probably originated the tea ceremony. He built a little tea hut in the middle of Kyoto, furnished with simple utensils, and this idea of simplicity and austerity caught on.

The main feature of a tea house garden is the path of rough stepping stones preventing the visitor from trampling on the beautiful moss. Stone lantern light the way at night and a stone bowl stands outside the tea house for cleaning the visitor spiritually and physically before entering the house.