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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.

Grow And Care Glory Bower

Grow And Care Glory Bower

Grow And Care Glory Bower – The Glory Bower (Clerodendrum) is originally from Africa and usually regarded as a greenhouse plant, its climbing stems reaching 8 ft or more. Glory Bower is adorned with rich crimson flowers peeking from white, balloon-like calyxes. Flowering heaviest in the spring, its deep, forest-green leaves are a welcome sight after a long dormant winter. Most are subtropical evergreens from the family verbenaceae. Some are vining, others are large shrubs or small trees.

By pruning in winter, however, it can be trained as a bush or hanging basket plant. The flowers appear in summer among the heart-shaped leaves. In summer it requires high air humidity, good light and warmth; in winter it must be given a rest with infrequent watering and cool conditions.

Spring Plants In The Window Boxes And Pots

Spring Plants In The Window Boxes And Pots

Spring Plants In The Window Boxes And Pots – You cannot beat a bright show of colors right outside your window. Unlike hanging baskets, which usually look better with an array of plants, window boxes can be elegant and stylish with just one kind of plant. That can be a row of hyacinths, so that their scent can waft indoors on warm days when the window is open, or the smaller, elegant narcissi like N. cyclamineus ‘Jack Snipe’, with white petals and a yellow center.

The effect can be enormously improved by placing shapely pebbles and stones on the soil surface. You can even go one better by painting the window box a contrasting color, for example rich blue or slate grey, or for something slightly livelier try dark red with thin yellow, curving wispy lines.