Year-Round Container Gardens: Designing Tips -With the ever-increasing array of containers from all over the world to choose from and a dazzling range of plants to fill them, it is hardly surprising that maintaining a mobile container gardens have become perhaps the most popular gardening activity. Millions of pots, window boxes and hanging baskets are planted up twice or even three times a year and as many again feature permanent planting. Continue Reading
These are among the most dramatic and rewarding garden plants, lifting your eyes skywards as they reach towards the sun. They are ideal for beautifying walls, fences and ugly outbuildings, and can also be draped over pergolas to provide welcome shade, or used to carpet banks. Some have spectacular flowers that emerge in spring and can be deliciously scented. Others are grown for their leaves, while the evergreens provide year-round interest.
Clematis. There is a clematis for virtually every season of the year. All the following, group 1, flower during the spring on the previous year’s growth. Prune the bushes after flowering.
Lattice window boxes with beautiful flowers are better additions to your home. Whether you keep it as a home decoration or a way to beautify your own garden, the existence of flowers and plants around only signifies that nature really is doing its best to color our way of life. You may think that you could live without plants or flowering plants around you, you should think again. But, because of your own busy schedule, you cannot make some arrangements. That is the way of life as you always say but when you happen to receive bouquet of flowers, it helps lighten up your spirit and inspires you the whole day. It simply means that nature itself helps you in relieving your stress the simple but very effective way.
The romantic garden is basically a dream – a garden of bowers and gazebos, of scent and pastel colors, where plants grow with soft, arching habits and sweet-smelling flowers that never outgrow their allotted spaces. Birds flit from branch to branch, ferny foliage is reflected in still pools and nearby are the sound of waterfalls.
There is no reason why we cannot have a romantic garden in a modern setting. The most important things are colors and scent. The colors should be soft and gentle; pale pink, buff and white are romantic colors, and the flowers should be prolific. There are many new and old roses with pretty colors and delightful scents, which will flower for long periods and will not outgrow their spaces.
Because so much of the pattern in planned gardens is derived from paths and low hedges, it is necessary to bring in some vertical elements to provide height and interest. These can be introduced in various ways. A sundial or bird-bath on a pedestal or a stone fountain can make a good central feature. Yew or box clipped into tall shapes or mop-headed box or bay trees in tubs can be positioned in rows on either side of a path.
Focal points. A focal point is something that attracts attention. It might be a small building or tree on the horizon or a sculpture or urn. A focal point should be deliberate. You do not want the eye attracted towards a washing line or tool shed. The eye likes to go to a focal point in a straight line, so formal gardens are asking for focal points to be positioned at the ends of straight paths.
Planned gardens are precise and often arranged symmetrically around a central axis, which divides the garden down the middle. The central path may have paths crossing it at ritgh angles, dividing the garden into rectangles or squares. A very small and square garden might not have a straight path, just a central feature with paving around it. Path should be carefully detailed, hedges precise and evergreen shrubs clipped into disciplined shapes.
Hedges. Because a symmetrical pattern is the important thing, hedges are often used to mark out the pattern like piping on a cushion. Many of these are low so that they emphasise the basic geometry and do not hide one part from another. Box is one of the most popular shrubs for low hedges, as it grows slowly and is easy to clip.