You may start out in gardening and color theming with an almost overwhelming desire to fill your plot with a blaze of mixed colors for as many months of the year as you possibly can. But as your tastes get more sophisticated, you begin to realize that restricting the rainbow to two, three or even a single color can produce more impact. Continue Reading
Outdoor Solar Lighting – As the weather warms up outside and the leaves start popping out, it’s only natural to start dreaming about a season full of lively deck and garden parties. For your next series of outdoor soirees, why not consider adding a little accent light that culls its power directly from the sun? Without long, ugly extension cables or access to an outlet, these super handy, not to mention environmentally friendly, garden lights will add a warm glow to any occasion. Continue Reading
Growing Rose Gardens – Growing roses isn’t difficult. It just takes some tender loving care. Plant roses in a location which gets full sunlight.
Roses should be pruned in the spring. Cut out dead and damaged branches. Always sharpen the hand shears and soak them in a solution of half water and half bleach before pruning. This will helps to protect the rosebush from diseases and insects. Continue Reading
Seaside gardens pose their own special problems. To begin with, you have to strike a balance between openness to the sea view and providing shelter from the sea wind, which isn’t always a gentle zephyr. With salt picked up from the sea spray, the wind can cut any plant that gets in its way as effectively as a pair of pruning shears. Foliage and shoots can be injured by rubbing against each other or from dust or sand abrasion, or may be torn off altogether. Continue Reading
Plan your garden without impatience – it is undoubtedly the enemy of the amateur garden designer. Instant gardens only exist at horticultural shows, and these often have a sterility about them that one would not wish to emulate. Continue Reading
The house-side passage is often wasted, and becomes a dreary ‘no go’ area. All to often the house-side passage is a forgotten space, a dreary corridor that becomes a dumping ground for any unwanted objects. It is rarely seen as part of the overall garden, simply a way between back and front or to the side door. Yet the potential can be considerable, particularly if the gap between the house and boundary is a reasonable one. Windows often look into the house-side passage, sometimes from the kitchen and sometimes from a living room, making the provision of a well thought-out scheme all the more important.