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
It’s spring and that means that many of you will be planning to overhaul your landscape design. If that is what you plan to do, keep in mind that solid landscape design principle should be followed. The primary key being that evergreens are the anchors of any solid design. There are a few evergreen shrubs that you should consider for your landscape:
These guys are extremely over-planted but they still are good for any landscape. They have dark green foliage and the new growth is neon colored. They have very little issues with insects or disease and will live for 80 years if cared for properly. They can also take a heavy shearing year after year with no visible effects on health.
Pools, patios, garden sheds, and even kids’ play areas require level ground. A solution to your sloping yard problem might be a retaining wall. A good looking retaining wall can turn your unusable back yard into a safe, level area that you can actually use. Beautifying your garden by the construction of a retaining wall, behind which is a lawn or expanse of flowers, is not a difficult task. But, like all garden problems, it requires a certain amount of effort and care. The retaining wall must be strong enough to hold back the pressure of a great weight of soil, and yet porous enough to allow drainage.
The most popular types of walls are built of stone, either dressed or rubble. In using stone for a retaining wall, there are two basic types of construction: dry-wall, which uses earth as a filler between the stones, and mortar, which uses cement as a bonding agent.
Sculpture is placed in gardens to provide pleasing forms or a way of marking and emphasising spaces and contrasts, as a focal point or surprise, and to give a sense of movement or stillness. Traditionally, sculpture had a certain symbolism but, in general, this is not so meaningful today.
Many people associate sculpture with traditional western forms such as large stone or lead figures from classical literature. These are too large, too grand and too steeped in the past to look at home in many of today’s small gardens. However, sculpture incorporates many other objects that can add interest, focal points, humour or romance to garden.
Is living in the city hindering your desire and passion for gardening? Is your limited space making you hesitant on putting up your own garden? If so, you don’t have to worry anymore because you can still make your small urban garden by following these simple guidelines on how to make your successful garden in the city.
If you are living in a small place with a limited space for a garden, the best thing to do is to use pots. Whether they may be commercially bought or customized pots don’t really matter as long as they can serve the purpose of their use. Basically, planting on the ground is the same as planting on pots. You need to have a good soil with adequate nutrients that the types of plants will need. This is needed for the good growth of your garden plants.