The Tudors followed Italian influence in creating gardens which mirrored the alignment of the house, creating a harmony of line and proportion that had been missing in the Medieval period. For the first time since the Romans left, sundials and statues were once more popular garden ornaments. But the most prominent contribution of the Tudors to gardening was the knot garden. Knots were intricate patterns of lawn hedges, usually of box, intended to be viewed from the mount, or raised walks. The spaces between the hedges were often filled with flowers, shrubs, or herbs. No Tudor gardens have survived intact, but some of the best examples still remaining can be glimpsed at Haddon Hall (Derbyshire), Montacute House (Somerset), and Hampton Court Palace (near London).
Azaleas are a large, diverse group of flowering shrubs with single and double blooms in many shades of white, purple, red, pink or orange.There are two basic flower types. The single flower is very hardy and, the double flowered form is sometimes referred to as hose and hose.
Azalea flowers have a very soothing look and easily bring a sense of peace and happiness to the onlookers. Azaleas bloom in spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks.
To enjoy the beauty of azaleas at your own home, begin by choosing a variety that is well adapted to your garden environment and climate. Azaleas are native to several continents including Asia, Europe and North America. They are planted abundantly as ornamentals in the southeastern US.
Perennial plants persist for many growing seasons. Generally the top portion of the plant dies back each winter and regrows the following spring. One reason why the perennial plant is sought after is because of its remarkable ability to survive year round through most weather conditions. Not unlike your local mail delivery person, perennials lives on through rain, sleet, or snow – perfect for the year round gardener. What is it about perennials that enables it’s winter survival abilities, whereas other plants will shrivel up and die as soon as the going get tough? Why can’t scientists engineer annuals or biennials to last as long the perennial plant?
There are many different types of herbs which can be grown easily and are also very popular for gardens. They include herbs such as Basil, Parsley, Mint and Sage. Herbs are very beneficial plants as they provide us medicines, flavors for food and some fantastic fragrances.
Herbs don’t need to be grown in a garden of their own. You can tuck herb plants anywhere in your existing beds and borders. But there are times you’ll want to have certain herbs handy for harvesting or you’ll need a large space to plant the herbs you’ll need in large quantities. However you choose to plant your herbs, keep in mind that herbs can be rampant plants. Many spread by seed and by runners. The iconic four-square herb garden can be very high maintenance and a knot garden takes ongoing dedication.
The best thing about having your own flower garden is having fresh bouquets on all your tables and window sills. Imagine the beautiful bouquet of colorful, lavish flowers like Gerberas, Carnations, Gerberas, Gladiolus, Lilliums, Chrysanthemum on the coffee table in your living room. There is nothing more appealing than the soft fragrance of fresh cut flowers lingering in the air. But you don’t want wilting, icky bouquets. You want your fresh flowers to last as long as possible.
Fresh flowers can brighten up someone’s day, convey a meaningful message, decorate a special occasion, divert us from sorrow. There are some tips how to decorate fresh cut flowers from your garden and place them into interior living space.
Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in low side pot. A bonsai is a miniature version of a tree. The practice of cultivating a bonzai tree first began with the Chinese more than a thousand years ago. it became very popular worldwide as both a hobby and a serious horticultural art form. In fact, there are now a number of art shows and displays showcasing these miniaturized trees, and several stores dedicated to them have been opened as well.
Bonzai is a Japanese word, but its roots are Chinese and are derived from the word “punsa”. This word means “tree in a pot”. The practice of growing trees in a pot was originally Chinese, but the practice of growing the Bonzai Tree was made into an art form by the Japanese when the concept was introduced to them about 5 centuries ago.