Types of Ground Cover Plants and How to Plant Them

ground cover plants   To appreciate the value of ground cover plants you must forget the over-groomed garden with its several square inches of weed-free soil round every plant, and consider instead the ways of nature. In a meadow, every bit of soil is covered, yet there is a tremendous variety of plants. In lightly dappled copses or at the edges of dense forest, plants carpet the ground. If Read more ...

07. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Water Features – Water Gardening Ideas

water gardening ideas   This brings us to water features and water garden ponds made from 'found' containers. Here the choice is endless. From baths at one end of the scale to an upturned dustbin lid at the other, almost any container can be adapted for use in water gardening. Some can be left above ground but they can also be sunk into the ground to look like a normal pool. Once again, Read more ...

05. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Flower Bed Ideas – Making Garden Beds

flower bed ideas Slightly-raised flower beds give a more effective display of the plants and, if cut out of grass, provide a decent clean sharp edge. So, assuming there is no need to lift the turf, this can be dug in and chopped up as the job proceeds. Add rotted manure, old potting soil or compost and, as the job proceeds, turn the soil to the centre to create a trench so that after the first Read more ...

28. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Hedging Plants, Hedges, Garden Screens for Garden Boundaries

flowering hedging plants   If you have only a small garden and if you really want your hedge for nothing more than a border between your plot and the next, think in terms of some pretty flowering hedging plant which will help you decorate the house indoors as well as out. Roses are ideal. Strong growers can be used as boundary hedges. If you keep pegging long trails down into the ground, Read more ...

26. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Container Gardening Ideas – Protecting Window Flower Boxes

window flower boxes Shelter Your Window Flower Boxes / Garden Containers from Weather Conditions One of the main problems in caring for outdoor container plants is the effect of the wind, particularly with window flower boxes and garden containers on open balconies, as in a block of flats. Sometimes a shelter can be arranged with glass or transparent plastic panels, or trellis. The latter Read more ...

02. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Date Palm | Phoenix

These evergreen palms with their attractive divided foliage are native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa and Asia. The Canary Island date palm (P. canarensis), the elegant and more tender P. roebelinii and the date palm P. dactylifera can all be grown as container plants. Members of the, Arecaceae, all date palms are fairly undemanding plants but they need Read more ...

01. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Passionflower | Passiflora

This tropical climber which is a member of the Passifloraceae family is famous for its exotic, fragrant flowers with stalked ovaries and striking corona of filaments. These filaments are often arranged in bands of different colours. The yellowish fruits are edible. The best-known ornamental varieties include P. cacrulea with white to pink petals and R. racemosa with crimson Read more ...

29. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Osmanthus | Osmanthus

Most species of this genus, a member of the Oleacea family are native to south and east Asia where they grow as evergreen trees or shrubs 2-4 m (6-13 ft) high. The white or yellowish flowers borne in clusters are very fragrant. The blue-black oval fruits are also very decorative as are the glossy, dark green leaves. Osmanthus delavayi flowers in spring while Osmanthus heterophyllus, Read more ...

27. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Olive tree | Olea europea

The olive tree (Oleaceae) is an evergreen native to the eastern Mediterranean. This gnarled tree with attractive green-green lanceolate leaves can grow up 12 m (40 ft) high. In spring it can be trimmed to the desired shape and size. The yellowish-white flowers appear in summer and are later followed by the fruits or olives. When the plant is to be grown in a container it is Read more ...

25. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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New Zealand Christmas tree | Metrosideros excelsa

The New Zealand Christmas tree, a member of the Myrtaceae family, is as the name suggests native to New Zealand where it flowers in December. The genus includes trees, shrubs and climbers. Container-grown specimens grow up to 2 in (6 ft 6 in) high. The flowers are quite small and inconspicuous with have numerous, long, crimson stamens and they are grouped in dense clusters. Read more ...

24. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Southern magnolia | Magnolia grandiflora

This evergreen tree of the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae) is native to North America where it grows up to 25 m (80 ft) high or more. The large, glossy, dark green leaves are reddish-brown underneath. They contrast beautifully with the cup-shaped, creamy-white flowers 1 5 cm (6 in) wide, which are also intensely fragrant. Magnolias love sun but they should be gradually accustomed Read more ...

22. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Blue potato bush | Lycianthes rantonnetti

This member of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) is still known to many gardeners under its previous name Solatium rantonetti. It is native to South America where it grows as a shrub or standard with arching branches. The striking violet-blue flowers with yellow centre are followed in autumn by reddish, poisonous fruits. The potato vine (Solatium jasminoides), a climber, has Read more ...

19. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Lilly | Lilium hybrids

Lilium is part of the Liliaceae family and the genus includes almost 100 species that are distributed across all the temperate regions of the world. Smaller varieties such as the oriental hybrids and botanical species are ideal as container plants. The flowering period stretches from spring to summer, depending on the variety. The large, funnel-shaped flowers come in a every Read more ...

17. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Privet | Ligustrum

Most Ligustrum species (members of the Oleaceae family) are native to east Asia and eastern India. The only species native to Europe is the common privet (Ligustrum vulgare). L. lucidum is an evergreen privet that is a popular container plant because of its large shiny leaves. The leaves may be dark green or yellow depending on the variety. The small white, fragrant flowers Read more ...

15. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Tea tree | Leptospermum scoparium

The tea tree (Myrtaceae) is native to Australia where it grows as an evergreen shrub or small tree. The small needle-like leaves are very aromatic and are used by the Aborigines to make tea. The tea tree usually flowers in spring but in a conservatory it already starts flowering in late winter. There are a large number of varieties: as well as the white-flowering varieties, Read more ...

13. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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