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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
ALTHOUGH some very pleasing effects can be achieved with formal layouts, to most people a miniature garden implies a miniature rock garden. Yet, to judge from appearances, few seem to give any thought to the question of design. Any smallish plants (and some that are not so small) and any odd brick-bats which happen to be lying about are flung haphazard into the mixture, with Read more ...
To keep them at the top of their form, Bonsai should be grown out of doors as much as possible. The Japanese keep them on tables in full sun from late spring until early autumn, but the sun in that country does not scorch as it does in England. What is more important is that the Japanese Bonsai lover never seems to be irked by constant attention to small details. From my window Read more ...
Bonsai is the term universally used in Japan for the artificially dwarfed trees and shrubs which are an integral part of the domestic, artistic and horticultural life of that country. There it is unusual to enter any house, from the palace in the capital to the poorest hut in the village, without seeing at least one specimen.
It must be realized that in the space at my disposal Read more ...
Recent years have seen a revival of formal bedding schemes where massed plants make for eye-catching displays. The large number of plants required can mostly be raised from seed.
Nemesia - Easily grown, Nemesia is quick, to flower in a wide array of colours. 30-45cm/1-1½ft
Limnanthes douglasii (Poached egg flower) - Edge a border with this sunny little Read more ...
Flower Garden: Something Unusual
The choice of plants available for the spring borders is limitless. The inclusion of something a little different adds certain style and transforms the conventional into the dramatic.
Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’ - Starry blue flowers
are an enchaining addition to the front of the border. 15cm/6in
Erythronium dens-canis Read more ...
SPRING GARDEN - MASSED EFFECTS OF FLOWERS
DAFFODILS ANNOUNCE the arrival of spring. Whether in the wild or in the garden their assertive trumpets capture the imagination and bring cheer to the darkest of days.
Narcissus poeticus - The pheasant’s eye is beautifully scented. 45cm/1.5ft
♦ Remove dead heads after flowering but leave foliage to die dawn.
Narcissus Read more ...
When people talk about mixed borders, what exactly do they mean?
A mixed border is one which can contain any kind of plant, including trees, shrubs, and ornamental vegetables, as well as the more commonly grown herbaceous perennials, bedding plants, annuals, biennials, and bulbous plants
. The year-round interest created in such borders is one of their most important assets.
What Read more ...
Well ordered rows of pelargoniums and salvias or elegant drifts of lavender or exuberant muddles of poppies and peonies
? There are no rules, but remember plants can enhance a good design or emphasize a bad one. They look best when grouped together against a strong framework of walls, hedges, paths and steps.
Most people who visit a garden centre buy a plant on impulse. It Read more ...
The idea of listing what you need in your garden is still the most straightforward way and the best way of not forgetting anything. Walk around your garden and make notes. You might like to start at your drive. Do you need additional parking? Is the footpath in the position it is needed or has the postman made his own?
The siting of the bin, wood and coal store, compost Read more ...
Garden Design: Aspect
Check the aspect of your garden:
Shady side: Only morning and evening sun in summer, often moist and cool.
East: Morning sun, perhaps cold drying winds.
Sunny side: Plants need extra watering.
West: Evening sun, perhaps rain, wind.
Note those areas of your garden which get the most sun and those which are in permanent shade and establish where Read more ...
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