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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Japanese spindle

Euonymus japonicus This evergreen shrub belonging to the spindle family [Celastraceae) is native to Japan and Korea where it can reach a height of 8 m(26 ft). The greenish flowers that appear in spring are followed by striking pink fruits containing orange seeds. The glossy leathery leaves are dark green and marked with white or yellow depending on the variety. Japanese spindles Read more ...

23. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Spindle or Burning bush

Euonymus alatus The burning bush or winged spindle, a deciduous tree and member of the celestraceae family, is native to east Asia. It is a densely-branched, spreading shrub growing up to 3 m (10 ft) high and wide. The greenish-yellow flowers that appear in spring are quite inconspicuous but the green leaves turn a fiery red in autumn. The spindle tree ‘Red Cascade’ (E. Read more ...

21. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Pineapple flower

Eucomis bicolor Pineapple flowers belong to the Hyacinthanceae family and are native to South Africa. The 30 cm (12 in) long leaves are oblong with a wavy margin. The greenish-yellow flowers with purple edges are borne on tall spikes of about 60 cm (24 in), crowned by a cluster of green, leaf-like bracts. The pineapple flower needs a sunny, warm position. As soon as the leaves Read more ...

17. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Eucalyptus or Gum Tree

Eucalyptus The evergreen gum tree species are native to Tasmania and Australia where they can be found almost everywhere from the wet coastal regions to the dry desert areas. Their size ranges from small shrubs to gigantic trees. E. gunnii is an extremely popular species because it tolerates temperatures as low as -15° C (5° F). It is a fast-growing tree that can be cut back Read more ...

15. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Lsockspur coral tree

Erythrina cristagalli This undemanding shrub is native to South America where it grows as a shrub or small tree. The striking scarlet-red flowers that are borne in summer in long terminal spikes on the arching branches stand out beautifully against the background of the large, blue-green leaves. The plant thrives in a sunny, warm position, preferably south-facing. In summer, Read more ...

14. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Tree heath

Erica arborea The tree heath, a member of the evergreen ericaceae family, is native to southern Europe and east Africa where it can grow to fairly tall tree. The fragrant grey-white flowers, borne in dense terminal clusters, appear in spring. Because of its small, needle-like leaves, the plant does not transpire much, which means that it does not mind prolonged periods of drought. Read more ...

10. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Broom or Genista: Cytisus x racemosus

This broom is native to the Mediterranean and a member of the papilionaceous family (Fabaceae). C. x racemosus is a densely branched, evergreen shrub that can grow up to 2 m (6 ft 6 in) high in a container. The clusters of bright yellow flowers appear early in spring and are deliciously fragrant. They are followed by the characteristic leguminous pods. C. canarensis, C. maderensisancl Read more ...

08. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Broom: Cytisus decumbens

A member of the Fabaceae family, this genus includes tender Mediterranean species but also many others that are native to Europe and the Balkans and are therefore hardy. Dwarf species like C. decumbens are ideal for growing in containers. They are densely branched and grow no higher than 50 cm (20 in). The bright yellow flowers that appear in late spring and continue until Read more ...

07. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Sago palm: Cycas revoluta

Cycas revoluta is a member of the Cycadaceae family. Although it is usually associated with the Mediterranean, it is native to Japan and south-east Asia. The short, thick trunk can reach 3 m (10 ft) in height. The large pinnate leaves consist of many small leathery leaflets and they form a crown of palm-like fronds. It needs space and prefers partial shade. The soil should Read more ...

03. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Monterey cypress: Cupressus macrocarpa

A member of the Cupressaceae, this cypress is native to California, hence its common name. It is fast growing and cone-shaped when young but develops a broad crown as it gets older. The golden yellow needle foliage becomes darker with age. ‘Goldcrest’ is one of the most famous varieties. The Italian cypress C. sempervivens is a very popular container plant. Cypresses grow Read more ...

01. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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