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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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Kangaroo paw: Anigozanthus

The Australian kangaroo paw, a member of the Haemodoraceae family, flowers in early spring in its native country but in temperate zones the flowers appear in summer. They are yellow-green or red tubular-shaped flowers borne in terminal clusters or spikes at the end of stems the up to 40 cm (16 in) long. Besides A. flavidus and A. manglesii, there is also a series of hybrids. Read more ...

22. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Lemon verbena: Aloysia triphylla

The Aloysia genus is a member of the vervain family (Verbenaceaea) and grows in the wild from California as far south as Chile. In the wild it reaches a height of almost 5 m (16 ft). It is particularly popular because of its delicious, lemon fragrance that intensifies when the leaves are crushed. The leaves are much used a medicinal herb tea and in the cosmetics industry. Read more ...

21. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Silk tree: Albizia julibrissin

This mimosa-like plant has a tree-like to shrubby habit and is native to the tropics and sub-tropics. The large feathery leaves consist of numerous small single leaflets that fold up at night time. For this reason it has been called the ‘sleep tree’. The bright pink fragrant flowers that appear in summer look like brushes, with their long filaments. A. iophanta has yellow Read more ...

18. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Agave: Agave americana

Agaves (Agavaceae) are native to Mexico but have also become naturalised in the Mediterranean. With their succulent leaves they are ideally suited to dry conditions but they require a lot of space because the leaves of their rosettes can reach a length of I m (3 ft). For safety it is advisable to cover the pointed, extremely sharp ends of the leaves, for instance with corks. Read more ...

17. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Agapanthus: Agapanthus africanus

Also known as the African lily, agapanthus is native to South Africa. It is a member of the lily family (Liliaceae) and when grown in containers it will reach a height of 1.5 m (5 ft). The evergreen A. praecox is also a very popular container plant. Broad, strap-shaped leaves grow from fleshy rhizomes. The impressive, eye-catching umbels, which may be white or blue depending Read more ...

15. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Norway maple: Acer platanoides

This species grows in the wild in a woodland environment in Europe and Asia Minor. The bright yellow, fragrant flowers grouped in dense umbel-shaped clusters appear in spring and they are very popular with bees. The shiny, green pointed leaves have striking autumn colours that vary from gold-yellow to red . The ‘Globosum’ variety with its spherical crown is a particularly Read more ...

14. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Japanese maple: Acer palmatum

This species is native to Japan, Korea and China. The trees are very decorative, usually with a round to umbel-shaped crown and reach a height of 3 m (10 ft) when grown in containers. The purple flowers that appear in June are grouped in small clusters. In autumn the green leaves turn brilliant orange to red. For instance, the ‘red pygmy’ variety has striking brown-red Read more ...

14. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Ash-leaf maple: Acer negundo

This species native to North America is a member of the maple family (Aceraceae). The male flowers that appear in spring are grouped in large pendulous clusters and they are particularly striking. In the wild this deciduous tree can reach a height of 20 m (66 ft). However, less vigorous forms are better suited for growing in containers. For instance, the ‘Flamingo’ variety Read more ...

14. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Mimosa: Acacia

Acacias are members of the Mimosaceae famiy. They are native to Australia and have become naturalised in the Mediterranean. Grown in containers, they will reach a height of 2 m (6 ft 6 in). The fragrant yellow flowers appear in spring on A. dealbata (Silver Wattle) while the ‘four-seasons mimosa’ A. retinodes flowers almost all year round. The finely pinnate pseudo-leaves Read more ...

14. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Chinese lantern: Abutilon megapotamicum

This member of the Malvaceae family originates from South America. It has a shrublike habit and grows up to 1.5 m (5 ft) tall. It flowers in summer with yellow petals and red calyx, while the variety ‘variegatum’ has yellow-flecked leaves. There are also many abutilon hybrids with flowers in a wide variety of colours. They prefer a sunny, warm position but not the strong Read more ...

14. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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