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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How to Prune Climbing and Wall Plants

Plants which are grown on a wall usually have to be kept within certain limits. To do this the plants need a periodical, usually annual, pruning or training, which is dependent on two factors, the amount of space available and time of flowering. With regard to space this depends both on the area of wall available and on the distance the shrub can be allowed to grow out from Read more ...

15. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Feeding Climbing Plants

Many wall plants, once they are established and making good root growth, become strong, vigorous growers and will benefit by regular annual feeding. This is especially necessary if they are growing in poor or light gravelly soil where the essential plant foods quickly become leached out, or where the plants are growing in a narrow border along a wall or near buildings where Read more ...

13. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Providing Support for Climbing Plants

There are many climbers and shrubs which do not possess natural means of supporting themselves and therefore some type of artificial support has to be given. One of the commonest methods for brick walls is to use a specially stout type of non-rusting nails with strips of rubber backed pieces of canvas, strong cloth or other lasting material, such as plastic. Strong twine Read more ...

10. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Pieris | Pieris Japonica

Pieris, a member of the Ericaceae family, is native to China and Japan where it grows as an evergreen shrub with an upright, bushy habit that can reach up to 3 m (10 ft) in height. The narrow, oval to lanceolate leaves are produced at the end of the shoots and are usually reddish when young. The white, bell-shaped flowers are borne in 20 cm (8 in) long, drooping panicles that Read more ...

08. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Spruce | Picea

The pine family (Pinanceae) consists of a large number of species that can be found everywhere in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. Only slow-growing varieties that need no pruning should be grown in containers. Picea pungens ‘Glauca Globosa’ (a form of Colorado spruce) has silvery blue needles and grows 100 cm (39 in) high. P. oriental is (Oriental spruce) Read more ...

06. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Black Bamboo | Phyllostachys nigra

Black bamboo is native to China and a member of the Poaceae family. When grown in a container, it can reach a height of 3 m (10 ft). It is particularly popular for the striking colours of the jointed stems, which are green when they first develop, gradually turning brown, then finally shiny black. The pale green leaves contrast beautifully with the shiny black stems. These Read more ...

04. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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New Zealand flax | Phormium

These evergreen shrubs, members of the Phormiaceae, are native to New Zealand. Their robust, sword-shaped leaves grow in tufts. The tubular flowers are borne in summer in panicles on leafless stems. There are also varieties with variegated leaves, green and white or green and yellow stripes. P cookianum has yellow or reddish-brown tubular flowers and with its leaves 1.5 in Read more ...

03. October 2014 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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