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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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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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Garden tree mallow | Lavatera thuringiaca

This tree mallow, also a member of the Malvaceae family, is native to central and southern Europe. It is also considered a valuable medicinal plant. It is a bushy shrub that can reach a height and spread of 2 m (6 ft 6 in). The striking, large, funnel-shaped flowers that may be pink or white depending on the variety appear in summer. The green leaves are made up of five lobes. Read more ...

12. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Tree mallow | Lavatera arborea

Tree mallows (L. arborea) and shrub mallows (L. olbia) are native to the Mediterranean and Australia. In the wild these deciduous shrubs of the Malvaceae family grow to a height of 2-3 in (6-10 ft). The tree mallow has large, purple-red flowers marked with dark veins that appear in summer, while the shrub mallow has smaller, pink to purple flowers. They prefer a sunny, warm, Read more ...

10. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Lavender | Lavandula

Lavender, a member of the Lamiaceae family, is native to the Mediterranean where it grows as a herbaceous perennial, evergreem semi-shrub or shrub. It has linear leaves, covered with fine white hairs, that exude a typical lavender scent and purple-blue, pink or white flowers depending on the variety. Old English lavender (L. angustifolia) is a popular container plant that is Read more ...

08. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Bay laurel | Laurus nobilis

This evergreen shrub or tree (Lauraceae) is native to the Mediterranean where it can grow to quite a tall tree. It is a very popular container plant because of its cleliciously fragrant glossy, dark green leathery leaves. Bay trees seldom flower or produce fruit when cultivated because a male and female plant are needed to achieve pollination. Both leaves and berries are used Read more ...

06. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Shrub verbena | Lantana Camara hybrids

These evergreen shrubs that are members of the Verbenaceae family are native to tropical America. Grown as shrubs or small standards they can reach a height of 1 m (39 in). The frounded heads of flowers are produced in summer. Flowers of different colours often appear on the same shrub. They thrive in the sun but should first be placed in light shade when being put outdoors Read more ...

04. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Crepe myrtle | Lagerstroemia indica

This deciduous plant is a member of the Lythraceae family and is native to China and Korea where it grows as a shrub or tree up to 10 m (33 ft) high. The single flowers have wavy petals like crepe paper and are borne in long clusters until autumn. The colours are pink, white or purple depending on the variety. The plant needs plenty of sun and warmth to ensure flowering and Read more ...

03. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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