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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Kentia palm: Howea

This genus of palms belongs to the Areaceae family and is native to the islands of the South Pacific. The two species both have large pinnate leaves and are very popular container and house plants. In the wild they grow from a single stem but when cultivated they are trained to develop several stems. Besides H. belmoreana, H. forsteriana is the best known species. Unlike its Read more ...

20. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Common hibiscus: Hibiscus syriacus

This deciduous hibiscus, a member of the Malvaceae family, is native to China and Japan. But it is also very common in the Mediterranean. Even when grown in a container, this bushy, erect shrub can reach a height of 2 m (6 ft 6 in). The striking single, axillary flowers that come in a wide variety of colours appear in summer. Besides pink (‘Woodbridge’) and white (‘Red Read more ...

18. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Hibiscus | Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscuses are members of the Malvaceae family, native to tropical Asia. Even when grown in containers they can reach a height of 3 m (10 ft). The large single flowers come in many colours and are borne singly until autumn, standing out beautifully against the glossy dark green leaves. The plants thrive in a sunny, sheltered position and dislike being disturbed. In summer Read more ...

16. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Day lily | Hemerocallis hybrids

These evergreen or semi-evergreen plants are native to Japan, China and Korea. In contrast to the wild species, hemerocallis hybrids are less spreading and are becoming increasingly popular as container plants. The strap-shaped, dark green leaves grow in dense clumps from the fleshy rhizomes. The large colourful flowers appear in summer. Day lilies grow well in the sun or Read more ...

14. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Kahli ginger | Hedychium gardnerianum

Most species of this genus of the Zyngiberaceae family are native to China and Indonesia. These rhizomatous perennials are used as a culinary condiment, as a component in dyes and fragrances as well as for medicinal purposes. Only H. gardnerianum is available as a container plant. It grows up to 2 m (6 ft 6 in) high and the lanceolate leaves can be as long as 40 cm (16 in). Read more ...

13. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Silky Oak | Grevillea

Like all members of the Proteaceaefamily the silky oak is native to the southern hemisphere where it grows as a shrub or tree. Because silky oaks usually do not flower in cultivation, species such as G. banksii and G. robusta are mostly grown as decorative foliage plants. However, older specimens of varieties such as G. rosmarinifolia have beautiful orange-red flowers. While Read more ...

11. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba belongs to the Cinkgoceae family and is the only species of its genus. This deciduous tree is native to China where it grows in the wild to a height of 30 m (100 ft). When young, the ginkgo is cone-shaped, slowly spreading as it gets older. The leaves are fan-shaped with parallel veins; they are pale green in spring, turning a beautiful golden yellow in autumn. Read more ...

08. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Dyer’s Greenweed | Genista tinctoria

The deciduous dyer’s greenweed is native to Central Europe and western Asia. This small slow-growing prostrate to erect shrub is a member of the Fabaceae family and rarely grows higher than 80 cm (32 in). It has glossy green leaves and bright yellow flowers that appear in early summer, followed by the typical brown pods. The dwarf form ‘Plena’ has double flowers. G. Read more ...

06. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Broom | Genista maderensis

Broom is a member of the papilionaceous family (Fabaceae) family and G. maderensis has recently been classified in it. Often still referred to as Cytisus maderensis, the species is native to Madeira where it grows to an evergreen shrub 7 m (23 ft) high. It is covered with gold-yellow, fragrant flowers that are borne in terminal clusters from late spring to early summer. Brooms Read more ...

04. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Gardenia or China flower

Gardenia augusta The evergreen gardenia or opera flower (Rubiaceae), also known as C. jasminoides is native to China and japan where it grows to a 1.5 in (5 ft) shrub. It has decorative, glossy, dark green leaves and beautiful large, deliciously scented white flowers, often double, that appear in summer. These house plants need warmth but they can be moved outdoors in summer, Read more ...

02. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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