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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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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Sheep laurel | Kalmia angustifolia

These plants, members of the Ericaceous family (Ericaceae) are native to the damp forests and marshlands of North America. The small evergreen shrubs grow 100 cm (39 in) high and spread almost as much. Their Latin name (angustifolia) refers to their narrow, lanceolate, leathery, blue-green leaves. The rosy-red, bell-shaped flowers are borne in summer in dense clusters. The Read more ...

01. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Blue star juniper | Juniperus squamata

This evergreen shrub grows in the wild in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan and China. They are either prostrate and sprawling or erect and bushy. Sometimes they even grow as small trees. The grey-green to silvery blue-green foliage is very decorative. Compact, slow-growing varieties such as the mound-forming ‘Blue Star’ with silvery foliage or the mat-forming ‘Blue Read more ...

29. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Creeping juniper | Juniperus horizontalis

These evergreen plants with their characteristic mat-forming habit are native to North America. Many varieties such as ‘Bar Harbor’ have bluish green foliage that turns reddish-purple in autumn. Some of them make a spread of some 2 m (6 ft 6 in) but only grow 50 cm (20 in) high. The ‘winter Blue’ variety is less spreading than others. Slow-growing varieties of J. sinensis Read more ...

27. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Jasmine | Jasminum

The numerous jasmine species are members of the Oleaceae family and they can be found almost everywhere in the world. These deciduous and evergreen climbers all have intensely fragrant flowers that are white in the common white jasmine (J. officinale) and yellow in J. mesnyi and J. odoratum. J. sambac has a double, gardenia-like flowers, jasmine prefer a warm, sunny location. Read more ...

25. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Holly | Ilex

Holly, a member of the Aquifoliaceae family, grows in the tropics as well as in temperate regions. These mostly evergreen shrubs or small trees have very decorative leaves that can be uniformly green or variegated with white or yellow, with smooth or spiny margins. The small, white, delicately scented flowers are followed by red or black poisonous berries. The compact, slow-growing Read more ...

23. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Hydrangea macrophylla

These deciduous shrubs of the Hydrangeaceae family are native to E Asia where they grow up to 1.5 m (5 ft) high. The flowers are borne in rounded, flat or conical heads depending on the variety. They all prefer partial shade without direct sun. Water exclusively with lime-free water. Hydrangeas need acid soil such as azalea or rhododendron compost to release the metal elements Read more ...

22. August 2014 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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