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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Ide for Design Small Garden

Design plans for gardens that have limited space work better as compared to mixing varied aspects of gardening. You can incorporate sitting areas with classy garden furniture, or something that reflects your personal taste and creativity. Factors to be considered for designing a small garden are highlighted below.

Garden Layout
Imagine your small garden as a whole component without dividing it into different sections. You can include hidden pathways in between the garden for maintenance purpose. However, the theme of the layout should be such that you can enjoy the garden stretch as a whole (in one view).

Gardening Approach
The first step is to be firm about what you want in your garden. You should consider whether you are maintaining a garden just to beautify your yard with flowers or if you want to grow seasonal vegetables too, and proceed accordingly.

Garden Components
Designing a garden within a small space does not mean that you cannot erect trellis, arbors, bridges, gazebos, or other structures. They serve the purpose of separating the garden space into two parts. You can plant vines and flowering climbers to give a completed look or make flower beds at different levels.

Selection of Plants
Think carefully while selecting the type of plants for your landscape. You cannot accommodate all the plants that you love to grow. Hence, pick the best of your choices considering the required care level and adaptability of the plant in your area. Make sure that the flowers bloom for at least two seasons.

Pattern of Color
While selecting plants for your garden, factors such as the plant height, growing conditions, blooming period, and maintenance should be taken into consideration. Instead of going for a blend of vibrant colored flowers, go for light colored ones, as this will make your garden space appear larger than it actually is.

Design Ideas
Include a water element, or if possible, make curved flower beds for creating diversity in a plain-looking garden. You can place ornamental rocks at the borders to improve the texture of the yard. A perfectly maintained hedge with evergreen shrubs and bushes will give privacy to you and your family members.

The plus point of a small garden design is that you can pay close attention to your garden, while spending less efforts in maintaining it. You should be watchful over the flowers, and remove those that do not survive well. So, implement these ideas and convert your garden into a great space that you’ll love visiting and revisiting.

The Benefits of Rain Gardens

Rain Garden Benefits

Rain gardening is crucial for maintaining a better and healthy water surrounding in our living area. Here are some vital benefits of rain gardens.

Gives Us a Beautiful Home: Rain gardens with variety of plants add to the exterior beauty of homes. Whenever you step outside, it is a great feeling to see a well managed, beautiful rain garden adding calmness and freshness to the surroundings. It has a great sense of aesthetic appeal.

Eliminates Risks of Unclean Drinking Water: When runoff water is not allowed to flow through the storm drains and pollute the lakes or water bodies in surrounding areas, water quality is maintained. No harmful pesticides or chemicals from the lawns flow along with the storm water to pollute rivers.

Helps in Restoring Underground Water Level: Local and regional underground aquifers or underground water levels are recharged with water, as the water seeps into the ground after being soaked by the soil.

Lowers Flooding and Drainage Problems: As aforementioned, runoffs lead to flooding and worst drainage problems in communities. Rain garden plantations can help us avoid problems like that.

No Mosquito Breeding: Stagnant water in driveways, rooftops is a haven for mosquito growth. When water is filtered through the soil and is soaked in the ground, there are no issues of mosquito threat.

Promotes Valuable Habitat: Butterflies, birds and insects are vital in the ecosystem chain. Beautiful rain gardens becomes a thriving place for them thereby helping in maintenance of ecosystem.

Prepare Us for Drought Seasons: For drought prone area or in places where water shortage is an issue, rain gardens are very beneficial as the underground water level is not lowered due to recharging with filtered water.

Easy to Maintain, Inexpensive Too: Rain gardens requires little care and effort to be maintained. Besides that they are relatively inexpensive. You needn’t plant anything special but the native vegetation.

Rain gardens are certainly a great choice for all gardening lovers and homeowners. Ask a group of three to four friends or family members to provide some labor and your rain garden will be ready without any mega efforts. If such little efforts and planning can help us to save our water bodies and build a healthy environment, it is the right time to incorporate them in our homes.

Types of Growing Vines

A trailing plant or climber is commonly known as a ‘vine’. The word was commonly used to refer grapevines. However, it got associated with climber plants later on. A common feature seen in today’s gardens, the different types of fast growing flowering vines are used to cover wall surfaces and in landscaping. These are also grown for the beautiful flowers they produce.

Vines or climbers form an important part of gardening. These plants are used to cover fences, trellises, and poles for decorative purposes. There are different types of climbers which grow in a variety of soils and climatic conditions.

Fast growing vines are chosen for covering a given area in quick time. Some of them have been discussed in detail in this article.

Trumpet Creeper Vines

These vines attract a lot of insects and hummingbirds. Their growth takes place too quickly, and therefore, it is necessary to keep them in control. It is one of the fastest growing flowering vines, which produces reddish-orange blooms that are brightly-colored. Their blooming season is a long one.

Honeysuckle Vines

These vines are sometimes exclusively grown for privacy which can survive in very less amount of water. The honeysuckle vines are drought-tolerant in nature. Just like trumpet creeper vines, these too attract desirable insects and hummingbirds. They are also used for building nests by birds.

Five-leaf Akebia

The Five-leaf Akebia is also known as ‘chocolate vine’ and grows up to a height of 10 meters. These vine plants attain healthy growth in full sunlight. They are characterized by a blue-green colored foliage that is normally oval in shape. They act as an evergreen plant in warm climatic zones, while in cool regions, they exhibit a deciduous nature.

Wisteria Vines

This has a hardy nature and looks beautiful in the flowering season. The American Wisteria is suitable for being grown in northern America. Chinese and Japanese Wisteria are commonly grown in southern USA.

Silver Lace Vine

Amongst the different types of vines found in nature, the Silver Lace Vine is one of the most important and fast growing perennial vines. These vines grow up to a height of 15 meters and have a bright green foliage. The fragrant flowers produced by this vine have colors ranging from green to white. The fast growth of these vines takes places by means of rhizomes.

Clematis Armandii

It is a fast growing vine which climbs up to the height of 20 feet. The Clematis Armandii grows over an area of 5 feet. White-colored, star-shaped flowers, is its specialty. These take the support of walls, poles, etc., by means of leaf stems.

Steps to Grow Shining Azaleas Indoors

Step #1: Purchase plants from a nursery that have a few blooms or buds. Make sure the color of the leaves is dark green leaves.

Step #2: Keep the plants in the porch or on a windowsill as this will provide them with maximum sunlight during the day; however, make sure the area has a shade as the plants require partial sunlight. But do make sure that the temperature in these areas is always between 55―60ºF. Growing the plants in controlled temperature will prolong blooming throughout the season, as compared to just a month.

Step #3: Keep the soil moist during the day. The soil should feel damp when you touch it, and not soaked completely. Do not drown the plants in water. If the flowers haven’t bloomed yet, use a spray bottle filled with water to clean the leaves at least once a day. You can use tap water to mist and water the plants. If you live in an area where you get alkaline water, add a tablespoon of vinegar to a gallon of water while watering, and not misting the plants.

Step #4: Always make sure to remove any dead or damaged flowers and leaves off the plants. Pluck them out and discard the deadheaded blooms as well. Also remove the dead flowers that may have fallen down in the dirt.

Step #5: Purchase an acidic houseplant fertilizer and use it on the flowers once a month. The bag should either say “acidic” on it, or should contain sulfur in it. The only time you will use the fertilizer is when the flowers have died, and not when the plants have proper blooms.

Step #6: Once the plants grow in number, repot them during late summer or early fall. Most azaleas need repotting every 2 to 3 years in bigger clay pots. For repotting, add peat-based potting soil in the new clay pot and then transfer the plant along with the root system. The correct way is by holding it from its base and gently tipping the old pot upside down. This way the plant will slide out of the pot with ease and can be replaced in the new pot immediately. You will need to use potting soil to cover the roots.