Palm tree – when you hear those words what pops into your mind? Cold hardy palm trees are not what most people think of.Most people I’ve surveyed immediately think of the coconut palms dotting a beach, their palm fronds swaying in the wind as waves lap the beach sand and the sturdy trunk.But, there are cold hardy palms which can handle deep cold winters and freezes as temperatures fall to subzero ranges.
A hanging basket is not simply a plant in a pot that hangs. They can fill or break up an empty wall, accent a front porch or create a ball of color for eyes to feast on.A basket does not need to be a single plant but plant combos with color and form diversity.With space being a premium in many landscapes, hanging baskets offer a perfect solution for garden color.
Of all flowering shrubs none has a more interesting background or a more unassuming appeal than grandmother’s flower, the hardy fuchsia plant.Making its curtsey in the greenhouses and window casements of England over 200 years ago, this small flowered charmer from South America became popular at once and its cultivation as a greenhouse plant spread rapidly throughout Europe.
Many new landscaping projects today require or suggest planting native plants.Face it natives already are adapted to the climate, pests, need less irrigation and fertilizer, making them lower maintenance.Finding which plants are native to your area can be time consuming.At the University of Texas in Austin, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center have put together a fantastic resource to help you find the plants best suited to your location.
Rock gardens and Xeriscape garden go hand in hand.In areas that are naturally dry and areas prone to drought, xeriscaping is growing in popularity.The Western United States, Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas is an excellent place to put into practice xeriscape principles, with much of the land considered semi-arid, and especially prone to drought.
Question: We need a more low maintenance garden! Currently we maintain and care for our yard. However, it continues to present a maintenance challenge… we seem to waste a lot of time mowing the yard or operating the weed eater.Do you have any suggestions or ideas, to make the landscaping more low maintenance, easier and less time consuming?
Landscaping stones are available in a wide assortment of sizes and colors.Natural landscape stones and rocks offer an excellent option for decorating and spicing up a new landscape design or garden makeover, along with mixing in audio using wireless outdoor speakers made to look like rocks.It’s a design or decorating idea which grabs attention.
Date palm or Phoenix dactylifera is known to be the world’s oldest food producing plant.It has no branches but amazingly it has a large crown of leaves. Its slender trunk can reach a height of about about 90 feet.The plant features a set of blue-green leaves of about 10 to 20 feet in length and are arranged in such a way that the upper leaves are ascending while the basal leaves are recurved.
Workers always hate to wear any kind of personal protection equipment, or PPE and safety glasses are no different.With changes in technology workers are not as resistant as in the past! The end result is a safer workplace.In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act stated the following to “assure safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women”.
Glow jars are a fun project to add some drama and romance to outdoor events. They can be used in a multitude of ways as with solar lights.They are easy and fun to make. The “twist” on this project is the addition of glitter or a piece of tulle which can make some of the glow stick material appear to be floating in mid air.
Realize the Full Potential – Increased Property Value – Of A Properly Installed LandscapeWhen you think of the word “Landscape” what comes to your mind? Flowers, trees, palms, shrubs, lots of grass, a mower or weed eater?Face it… the real estate market bounces around like a ball. Maybe it’s time to look at landscaping your home differently.
What Is The Biggest Flower In The World? It’s a question many of us have wondered about but never really looked in to. With “flowers” as tall (9 feet) as they are wide the titan arums are the giants in flowering plants. They smell awful!Recently, at the New York Botanical gardens this rarity attracted thousands of visitors to the garden as well as online so people could see this rare spectacle which has not flowered since 1939.
Sundials can be wonderful additions to the garden and beautiful focal points just like fountains, pottery, urns and garden sculpture is used.Check out this article at the link below from Karens Garden Tips to see if a sundial is in your garden future.JOIN Our FREE Plant Care NewsletterBy entering your email address you agree to receive a daily email newsletter from Plant Care Today.
Question: Someone told me a dry well or french drain installation will help with drainage in our landscape. What is it, and can we build it ourselves? Hollie, OhioAnswer: Hollie, downspouts should be connected to underground drainage systems or sewer. If not, installing a french drain or dry well drain – will help with the drainage problem.
A garden fabric, also known as a weed barrier fabric, preen weed control fabric or preen landscape fabric, is an all-purpose fabric used by many gardeners for weed prevention and erosion control.It is a great way to prevent unwanted weeds from creeping into your garden during the growing season. It can make your garden maintenance easier by keeping weed and grass under control.
One of the oldest methods of propagation is by air-layering. It may not be the fastest method, but it does allow you to start with a much larger plant or a tree.Woody-stemmed tropical plant, grown in apartments, homes, greenhouses and outdoors in the Deep South make ideal subjects for air layering.What Is Air Layering?
It is simple – Mulching… Of the 100’s of innovations, labor savings introductions, tools and ideas, designed to help us in the landscape, lawn or garden get more done with less work.However, landscaping with mulch is one old, tested and really wonderful garden operation, crammed with labor saving possibilities, which has been much heralded, but all too little accepted by gardeners as a whole.
No flower runs through a greater range of true blue than does the gentian.Since its various species provide bloom from early March to winter snows, it seems strange that these perennial plants are not more often seen in gardens.Although mainly mountain and rock garden plants, some gentians may be found for almost any situation among some 800 species and numerous worthy hybrids.
Blue Star Creeper plant (Isotoma fluviatilis) is a low growing, evergreen ground cover and can be quite invasive.Blue Star Laurentia (Isotoma axillaris) is a taller plant that bears similar blue flowers but does well as a bedding plant and is much easier to controlWhile Isotoma axillaris is only winter hardy in USDA hardiness zone 11, Isotoma fluviatilis is hardy to zone 6 and thrives as a perennial in many parts of the United States.
Hummingbirds are wonderful tiny creatures and great additions to the garden. There are plants you can grow to help attract these flying gems, but including a hummingbird feeder with the perfect food will get them visiting.Making your own hummingbird food is easy and cheap – sugar and water is all you need.
Fragrance in the “garden” is often overlooked. A fragrant flower scent can play an important role in what you experience while outdoors.A charming fragrant flower garden is a wonderful addition to the landscape. Fragrant flowers to plant, attract birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficial fauna to your garden.