A lighted stepping stone can add the necessary light needed to illuminate walkways around any home. They are inexpensive to install and use the sunlight as an energy source. They are a great way to conserve energy while allowing people to see where they are going. A lighted solar stepping stone can be made to look attractive. They can still be painted to match any outside décor. The stones are usually made of a hard plastic and have light bulbs inside. These stepping stones capture the sun’s rays and use the energy at nighttime to create light. One can find these stepping stones at many home improvement stores or online.
Plants For Contemporary Containers – Simple plants with strong shapes are the sort that will look best with contemporary containers. If your plants are over-fussy, you completely lose the effect of your stylish pot. For the same reason, it’s a good idea not to mix too many plants together. For a contemporary look, you’d stick to one kind of plant per container, but make it something with a dramatic shape like a grass. That same shape could be repeated several times over so you had, say, several round tubs of different grasses, all of a different size. Use them as a group, but space them out enough so that you can see the shape of each one separately. Three or five would be plenty – odd numbers always work best.
Silver-Leaved Plants In Garden Design – Plants that have colorful foliage are commonly found in ornamental gardens. Often or not, they are just thrown in without sufficient thought or consideration. They are most effective however, when their specific design potential is understood. This is true for a large number of garden plants whose foliage color is some variant of silver, grey or bluish-green.
Silver grey foliage is both typical and indicative of dry climates and arid conditions. Sage, lavender, santolina, Lamb’s Ears and herbs or aromatic plants like Artemisia originate from the Mediterranean, while the silver-leaved bush Leucophyllum frutescens grows wild in Texas. The leaf size of such plants is characteristically small, narrow and delicate in texture.
Plants For Particular Aspects – A north-facing wall in total shade will be colder than other parts of the garden. Even plants that tolerate these conditions will grow more slowly than they would in other areas. ln the main, plants grown for their foliage are better on north-facing walls than those grown for their flowers.
There are a few flowering plants suitable for such walls. They include the evergreen climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris), which will climb a large wall without help and produce lace-cap hydrangea flowers that turn a pretty tan color as they fade and last into winter.