Category Archives: Outdoor

Fall Colors Of Flowers, Foliage And Berries

Fall Colors Of Flowers, Foliage And Berries

Foliage and berries are the obvious source of color in the fall garden but there are still plenty of brightly colored flowers to be appreciated at this time of year. If you intersperse them carefully among the earlier flowering plants, they will come into their own when the others are over. Many are tall, so put them at the back of the border and stake them early.

The Japanese maples are outstanding for fall color and there is a good choice. Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ is a very small pretty tree at any time of year. It has an attractive shape, the leaves are individually enchanting and the fall foliage is a lovely orange-yellow. Amelanchier lamarckii again has interest for much more of the year than just fall with snowy-white flowers in spring and coppery young foliage, which turns a rich red in fall.

Exotic Plants For Your Landscape

Exotic Plants For Your Landscape

Exotic plants for pots can be placed in the garden during summer, but really need the protection of a greenhouse or conservatory during the winter.

The cannas are exotic in both form and flower. Canna indica has banana-like leaves, grows to about 1,5 m (5 ft) and has bright red and yellow flowers in summer. C. indiflora is bigger and good for summer bedding or for pots. It has shocking pink flowers and will grow 3 m (10 ft) in a year. C.’Purpurea’ is a purple-leaved form with orange flowers. Cannas are best dug up in fall and stored under a bench for the winter, then planted out again in spring.

Growing Bonsai Trees

Growing Bonsai Trees

When the word Bonsai is mentioned in conversation, most people probably think of a beautiful, tiny, juniper tree planted in a small dish. While juniper is a good choice for bonsai, it is by far not the only one. Most any plant, trees and shrubs in particular, can be grown this way. Of course, some are more easily adapted to this type of growth and are more easily cultivated. While bonsai trees are the most popular, growing a bonsai bush isn’t unheard of.

If you are considering growing a bonsai you must be made aware that it is a long term process and one that will take as many as 10 years to obtain the desired results. Much like taking in a new dog or cat, your bonsai tree will need a commitment of your time for many years to come.

Raise Ferns In Your Garden

Raise Ferns In Your Garden

Ferns are one of the most common members of most of our forest and woodland based eco-systems. Ferns are also an extremely diverse family of plants, as they can be suited to a variety of different weather conditions and situations, and varieties can be found for virtually any garden. In this piece we’ll be discussing a small selection of varied ferns that can be raised in the domestic garden and the conditions required to ensure they maintain good health.

Athyrium niponicum

This fern is a particularly beautiful as one can tell from its titular description, ‘Silver Falls’, the ‘Japanese Painted Fern’, as it is also known, has a beautiful silver tint to its leaves and fronds made particularly vibrant by sunlight, which makes it such a shame that it can only be successfully sustained in full shade!