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Plants For Particular Aspects

Plants For Particular Aspects

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. 

The Fairy Garden

The Fairy Garden

Have you heard of those adorable Fairy gardens? They’re becoming increasingly popular and more and more people love that new addition in their house or backyard.
What are fairy gardens? A fairy garden is basically a miniature garden made of natural materials such as pebbles, wood and living plants. It’s meant to be an enchanted green scene where live tiny magical creatures such as Fairies, but also gnomes, dwarfs, elves etc. supposed to bring good luck to your home.
They usually include several components like fantastical figurines, but also miniature benches, houses, pathways, bridges and rivers that create this unique small universe and give it a charming soul.

Flowers On Steps

Flowers On Steps

Flowers On Steps – Make more of a feature of steps in your garden, and soften the edges of paving surfaces, by placing pots at the sides. Leave enough room to walk up the steps comfortably, although, if you are growing aromatic plants, it is an added bonus to brush against their foliage, releasing the fragrance as you walk past. Try to grow a pot of lemon verbena at the base of some sunny steps in your garden – its leaves exude the most delicious, lemon scent, which makes walking up the steps a sheer delight. Generally, we find that low, sprawling plants look most effective on steps: a pot planted with ivy-leaved pelargoniums, trailing lobelia, some portulacas, or nasturtiums works well.

Garden Schemes For Semi-Shade

Garden Schemes For Semi-Shade

Garden Schemes For Semi-Shade – Nearly all the plants that are regarded as sun lovers, as well as those that prefer shade, can be grown in semi-shade, so there is no shortage of species from which to choose. It is the business of combining them that can be restrictive. Plants in one container must all like the same soil type and have similar watering requirements. Watering should not present too much of a problem as most plants like to be kept moist but not soggy. Soil demands can be more limiting, however, as certain plants only grow well, either in alkaline or acid soil conditions.

Acid or alkaline?

An interesting grouping of alkaline-loving plants for a large container could consist of the shrub Mexican orange blossom – either the gold-leaved variety ‘Sundance’ or the fine-leaved ‘Aztec Pearl’ – with fuchsias and evergreen ivies.