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A Lighted Stepping Stones

A Lighted Stepping Stones

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.

Silver-Leaved Plants In Garden Design

Silver-Leaved Plants In Garden Design

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

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. 

Plan Your Garden: A Site Survey

Plan Your Garden: A Site Survey

Plan your garden without impatience – it is undoubtedly the enemy of the amateur garden designer. Instant gardens only exist at horticultural shows, and these often have a sterility about them that one would not wish to emulate.

Never be tempted to start designing your plot before your site survey is completely finished. The information provided by an accurate survey is essential. It will form the basis of a scale drawing that will in turn form the outline of the finished scheme.