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Green Giant Arborvita

Green Giant Arborvita

Arborvitaes are a slow growing plant variety (generally less than 12 inches per year of new growth) .The Arborvitaes are hybrids so they are propagated by cuttings as they will not come back true from seed. One of the Arborvitae, the Green Giant, the Western Redcedar Tree, or botanically, the Thuja Plicata, is the favorite. Here is why:

The hardiness zone the Green Giant Arborvita tolerates is from zone 5 to zone 8. That’s where extreme cold temperatures get down to a temperate level of about 15 or 20 degrees in the winter (Zone 8), but also as low as a frigid level of 15 or 20 degrees below zero (zone 5).

Enjoy Your Deck In The Winter

Enjoy Your Deck In The Winter

Enjoy Your Deck In The Winter – The main thing to keep in mind through the autumn and winter months is that the weather can be quite harsh. Therefore spring and summer furniture will need to be replaced with something more hard-wearing. Wicker and light plastic chairs for example will be no use in windy, harsh weather. You should ideally purchase weatherproof furniture that won’t blow away.

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. 

Outdoor Living Trends 2016

Outdoor Living Trends 2016

Outdoor Living Trends 2016 – With 2016 halfway done, some outdoor living trends are emerging that aim to increase the enjoyment of your pool and patio area with some of the hottest outdoor living trends this year, from xeriscaping to outdoor rooms.

1. Xeriscaping. With water conservation on the brain, the concept of xeriscaping is to include fewer grassy areas (that don’t need watering), strategic plant placement (using shade to cut down on the need for watering) and the use of native plants like alpine violet and black-eyed Susan rather than non-natives. You can also achieve xeriscaping through the use of grading and soil contouring to bring all available moisture to where you need it most, such as a rain garden.