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Grapevines As A Part Of The Home Landscape – Growing grapes is becoming a common plant to grow with the home gardener for several reasons. Their juice and fresh fruit can be used for jelly, jam, and even wine, along with being picked and eaten fresh from the vine. In addition, grape vines can add ornamental value to your home landscape when trained to grow on an arbor, or trellis for shade or screen planting.
A healthy, well managed grapevine can produce up to 20 pounds or more of fresh fruit per vine in a growing season, and once established can be productive for 40 years or more. Choosing the right cultivars, maintaining a healthy soil fertility, proper annual pruning and having a pest management plan in place is very important in growing a successful crop of grapes.
Climbing Plants As Part Of Your Landscape – The next time you’re doing some gardening or landscaping, and thinking about ways you can improve the aesthetics of your yard, consider adding some climbing plants as a part of your landscape. There are many climbers to choose from that will add elegance and beauty to your outdoor living area.
When reviewing your outdoor space, try to identify those areas that you’re not very happy with. What do you want to change about them? Do you need some additional flowers or other plants? Perhaps the space doesn’t feel balanced? Climbing plants may be just the answer you are looking for to solve a variety of common problems in outdoor areas.
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.