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Bamboos

Bamboos

Bamboos belong to the grass family (Gramineae). They are evergreen with woody hollow stems called culms and narrow, handsome foliage. Bamboos make excellent architectural plants; even when used as screens or hedges, they make a dramatic statement in any garden.

They will grow in any dry, sheltered, shady spot and can create a lush tropical effect together with other evergreen shrubs. The tall vertical culms make interesting contrasts with the fronded foliage of ferns. Japanese anemones can be grown nearby, especially white ones such as Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Joubert’.

Choosing Grasses For Your Garden

Choosing Grasses For Your Garden

Choosing Grasses For Your Garden – It is important to choose the right grasses for a particular effect. Clump-forming upright growers, such as varieties of Calamagrostis, will preside over lower-growing plants but lose all impact if crowded by plants of equal height. More open grasses, such as Paricum virgatum with loose flower and seed heads, can be used with taller perennials because of their almost transparent quality.

Color is important, too. If you grow the luminous green Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ in front of a bed next to the lawn, it will simply look like another bit of green grass. Choose the blue grass Festuca glauca instead, ant it will contrast will contrast with the lawn grass very effectively.

Useful Tips To Beauty Your Garden

Useful Tips To Beauty Your Garden

Useful Tips To Beauty Your Garden – Even if you don’t have a large yard, even small spaces like balconies can provide enough space for a surprising amount of plants.

Use groundcover perennials in sunny areas. Groundcover perennials can be used as an alternative to grass where there is minimal foot traffic, or in an area where grass is difficult to maintain, such as on a slope. They are also handy in between larger perennials, as they help to suppress weeds and keep the soil moist and cool. Good choices for groundcover perennials are creeping thyme, ajuga, various sedums, alyssum and armeria.

Planting Solutions For Clay Soils In The Garden

Planting Solutions For Clay Soils In The Garden

Planting Solutions For Clay Soils In The Garden – Different gardens in the same street, and even different parts of the same garden, can have different types of soil, so don’t assume that, because your neighbours have clay soil, you will too. It’s also important not to worry. There are some wonderful gardens that have done very well on clay soil because it’s such a fertile growing medium and nutrients are retained well in the soil.

Some perennials, and woody plants, will do particularly well. Other suggestions for your clay soil garden design include hawthorn trees, daylilies, lady’s mantel and blue rug juniper.