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Building A Rain Garden

Building A Rain Garden

Rain gardens are located to receive runoff from hard a surface such as a roof, a downspout, a sidewalk or a driveway. Rain garden is easy to install, looks good year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment plants often can’t handle the deluge of water, and in many locations the untreated water ends up in natural waterways. The EPA estimates as much as 70 percent of the pollution in our streams, rivers, and lakes is carried there by storm water.

Fall Colors Of Flowers, Foliage And Berries

Fall Colors Of Flowers, Foliage And Berries

Foliage and berries are the obvious source of color in the fall garden but there are still plenty of brightly colored flowers to be appreciated at this time of year. If you intersperse them carefully among the earlier flowering plants, they will come into their own when the others are over. Many are tall, so put them at the back of the border and stake them early.

The Japanese maples are outstanding for fall color and there is a good choice. Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ is a very small pretty tree at any time of year. It has an attractive shape, the leaves are individually enchanting and the fall foliage is a lovely orange-yellow. Amelanchier lamarckii again has interest for much more of the year than just fall with snowy-white flowers in spring and coppery young foliage, which turns a rich red in fall.

Traditional Plants For The Romantic Garden

Traditional Plants For The Romantic Garden

There are many plants that can add to the romantic quality of your garden. During the 19th century at least two dozen varieties of vines or wall grapes were grown as ornamental as well as productive plants. Walls were thickly covered with roses. Large colorful flowers were popular, such as dianthus, peonies and oriental poppies. Scented flowers are an absolute essential in a romantic garden today, for example honeysuckles, lilies and old-fashioned pinks like the clove-scented white ‘Mrs Sinkins’.

Climbing roses. Repeat-flowering climbers are the most suitable roses for training up garden arches and bowers, whereas the vigorous but once-flowering ramblers may need the more substantial support of pergolas. A vertical or horizontal trellis secured to the house, garage or shed and covered with climbing roses provides a beautiful focal point.

Plants In The Living Room

Plants In The Living Room

The living room is the area where the family gathers. It is here that the adults relax, the children play and everyone seeks comfort. It is also the spot in the average home where most of the indoor plants can be found.

It is here where one usually finds the showiest and most expensive plants, and yet nearly every living room can be improved by introducing new types and altering the arrangement of the ones which are already there. The thing to avoid is scattering a few pots of nondescript greenery and run-of-the-mill flowering plants around the room – a couple on the windowsill, one on the mantlepiece, another on the TV set and so on.