Category: Landscaping

Crape Myrtle: How to Prune This Very Special Landscape Tree

Crape Myrtle, or Lagerstroemia indica, to use its botanical name, is in many ways one of the most special landscape trees suitable for a small garden. It has lovely, fresh-green foliage in the spring, in cold climates it sports dramatic fall color, and when out of leaf in the winter, creates an interesting silhouette with …

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Euryops: A Fine Small Shrub Or Large Perennial For a Mediterranean Climate Garden

Euryops pectinatus is one of those garden plants that a gardener in a dry, Mediterranean climate cannot afford to overlook. It may not be fantastically spectacular as far as ornamental bushes go, but it is attractive enough, hardy to pests and disease, drought tolerant and ideal for the home gardener looking for low maintenance plants. …

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10 Steps For Planting Trees and Shrubs Correctly

Plant these new babies correctly and they will give you years of fruit or flowers! 1. DO NOT plant close to a building, sidewalk or driveway. Your little baby could end up forty feet tall, depending on the variety, and the roots will seek out and destroy your sidewalk or foundation in short order. 2. …

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Winter Gardening: Yes You Can Have Four Seasons of Color

This list of winter plant ideas includes not only winter flowers, but shrubs, evergreens, ornamental grass, and trees you might use to make your winter festive and colorful. Don’t forget to group your winter garden flower pots in the best possible site, and use garden planters suitable for winter gardening-not fragile terra cotta pots, in …

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Plan a Xeriscape Yard For Water Efficiency

If you live in an area where water is scarce and summers are dry, a xeriscape garden planted with drought tolerant native plants is the way to go. Xeriscape landscaping does not mean just gravel and rock with a few cacti. Drought tolerant plants can be just as colorful and interesting as plants that thrive …

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The Pleasures of Winter Gardens

In the grey days of winter, our gardens lack the vibrant colours and intoxicating scents of the other seasons. However, if you have paid attention to the “bones” of your landscaping, winter is the time when silhouettes of bushes and trees and dried seed heads or bright winter berries come into play. Woody plants with …

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Best Dwarf Shrubs for Planting In Every Gardening Landscape

In concert with our recent article on Shrub Roses, we thought we’d highlight some of the best, basic landscape dwarf shrubs that suit most all landscapes. We understand that many people who are installing new gardens or fixing up and old one may not know a lot about what’s available and what they should choose for …

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Planting a Rain Garden

Many Americans are searching for things that they can do to improve their environment, such as participating in community cleanups and driving more efficient cars. One great thing that almost any homeowner can do to make a big difference is to plant a rain garden. Rain gardens naturally absorb and filter large amounts of rainwater during …

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Fall Gardening Checklist

As Rudyard Kipling once said, “Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” A lot of gardeners see fall as a time to start putting their gardens to rest. However, autumn is the perfect time for assessing, designing, and improving your gardens. Consider your landscaping. fall is also a great time to perform grounds …

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How to Make and Maintain a Bog Garden

There are a number of reasons why you might want to create a bog garden. If you have children and are worried about the depth of water in a pond, a bog garden is a good shallow alternative. If you have a redundant or leaking pond, you can easily turn this into a bog garden. …

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