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One should be aware that plants properly placed in our landscapes can save both energy and dollars. As you plan your landscape or add to an existing landscape, consider locating plants where they will save energy and money. Windbreaks have long been used on farms to help divert wind and control conditions. Even in the […]

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One should be aware that plants properly placed in our landscapes can save both energy and dollars. As you plan your landscape or add to an existing landscape, consider locating plants where they will save energy and money. Windbreaks have long been used on farms to help divert wind and control conditions. Even in the home landscape, a small planting to divert the wind can be beneficial. Evergreen plants placed to the north or northwest of a home to break the prevailing wind can reduce heat loss and fuel consumption.

Where adequate space is available, several rows of trees may be used. However, in a limited area only a few are still helpful, although less effective. Where adequate space is available, the ends of a windbreak should extend 50 feet to each side of the area to be protected. A windbreak is effective for eight times its height, so even before the plants become as high as your house they will provide beneficial effects. Pines can be used for windbreaks, but because they tend to get thin at the base, a combination with junipers or other denser evergreens makes them more effective.

Even though the evergreens we plant along the front sides of our homes are usually considered for appearance only, they actually create a dead air space between them and the wall which provides added insulation and wind protection. The Japanese yew is one of the best plants for foundation windbreak planting. All large evergreen trees should be restricted to the north or west sides of the home. However, in addition to their winter wind-breaking ability, the summer breeze coming through evergreen trees seems particularly cool and refreshing.

The deciduous trees that lose their leaves each fall are best suited for planting on the east, south and southwest of the home. Large trees are especially useful for Rome temperature control when located on the southwest corner of the home. In this location, a large tree or several trees shade the home during the hot summer afternoon and reduce energy consumed for air conditioning. Even without air conditioning, trees in this location still make the home more comfortable.

Areas under trees are quite shaded, plant a shade garden with color and style

A tree shading the sides or roof of the house will be seven times more effective in reducing heat in summer than pulling heavy drapes over the windows while the sun is shining on them. As water evaporates from the leaves of the trees, a natural cooling also occurs. Large trees, such as red oak, sugar maple, ash or cypress might be considered for this purpose. After the leaves fall, the sun’s rays warm the walls during cold weather. Where there is no room for large trees to shade the west or south walls of a home, vines either climbing directly on the wall, or on large trellises can also be used to shade the wall and help reduce energy consumption.

Use vines that do not keep their leaves all winter so winter warming by the sun’s rays will be beneficial. Some possible choices are Boston ivy and Virginia creeper to cling to walls, or wisteria and bittersweet to twine on trellises.

Learn more about energy efficient landscaping on Downtown Homestead

3 Eco-friendly Landscaping Ideas

Solar Powered Lighting for your Garden

These ingenious devices can either be placed in the ground or attached to a fixture. They charge their individual batteries during the day, in sunlight. At night, they illuminate, providing dim but comfortable lighting which is sufficient for garden paths or footpaths leading to or around your home. During the summer, a full day’s charge can keep these lamps powered until sunrise. In the winter, the shorter charging period means the lights will only be on till about 3 in the morning. But that’s okay, because you’ll be fast asleep.

On the up side, these lamps consume absolutely no power from your house’s mains. Meaning lower electricity bills. Furthermore, they are individual units, meaning no wiring is necessary. Also, some of these lamps have a green design, meaning it is made of recyclable material.

Eco Friendly Water Features

It is not true that all water features are a waste of water. Traditional water features are. But eco friendly water features are not. Eco friendly water fountains incorporate a number of notable features. Firstly, they waste less water. Most fountains which spray jets of water tend to lose most of the water to evaporation. Eco friendly fountains, you will find, allow water to flow down a surface – thus reducing the effects of evaporation. Secondly, they are solar powered and energy efficient. Therefore they require no mains electricity to run.

Collecting Water

The biggest concern with water features is that they are not eco friendly because of the wastage of water. The solution is simple and straight forward: collect rainwater. Simply put a receptacle, a bucket or similar container, at the end of your roof gutters. It is advisable to put a sieve over the receptacle to prevent large particles from entering the water. If you want something that has a decorative appeal, try using a big jar or vase in place of the pail.

The water can also be used for other household chores such as washing the car, watering the plants or cleaning the driveway. However, be sure to prevent mosquito from breeding in the water as dengue fever, carried by certain breeds of mosquito, can be fatal.

Check out this post on Downtown Homestead to learn more about collecting water

 

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Rose Gardening Checklist http://allaroundthe.house/rose-gardening-checklist/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:14:02 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=3040 guide to growing ultimate roses

The most important factor while planting your roses is to check the pH balance of the soil which states whether the soil is acidic or alkaline. The soil test will determine what compounds are to be added to the soil while preparing the flower bed. Check this post to learn more about quality soil Once […]

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guide to growing ultimate roses

The most important factor while planting your roses is to check the pH balance of the soil which states whether the soil is acidic or alkaline. The soil test will determine what compounds are to be added to the soil while preparing the flower bed.

Check this post to learn more about quality soil

Once the soil texture is ascertained and the soil is ready, it is time to purchase your rose plant. This step is crucial and there should be no compromise on the quality.

Whether you choose from a plant grown in a pot or a bare root plant which is dormant, the quality should be the best. It is said that healthy plants which are dormant give a better bloom than those with long new shoots.

The best time for planting rose beds is in the spring. You can plant them in early spring or mid spring according to your convenience. But one thing you should remember that if you plant it in mid spring then you have to be careful that all the frost has dissolved.

Check Out: Plan Before Buying Rose Bushes

How to Plant a Rose

  • Make sure the soil is well cultivated.
  • Remove the root ball from the container, and soak it thoroughly.
  • Prune any broken root ends.
  • Dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the root ball.
  • Refill the hole to same depth of root ball with quality compost.
  • Place the rose root ball in the hole, and refill to 3/4 depth of the root ball and water thoroughly.
  • Fill the hole the remaining amount with soil and pack lightly around the root ball.

 

Make sure you properly prune your roses, this post explains how

 

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Tools Needed for Rose Gardening

  • Pruning Shears – You’ll need this tool almost everyday and it comes in 2 varieties. A bypass pruner looks somewhat like a scissor and is more preferable to an anvil pruner because it doesn’t seem to crush the tender stems of a rose. The blades of an anvil pruner meet on top and are stronger than a bypass pruner.
  • Loppers – Well, you won’t need these if you are just kick-starting your rose garden. These babies are much more efficient than both the pruning shears and are required when the stems of the roses become much stronger and thicker. Don’t waste your money buying these right away, just wait for a few years when your roses have become more mature.
  • Gardening Trowel – Select one with padded handles which just might save you a few bruises. Also, see if you can buy one made out of fiberglass as that tends to be more lightweight, yet it is sufficiently strong to do the down and dirty work.
  • Wheelbarrow – Avoid those cutesy carts’ and buy a sturdy one. As your rose gardening hobby grows, you’ll need a durable wheelbarrow to lug stuff in and out of the garden.
  • Gardening Gloves – Select industrial strength gloves because roses have prickly thorns.
  • Kneeling Pad – Kneeling pads are great for keeping pressure off your knees while tending to your roses..

You might feel your rose gardening ventures are thwarted at every step – what with the hard winters wreaking havoc on the tender roses. Then the strong summer heat with the blistering sun and monsoon rains lashing down on them, you might wonder why you bother at all. Well, there is more bad news.

4 Common Rose Diseases

  • Rose Fungus – This white, powdery mildew is deposited on the top and bottom of leaves and stems. It corrodes the growth of the plant and ultimately kills the flowers and stems.
  • Rose Rust – This is an orange powder which appears on the underside of leaves and has the same detrimental effects as rose gardening fungus.
  • Rose Black Spots – As the name suggests, these appear as tiny black spots on the leaves and the stems of your rose plants. If you ignore these, they just might destroy your rose garden in no time at all.
  • Rose Mosaic Disease – This appears like an intricate yellow-green mosaic pattern and is amongst the most deadly rose viruses that can affect your plants. Apparently, there is no viable treatment for this disease.

To encourage big and beautiful blooms fertilizers are necessary. You have to fertilize the plant once every six weeks.

To avoid any type of fungal diseases and infections, spray a mix of dish soap and baking soda.

Solutions To Common Rose Growing Problems

  • Extreme Weather Conditions – There is not much you can do to change the weather and short of erecting a hot-house you can’t even protect your roses from harsh climates. However, you can keep an eye out- and when you see harsh weather approaching take protective measures like covering your roses with tarpaulin to keep out the rains and so on.
  • Cleanliness – On a regular basis, clean the beds and remove dead leaves, fallen debris, clippings, and so on.
  • Hygiene – It is not just enough to clip away the dead stems and leaves. You must also brush them away from the rose beds and dispose of them in trash cans.
  • Regular Pruning – Most gardeners will prune the sides of rose bushes without really thinking about what is going on inside. Well, you need to prune within the bush as well so that enough air is circulated to the inner flowers, leaves, and stems.
  • Plug the Cuts – If you prune, you leave behind exposed inner area of stems. Seal them up with a special plant glue so that diseases and other insects cannot erode or eat away the delicate inner parts.

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Landscapers often ask themselves “What to Plant in Pots for Summer”, and often the answer is easier than they imagine to build stunning summer flower pot arrangements. It is as easy as mixing Calibrachoa, Nemesia and Verbena hybrid flowers of pink, orange and yellow colors in one pot. Gardeners, looking for beautiful potted plant arrangements […]

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Landscapers often ask themselves “What to Plant in Pots for Summer”, and often the answer is easier than they imagine to build stunning summer flower pot arrangements. It is as easy as mixing Calibrachoa, Nemesia and Verbena hybrid flowers of pink, orange and yellow colors in one pot.

Gardeners, looking for beautiful potted plant arrangements filled with summer annual flowers, will like this recipe for mixing flowers together. Annual flowering plants like Calibrachoa, Nemesia and Verbena will bloom all summer. This combination of pink, orange and yellow flowers will need full sun, regular watering, balanced fertilizer and fresh potting soil to grow well all season.

A gardener can use a 16” or larger diameter container with at least a depth of 8”; choose three types of annuals that will thrive in the same environment and plant. Begin with one cultivar of each; Calibrachoa, Nemesia and Verbena, but if a larger pot is being planted consider using two or three of each. As the flowers and stems grow, the plants will intermingle creating a colorful collage able to last all summer.

Check Out: Containers Add Variety to Landscape

3 Best Summer Plants for Containers

Trailing Calibrachoa

Annual Calibrachoa Trailers

Calibrachoa, Nemesia and Verbena each have trailing habits to some degree. However, Calibrachoa develops longer stems and in a container will easily and more dramatically fall off the rim of a pot. In this combination, Calibrachoa Superbells® ‘Dreamsicle’ is used for its clear orange color.

As with Nemesia and Verbena, Calibrachoa has limited hardiness, zones 9 – 11, which is why it is more often used as an annual bedding plant by gardeners. Another combination for a summer flowering annual container is Lantana with Calibrachoa. Lantana is a drought tolerant plant that will attract pollinators; it also grows as a shrub in very warm climates but as an annual in northern gardens.

The improved version of Calibrachoa Superbells® ‘Tequila Sunrise’ will have a less wild, more refined appearance. The coloring in this plant’s blooms is a mix of red, yellow and orange and salmon.

Lemon Yellow Nemesia

Lemon Yellow Nemesia

Nemesia is known to thrive in cooler spring temperatures but flowers less enthusiastically when the weather turns hot and humid. However, the Nemesia hybrid series called Sunsatia® has proven itself a reliable summer annual for pots. In this colorful container combination, Nemesia Sunsatia® ‘Lemon’ complements the orange Calibrachoa and pink Verbena.

Nemesia has a loose upright habit that is equally able to fill in gaps left by trailing plants or by vertical plants with stiff stems. Nemesia Sunsatia® ‘Lemon’ planted with a blue Lobelia will make a colorful hanging basket and Nemesia fruticans ‘Bluebird’ picks up the sapphire disk color of Osteospermum ‘Lemon Symphony’ in a container. Like Nemesia, Osteospermum needs very well-draining soil making a pot an excellent place for both to grow.

Pink Verbena

Pink Verbena Flowers

Verbena is an annual flower that loves hot weather and is very good at attracting hummingbirds to a hanging basket. The third warm colored flower used in the three-plant pot is pink verbena, which is next to oranges and yellows on the color wheel. Verbena Superbena® ‘Pink Shades’ grows big blooms that graduate from light to rose colored pink over time. Set in the middle of an in-ground garden, a container of Calibrachoa, Nemesia and Verbena annual plants will bridge the gap in any bloom sequence a sunny perennial bed may have.

Verbena Superbena® ‘Pink Shades’ is assertive enough to hold its own when planted with Lobularia ‘Snow Princess®.’ Still, in a large hanging basket, a ratio of one Snow Princess® to two or three Verbena plants will allow the pink flowers to shine through this more aggressive sweet alyssum.

Summer Annual Bedding Plants in Pots

An easy recipe for a summer flower garden is to plant three different types of annual bedding plants with colorful flowers in a pot. Annuals are favored for the variety of brightly colored petals from which to choose and the plants’ ability to bloom all summer.

Calibrachoa, Nemesia and Verbena are annuals that will look pretty on a sunny patio and require minimal plant care to keep the small garden looking healthy. Gardeners will benefit from the added value these annual flowers offer by attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to the garden.

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Summer Flowering Shrubs for a Lasting Garden http://allaroundthe.house/summer-flowering-shrubs/ http://allaroundthe.house/summer-flowering-shrubs/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:59:00 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2988

Perhaps one of the best perennial shrubs that flowers all summer is Camellia. Different cultivars flower at various times, and in various colors, from October through May. So, acquiring two or three varieties will see your shrubs in bloom from autumn to spring. An outstandingly long-flowering variety is Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’. Its glossy evergreen […]

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Camilia

Perhaps one of the best perennial shrubs that flowers all summer is Camellia. Different cultivars flower at various times, and in various colors, from October through May. So, acquiring two or three varieties will see your shrubs in bloom from autumn to spring. An outstandingly long-flowering variety is Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’. Its glossy evergreen leaves are set off to perfection by the pink large flowers that bloom between February and May. It reaches a height and spread of 5 m x 2.5 m and is equally at home as a single, container grown plant as it is grown as an informal hedge. This medium height flowering shrub is particularly suitable for a semi-shady spot as the flowers will last longer out of direct sunlight.

 

Another perennial shrub smothered in long lasting spring blooms from March to May is flowering quince. Again, there are a number of cultivars offering different colored flowers. Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ offers deep pink flowers on bare branches, followed by fruit and glossy leaves. Particularly striking is ‘Crimson and Gold’ with its crimson flowers and yellow centers. Both are medium height flowering shrubs at a height and width of around 1.2 m x 2 m and are particularly effective trained against a wall. For a slightly larger cultivar at a height and width of 2.5 m x 5 m try Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Nivalis’. Pure white flowers smother its spiny branches before the leaves and fruits appear.

Check Out: 3 Shrubs Display Four Seasons of Interest

Deutzia pulchra (deutzia) flowers from April to June. It makes an attractive specimen plant, or is equally at home in a border. Although it is frost hardy down to -5C it may need additional winter protection if temperatures fall below this on a regular, sustained basis. The dark green leaves on this shrub accentuate the clusters of white flowers, tinged with pink. It reaches a height and spread of around 2.5 m x 2 m.

Long Lasting Flowers from Summer to Autumn

Hibiscus

One of the best long blooming flowering shrubs, with flowers appearing in June and lasting throughout until October Abelia x grandiflora (abelia) is hard to beat. Small pink-flushed trumpet-like flowers appear against dark leaves which it retains almost all year. Reaching a height and spread of 1.5 m x 1.2 m it is frost hardy and may need extra protection in prolonged sub-freezing temperatures.

A surprisingly fully hardy shrub is Hibiscus syriacus ‘Oiseau Bleu’ (tree hollyhock). Its trumpet-shaped, large blue flowers coupled with its three-lobed leaves give it rather an exotic-looking air. A hot summer will have it flowering prolifically from August to October, so it needs to be in a sunny spot. It reaches a height and spread of 3 m x 2 m. Try combining it with other late long flowering perennials for a colorful display right through until autumn.

Shrubs with long lasting flowers can be real features in any garden, blending in with surrounding plants or providing a backdrop. They also make significant specimen plants in their own right. For versatility there’s nothing better.

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2018 Ultimate Guide for Spring Landscaping http://allaroundthe.house/ultimate-spring-landscaping/ http://allaroundthe.house/ultimate-spring-landscaping/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:01:05 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2389 Learn to grow the perfect ladscape

As spring approaches it is time to get your plans in order and start prepping. Check out the authoritative guide for what to be doing!

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Learn to grow the perfect ladscape

As the snow recedes and the weather begins warming up, it is time to start landscaping.

Start your spring landscaping plans with proper planning

Landscape Design

A well design landscape will minimize your effortsIt is important to properly plan your landscape design properly, so you know where to plant your perfect landscaping accents. A proper design plan takes into account all aspects of your yard, from sunlight to drainage, then it incorporates in the mix of the different plants, so the left isn’t full of yellow flowers and the right is full of decorative grasses.

To fully bring your plans to fruition start off with a drawing of your yard, front and back. Then start adding in your planting beds, draw in anything you want to add, from decks or patios to new planting beds or even a garden.

While drawing up your plans, figure out if you want a low maintenance landscape.If you do want one, check out these 10 tips.

To learn more about landscape design planning, check out this post, along with these 4 helpful tips on design planning.

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Ok, so you have this perfect landscape panned out, make sure the grass looks good as a compliment.

Lawncare tips for a lush lawn

a quality lawn doesn't just happen, it requires lots of workProper irrigation is an important part of achieving the perfect lawn, and really the only way to get that is with sprinklers. Watering your lawn with built in sprinklers on a timer, is the optimum way to irrigate your lawn in a hands off manner, but if you don’t have them yet, consider going with a manual set out sprinkler. Learn all you can about proper irrigation in this post.

Another important aspect to growing that yard of your dreams, is fertilization. Think of fertilizer as food for your lawn, like us, our lawns won’t grow without proper nutrients. It isn’t just as simple as buying any fertilizer at the store and putting it all over your soil, check out this post to know how to test your soil to know what you need. After you have determined that, learn all you can about fertilizers in this post. Also consider using manure as part of your lawn feed routine for a more natural and organic option. Something to consider working into your lawn’s fertilization routine is a fertilizer with a pesticide, so you keep bugs out of your beautiful landscape.

No matter how much fertilizer you use, and how much you water, you can still encounter issues.

Know how to address these common lawn issues:

  • Bare spots in the yard can be troublesome to even the most ardent lawn care routine. This post offers some great advice on how to address them.
  • No matter how much you had properly planned your landscaping, there will be shady spots, which can harm your grass, so check out these tips to correct shade grass issues.
  • Lawn sod will correct issues quickly, and installing it is quite simple if you follow these 5 steps.
  • WEEDS! No matter how much you work on your lawn, weeds will be the bane of your existence. Knowing how to properly control them will ease your stress, check out these tips.
  • Thatch is a build-up of dead grass that can choke the roots of your lawn. Learn how to properly dethatch your lawn in this post.
  • If the grass is thin, but not bare, then overseeding the lawn is your best option, so check out this post to learn how to do it properly.

So you’ve learned how to address all common lawn issues, you have your watering routine perfected and have fertilized the grass to perfection, there is still more to maintaining that perfect lawn. Like lawn mowing, know how to properly cut the grass is very important, as if it isn’t cut properly, it can hinder all your hard work. Equally important to properly cutting your grass, is to make sure you have a sharp mower blade, because a dull blade will chop your grass with a rough cut, which can lead to lawn diseases. Equally important to mowing your lawn is to properly trim along the borders, and that requires understanding the basics of trimming.

Another helpful thing for growing a beautiful lawn, is aeration. A compacted yard can choke your grass, and aeration is as simple as poking holes in the dirt. Ok, maybe a bit more involved than that, so why not learn all you can in this post.

Learn all the tools you’ll need for proper landscaping here.

 

As you’re working in your yard, know what grasses to grow:

Now you have the perfect green lawn and your landscape design plan in hand, it is time to start putting everything into place for the dream yard to spend your time relaxing in.

Learn all you need for a dream landscape

know how to properly tackle all your home landscaping needsWalksways are a great accent for your landscape, picking the perfect type of path topper is essential. Check out this post to learn all about pathways for your landscape.

Adding rocks to your landscape is perfect if you want to simplify your landscape upkeep. Check out this post to learn about how to setup a nice rock garden. If this is your first time trying to grow in a rock garden, start with something easy, like succulents. If you don’t want a whole rock garden, consider using accent rocks.

Got a shady spot that you want to make into a beautiful shade garden? Adding a colorful groundcover is the perfect compliment.

Having beautiful plants is great, but accessorizing your landscape with accent pieces really steps up the quality. Check out this post to learn about 10 pieces you can add to your landscape design plans.

During the day your landscape is visible to all, but without proper lighting, it becomes invisible at night. Know how to properly light your landscape.

Most people count on their planting beds for growing plants, but to add some serious depth to your lawn use containers. This post explains everything you need to know about adding containers to your landscape.

A garden island can break up your lawn, so it is more than just a field of green grass. Knowing how to put one in can aid your design, check out this post to learn all about installing a yard island.

Flowers, are the ultimate compliment to your landscape, they bring color. Everything you need to know about adding flowers to your landscape can be found here. If you want perennial flowers, consider using bulbs. Never forget, the highlight of any landscape is growing roses, so learn all you can about them.

 

If you follow all the advice found here, your spring landscaping will be easy, which means your lawn will reward you all summer and into the fall with a gorgeous place to relax. Don’t forget to put in a bench, so you can actually have a place to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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A container garden can create an eye catching landscaping display in your yard. Building an eye catching container gardening display is more than just placing a plant in a container, it involves creating something with depth, bursts of color, or something else to catch the eye.     Plants to Build the Perfect Container Garden […]

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A container garden can create an eye catching landscaping display in your yard. Building an eye catching container gardening display is more than just placing a plant in a container, it involves creating something with depth, bursts of color, or something else to catch the eye.

 

 

Plants to Build the Perfect Container Garden

Gardeners are able to create an attention-grabbing container garden by using the thriller, filler and spiller technique. Add a variety of plants with characteristics that have towering height or wide expanse, take up empty space and scramble through neighboring plants or tumble over a pot’s rim.

One idea combines a tall ornamental grass that adds movement with a foliage plant slightly shorter but spreading, a large plant with multi-colored leaves and an annual flower. Together, Pennisetum ‘Rubrum,’ a Joseph’s coat, Alternanthera ‘Royal Tapestry,’ a coleus called Solenostemon ‘Glennis’ and colorful snapdragons will fill a container garden and last all summer.

To learn more about container gardening, check out this post

Best Decorative Grass for Container Gardening

best decorative grass for a vaseQuoted from The Garden Book for Wisconsin, author Melinda Myers said, “Fountain grass has long been used along Milwaukee city boulevards and in county parks.” That was in 1999; today Pennisetum, a warm season grass, has remained a popular summer annual that espouses tall drama with its swaying burgundy foxtails.

Used as a thriller at the back or center of the pot, Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ grows 3’ tall and 2’ wide in full sun or part shade. Limiting as a perennial, Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ is a high value, multi-seasonal annual. After the plant dies in late fall, this ornamental grass can be part of a mixed winter-interest combination by adding it to evergreen boughs, sticks of red twig dogwood and mammoth pine cones.

Pennisetum and coleus with Calibrachoa, acting as a spiller, is another idea for gardeners but who want a longer trailing plant with more flowers and different color.

Check out this post to learn more about ornamental grasses

Best Plant to Fill Out a Container

saint josephs coat for container fillerAlternanthera dentate ‘Royal Tapestry’ is a Joseph’s coat plant that fulfills its role as filler in this combination. The coppery red and burgundy purple foliage is made up of long narrow leaves. The plant is shorter than the Pennisetum, 16” – 24” tall, a good choice for in front of thriller plants or off to one side at the pot’s edge.

Joseph’s coat plants are similar to coleus because of their colorful leaves. But, Alternanthera and Amaranthus plants are more successful at tolerating full sun an entire summer season. The variety of species and cultivars gives gardeners a wide range of choices for outside and indoor gardens.

 

 

Add something colorful to the center for a thriller

Solenostemon scutellariolides ‘Glennis’ is a large coleus, in this case, used as a thriller for the center of the pot for its range of colors. The leaf color of a Solenostemon ‘Glennis’ begins at the center with gold easing into shades of rose, gradually growing redder and purple, eventually surrounded by a thin green line edging the scalloped margin. This coleus plant grows to 36” tall and 18” wide.

In the book, Coleus: Rainbow Foliage for Containers and Gardens, photos of Glennis depict the change in foliage color when exposed to varying light intensity. This coleus grows best in part shade. Solenostemon ‘Glennis’ is considered compact and maintains pleasing color, even indoors, making it a good choice for indoor gardeners or to over winter and save for next season.

 

Use a spiller that includes an eye catching element

snapdragonsSnapdragons are colorful fragrant annual flowers for the late spring early summer garden, when temperatures are cooler. Botanically called Antirrhinum majus, snapdragons are most familiar for their comical flower form and vertical appearance. Varieties range from as short as the 4” – 6” tall Antirrhinum Acrobat™ ‘Cherry Red’ to the popular Ribbon series or Rocket hybrids, which grow to 36” tall.

In this container garden combination, very short snapdragons or the bushy twinny snapdragon plants, calling them trailers would be a bit of an exaggeration, will gently spill over the rim when planted at the pot’s edge. Whichever Antirrhinum majus is chosen, snapdragon flowers will contribute high impact color and fragrance to the planting.

Snapdragon flowers belong in cutting gardens but will attract hummingbirds to anywhere these annuals are planted. Northern gardeners appreciate the cool tolerant annuals because they withstand the unexpected dip in temperatures in May at a time when many summer bedding plants do not, although snapdragons will shut down in mid-summer as temperatures heat up. Economical to grow, snapdragons can be depended upon to reseed and are easy to start from seed indoors.

Plant Texture in a Container Combination

At a recent public garden event, Melinda Myers spoke about blending texture by adding fine lacey or big leathery leaves to make a high impact combination in a container garden. The thriller, filler, spiller technique is useful in narrowing the many plant choices.

This makes it easier for gardeners to pick plants with attention-grabbing drama and color for the planter, while devising a well thought-out appearance. The plants can be grown in one very large pot or in several, individually planted, and then strategically positioned together.

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3 Perennial Flowers to Grow in a Partially Shaded Garden http://allaroundthe.house/shade-loving-flowers/ http://allaroundthe.house/shade-loving-flowers/#comments Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:53:10 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2917

Growing a flower garden in a partially-shaded location can be frustrating. Many perennial flowers will not do well unless they receive full sun. However, these perennial flowers will thrive. They are hostas, bleeding hearts and lilies of the valley. Best Flowers to Grow in a Partially Shaded Garden Hostas Grow Best in Partial Shade Hostas […]

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Growing a flower garden in a partially-shaded location can be frustrating. Many perennial flowers will not do well unless they receive full sun. However, these perennial flowers will thrive. They are hostas, bleeding hearts and lilies of the valley.

Best Flowers to Grow in a Partially Shaded Garden

hostas grow well in the shadeHostas Grow Best in Partial Shade

Hostas are traditionally known as shade plants, but, according to an Ohio State University fact sheet called Horticulture and Crop Science, they actually do not thrive in deep shade. Hostas do best when they receive some morning sun. They will show signs of burning on the leaves if they get too much sun. Hostas will do well in a partially shaded location.

Hostas are an attractive border plant that flowers in the late summer. They are a good choice for gardeners that want an easy care, partial-shade plant that will fill in otherwise empty garden spaces. Hostas are available in many varieties, including the green and white Patriot hosta and the blue-green Krossa Regal.

Hostas are easily divided. The plants can be dug out of the garden at any time during the growing season, divided and replanted.

To learn more about Hostas, check out this post

Bleeding Hearts grow good in the shadeBleeding Hearts Add Spring Color to Shade Gardens

Bleeding hearts do well in partial-shade gardens. Their unusual blooms appear in mid-spring and last for several weeks. Bleeding hearts have green foliage and pink, white or red flowers that resemble tiny hearts.

A healthy bleeding heart is easily divided. The horticulturist at the NDSU Extension Service recommends this hearty, perennial plant be divided after it has died back for the season. Simply dig up the root, divide with a sharp spade and replant.

 

Check Out: How To Grow a Shade Garden with Color and Style

Sweet-Scented Lilies of the Valley

Lilies of the Valley grow in shadeAnother exceptional, well-known shade plant is the Lily of the Valley. This plant has delicate, bell-shaped flowers that are strongly scented. They bloom in the late spring and grow well in shade gardens. When the flowers have gone, the green plant remains. The on-line site called The Plant Expert states that lilies of the valley make a good ground cover for areas of the garden or yard that grow little else.

Lilies of the Valley spread easily and can be transplanted by digging up the rhizomes and planting in a new area. Transplant several to encourage quick growth.

Don’t give up on beautiful, flowering plants in the partially-shaded garden. Choose hostas, bleeding hearts and lilies of the valley to fill in areas of the yard that receive some sunlight, but not full sun.

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Gardening Tips for Your Spring Blooming Bulbs http://allaroundthe.house/gardening-tips-spring-blooming-bulbs/ http://allaroundthe.house/gardening-tips-spring-blooming-bulbs/#comments Sat, 23 Dec 2017 15:22:57 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2900 properly planning a spring garden

Spring is around the corner, and everything from trees to bushes to bulbs will be in bloom before you know it! Sadly, we can only enjoy the beautiful sights of spring for a short time, since most plants have flowers lasting briefly before the leaves come in for the long summer. Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths and […]

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properly planning a spring garden

Spring is around the corner, and everything from trees to bushes to bulbs will be in bloom before you know it! Sadly, we can only enjoy the beautiful sights of spring for a short time, since most plants have flowers lasting briefly before the leaves come in for the long summer. Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths and other spring blooming bulbs only open for just a few short weeks during the spring. Although these bulbs blossom for a short time period, there are a few things you can do to keep looking at these stunning flowers for as long as possible.

Planting bulbs at proper depths allows them to bloom throught the yearOne of the best things you can do is in the fall, several months before your bulbs start to come up. Plant a large quantity of bulbs containing several different varieties of each type of bulb. Daffodils come in many different sizes and color combinations, as do tulips and hyacinths. Vary the different varieties around your yard so you will have taller and shorter, larger and smaller flowers blooming all at the same time. Also, all bulbs flower in the spring; however the season is separated into early, mid and late spring. Check the bloom time of each variety and include bulbs from different time frames. This will keep the overall look of your yard flowering for an extended amount of time.

Check Out: Mulch Your Flower Bulbs in the Fall for a Beautiful Spring Display

Apply a granular fertilizer to your bulbs in the fall and again in early spring, just as the temperatures start to warm up. Fertilizing two times will maximize feeding your bulbs so they will grow not only taller but also you will have more flowers per bulb as well. If either season is dry, make sure to water the fertilizer in so it reaches the bulbs down below. If you are not a fan of granular fertilizer, a soaking with a liquid fertilizer will do the same job. Look for a general 10-10-10 or even a 20-20-20 if you can find one. Both will give you the results you are looking for.

Check Out: Caring for Your Plant Bulbs

Who doesn’t love to bring the beauty of your flowers indoors? Many people cut several stems after the flowers bloom to make a quick bouquet, but they frequently just toss them in a vase. Adding a general cut flower solution to the water in a vase will prolong the life of your spring flowers indoors. These packets can be picked up at any local flower store or in the floral department at your grocery store. Hyacinths make fantastic cut flowers because of their delightful smell and the interesting design of the bloom itself. But don’t count out Daffodils or Tulips either. There are several new varieties on the market you can smell as well.

Finally, after your bulbs have flowered and everything begins to wither, only remove the faded flowers and stems. Do not cut back the leaves off until after they have turned yellow and died back. The bulb itself requires the last bit of energy from its leaves to form the following year’s flowers. This also makes the bulb stronger and more likely to spread in the future. After several years of blooming, a single patch of daffodils can turn into hundreds and can take over a huge part of your yard.

Check Out: Flower Bulbs for Beginners

Keep these ideas in the back of your head as you watch the spring bulbs come up and flower this year. In some areas depending on your weather, you might be able to go ahead and kick start the bulbs this year by watering in some fertilizer now. Following these simple steps will help you to have an entire three months, jam-packed with a dazzling display of flowers.

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How to Landscape with Roses http://allaroundthe.house/how-to-landscape-with-roses/ http://allaroundthe.house/how-to-landscape-with-roses/#comments Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:21:42 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2678

An eye catching and rewarding landscaping project is to use roses. Landscaping can add aesthetic beauty and resale value to your home and property. By using roses as landscaping you will propel your landscaping into a higher status. Gorgeous, full blooming, roses are a site and smell most anyone can appreciate. When landscaping with roses, […]

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An eye catching and rewarding landscaping project is to use roses. Landscaping can add aesthetic beauty and resale value to your home and property. By using roses as landscaping you will propel your landscaping into a higher status. Gorgeous, full blooming, roses are a site and smell most anyone can appreciate.
When landscaping with roses, planning and preparation are especially vital. The biggest decision you have to make is where and what types of roses will optimally blend into your landscaping. Rose landscaping is not particularly difficult. Before one rose bush goes into the ground you do need to determine what it is you want to get out of your roses. Roses have many uses in terms of landscaping. You can use roses to accentuate a gate, fence, shed, or as accents to the house.

The roses used in your landscaping can be used as standalone attractions. You can also use climbers. Climbers are roses which can be trained to entangle themselves around fountains, statues, gates, and trellises.

Other uses of roses in landscaping include blending them in with other flowers and plants. They mix well with all types of different flowers. In fact, when roses are added into a garden they add a wonderful stylish touch. Floral shops know the value of mixing roses in with other flowers. They often have lovely bouquets which feature a rose surrounded by other types of flowers. These bouquets are so wonderful because of the texture, colors, and scent. Now, instead of a bouquet, picture your garden with roses mixed in. The same marvelous texture, colors and scents can be yours to cherish in your yard.

Check out this post to learn more about the roses you can grow in your garden.

What color roses should you use for rose landscaping? This is a critical question. You should educate yourself on the different types of roses and their different shades. Roses can be found in many different and varied color combinations. You should choose a color which integrates itself best into your color scheme and garden plan. You could use different varieties and colors of roses. This would allow you to enhance the texture and appeal your garden will have.

The amount of free time is another factor you should take into consideration before you plant any roses. Certain species of roses take more labor and attention than other species of roses do. It is also important to understand which types of roses are more resistant to pests and diseases. Of course, climate plays a big factor into determining which roses you should use. Location of where the roses will be planted will also affect your decision. Some areas in your yard will have more sun or more shade. Some types of roses can thrive in areas that don’t get full sun. Other types will not do well if they don’t have full sun.

Landscaping with roses is a fantastic way to beautify your garden or yard. Planning is very important. Consider what types and colors of roses would blend optimally with your landscaping and flower gardens. Most important, enjoy the roses.

Check this post for your June rose tending tasks

Hybrid Tea Rose Landscaping Ideas

Hybrid tea roses, known for their long stemmed-beauty, are lovely in beds or plantings onto themselves. Groupings of the hybrid teas can be used effectively especially when color is desired in a particular part of the landscape, where plants of modest size are a necessity. The bush Hybrid teas are fairly uniform in growth habit and, are favorites for the home rose garden. Whether used to form a rose garden, or not, plot the area on paper, and plan to position roses not less than three feet apart. With all roses, select a site exposed to full sunlight and good circulation of air.

Choose colors in groups of three or more so you’ll be able to pick bouquets of complimentary colors during the long blooming season. Plant red varieties nearest the point of view, then rose and pink shades, multicolors, yellows and white in the background. Use the robust grandiflora varieties to form the back-drop of your rose garden – and increase the planting distance by one foot. The taller-growing grandifloras boast spectacular colors and blooms that are excellent for cutting. They can be incorporated in tall shrubbery plantings, too. The almost continuous flowering habit of the Rose takes up the slack in the in-between periods of flowering evergreens.

Check out this post for your fall rose tending tasks.

Floribunda roses are ideal for landscape purposes

Even though they range in height from knee-high to almost five feet. Mass single varieties for breathtaking effect. The flowers are borne in clusters and the colors are brilliant. A border of floribundas lining a driveway, or used as a low, foreground planting is a vision or loveliness. Climbing roses have done more to enhance bare fences and walks than any other growing subject. New varieties or old, the climbers in one growing season will create a pleasing effect and reward homeowners with heartwarming color.

Renewed interest is being shown for tree roses with little wonder. Use of them provides sight and fragrance at eye and nose level and enhances the enjoyment of your favorite varieties. Their beauty, truly accents the garden, whether used in large containers or planted in the landscape.

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How to Use Bark for Winter Interest http://allaroundthe.house/shrub-bark-adds-winter-interest/ http://allaroundthe.house/shrub-bark-adds-winter-interest/#comments Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:31:19 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2652

For homeowners who want to add a touch of intrigue to their surroundings, the bark of many trees and shrubs can contribute visual excitement to snowy terrain. The bark of some woody plants is colorful or reflective; others exhibit distinctive patterns or shed their top layers in curls. With a bit of planning and imagination, […]

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For homeowners who want to add a touch of intrigue to their surroundings, the bark of many trees and shrubs can contribute visual excitement to snowy terrain. The bark of some woody plants is colorful or reflective; others exhibit distinctive patterns or shed their top layers in curls. With a bit of planning and imagination, winter can be transformed to a season of fascination.

Pay Attention to USDA Zones

It’s important to remember that plants, like people, have different climatologic preferences. Before purchasing and planting any perennial, it’s important to compare one’s locale with a map of the USDA’s agricultural zones.

USDA zones denote coldest average winter temperatures in a given area; most cultivars of perennials will have demonstrated an ability to thrive within a band of zones. Planting a tree or shrub outside those zones lessens the chances of the plant’s survival.

Since USDA zone maps can be confusing, it’s possible to match zip codes to USDA zones.

Choose a Cultivar by the Characteristics of its Bark

Dogwood Shrub

Colorful Bark (Cultivars with bright red or yellowish branches)

  • Dogwood: Stems and branches of year-old wood are brightly colored. Grows up to 10 feet tall. Depending on the cultivar, stems are red (e.g., Cornus sericea ‘Cardinal’, Zones 3 to 8) or yellow (Cornus alba ‘Bud’s Yellow’, Zones 2 to 8).
  • Willows: Stems vary from golden-yellow to bright red (e.g., Salix alba v. vitellina ‘Britzensis’, Zones 4 to 8; ‘Scarlet Curls’, Zones 5 to 9; ‘Golden Curls’, Zones 4 to 9). Heights vary, but many grow to thirty feet if unpruned.
  • Maples: Several red-barked varieties of Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) are available; hardiness varies among cultivars.

Check out: 5 Berry Plants to Brighten your Winter Landscape for more winter landscaping tips

Maple Tree

Shaggy or Curly Bark (Good choices for areas that can be easily viewed)

  • Birches (grow to 60 feet): River birches (Betula nigra, Zones 4 to 8) are probably the most popular trees for curly bark, which peels away in multivariate hues from ivory to pink and brown. Yellow birch (B. alleghaniensis, Zones 3 to 7) exhibits a more uniform amber-colored skin.
  • Maples: Paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 5 to 8) is a well-known variety with mahogany-colored bark. Grows to thirty feet. Acer triflorum (Zone 4 to 8) exhibits a less flamboyant tan bark.

 


Lilac Tree

Shiny Bark (Subtler hues; reflects pale winter sunshine)

  • Cherries: Amur chokecherry (Prunus maackii, Zones 3 to 6) possesses an ale-colored, glossy bark that persists throughout the tree’s life. Grows to thirty feet. Paperbark cherry (Prunus serrula, Zones 5 to 7) sports a cinnamon-colored bark that peels as the tree ages.
  • Lilacs: Several species of Syringa (Zones 3 to 8) have bark that appears burnished and silvery to mahogany-colored.

 

 

 


Sycamore Tree

Patchwork Bark (Should also be planted where easily seen)

  • Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis, Zones 4 to 9): Bark exfoliates in large plates to reveal a camouflage-like pattern of green, tan and cream. Can become massive (100 feet); should be planted as a single specimen where space is not a premium.
  • Pines: Lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana, Zones 5 to 7) grows to 50 feet and exhibits multiple patches of olive, tan, and brown.
  • Crape myrtles: Several hybrids (Zones 7 to 9) have been developed for their multicolored bark. They grow to 25 feet and produce multiple trunks.

 

Once the hues of autumn have fled, many landscapes assume winter’s monochromatic character. Nothing stays the eye from roaming fruitlessly in search of color or pattern. Depending on individual tastes, homeowners can select cultivars for random, varied plantings or for more formalized, symmetrical presentations. In either case, the winter landscape will be a lot more eye-catching.

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