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There are quite a few flowering shrubs which can make your garden look particularly pretty and any landscape much more appealing. If you live in a temperate region, it’s easier to grow and take care of such a shrub. The following list is based on the seasonal interest of each flowering shrub. This interest is not only based on the blooms of the shrub, but also on their shape, branching pattern and any other striking peculiarity. The blooming times of the following shrubs vary depending on the region they are growing at. Most people purchase flowering shrubs that they can enjoy all year long so this is the main focus of the list as well.
Spring Flowering Shrubs: There are many lovely shrubs which are in bloom in spring, so it won’t be hard to pick one. Forsythia is a shrub with bright yellow blooms which will beautify your garden from the very first days of spring. Some growers even use methods for forcing the flowers to bloom before spring has come. Some of the most famous flowering shrubs are azaleas and rhododendrons, with some of their types being evergreen. Another popular choice is the lilac, which is a late-comer, but it’s one of the perfect heralds of spring. The lilac has a lovely scent, whose aroma floats in the air everywhere around it and it’s quite recognizable all over the world. Its pretty petals will make your garden a true fairytale spot.
Summer Flowering Shrubs: If you live to the south, you can enjoy the blooms of the mountain laurel, a symbol of the transition from spring to the warmest season. In areas where the laurel is native to, it can be mostly found in the forests. Another flowering shrub for the summer is the Rose of Sharon, which is in bloom in the second half of summer. The shrub is related to the Hibiscus, but its blossoms are not as large.
Some of these flowering shrubs double in fall and winter too – not devoid of interest. With outstanding autumn colours they add beauty to every landscape.
Fall Shrubs: Shrubs may be smaller than trees, but in autumn it rarely matters, as these following types look lovely. The Viburnum shrub produces white blooms in spring and attractive fall foliage too. They also have clusters of bluish berries which makes them even prettier. The Oakleaf Hydrangea is all about its beautiful clusters of white flowers during the summer. In Fall, on the other hand, its foliage turns purple, red or orangey-bronze – the perfect autumn colours for your garden.
Winter shrubs: Perhaps winter is not the best season for plants, shrubs and flowers, but it shouldn’t result in you neglecting your garden. In terms of landscape interest it’s quite poor, so the focus is usually on the unusual branching patterns. One of the examples of a winter shrub with a peeling bark is the oakleaf hydrangea, thus making the shrub a triple winner – popular in summer, fall and winter. Another shrub worth a mention is Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick. Because of its rather unusual branching pattern this shrub is often called “contorted filbert” and “corkscrew hazel”. Many people who have this shrub in their garden his shrub in their garden decorate it for Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a good prop for hanging Halloween lanterns and decoration as well.
Many people enjoy having flowers in their homes. Out of these people, many enjoy a garden which is filled with flowers. Of course, you have the option of buying pre-grown planted flowers, which then can be transferred into soil in your garden, or kept in the pots, depending on your preference. However, these can be expensive and you may not be able to find the flower or plant that you wish to have in your garden. Therefore, growing your own flowers will be the perfect option for you. You’ll be able to grow any flower that you wish to have in your garden (climate allowing) at a cheaper price.
Additionally, many people enjoy spending time in their gardens and the perks of watching their garden become a beautiful, relaxing place due to their own hard work. By watching their plants and flowers grow, they feel a sense of achievement and accomplishment, making their garden much more enjoyable to them.
The most common form of gardening is wild flower gardening. It is also deemed to be the easiest form of gardening. However, in actual fact, an amateur will not find it as easy as an experienced gardener.
Before planting anything, you need to ensure that the soil is prepared in the right way. The soil needs to be watered regularly to ensure that it is moist. If you are planning on planting flowers into pots, you need to ensure that you add soil to the pots. You may wish to mix the soil with compost, since compost contains many nutrients which will help your flowers grow. When choosing to buy flower pots, ensure that they have holes at the bottom to allow the water to drain though.
The best time to plant and grow wild flowers is during colder weather seasons. So autumn is a perfect time. Even if you are too busy to regularly water your plants, you are guaranteed to have moist soil due to rain.
Once the soil is prepared, it is time to go to the store and purchase flower seeds, bulbs or perennials. Seeds are the most common thing that is planted. Perennials are plants which can live their full life cycle in two years, making them perfect for those who desire change. After two years, these perennials can be removed and exchanged for more perennials or different flower seeds. This way your garden will always have new additions.
Single or special meadows are the most common wild flowers grown now. If you are planning on planting single meadows, plant these in mass and make sure that they are close together because this way they will look better when they start to grow. However, do not plant them too close to one another otherwise your plant roots will lack the space to grow, which is very important for the water and nutrient uptake.
Although you are growing wild flowers, you still need to ensure that you take out the time to remove weeds and unwanted growth. This will keep your wild flowers looking great. You also need to ensure that you water your seedlings regularly to ensure that they grow. Once they have fully grown, regular watering is recommended, although this does not have to be daily.
Using a solution of plant food diluted in water (always read the instructions on the box which indicate how the plant food should be diluted) can also boost the growth and maintain your wild flowers.
Growing your own flowers can be relaxing and makes an excellent hobby, so give it a try today!
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There is a specific classification of plants that goes under the name “Impatient”. The reason for this name can be found in the way those types of plants are being grown. They usually grow in a garden and they their roots dig deep into the soil. A couple of other easy ways to grow them is by seeds or cutting. Either way they grow easily and without any problems. If you happen to purchase annual impatient flowers and shelter them indoors you will have to take care of them properly and place in a solid ground with enough soil and you will have to provide nutrition and water regularly in sufficient quantities. Of course, the smartest thing is to place them in your garden outside but some people find no troubles with raising them in their house. All it really takes is enough space for the roots of the flower to spread and enough water for them to drink. Every gardener can save himself a lot of problems when it comes down to impatient plants if he delivers the proper care and attention to all of his plants and flowers. This article will explain how to further handle impatient flowers in greater details.
2. APPLICATIONS OF IMPATIENT FLOWERS
Most people put impatient flowers into good use by making the best of their positive effects as bleeding or border flowers or flowers preserved in containers. The best conditions for them and the only ones they require in order to grow quickly and naturally are enough moisture and a rich soil which is easy to drain and wet and finally, shadows-large or small, it doesn’t matter. You have to remember that impatient flowers do not handle the sunlight is such a welcoming manner as most well-known flowers do. Naturally, every flower can get accustomed to the new environment but you have to take the necessary precautions and do it gradually so that no serious damages are allowed. Every flower loves the sun and so do impatient flowers, but because of their higher sensitivity you need to be more cautious with them. The best way to help your impatient flowers to get used to the sunlight is by taking them over rare periods of time under the sunlight and increasing or making more regular that period every other week. If you do it properly and you follow some sort of a plan and a schedule, your impatient flowers should have no problem adapting to your desired amount of sunshine.
3. PUTTING THE IMPATIENT FLOWERS IN YOUR GARDEN
Finally after the weather turns hot and friendly enough you can feel free to transport your impatient flowers from your home to your garden in the yard or on the balcony. Every impatient flower comes with a box of some sort. You need to spill as much as possible from that liquid upon the soil in order to make it easy for the flower to establish itself. If you manage to perform the right twist with your hand on the package, the impatient plants will be released from the container into your hand safely and easily. If it doesn’t work the first time try one more time and make sure that there aren’t any roots caught up in the opening in the bottom of the vase. Feel free to remove those roots and release the flower. When you put the flower back in the soil in your garden the roots will grow again longer and stronger.
This looks like a little home tucked away in a forest of a magical being. The fantasy comes from the rambling vines, stone exterior of the home siding, and some color or the yellow flowers in pots in the window. The hard lines of the home and rambling vines are relaxed with the very feminine drapes in the window. I wonder who lives here? I wonder what someone would be doing just on the inside of this perfect little getaway. Reading? Art studio? …. whatever hey do I am sure it mus be relaxing to be inside looking out.
Some more great planter ideas I found that are sure to make you think of even greater ways to make planters out of things others call trash. Keep the ideas coming…. I think they are really perfect ideas and it helps keep stuff out of our landfills.
There is a growing number of posts I have made to show numerous ideas of re-purposing and creative ways to make planters. Here we have an old pair of cowboy boots picked up cheaply at many yard sales or thrift stores, recycled house rain gutters that have been hung on a fence (note how they aren’t hung perfectly left to right but with a slight tilt – this gives the eye something more appealing to admire, and lastly we have an old boat (but you could use a canoe) which is ready to go after embedding it into the ground a ways and filling it with a rich soil for the garden in the Spring.
What a great use as a planter…. an old child’s wagon. It really opens up your mind to see such great usage of an old object that most would just throw away. What other type of objects…. both old and new…. that is readily thrown away can you think of that would make a great planter? Have you already up-cycled an item? Would love to see pics that I could share!
The first picture shows a planter made from old gutters that have been capped on each side and planted with herbs. Each is attached to another to create a hanging planter which is a good way for small areas or balconies. The second picture is a planter made from a hollowed out log (made with a chainsaw) and planted with lots of color which is great against the earthy tones of the log itself.