Attention All Pansy Fans!
These TRAILING PANSIES are a “must have” for anyone with even the slightest attraction to pansies. They survive very cold temps, they trail, and they bloom from Fall to Spring. They also are an ideal choice in a setting where uniformity is important.. And these hybrids are trialing, which makes them perfect for hanging baskets and containers.
The colors will make you smile from ear to ear — a great way to celebrate Spring and Summer .
Don’t call the fire department because that’s not a fireball in your garden! The Dwarf Burning Bush (Euonymus alata “Compactus”) is a low-care, beautiful shrub. With its upright, bushy and vase-shaped habit, it’s a Fall garden’s best friend with its brilliant and intense fiery scarlet Red foilage. Your guests will do a “double take” when they see your Burning Bush as it really is that visually appealing. It is such an incredible garden wonder, it can serve as your Fall focal point.
The Burning Bush ranges from 6-10 feet high, and 6-10 feet wide, and it’s insect, disease, drought, heat, AND deer resistant, and tolerant of shade (but for the most intense fall color, plant it in full sun. ) It’s also versatile enough to use as a hedge screen en masse, so you can block an unsightly view while setting your landscape ablaze with color!
GardenWise on Garden Accents!
Garden accents say much about the gardener, and they can make or break a garden space. Finding the right garden ornament can be a difficult task.
We’ve all visited our share of gardens that would inspire us more if it weren’t for those gnomes! Religious statues, bottle trees, stones with inspirationsal phrases, and even garden gates; so many ideas to choose from, and not all choices blend as well into a landscape as others. I have a Chinese pagoda, similar in structure to the Sui dynasty 7th century Four Gates Pagoda, and a large hand carved Buddha head which I think add strong stone elements to my garden space. But that may not be where you will find your inspiration — there are so many choices! Bottom line, everyone has different ideas and motivations when it comes to garden accents, which is what makes visiting a friend’s garden space so much fun.
Here’s a link to a feature from Garden & Gun magazine, “Weird Things in Your Yard”, on finding the right garden accent/ornament
GardenWise on Recycling & “Green” Garden Design
There are so many advantages to using recycled materials when creating a stone/hardscape garden project. For the environment and your wallet! We use recycled materials, such as concrete for paving systems, recycled glass in stepping stones, and crushed recycled stone and granite for patio surfaces whenever possible. It’s a great “green” step to take while creating your special garden space.
An added benefit to using recycled materials? The savings on the installation of a landscape design. If I can incorporate larger pieces of old concrete into a design, the purchase and delivery of new materials is eliminated. Also eliminated? The cost of removing and disposing of old materials.
If you think that you can’t afford to install your next hardscape project, ask about incorporating recycled materials into your design. The savings may just be enough for you to go ahead and create the garden space you desire. Just in time for spring and summer.
Garden Shed Inspiration for Better Homes & Gardens
I want to build a new garden shed in my backyard this summer. This is an idea I had last summer and it never happened, so I’m moving it to the top of the “to do” list for this year. Most homeowners will agree, there’s no such thing as enough storage space. There’s a limit, after all, to the things you can stash in your basement and garage. What I really need is a garden shed – one large enough to house a pretty big arsenal of outdoor power tools while providing organized space for everything from rakes and shovels to mulch and fertalizer. All of my outside spaces are landscaped, so it will have to be in a somewhat visible area to the left of my water feature, above, one of the main focal points in my garden.
I had an earlier thought of creating a shed with a “green” roof, and when I came across this wonderful green garden shed on BHG.com , right, photo credit to Better Homes & Gardens, it pretty much made me realize I was thinking in the right direction. Thanks, BHG, for giving me the inspiration when I needed it most!
Water Fountains Make an Impact
It’s the second day of spring, and I’m thinking about water features! There’s nothing more inspiring than a well designed water feature blended into the natural environment to transform your garden into a destination. Let’s revisit an informative LOWE’s story by Jake Fowler from last year on water feature – water fountain trends that continue with full force into 2011.