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August 5, 2013

How to Plant a Feline Snack Garden

Although most people grow their gardens so that they can either enjoy the beautiful flowers, shrubs and other attractive and appealing plants or so that they can grow fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs to eat and share with their loved ones, not all gardens have to be of one of these two varieties. If you have a pet cat, for instance, you might decide to grow a feline snack garden so that your cat can enjoy (more…)

June 20, 2013

Poisonous Plants: Common Plants You Didn’t Know Were Toxic

What is more beautiful than a summer garden in full bloom? Flowering plants and shrubs are lovely, but some are best enjoyed at a distance; many plants commonly grown in neighborhood yards or kept inside our homes are actually poisonous. Here are a few toxic plants that you will want to be aware of.

Datura Stramonium is a very common, attractive plant with trumpet-shaped pink, white or purple flowers that grows almost anywhere there is soil. Recognizable by its thorn-covered seed pod and unpleasant odor whenever any part of the (more…)

May 4, 2013

Companion Planting: How to Get Bigger, Healthier Plants

When you start your garden, you may want to make sure that there are nothing but big and beautiful plants in it, but have you considered what you need to do to make sure that the plants you choose are healthy? Companion planting requires that you put other plants next to your prize winners, and as it turns out there are many reasons to do so!

First, you will find that even if your blooms are (more…)

May 2, 2013

New Ideas for Landscaping Along Privacy Fences

The landscaping efforts and gardening options that can allow you to make the most out of your fencing can make a big difference in many outdoor areas. Allowing a privacy fence to disrupt the flow of your landscape may be far more of an eyesore than you had accounted for, one that can quickly and effectively addressed with a few creative gardening options. Bushes, flowers and other plants that can allow your fence to blend more effectively into its (more…)

May 1, 2013

The Basics of Creating and Maintaining Ornamental Ponds

Building an ornamental pond in your backyard is a great way to give your landscaping a fresh and exciting look, and you are sure to enjoy the peace and tranquility that will simply radiate around your pond if you take good care of it. Although the idea of building and taking care of your own ornamental pond might seem stressful and a bit on the overwhelming side, doing so correctly can bring you a beautiful pond that you (more…)

April 30, 2013

Colorful Varieties of Ornamental Trees

An ornamental tree adds a striking focal point for any scene. Some varieties may be planted in a single row to define a property’s boundary or highlight a driveway’s edge. Others offer a commanding and colorful presence when a single specimen is planted strategically in the center of a yard’s landscape.

Flowering pears usher in springtime with clouds of white flowers and then bid farewell to summer with stunning orange-red foliage in autumn. Japanese red maples come in a variety of shapes. Their branches may be low and sprawling or fall in weeping sweeps. (more…)

April 29, 2013

How to Design a Rain Garden

Creating a garden or landscape design that is able to make better use of the natural irrigation and rainfall of your climate can be a very rewarding way to improve your outdoor environment or property. Choosing the right plants and flowers, making use of more sustainable layouts and gardening options and landscaping in such a way as to minimize the additional resources and efforts that will be required for maintenance and upkeep can be a wide wise approach to take. Having to spend your spare time gardening (more…)