Here’s the deal… Concrete cinder block planters are not the most attractive but it shows the blocks have many uses besides building concrete block walls in homes. Some creative gardeners and decorators prefer to use them as planters, but who ever thinks of making them more attractive?We’ve shared several projects using concrete – making concrete bowls & planters, cool spheres and stepping stones.
This post goes into detail about an Do it yourself backyard drainage system (similar to a French drain) that Home Depot helped with.Drainage is not a topic the average homeowner puts much thought into. However, it is an important part of the landscape.This drainage system is a great thing for people who experience flooding in their yard.
We all like to have more plants and color in the landscape. Not all plants live forever, in the case of perennials some only live in the landscape 3 to 4 years, others can live for decades.Some multiply and spread slowly or by seeding. Others should be divided very rarely, like every decade. Some truly dislike being divided at all.
If you want to make a wonderful and unique addition to your backyard consider adding a hand created garden accessory like custom stepping stones designed by you!You May Also Like:Turn Broken China Into Gorgeous Garden Stepping StonesMake Fake Landscape Rocks and BouldersThese stepping stones are really attractive with the ability to incorporate lots of different colors and shapes to suit your garden.
Question: I have a small yard and want to landscape a terrace area to get the most impact possible, do you have any ideas for landscaping a small area? Benjamin, NJ.Answer: Benjamin, there are no shortages of “How To” ideas on small yard landscaping ideas. Plus, small spaces does not mean you lose all landscape possibilities and design elements.
What can you do with wine, liquor and beer bottles in the garden? Maybe you are like me who stores them up and waits for the day to finally dispose of them.But, after seeing this project I won’t dispose of them anymore. This bottle ‘Sun’, ‘Star’ or door mat project looks like an interesting way to dress up a patio and in this case under a pergola.
Viola plants are the first and last flower to bloom for many in the garden, and when the fresh blossoms are kept cut so that they do not go to viola seeds.I’ve seen viola blooms every month of the gardening season! Violas are smaller flowered than pansies and more persistent.The most common viola, the Johnny jump up, may grow no more than three inches tall with tiny half-inch deep purple petals.
Hollyhocks have massive leaves, enormous height, and flowers that are numerous and more colorful as anything that you will see in a rain forest. Learn how to start and grow Hollyhock from a seed in this blog by The Garden of Eaden, along with cultivating these flowers after a small lesson on their beauty.
Front porches are making a comeback. Of the new homes built in 2011 two-thirds had a porch according to a USAToday article.If you have a porch, what does it say about you and your home?Are you tired of coming home, pulling into the driveway, and staring at the most boring front porch in the entire neighborhood?
It is a foregone conclusion that no one will ever grow perfect peony plants.But it should be our aim to approach this goal as nearly as possible. The following will give such directions as I think will best help us to come within a reasonable distance of this end.First we must have a root of the proper size, free of disease, the roots ample to supply the needed nourishment for the best development of the plant.
Question: My question is on leaf mulchers. Years ago I remember my grandfather burning mountains of leaves every fall. Now that seems like such a waste of good organic material.I’ve been thinking about purchasing the Worx leaf mulcher shredder I’ve seen on TV to grind up all of our leaves in the fall.
The dogwood tree is an attractive tree in every season of the year. In the springtime, dogwood trees burst into full blooms blanketing the woodlands in white.In the fall, the same trees provide a wonderful “turning of the leaves” autumn experience. They also produce delightful red berries that provide sustenance for birds.
Front yard landscapes are a great way to showcase your home from front porch to the street, including fountains and lighting.It is a way to say, “Welcome” starting with the front yard landscape design continuing to the front door.If you were visiting your house for the first time, would you feel welcomed walking up to the porch and knocking or be wondering if someone the person knocking was going give you some needed lawn care advice?
We recently posted about the passion vine flower, the colorful mandevilla vine and 10 other annual vines.Often, when you buy these trellis vines at the garden center they come with a small wooden trellis.Problem is… when the plant grows, the trellis is no longer suited to handle the bigger plant.Lowe’s has an easy to make trellis (5 steps and skill level: beginner), which is taller to allow your plants to grow larger and more attractive.
Once your garden hose no longer “works” as it should it can still be useful around the house and out in the garden.Before throwing the leaky water hose in the trash, see if you can use any of the ways below to get more milage out of it!Tree SupportYou can use it to support weak trees or newly planted trees.
Going through and organizing images on my computer recently I ran across these few I wanted to share.Here are pictures of one of the oldest potted plants in the world – Encephalartos altensteinii – which lives in the Palm House at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.What struck me while looking at these pictures:How the plant has survived 200 plus years?
The Choisya ternata CHOY-see-uh ter-NAY-tuh known as the Mexican orange blossom is an evergreen shrub with attractive foliage and aromatic flowers.Choisya is a member of the family Rutaceae with the Murraya paniculata (mock orange jasmine), commonly known as the citrus family.Many of the shrubs in this family produce edible fruit.
Camellia plants kuh-MEE-lee-a , are lovely evergreen shrubs native to the mountainous forests of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.It first arrived in the United States in the early 1800s and is now a favorite due to its large flowers.It also grows in the wild in many areas, including the southern East and West coasts of the US.
Many of us can only dream of having a covered terrace or patio to relax and entertain.There are so many options and ideas to make your terrace a great living space for you and your family.From theStructure type – permanent, temporaryCovering used – solid, canvasType of flooringPatio furniture selection – wood, metal, wickerExtras – BBQ, tables, outdoor kitchen, TVMany of the images may appear to be “high end” but these are exactly the type of outdoor designs that are loaded with patio ideas.
The Bird of Paradise plant, Strelitzia reginae (Stre-litzia regi-nae or Strel-it-zia re-ginae) is an evergreen perennial popular as a landscape plant.This species is native to the coastline of southern Africa. In its natural habitat, these tropical plants grow in patches that can go on for miles.Owing to the colorful appearance and open flowers that resemble an exotic bird, this species is also known as the “bird of paradise” or the “crane flower.