Tips for your side yard makeover
Most of us have that dead side yard at our house. You know the one, where nothing grows, you throw the bins and you never walk around there because it’s either too hot or damp?? When you build a new home it’s usually the last thing you think about when…
Sweet Alyssum Flowers – Tips For Growing Sweet Alyssum
Few annual plants can match the heat and drought hardiness of sweet alyssum. Find information on how to grow alyssum in the garden and its care in the article that follows.
Buddleja species are popular garden subjects. They are easy to grow, undemanding in their requirements, and produce attractive foliage and abundant colourful flowers. The deciduous species are hardier than the evergreens, though none will tolerate prolonged severe winters. Plant in a sunny or partly shaded position with moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Some plants show a preference for chalky and limy soils. Carry out routine trimming in spring to keep the plants tidy. Propagate from…
Bergenia species are adaptable plants that are relatively hardy and are able to cope with poor soil conditions. They thrive in sun or shade with humus-rich soil. Planting in partial shade with cool moist conditions will develop lush foliage, whereas full sun will encourage flower production at the expense of the leaves. They require little care other than removal of spent flowers and dead foliage to keep them looking neat and tidy. Propagate by division after flowering.
How to: Cut back Aquilegia
Aquilegia - also known as Columbine, or Granny's Bonnets, a staple plant of cottage style planting, and a generous self-seeder. There's nothing quite like a mass of them to create the pretty, frothy effect so sought-after in informal planting, but left to their own devices, they can take over your borders and can become quite a nuisance. My "management style" for this plant is two-fold: firstly, after flowering, cut them back and cut them back hard; and secondly, buy named varieties, and be…
Easily grown in a sunny position with light well-drained soil, the perennials require a climate with a fairly mild winter, but the annuals thrive almost anywhere. In general, the plants in this genus are tolerant of light to moderate frosts. Routine deadheading will extend the flowering season. Water well during dry periods. The perennials sometimes self-layer or they can be propagated from cuttings. Raise the annual forms from seed.