Rare And Exotic Garden Perennials For Landscape Planting

Rare And Exotic Garden Perennials For Landscape Planting

59The term, ‘perennial plant’, means simply that the plant returns following severe freezes, to grow again the next year. Trees are cold hardy tested perennials by nature, some trees that are evergreens and do not go dormant, but merely slow down during various seasons, and other shade trees enter dormancy and shed the leaves. Tree growth of shade trees may stop altogether in extremely cold climates, but in the spring, will surge with buds that open to flower and leaf out.

Great difficulties arise in assigning a plant, ‘perennial’, mainly because the primary determining factor, temperature range varies from year to year; and every century extreme cold temperatures may erase certain plant populations that have survived in areas before for decades or sometimes even centuries. A perennial plant may be a survivor, thus a “perennial” for a given growing area, then suddenly may become extinct in that growing area. The USDA has constructed a zone map that reveals averages of temperatures reached by the location in your State. This map is a nursery tool used to predict whether a perennial will live (cold hardy) in your area.

Agaves are a diverse genus of over 200 species of rosette, spear-like, leafed evergreen perennials. Agave typically grows as low shrub-like plants in dry or well-drained soils of the Southern part of the U.S. from New Jersey down to Florida, and then West to California. Many Agave species, such as Agave americana or Agave tequilana, have sharp recurved, protective teeth running along both sides of the blade of its semi-curved, lance-shaped leaves, with a sharp needle-tip lance at the end. There are Agave species, like Agave attenuata, and Agave stricta, that do not have sharp-teeth at all, but are smooth. The color variations of Agave plants range from shades of green, to silvery-grey, bluish-green, top yellow or white stripes, such is the case with Agave americana ‘media-picta’. The bloom of mother Agave plants are a beautiful array of pendulent bell-shaped, creamy-white flowers soaring high above the mother plant on a flower stem that may reach 20 feet or more for some agave species. The bloom period of a mother Agave plant is during the summer and the flower stalk is magnificent to behold, however, this event means the cycle of life ends for mother Agave and begins again for her Agave offspring. Agave plants are an excellent choice for rock gardens or well drained soils that lend themselves well to terracotta or cement planters. Agaves are fairly slow glowers so expect higher prices on these sunloving garden jewels at retail garden centers. Huge specimen agaves can be quickly delivered by semi-trucks. Recommended Agave cultivar plants are: Agave ‘Victoria-Reginae’; Agave americana; Agave americana ‘Marginata’; Agave americana ‘Media-Picta’; Agave angustifolia ‘Marginata’; Agave attenuata ‘Boutin Blue’; Agave bovicomuta; Agave celsii ‘Nova’; Agave colorata; Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’; Agave desmettiana ‘Zebra Stripe’; Agave ‘Felipe Otero’; Agave franzosini; Agave geminiflora; Agave lechguilla; Agave parryii; Agave parryii ‘Compacta Variegata’; Agave potatorum ‘Verschaffeltii’; Agave pygmaea; Agave salmiana; Agave stricta ‘Pueblensis’; Agave ‘Shark Skin’; Agave sisalana ‘Variegata’; Agave toumeyana; and Agave tequilana ‘Weberi Blue.’

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Create a Flower Garden

Create a Flower Garden

58Planting flowers in your back or front yard is one of the best hobbies anyone could have. The very thought of working hard for a living being so it can grow and turn into a vision of beauty is maybe the most rewarding tasks of all.

It gives you self-satisfaction and it is proved it relieves stress in our modern days filled with pressure.

But to achieve this, you need to follow certain rules.

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Winterizing Your Outdoor Fountains and Garden Statuary

Winterizing Your Outdoor Fountains and Garden Statuary

57Fall is here which means winter is right around the corner.  For those of us that live in one of these wonderful states that has four distinct seasons and winters get COLD, below freezing, getting ready for winter is a little more work.  We live for our beautiful summers when we can enjoy outdoor water fountains on our deck and in our gardens, spend time gardening, even getting new, fun garden statues that we can enjoy every day.  But, before the deep freeze there are a few important things you must do if you have outdoor fountains or garden statuary.

Cast stone, fiberglass and ceramic are typical materials used in outdoor decor as they are durable materials and lightweight enough to handle without too much trouble.  These materials are made to withstand the elements but if it gets wet, freezes and thaws it can crack.  Below is a “how to” guide to keeping your garden fountains and statuary crack free and beautiful this winter so when spring comes you can start enjoying!

If size permits simply drain your fountain and bring it to your garage or shed.  With tiered fountains you can sometimes disassemble them to store them.  With large outdoor fountains or heavy cast stone fountains this is not always possible so you will want to take other steps to winterize your fountain.

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Rocks Garden Landscape Ideas

Rocks Garden Landscape Ideas

56Rock gardens are a fantastic method of adding unique shapes and textures of rocks and garden landscape ideas that provide a natural feel to your backyard or yard decorating. The combination of rocks, flowers and plants is an inexpensive way to boost the beauty of your rock garden design.Rock gardens are creative reflection of wonderful mountainous scenes that you can enjoy everyday right at an office. Various plants and flowers complement and enrich the neutral, calm and timeless environment developed by rocks in gardens.

Beautiful rock gardens are extremely attractive when they harmoniously fit in backyard, yard or garden landscape ideas. Garden rocks in poorly designed rock gardens lifeless and unattractive. Beautiful rock garden design is definitely an art, so a beginner ought to learn the basics of how to design an outdoor with rocks, plants and flowers.Formal rock gardens emphasize your home exterior design and architectural features. Beautiful rock garden design make backyard, yard or garden look more harmonious and balanced, turning natural landscape right into a work of art.

Formal rock gardens may include only green plants or colorful flowers and plants that bring life to rock garden landscape ideas and provide a more natural look to rocks garden setting.Natural rock garden designs look informal and natural with wild flowers and plants that grow in free style. Decorative flowers and plants can be added to the natural garden design, which makes it brighter and more colorful.

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Make Your Garden Look Astonishing Quickly And Cheaply

Make Your Garden Look Astonishing Quickly And Cheaply

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Now is the time of year when everybody is taking care of their garden. You buy new gnomes, bigger than the old ones, paint the fence in illuminating white. You’d do just anything to make it the envy of your neighbours and you’ve probably spent a fortune doing it. Well, this article will show you how to do it in a thrifty way, saving a lot of money for other good ideas you have. Getting your garden into shape will never cost you a fortune any more!

1. Remove everything “brown”! – The winter has definitely left a lot of signs of its presence like dead leaves, moss and mud all around the place. This is the first thing you should do on your way of creating the best looking garden in the neighbourhood. When you have completely removed everything “brown” from your garden, you could proceed with my next advice.

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