Wintering Plants in Containers

Growing Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry

Purple-leaf Sand Cherry belongs to the family Roseaceae, a deciduous shrub that grows from 7-10 feet high. It’s highly prized for its foliage which is red-purple and maintains them until the summer time. Its flowers are fragrant, borne singly and pinkish-white in color.

Top 10 Home and Garden Books For Every Gardener and Designer

Looking for great gardening books? After thirty years of gardening and building a wonderful reference library of gardening books, I’ve listed our top 10 favorite home and garden books that every gardener and designer should have. Some are oldies, but goodies, and some are hot off the press.

Flower Gardens – The Best Bi-Annuals to Grow

Bi-annual flower plants are those that bear flowers in their second year of growth cycle. They defers from the annual flowers where they starts to bloom in just one growing period. Their growth process is somewhat delayed because it their leaves and stems that grows first in the first year, then bear flowers and immediately dies in the second year. Although they have similarities in their blooming period with perennials, the difference is that, after they bear their blooms, they die, while the perennials live longer for another year.

How to Grow a Cyclamen Plant

The word “cyclamen” derives from the Greek word kyklamenos meaning “circle form” a perfect description of the cyclamen corm. It has been cultivated since the time of Plato, the great Philosopher several hundred years B.C. Cyclamen is a perennial plant with 23 species and grown from its tubers. It was believed to originates from the Mediterranean region including Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, North Africa, Southern France, Italy and Europe down to Iran and Somalia. Cyclamen is a hardy plant that thrives best under shrubs and trees where other plants don’t survive, but some species are planted in green house and stored for holidays sold as houseplant in some homes in urban centers.

Backyard Habitats – Nesting Boxes

While it’s still winter time, this is the best time to be thinking about creating your own backyard wildlife habitat. Today’s article is on nesting boxes. What’s that, you ask?

How Bad Is Rose Disease, Really?

A Rose Disease and Pest list to scare you combined with some sound reassuring advise to encourage you and keep your roses healthy. When a novice rose gardener starts reading the long list of rose diseases and pests they might well want to reconsider embarking on growing roses. Their vision of spending a leisurely time tending beautiful healthy roses that are flowering profusely in their rose garden.

Growing With a Hydroponics Box

Nowadays, hydroponic grow boxes and kits are readily available to the public, and have a very wide price margin. This article discusses the various price scales and what they include.

Are Perfect Lawns Really Needed?

Maybe the question should be why have lawns at all? This may be a bit of a touchy subject considering the amount of manpower, money, and other resources just the average homeowner puts into trying to maintain the dark green patch around their homes. Actually until the last half of the 18th century there was really no grass out side the average home front door in the United States was either a cottage garden or just packed earth.

Orchid Care And Maintenance

Orchids are valued for their stunning and exquisite blooms. They can actually thrive anywhere except Antarctica. Because they vary greatly, it would be a very interesting hobby to collect them and take care of such precious collections.

Deep Water Culture Hydroponics: Where Cost Effectiveness and Reliability Meet

Of all the hydroponic systems in use today, deep water culture is by far the cheapest and most reliable. Deep water culture is a method of hydroponic gardening where plant’s roots are submerged in a water reservoir 24 hours per day. Why does this not kill the plant? You may ask, well when nutrients and an air stone are added to the water, the plant treats the water just like high grade soil.

Well Water – Maintenance and Protection

Well water is water that is beneath the earths surface that fills void spaces between sediment particles, and bedrock fractures. When precipitation falls to the grounds surface, it infiltrates the soil, if the soil conditions permit, this moisture will eventually percolate its way into the ground to the zone of saturation, or aquifer.

Helpful Tips In Rose Gardening

There is no question as to the beauty of a rose. You can see them in any occasion from the christening of a child to a person’s funeral. With roses, you feel romantic, sweet and forgiving.

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