Cool blues

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Blue is an interesting color – it appears to get richer and darker for a brief spell in the early evening. That is because the eye is more sensitive to blue at dusk, in the half light, when it gains in intensity because the early evening blue light enhances the blue of the flowers. Fortunately…


Perfect Pinks

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Pinks come in two kinds – the bright, lipstick shocker, and the quiet one, gently fading. Make sure you know exactly which kind you are getting. When looking for companion colors, grays are always successful, as are pale blues, and the softer lilacs and mauves. And when looking for the right type of pot, faded…


Host Reds

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There are two important points to note about using hot reds. The first is that they are excellent eye-catchers; the second is that they need not be screamingly violent, brash and shocking. Reds come in all shades from the bright scarlet and crimson, to the deep, dark reds which verge on black. And because they…


Colorful Containers

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Color schemes for containers work best when the colors match the style of container. Strong powerful pots need strong powerful colors, just as elegantly simple ones work well with gentler hues. The most important point though, is to avoid anything approaching a cacophony of colors that beg to be kept apart. As with flower arranging,…


Training an ivy pyramid

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This is a very simple task. All you need are two or three small-leaved ivies, a 9-in (23-cm) pot or one that is slightly larger, and a 2 ft (60 cm) high frame, or six canes, and garden wire. It will take a few weeks for the shoots to cover the frame. Constant pinching out…


Trained Shapes

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Once you star thinking shapes, you are hooked. Basically there are two traditions, the Japanese and the Western. The former is an ideal way to give round shrubs good shape. It even extends to trees. Pruning branches is a good way of making sure that a specimen does not obstruct a view, but filters it…


Latonia angustiloba

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Botanical Name: Alstonia angustiloba Common Name: Common Pulai Family: Apocyanceae Origin: This tree is native to Peninsular Malaysia Botanical description Form Alstonia angustiloba is a tall tree, which can grow up to 15- 25m or more in height. It has a large, pagoda-shaped crown, with distinct tiered branching Leaves The leaves are oval- shaped, with…


Evergreens

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Every garden needs great clusters of evergreens, plants that will keep performing all year, summer and winter, in frost, drought, and snow. When gardeners speak of color, they rarely mean green, but green is an excellent color with a variety of hues from bright green, olive green, blue-green to dark green. This constant show helps…


Foliage for Containers

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Any garden, with or without pots, needs to break away from the idea that everything is geared toward flowers. Yes, they count. Yes, they can lift the spirits. But so does foliage. There is a great variety of shapes and tints and textures. The invaluable evergreens last all year. The enormous range of foliage shapes…


Creating Impact

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Creating impact is one thing, doing it well is another. Visit the very best gardens for inspiration, see how they do things, use their best ideas, then inject some of your own. Forget all about taste and fashion. You could use color-graded schemes, starting off with soft hues and building up to hot reds in…


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