Small trees and shrubs – Beautiful garden around the house

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A tree is possibly a garden’s greatest asset. As well as being visually dramatic, a mature tree will attract a variety of wildlife info your garden. Trees and shrubs need to be in place before you start to fill the border with smaller plants. Your first consideration should be height. A tree that is too…


Shapely Shrubs – Beautiful garden around the house

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    The framework of a mixed border is formed by small trees and shrubs. As well as creating permanent structure, they can also contribute a great deal of color and a wealth of interesting shapes. AN ASSORTMENT OF SHRUBS Clever planting makes use of flowering shrubs such as the colorful blue ceanothus (left) and…


Border Highlights – Beautiful garden around the house

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Interrupting a planting with a highlight or specimen plant is a clever gardener’s strategy to focus the attention. Imagine an architectural plant such as a yucca, with its wrinkled trunk, spiky foliage, and panicles of bell-shaped flowers, rising from a bed of unassuming and delicate hardy geraniums and drifts of catmint. Similarly spiky specimens include…


Balancing the Border – Beautiful garden around the house

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In planning a border, you must consider how each plant can contribute to the overall effect. Think carefully about how plants will fit into your scheme. Concentrate on creating contrasts in shape and form, in color or texture – spiky purple liatris next to a cloud of hazy white gypsophila; yellow achillea tempered by the…


Close to the Edge – Beautiful garden around the house

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Having carefully planned your drifts of color and complementary plantings, you can introduce edging plants for a pretty finish. Soft billowy plants such as catmint, lady’s mantle, little violas, dianthus, and corydalis will blur the precision of adjacent paths and conceal razor-sharp lawn edges. The best edging plants are mat forming and evergreen, for a…


Clematis – Beautiful garden around the house

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Vigorous Clematis Montana scrambles through a laburnum tree to form a pretty canopy over a garden bench in spring. Clematis “Pink Fantasy” Clematis Florida “Sieboldii” Clematis “Madame Julia Correvon” Clematis “Fuji-musume” From the delicate nodding bells of Clematis alpine to the extravagant double flowers of some of the larger hybrids, the range of clematis is…


Backing up – Around the house

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A wall or fence at the back of a border makes the perfect showcase for climbing plants and emphasizes the vertical aspects of your border. Climbing roses improve an old wall immensely, but remember that many of the old varieties flower for longer, and the simpler flowers of the clematis are a foil for the…


Ground Cover – Around the house

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Where shrubs and trees predominate and cast a shade, ground-cover plants are invaluable. Not only are they happy in these conditions, but they are pretty to look at, too. The starry white flowers of sweet woodruff, and the creamy bells of Symphytum grandiflorum are well worth growing, but be wary of plants that can spread…


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Families and friends gathered to create their own scarecrows at one of Chalet’s Fabulous Fall 2010 Events. Children (of all ages) also enjoyed the crooked house and cornstalk maze – fall fun for all!


Our summery garden I (Unser sommerlicher Garten I) (HD-upload)

Our garden the last week-end. I have simply filmed a little bit with my old SONY DCR-HC90e camcorder. Thought that is quite nice thus for relaxing. A lot of fun! (Unser Garten letztes Wochenende. Ich habe einfach ein bißchen mit meiner alten SONY DCR-HC90e Videokamera herum gefilmt. Dachte, dass ist so zum Entspannen ganz nett.…


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