Filling the Framework – Around the House

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Once the permanent framework of small trees and shrubs is in place, the fun starts. By filling the spaces in between with smaller shrubs and hardy perennials that flower in succession, the border will look good right through the seasons. As the glorious blossom of spring-flowering shrubs, such as camellias, rhododendrons, daphnes, and broom begins…


Border style

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A gorgeous border, filled with attractive plants, is an asset to any garden. Be sure to plan the border well before you start for the best results. A mixed border is the best option for most gardens, where planting has to look good all year round. Using small trees and shrubs as a framework, and…


Decorated Pots

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Give you plain, terracotta pots a make-over. Choose colors that complement or contrast with the flowers for best effect. Do not be too subtle, as pale colors get lost, make the pots stand out with bold stripes in reds, purples, blue, and whites, or try painting them with different size spots, hoops, or zigzags. Such…


Water containers

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If you want to add extra dimensions to your garden, you have to keep embellishing, and one of the best ingredients is water. You do not need huge swimming pools, ponds, or lakes – small containers dotted around the garden are simple and effective. There are a surprising number of ways to introduce water, even…


Scented Pots

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Containers are a simple way of introducing scent to a garden – and with the right choice of plants you can have the smell of pineapples and marzipan. Pots can be moved around for maximum effect, and placed near doors or windows so that the smell can filter into the house. All it takes is…


Herbs in Containers

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It is no great misforture if you do not have space for a kitchen or vegetable garden. Herbs bring taste and freshness to any kitchen and can be grown in all kinds of containers. In fact, some herbs, such as mint, are best grown in pots to restrict their root run. There is a huge…


Planting a shallow container

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The key criteria for creating an alpine garden are plenty of peat, builder’s sand, and cement. Cover it with damp drainage holes and free-draining compost. You can adapt sacking, and then leave it to set. Carefully allocate its an old sink or a stone trough, covering it with hypertufa. Final position as the container can…


Alpines

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Alpines have special needs. They are high-altitude plants that, in their natural habitat, are covered in snow in winter. They are small and compact, and can withstand ferocious winds and rock falls. A bright position and excellent drainage are vital. A huge range of good alpine plants can be grown in special containers kept in…


Specialty Pots

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One of the great pleasures of container gardening is creating special themes. They include alpines, a world of scaled-down detail, the versatile herb garden, scented plants, and even mini-pond. Container gardens can have plenty of gusto. CUSTOMIZED CONTAINES Containers give you a wonderful opportunity to personalize your garden. French lavender grows in a stylish trough…


Winter plants

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Due to the lack of competition, even a simple pot of cyclamen or snowdrops always looks surprisingly good in winter. For a more stylized effect you can plant bedding or bulbs around shrubs with interesting shapes or berries, provided that the lower branches have been pruned to make the flowers clearly visible. The limited winter…


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