11 Dec

Unique and Unusual Indoor Gardens

Gardens are usually associated with outdoors and most hobbyist believe that indoor gardening is limited to putting a couple of accent plants in living rooms or table tops. However, with creativity and a little planning, it is possible to grow a complete garden indoors.

Today’s post showcases some unique and unusual ideas for growing a complete indoor garden. You will notice that growing a garden indoor does has to be an expensive project. You do not really need to build a greenhouse or control your indoor climate. In fact, you can plan and design a nice indoor garden within your existing premises.

Browse these unusual and unique indoor gardens and see how you can make a little oasis in your house.

09 Dec

9 Beautiful Examples of Landscaping with Cacti

Cacti are very useful plant for landscaping. They are hardy, do not require much maintenance and grow in many different climatic conditions. They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes making them nice accent plants in a landscape design.

Browse these beautiful examples of landscaping with cacti and see how unique a landscape design can be.

A beautiful example of cacti being used as living fence.

Cacti can be used to fill empty spaces along pathways.

Cacti can be used as a design element to cover boring walls.

Potted cacti make nice accent plants in small landscaping schemes.

You can also use potted cacti in larger landscape schemes.

A beautiful example of cacti being used as border plants.

Tall cacti can add a vertical angle in tight spaces.

Another use of cacti as border plants.

Most cacti can be grouped together to make a nice rock garden.

08 Dec

Garden Dispatch # 4

The Garden Dispatch is a weekly compilation of useful and interesting resources for gardeners and landscape designers.

Guide to Safe Plastic Products for Gardening

I like plastic pots for my plants and there are many reasons for it. They are lightweight, they retain moisture and they are available in a variety of shapes, colors and textures. Besides plastic pots, today gardeners use a number of plastic-made tools in their garden (such as hydroponic equipment). However most gardeners do not realize that not all plastics are safe for plants. If you are using tools, equipment or pots made of plastic, I would recommend that you go through this informative article: Which Plastics are Safe for Gardening.

How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Winter is just around the coroner and now is the time to prepare your garden for the coming months of frost and freeze. Before the seasons actually sets in, there are a couple of things you can do to keep your garden tidy, organized and free from trouble during winter. Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont, has shared some useful tips for winterizing your garden.

DIY Project: Make your own Grow Light System

 

Grow Light System

When you are short of gardening space (you live in a high-rise building) or you do not get sufficient light or appropriate climate for growing your favorite plants, an indoor grow light system can be really useful. And it does not cost much to make your own grow light system. Rachel of growagoodlife.com has shared a step-by-step guide to making your own grow light system. Check it out.

Visit to the Geelong Botanic Garden

Geelong Botanic Garden

The Geelong Botanic Garden is a heritage garden in Victoria, Australia. It covers an area of 200 acres and hosts a number of rare trees along with iconic Australian species and other exotics. Alexander Krasovskis has recently been to the Geelong Botanic Garden and has shared some beautiful pictures from there. Click here to view full story.

Other Interesting Articles

07 Dec

9 Simple and Modern Trellis Designs for Your Garden

Being an experimental gardener, I love experimenting with different design ideas. And one of my favorite design elements in a garden landscape is a trellis. A trellis is a nice design element not only to support your vines or climbing plants but also to add some architectural element to your garde. Usually made of wood or metal, a trellis can also be installed to create private space in your backyard or make structured garden borders. Below are 9 simple and modern trellis designs that you can use in your own garden.

07 Dec

Winter Flowering Shrub: Jasminum nudiflorum

Jasminum nudiflorum is a beautiful flowering shrub originating from northern parts of China but easily propagated in USD zones 6a to 9b. The shrub is commonly known as Winter Jasmine because of its attractive yellow flowers that bloom in winter when very few plants bloom so profusely. For this reason, Jasminum nudiflorum is considered a valuable shrub in colder regions.

Jasminum nudiflorum

Jasminum nudiflorum / Image by enbodenumer (flickr)

Jasminum nudiflorum produces arching branches with dark-green leaves and makes an excellent plant for growing against walls or arching over a trellis or pergolas. It is propagated from cuttings taken in summer and benefits from regular pruning.

The best spot to grow Jasminum nudiflorum in a garden is a partially sunny location in a well-drained soil.