Making a Lavender Hedge
Attractive to look at and much loved by bees and butterflies, these aromatic features are easy to grow, requiring no feeding and little maintenance beyond an annual clip as the flowers begin to fade.
Tip for Success
Young plants need to be firmly planted. Do this by gently pressing soil in toward the roots themselves rather than pressing downward on the rootball.
Thoroughly dig over the ground removing large stones and all traces of perennial weeds. Add sand and small stones to heavy soil, but do not add any fertilizer or bulky organic matter unless your soil is very sandy.
Dig holes a little larger than the plant pots and, if using larger lavenders such as "Hidcote" or "Munstead," space your plants about 12 to 15-3/4 inches apart. Space smaller varieties 10 inches apart.
Firm in your plants so the soil is at the same level as the compost. On heavy soil, place the plants 3/4 inch proud of the soil and add a layer of compost with sand and stones sufficient to just cover the plant's rootball.
Water in well immediately after planting and keep moist over their first summer or until established. Try to avoid pouring water over the top of the plant and direct it instead to the surrounding soil at the base.
Make a Rose Arch
Add height and color to your garden with a classic wood arch, built from a kit and framed with climbing roses and clematis.
Assessing a New Landscape
When you're shopping for a new home, inspect the yard as thoroughly as the house. Here are some tips on what to look for.
Mezze Planner: Making a Mediterranean Garden
Mediterranean-style gardens are among the most relaxing atmospheres around. Whether formal or naturalistic, their mellow color palette and emphasis on scent can whisk you away to a fine life on rocky coast, if only in your mind.
Musa zebrina, Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii', Musa basjoo
Making an Herb Path Through a Wildflower Meadow
Many herbs withstand the odd footstep and thrive in the warmth reflected from pavers. Plant creeping thymes for the best effect; they will soon blur the sharp edges of the paving.
Planning for Planting: First Steps
Planning your planting fuses practicality with artistic flair. But who says that function and inspiration can't be combined? Read on for tips on choosing high-performing beauties that fit your space.
The low-growing shore juniper, or Juniperus conferta, is a beautiful plant for dry areas.
Planning a Makeover
A horticulture extension agent describes how to find a landscape designer.
Focus on Focal Points
Ideas for creating eye-catching elements in your garden.
Creating a Standard Bay Tree
Topiarized evergreen herbs can be very expensive to buy, but large specimens do take many years of careful pruning. The techniques involved are simple, however, so try this at home and enjoy spectacular results.
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