Outdoor

Blue garden
© BGL
Submitted by
greenduck

Particularly on hot summer days, the color blue lends – at least visually – freshness and cool to the garden. Now there is a wide array of blue-blooming perennials.

Dahlias
© Joujou/ pixelio

Author: 

greenduck

If you have not planted Dahlia tubers in spring - now lush flowering varieties are available at the store.

Grasses, Sedge
© GMH/Rudi Schubert
Submitted by
greenduck



It’s hard to imagine having an eye-catching combination of plants without the characteristically gracious foliage of grasses. One of the most attractive of these comes from the sedge group (Carex). Not only does it create a mellow spot for relaxation amongst the blooming perennial beds, but it’s also a great structural element for cut-flower arrangements.



watering
© Erich Westendarp / pixelio
Submitted by
greenduck



Right about now, gardens begin to show the down side of consistently good summer weather: Previously lush green lawns now sprout brown patches and once fresh container plants droop towards the dirt – not unlike some gardeners, who find themselves spending most of their free time with a watering can. Luckily, there are other ways to beat the heat. Once you know these tricks of the trade for effective watering, you’ll save time and money for other pursuits. 


Roses, Scented Plants
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Submitted by
greenduck



In the summer months, many plants regale us not just with an abundance of flowers, but also with their fragrance. Those who live for this sort of sensory experience should never do without scented plants.

Summertime Blooms
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Submitted by
greenduck

One of the loveliest vacation spots is right nearby: your own garden! It’s ideal for relaxing and easily reached, at any time. During the warm months, there are scores of handsome, easy-care plants with ample flowers that create an unspoiled holiday atmosphere.

Lavender
© GPP / Downderry
Submitted by
greenduck

Container gardens are mobile and can be creatively arranged, a different combination every time. Many plants thrive mightily in containers and bring flair to the balcony or patio that lends a Mediterranean feel. Due to their usually small volumes, plants that grow in pots dry out more rapidly and won’t necessarily make it through a hot, waterless weekend. Lavender much prefers dry to moist, relatively poor soil to rich, and is therefore ideal for balcony and terrace owners who don’t want to ply the watering can daily.



culinary treats, arrangement of herbs
© GMH/PRE
Submitted by
greenduck



Impress your hosts with an original gift that’s both lovely and practical. Culinary treats are all the rage. A sweet arrangement of herbs, edible plants, and bedding or container flowers in a basket is a personalized gift that will last.

Roses
© greenduck

Author: 

greenduck

Garden roses are often enhanced by a robust, quick-growing underlayer of wild roses, but when this understory sprouts, it robs the cultivated varieties of nutrients and water unnecessarily.

Urban Garden
© BGL
Submitted by
greenduck

Good infrastructure and a lively cultural scene – persuasive arguments for city living. They have to be reconciled with a love of nature, however. Not only are there possibilities for experiencing nature with outings in and beyond the city limits, but there’s also potential in one’s own backyard.

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