Archive for the ‘Special gardens’ Category

postheadericon What are accessible gardens – tips for starting an accessible garden

What are accessible gardens – tips for starting an accessible garden

Image by Morrow Long By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener In order to continue to experience the benefits of gardening as we age or for anyone having a disability, it is necessary to make the garden accessible. There are many types of accessible gardens, and each ease of use garden design is dependent upon the gardeners that will be using it and their individual needs. Learn more about the benefits of accessible gardening and get information for starting an accessible garden of your own. What are Accessible Gardens? For many people,…

postheadericon Fun plants for kids

Fun plants for kids

Image by Vijay By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Kids love dirt, and they love planting seeds and watching them grow. But what kids love most are fun plants, which hold their interest. Capture a child’s attention through sensory elements by including plants with interesting or unusual characteristics as well as those that stimulate or appeal to their senses. Kids not only enjoy plants having various shapes and colors but those they can smell, taste, touch and hear. Let’s take a look at some fun plants for kids….

postheadericon Being an urban gardener: creating a city vegetable garden

Being an urban gardener: creating a city vegetable garden

Image by federicofoto By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Even if you’re an urban gardener with little space, you can still benefit from growing a city vegetable garden. A window, balcony, patio, deck or roof receiving six or more hours of sun is all you need, in addition to a few containers. City Vegetable Gardening Designs The urban gardener can enjoy a city vegetable garden in various ways. You can grow vegetables in containers, which can be transformed into thriving city gardens. These can be easily incorporated into…

postheadericon Year round garden planner: how to create a four season garden

Year round garden planner: how to create a four season garden

Image by Karen Roe By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener While planting a garden is not an overly taxing chore, planning for a four-season garden takes a little more thinking and organizing. Designing year-round gardens ensures that your home is surrounded by color and interest through all four seasons. Year-Round Garden Planner Before beginning your garden, create a year-round garden planner where you can identify the plants that will bloom each season in your garden. A planner will not only help you keep track of what you have planted, but it…

postheadericon Gardens of blue: designing a blue colored garden scheme

Gardens of blue: designing a blue colored garden scheme

Image by UrbanWanderer By Amy Grant Ah, blue. The cool tones of blue evoke wide open, often unexplored spaces like the deep blue sea or the big blue sky. Plants with blue flowers or foliage are not as common as those with say, yellow or pink. While designing a blue colored garden can be a bit of a challenge, using blue plants in a small monochromatic garden lends itself to creating the illusion of depth and an aura of mystery. To achieve this spatial illusion when designing a blue colored…

postheadericon Purple garden design: how to create a garden of purple

Purple garden design: how to create a garden of purple

Image by Andrea_44 By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Perhaps the hardest thing about planning a purple garden is limiting your choice of plant material. Purple flowering plants and purple foliage plants encompass a wide range of the color spectrum. Keep reading to learn how to create a garden of purple. Purple Flowering Plants and Foliage Flowers for the purple garden design may be traditional purple or purples with hues of red, blue, violet or even black. Learning how to create a garden of purple…

postheadericon Planning red gardens: design tips and plants for a red garden

Planning red gardens: design tips and plants for a red garden

Image by F.D. Richards By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener The color red emits thoughts of passion, love, joy and life. For centuries, red has been used to add flavor and emotion to both informal and formal gardens. Red flowers are commonly used in combination with evergreen shrubs for a dramatic contrast. In addition, red flowering plants have a dramatic effect when grouped in masses. More and more gardeners are discovering the bold statement that an entirely red garden has. If you need to bring life and warmth to a particular…

postheadericon Growing celery with kids: how to grow celery from cut stalk bottoms

Growing celery with kids: how to grow celery from cut stalk bottoms

Image by designox By Jackie Carroll Vegetable gardeners sometimes avoid celery because of the fuss involved in starting the plants. A quick and easy way to get celery plants started is growing celery ends. This method is also great idea for growing celery with kids. A plant started from the bottom of a stalk of celery is ready to transplant outdoors in just a week, and growing a celery bottom is frugal, fun and easy. Let’s learn more about this celery plant experiment and how to grow celery from cut…

postheadericon What is a sunken garden bed: tips for creating sunken gardens

What is a sunken garden bed: tips for creating sunken gardens

Image by Laura Nolte By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Looking for a great way to conserve water while having something a little different? Sunken garden designs can make this possible. What is a Sunken Garden Bed? So what is a sunken garden bed? By definition this is “a formal garden set below the main level of the ground surrounding it.” Gardening below ground level is not a new concept. In fact, sunken gardens have been used for centuries – most commonly when the availability of water is…

postheadericon Pink plants in gardens: tips for planning a pink garden design

Pink plants in gardens: tips for planning a pink garden design

Image by David Masters By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Shades of pink make up a massive family of colors ranging from ultra vivid magenta to the palest of baby pinks. Cool pinks have a little blue hint while warm pinks lean a bit towards yellow. Depending on the shade of pink that you use, this color can bring boldness or softness to the pink garden design. Let’s learn more about using pink plants in gardens. Planning a Pink Garden Design If you are planning a pink garden, there are many…