Funky, Fun Garden Plants

Written by Valerie Garner

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Here's another one to try. This one is called Autumn Crocus.In this case you can tell a lot by it's name. You generally purchase it as a bulb, which are usually quite large. It does return year after year without needing to re-plant it.

Inrepparttar spring it shoots up a lot of foliage, this is preparingrepparttar 113302 plant for it's autumn blooms, be sure to just leave this alone. Come about mid June or so, this foliage starts looking like it's dying, again just leave it be. In late August/early September, when most ofrepparttar 113303 flowers are past their prime andrepparttar 113304 garden is starting to look sparse, out comesrepparttar 113305 AutumnCrocus, with their beautiful lilac colored blooms. They bloom for quite a long time when few things are blooming. A fun plant, give it a try!

This one is an annual (only lives 1 growing season) plant called Love Lies Bleeding. It's as strange as it's name.It is very easy to grow. You just simply direct seed itinrepparttar 113306 soil (full sun preferably) where it is to grow inthe spring. It's height seems to vary greatly. I've seenit be as small as about 2 feet high, and reach up to 6 or7 feet high. It's "flowers" are long, burgandy coloredropes that hang. It is simply stunning. Always getsattention! It will usually re-seed itself so you'll getnew plantsrepparttar 113307 following year without doing anything.It's best to try to find this seed in an unusual typeseed catalog. It is inrepparttar 113308 amaranth family.

Here'srepparttar 113309 last one. Ever triedrepparttar 113310 hellebore family?There are many varieties. They are perennial whichmeans they come back year after year. These are best planted in shady areas, but where they will get sun inrepparttar 113311 winter, like under leafed trees or something of that nature.

What is so unusual about hellebores is that they bloomsomewhere between Dec. and March. There are very fewplants that do that! One variety is called a ChristmasRose. It's quite striking to see flowers inrepparttar 113312 midstsometimes of snow.

These plants usually must be puchased at a nursery.Check out your local nursery for this wonderful familyof plants.

By Valerie Garner, mom and proud grandma, and owner of Joyful Designs in Soy (Candles) at:

Planning a Water Garden...

Written by Gordon Goh

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Most water gardens are an addition or extension ofrepparttar natural landscape. To encourage and invite your guests torepparttar 113301 water garden for picnics, for chats, and for just sitting in pleasure: Planrepparttar 113302 water garden so it's visible fromrepparttar 113303 walkway to your home. The water garden that your visitors and guests see while entering your home adds value to your home and to your conversation!

In planning your water garden, use a sheet of paper to write down what you want to gain from your water garden. Start your list by using personal reasons, value reasoning, enhancing, or changingrepparttar 113304 overall look of your landscape. Alternately, you may simply want a place for solitude. These arerepparttar 113305 desires you'll write on your list. From this list, you can better plan 'where' your water garden will suit you and your ideas.

Gordon Goh is author ofrepparttar 113306 free, informative website Simply Flower Garden offering quality useful tips for flower garden lovers.

Gordon Goh is author of the free, informative website content of Flower | Garden Tips offering quality useful tips for flower gardening

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