Rock Gardens … A Different Kind of Garden

Written by Bonnie P. Carrier

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Also don’t limit your choices to just plants, small dwarf evergreen shrubs can also be used and will add another texture torepparttar garden.

In fact is space permits add a few larger shrubs torepparttar 139149 back ofrepparttar 139150 garden, which works as a backdrop to really putrepparttar 139151 rock garden inrepparttar 139152 spot light.

Examples of Plants & Shrubs:


·Creeping Myrtle – green leaves with violet blue spring flowers

·Hens & Chicks – many varieties of color and texture

·Sedum – creeping in gold or red

·Phlox – creeping in pink, red, blue and white


·Juniper ·Dwarf Mugho Pine ·Birds Nest Spruce

Maintaining A Rock Garden:

Routine care like with any garden is needed. Cutting back leggy plants, dead heading any flowering plants, removal of any dead stems and dividing any plants that have become to big.

Also like with all gardens water when necessary and feed occasionally.

Putting down a thick layer of mulch will help duringrepparttar 139153 hot summer to keep moisture where it belongs aroundrepparttar 139154 plants roots; this is also beneficial if you live in an area where winters are harsh.

To Add Decorative Accents or Not – Here’s a Good Question:

Many articles and experienced gardeners will more than likely tell you thatrepparttar 139155 addition of decorative accents is not necessary asrepparttar 139156 simple lines of plants and rocks isrepparttar 139157 decorative element.

I onrepparttar 139158 other hand disagree, to me adding a little something like a small figurine, a mini birdbath or a tiny wind chime hanging from a miniature Shepard’s hook only add torepparttar 139159 beauty ofrepparttar 139160 garden.

However as with indoor decorating, a garden whether it is rock, flower or vegetable should express and representrepparttar 139161 creative side to each individual gardener, so if you likerepparttar 139162 way something looks go ahead and use it.

Give Rock Gardening a try. Happy Gardening

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Bonnie P. Carrier is the creator of Savvy Home Decorating & Savvy Outdoor Decorating. She is the mother to two grown daughters and a very spoiled 4yr old Blue Merle Sheltie named Toby. Stop by for information and ideas for both inside and outside your home.

Adding a Bird Feeder to your Garden

Written by Johann Erickson

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Of course, one ofrepparttar most delightful birds you can attract throughrepparttar 138812 type of flowers you plant, as well as extra feeders, isrepparttar 138813 hummingbird. These tiny, and exquisitely colored birds, will dash and flit around your garden, adding torepparttar 138814 brightness and activity in your yard. Hummingbird feeders are generally made of plastic, to avoidrepparttar 138815 breakage possible with glass. Since they feed onrepparttar 138816 natural nectar of flowers, what you put in humming bird feeders is not seed, but a solution that you can buy powdered, or make yourself. It’s as simple as boiling 1 cup of water, and ¼ cup of sugar. You can make larger batches and store it inrepparttar 138817 fridge, becauserepparttar 138818 feeders will need changing every few days to avoid fermentation and spoilage ofrepparttar 138819 solution. Wash in a solution of dish soap and 10% bleach, and rinse completely before refilling. One tip to help avoid spoilage, is to hang your humming bird feeders out of direct sunlight.

Whichever type of bird feeders you choose to brighten uprepparttar 138820 yard or garden, you’ll reaprepparttar 138821 rewards with hours of entertainment.

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