How To Use Flower Beds In Landscaping Your GardenWritten by Paul Curran
The loveliness of flowering plants needs little embellishment by description. Certainly every gardener seeks beauty and color that can be brought to his grounds by a variety of flowers. The proper arrangement of flower beds in your garden and attentive care to them can insure you a continuing bloom of lovely flowers year after year.
For with planning, it is possible to maintain flowers in your garden during entire length of growing season. Borders and beds are planted with flowering annuals and perennials which bloom at different periods during year. By choosing carefully initially, and by caring for flowers thereafter, blooms will overlap each other, so that there will never be a period when an old bloom disappears but that a new one will start to show its color.
Preparing soil for flower beds or borders requires greater care than planting a lawn. For one thing, digging must be deeper. It is not too much to dig bed 2 feet deep, although 1 1/2 feet is suitable. It is, of course, possible to grow flowers in a shallower bed than this, but deeper you dig, better your production will be.
All heavy lumps should be broken up. It is a good idea to spread some sand, cinders or ashes in bottom soil to break it up. Also, you might work manure, well-rotted compost, grass clippings or peat moss into bottom. Do not firm bottom soil down, but let it settle naturally.
Good loam should be used for topsoil — e.g., well-rotted manure, humus, peat moss, well-sifted leaf mold or heavy sand. Wood ashes are fine for spring, and lime may be used for loosening soil. You might think about character of your soil and consider particular fertilizer which contains elements your soil needs most. Should you use manure, be careful not to let it touch roots of plants.
How To Use Hedges In LandscapingWritten by Paul Curran
A hedge that is well kept and attractive can do much for your grounds. Used in front of house and on sides of your lot, hedges are a barrier against traffic, noise and all things unsightly; at same time they enhance proportions and general appearance of your house and lawns. And within boundaries of your property, hedges define paths and walks, demarcate various areas, and help to screen service areas and vegetable gardens.
The plant materials generally used for hedges are mentioned elsewhere in this book. They include tall background hedges of holly, thorn or wattle; informal flowering hedges of rose, bridal wreath spirea or barberry; Such evergreens as mugho pine, globe arbor vitae, box or eunonymus (most of which are used as low edgings) and colorful fruit and-nut hedges of thorn apple, hazlenut, cherry, beach plum, cranberry and quince.
And, of course, there are formal clipped hedges. Of these, Amur privet is by far most widely used. In fact, privet is used so universally that it is original to choose any of above for hedging.
How to Plant Hedges