How to Plant a Heather Garden

Written by David and Alissa Dewitt

HEATHER GARDENS - Mass plantings of heather, either planted with one of each variety or one hundred, can be ideal for a sunny area. Spaced appropriately,repparttar plants will mature into a tapestry with drifts of foliage and flower color.

When planning a garden of heather, begin by making an outline of your area first. If you're planning a border, start fromrepparttar 140924 back ofrepparttar 140925 bed withrepparttar 140926 taller plants and work forward; ifrepparttar 140927 bed is to be viewed from all sides, begin sketching your design fromrepparttar 140928 center out. If you have room, planting varieties in odd-numbered groups is most effective. Even numbers of plants often make a new garden look too balanced and unnatural. Draw circles outliningrepparttar 140929 area thatrepparttar 140930 plants will fill out at maturity (about 3-5 years) growing into a weed smothering mass. Roughly figure 18Ē spacing when determining how many plants you will need (sq. ft. x .44 isrepparttar 140931 formula) for a large bed. Chooserepparttar 140932 taller growing varieties forrepparttar 140933 back or center ofrepparttar 140934 bed and work your way torepparttar 140935 edges, keeping in mind thatrepparttar 140936 plants will grow into a solid mass of foliage leaving little bare ground exposed. Grays and dark greens absorb light; reds, gold and glossy foliage reflect. You want contrasting foliage to define each grouping, so choose a gold or other colored foliage variety, then choose a silver, gray or dark green forrepparttar 140937 next grouping. Flower color is not as important as you may think but offsetrepparttar 140938 mauves with white or light pinks ifrepparttar 140939 plants are to bloom atrepparttar 140940 same time. Userepparttar 140941 winter blooming Ericaís' glossy green foliage as a buffer between a lot of Calluna with colored foliage.

This may all sound a bit confusing onrepparttar 140942 printed page, but donít let it be because they are all compatible with each other. Arrange them untilrepparttar 140943 placement looks right to you. You may want to plant other types of plants inrepparttar 140944 heather garden. Dwarf conifers are natural companions with interesting foliage and habit of growth. The vertical forms they achieve are welcome inrepparttar 140945 heather garden. Other companion plants are: low growing Sedumís, Iberis, Hypericum, Lavender, Sempervivum, Allium, Arabis, Artemisia, Dianthus, Nepeta, Santolina, and Thyme to name a few perennials. Compact Cotoneaster, Vaccinum, Cytisus and other leafy shrubs can also be interesting companion plants in a garden of heather.

Tips to Improve the Functionality and Atmosphere of Your Patio with Plants

Written by Nicole Martins

When I began to create planting plans for clients inrepparttar mid 1990ís one of my main concerns was, how will this collection of plants;repparttar 140716 greenery,repparttar 140717 flowering,repparttar 140718 size andrepparttar 140719 shape grow together to create an aesthetically pleasing arrangement that feels right in its proportion and scale. If you are looking to create a planting plan for your patio or small outdoor space,repparttar 140720 same concerns need to be addressed. Keep in mind that small spaces require great restraint, with a plan towards bringing together a cohesive look. Plants for small and large patios will still be used for similar purposes: decoratively, to create a focal point, add privacy, screen out unwanted views, and to create shade and such. No matter what your objectives, plants can play a significant part in enhancing your outdoor dťcor. Take a look atrepparttar 140721 tips and information below before you get started. Hopefully this approach will take you from buying plants impulsively or obsessing over a single plant and move you towards creating a sensible and aesthetically pleasing plan for your outdoor space.

See plants in a new light and show restraint

Your outdoor patio is an additional room and with a nice set up you will be able to relax, cook, entertain and enjoy spending time in your outdoor garden room. To getrepparttar 140722 most out of your outdoor room with plants, begin thinking about plants as structural elements that can help you to create a ceiling and wall planes, similar torepparttar 140723 foundations inside your home. By thinking in these terms, you will begin to see plants differently and hopefully be inclined to choose plants based upon form and growth habit rather than a single factor such as ďItís a pretty plant.Ē The problem with this approach is that it doesnít help you to put together a unified look, or to create an effect. Showing restraint is one ofrepparttar 140724 most challenging aspects of using plants to create pleasing effects outdoors. It is important however, that before another lovely plant makes its way into your shopping cart, and later home, you head torepparttar 140725 nursery with a clear vision of what you want.

Create a plant wish list

Considerrepparttar 140726 size of your patio, itís not endless real estate after-all, and plants and planters should be chosen thoughtfully. If you or anyone you know just canít say no to another plant or needs to take in allrepparttar 140727 homeless, tired plants out there thatís fine, but be careful not to clutter up your patio with all of them. A helpful approach to selecting plants for your patio area is to take a good hard look at your space, and put together a wish list of allrepparttar 140728 realistic things you want plants to help you achieve; for example: to create greater privacy and to screen an unsightly view. Some people will want a way to create shade or to add dimension to a planting bed; others will want to soften an area, or create a focal point. Whatever your objectives or constraints, this will get you heading inrepparttar 140729 right direction.

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