How to Use Color in Your Perennial GardenWritten by Jeff Pozniak
Just like most things in life, beauty is in eye of beholder. If purple blooms put a smile on your face, then you should most definitely use plants with purple blooms. The same is true for any color you find pleasing. There are different disciplines to pull from when trying to decide on color choices, but those disciplines speak in generalities; your own personal experiences mold your tastes into something unique, something your own, something a text or curriculum canít possibly pinpoint.
That being said, one of disciplines I like to pull from often, especially when it comes to color choices, is Feng Shui. While Iím not part of Feng Shui orthodoxy, design and layout lessons Iíve taken from Feng Shui are fundamentally grounded in sound design. They can be used inside and outside home, no matter if you have each and every room aligned to maximize itís chi (energy), or you just want to make a garden space more appealing.
For example, a Ďroomí (defined by either an indoor or outdoor space) with metal energy tends to be very clean and structured. Some colors that are considered to have metal energy are white, silver and gold. And in my opinion, some lighter blues, when considering plant blooms, could be grouped with those colors as well. Metal energy tends to allow for clear and concise thinking and carrying out and completion of tasks.
On a much smaller scale, when I finish a landscape design and want to begin next design, I need some of cleansing effects of metal energy. I remove every template, pencil, eraser bag and architect's scale from my drafting table and I wipe down table. Iím left with a stark white table, and with that I am able to lay down a new piece of vellum and wash previous design from my mind and begin to get involved with next space Iíll design. I find that structure and absence of color leaves my imagination open to consider new design possibilities.
Control Snakes in the GardenWritten by Marilyn Pokorney
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To have a snake or two in garden is good. Non-poisonous snakes, such as common garter snakes, are beneficial creatures because they eat pest insects, mosquito larvae, slugs, snails, crickets, rats, mice, voles and even other snakes which may be poisonous.
But if you really don't want snakes in your yard and garden here are a few tips to eliminate them without hurting or killing them.
Keep lawn neatly cut and clean. Be careful using weed eaters because sting from fast moving string can kill them.