How to Use Color in Your Perennial Garden

Written by Jeff Pozniak


Just like most things in life, beauty is inrepparttar eye ofrepparttar 113310 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 ofrepparttar 113311 disciplines I like to pull from often, especially when it comes to color choices, is Feng Shui. While Iím not part ofrepparttar 113312 Feng Shui orthodoxy,repparttar 113313 design and layout lessons Iíve taken from Feng Shui are fundamentally grounded in sound design. They can be used inside and outsiderepparttar 113314 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 andrepparttar 113315 carrying out and completion of tasks.

On a much smaller scale, when I finish a landscape design and want to beginrepparttar 113316 next design, I need some ofrepparttar 113317 cleansing effects of metal energy. I remove every template, pencil, eraser bag and architect's scale from my drafting table and I wipe downrepparttar 113318 table. Iím left with a stark white table, and with that I am able to lay down a new piece of vellum and washrepparttar 113319 previous design from my mind and begin to get involved withrepparttar 113320 next space Iíll design. I find that structure andrepparttar 113321 absence of color leaves my imagination open to consider new design possibilities.

Control Snakes in the Garden

Written by Marilyn Pokorney


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To have a snake or two inrepparttar 113313 garden is good. Non-poisonous snakes, such asrepparttar 113314 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.

Keeprepparttar 113315 lawn neatly cut and clean. Be careful using weed eaters becauserepparttar 113316 sting fromrepparttar 113317 fast moving string can kill them.

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