Keeping Garden Maintenance Low

Keeping Maintenance Low With increasingly busy lifestyles, even keen gardeners find it hard to devote enough time to their garden. Here we discuss how you can create a low maintenance garden that still looks attractive. The Challenge Our client had moved to a brand new house, and as usual the garden was just a bare plot. The builders had already started [...]

Siberian Iris

Friends and family who visit my garden when the Iris is bloom, often exclaim, “Aren’t these colorful! What type of Iris are they?” They are referring to the Siberian Irises, which are planted in long drifts above the bog garden path. Apparently, for all their graceful beauty, with flowers poised like resting butterflies on tall, reed-like stems, they are not truely [...]

Nepeta – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to Grow Nepeta Nepeta (nep-ee-ta) An early Latin name, probably taken from an Italian place name Nepi (Labiatae). A genus of about 150 species of hardy herbaceous perennials and annuals, a few of which are grown partly for their aromatic foliage. Some were once used for their remedial properties. One, grown commonly under the name of N. mussinii, often [...]

Potting soil for Delphinums

Potting Soil for Delphiniums   John Innes Potting Compost Seed compost: 2 parts sterilised loam 1 part moss peat 1 part sharp sand The loam and peat is put through in 3/8 in (9mm) sieve. To each bushel (8gal/36l) is added: 1.5 oz (42gm) superphosphate 3/5 oz (21gm) ground limestone Potting Compost: 7 parts sterilised loam 3 parts moss peat 2 [...]

Rhododendron ( Minuet Knap Hill Azalea )

Upright, hardy, deciduous shrub with elliptic to oblong, 2 to 6 inch long leaves. Single, trumpet-shaped, pink, white, and yellow flowers, 2 to 3 inches wide. Flowers are borne in huge, showy trusses of 18 to 30 blooms per cluster. Bloom time is from mid to late spring. The deciduous hybrid azalea, like it’s native counterpart, is known for excellent [...]

Olearia rani of Gardens ( Daisy Bush )

An evergreen, upright shrub or small tree, reaching 12 feet tall, good for shrub borders. The daisy-like flowerheads bloom on corymbs to 8 inches across in mid and late spring. From New Zealand. [...]

Sempervivum tectorum ( Royanum Hens and Chicks )

Evergreen succulent with a mat forming growth habit, that bears rosettes of pointed, thick leaves, many times with bristly margins, or covered with a web of white hair. Royanum has yellowish-green, red-tipped leaves. Star-shaped, reddish-purple flowers are held in flat cymes on the terminal ends of hairy, upright stems. The rosettes die after flowering but are replaced by new rosettes [...]

Orchid Potting Mix

Orchid Potting Mix 1 part peat moss 6 parts fir bark 1 part medium grade charcoal Articles Grow Delphiniums from Seed Container Gardening Recipes Garden Loam Potting Soil John Innes Potting Compost Orchid Potting Mix Cacti Potting Mix Seed Starting Potting mix Alpines Potting Mix Shade Potting Mix Cutting Potting mix A. Knutson Potting mixes CORNELL MIXES Cornell Peat-lite Mix [...]

Standard Potting Mix

Standard Potting Mix 1.5 Bales of Lakeland Coarse Peat 2 Bags of Supreme Perlite 1 Bag of Turface Total: 9.75 Bushels 6.00 Bushels 1.50 Bushels 17.0 Bushels Add by weight: Dolomite GS AG; Micromax Aquagro `G’ Osmocote 18-6-12   950 gms (56 gm per bushel) 515 gms (30 gm per bushel) 515 gms (30 gm per bushel) 2390 gms(140 gm per [...]

Cornell Epiphytic Mix

  Cornell Epiphytic Mix The Cornell Epiphytic Mix was developed for plants that require good drainage, aeration and have the ability to withstand drying between warterings. Plants having coarse, tuberous, or rhizomatous roots are in this category.  * Fir bark comes from Douglas fir, white or red fir, or redwood, ground and screened to a definite size. Finally ground bark (about [...]