How to make a bog garden

BOG GARDEN If there is a very damp position in the garden it may be used as the site of a bog garden for the cultivation of those plants which grow in moist or swampy ground in their native habitats. If no such site is present, construct for draining away the water to prevent its becoming stagnant. The site should […]

Maranta – Arrowroot Plant

Warm greenhouse ornamental-leaved plants which grow wild in tropical America ancl belong to the family Marantaceae. They are suitable for growing outdoors in frost-free regions only. These plants form tufts of leaves which rise straight up from the soil: they vary in height from 1-6 ft. The leaves vary in size and shape, some being oval, others lance-shaped, round or […]

Berry trees and shrubs

BERRIED TREES AND SHRUBS Many kinds of trees and shrubs are worth growing for the sake of their brightly colored fruits, apart from any other ornamental characteristics they may possess. Not all the fruits borne by the following trees and shrubs are true berries, but for the sake of convenient reference these kinds are grouped together here. Rockspray or Cotoneaster. […]

Cytsis broom shrubGarden Plants Design Information

Cytsis Broom shrub Cytisus or Broom Free Blooming Shrubs for sunny location Leaf  losing and evergreen  hardy and tender shrubs which are very beautiful when in bloom in spring and summer; they bear pealike flowers of various colors.  About fifty species are known; they are natives chiefly of the Mediterranean region and the Canary Isles.  The name Cytisus is from […]

Greenhouse Ferns Davallia Garden Plants Design Information

X Sitemap DAVALLIA — Hare’s–foot Fern (Davall’ia). Greenhouse Ferns, most of which have fleshy rhizomes that creep over the surface of the soil: the rhizomes are covered with silvery white or brown hairy scales. They have finely divided fronds which arise directly from the horizontal rhizomes and vary in length from 6 in. to 6 ft. They are natives of […]

How to plant a carrot

Carrot Cultivation Carrots do best in deep, well-cultivated sandy loam, preferably well manured for the previous crop. Fresh manure causes forking and excessive top growth. Apply a good compound fertilizer 7-10 days prior to sowing. This may be fish meal or 3 parts of superphosphate, 2 parts of sulphate of potash and 1 part of sulphate of ammonia, applied at […]

Impatiens – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Impatiens Impatiens (im-pa-she-ens) From the Latin impatiens in reference to the way in which the seed pods of some species burst and scatter their seed when touched (Balsaminaceae). Balsam, busy lizzie. A genus of about 500 species of annuals, biennials and sub-shrubs mostly from the mountains of Asia and Africa. The succulent hollow stems are brittle and […]

Sidalcea – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to Grow Sidalcea Sidalcea (sid-al-see-a) A compound of two related genera, Sida and Alcea. The former comes from an ancient Greek name used by Theophrastus for the water-lily, the latter from Althaea, the generic name for hollyhock (Malvaceae). These hardy perennial herbaceous plants belong to the same family as the hollyhock and the mallow. Their flowers have delicate papery […]

Soil pH

Soil pH This is the measure used to indicate the active acidity of the soil. The term is based on the balance between the hydrogen ions and the hydroxyl ions and it is important to remember that a low pH figure indicates acid soil which for most crops requires correcting by the addition of lime. pH 7 represents neutrality. Below […]

How to grow lettuce from seed

How to grow lettuce from seed Lettuce Lettuces fall into three groups—cabbage, cos and loose-leaf. The cabbage kinds are subdivided into crispheads and butterheads. Those sold by the greengrocer are almost always butterheads because crispheads do not travel well and wilt rather quickly after harvesting. The cos varieties have long, boat-shaped, very crisp leaves and they are preferred by many […]