Download PDF by DK Publishing: Gardening Shortcuts

By DK Publishing

ISBN-10: 0756689783

ISBN-13: 9780756689780

Thousands of individuals love their gardens yet want they were not really so difficult.

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Packed with potent thoughts, gleaming principles, and shameless shortcuts for each nook of the backyard, Gardening Shortcuts comprises all of the recommendation had to create the backyard you will have and also have time to sit down at the patio with a pitcher of wine.

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Geum blooms are carried for weeks from early summer, as long as the soil is moistureretentive and fertile. Dead-heading encourages repeat flowering. PL ANTS FOR SHADE 61 FINISHING TOUCHES Add a deep layer of well-rotted manure or homemade compost after thoroughly watering in the shrubs and perennials. This will help to retain moisture and counteract the rain shadow effect of the wall. F Dark contrast Make the oranges and lime greens of this design sparkle all the more by contrasting with the bronze-leaf Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea' and the even darker foliage of Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group.

Floating above the other perennials, Knautia 'Melton Pastels' has airy, branched stems of small rounded blooms, a magnet for bees and butterflies. Deadhead regularly. REPEAT PERFORMERS SOFT FOIL SOLID COLOR Many of the plants suggested for this project keep flowering for months, and the white type of red valerian (Centranthus ruber 'Albus') is no exception. Show off the colors and forms of bold perennials using the neutral, 'soft focus' backdrop of the low-growing lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis).

Natural-looking layering works better here than a rigid height-graded scheme of largest at the back, shortest at the front. F Plain backdrop A clipped yew hedge provides a plain backdrop that helps the flowers to stand out. A treated wall or stained fence would also work. F Winding path To achieve this carefree look, lay a wide pathway so that there is room for plants to flow over and soften the edges. MORE PLANT OPTIONS LIVING SCULPTURE Acanthus spinosus; Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'; cardoon (Cynara cardunculus); Eryngium alpinum 'Blue Star'); daylily (Hemerocallis); Iris 'Jane Phillips' TALL STORY 'Black' hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Nigra'); Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'); Verbascum 'Gainsborough'; Perovskia 'Blue Spire'; Verbena bonariensis REPEAT PERFORMERS Cranesbill (Geranium Rozanne); Geum 'Lady Stratheden'; Scabiosa caucasica 'Clive Greaves'; Veronica spicata SOFT FOIL Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver'; catmint (Nepeta x faassenii); golden marjoram (Origanum vulgare 'Aureum') SOLID COLOR Cranesbill (Geranium 'Dragon Heart'); Lychnis coronaria Atrosanguinea Group; Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'; Achillea 'Moonshine' 52 BEAUTIFUL BORDERS Instant color lift Create instant color impact and an exotic look to your borders by using flowering plants and foliage like theatrical props.

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