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Impressive Rock Gardens — an introduction

Impressive Rock Gardens — an introduction...

No matter your climate or region you can create an impressive rock garden that seamlessly blends into your landscape. Rock gardens add unique notes to your overall garden design plans. A rock garden can exist in lovely harmony with water garden ideas, or in miniature as a detailed traditional alpine garden. No matter the size of your garden, or the climate of your region, rock garden ideas are unique and add beautiful...
At home with a Cottage Garden

At home with a Cottage Garden...

A cottage garden is not an excuse for a mess. Structure is still important and a cottage garden needs some backbone to hold it together just as much as any other garden. Cottage gardens embrace charm and character, but they rely on the same basic principles as any other style of garden. Start by creating a basic shape of hard landscaping, then add ‘core’ trees, shrubs and perennials that give the garden its...
Alluring Agapanthus

Alluring Agapanthus...

Easy-to-grow Agapanthus produce glorious clusters of lily-like blooms that last throughout the summer. The six or so species that comprise the genus Agapanthus (African Lily) are found growing wild along the coastal belt and inland mountainous regions of southern Africa. These clump forming perennials have been collected from their natural habitats and developed into many spectacular garden hybrids that adorn landscapes...
Popular and rewarding Foxgloves

Popular and rewarding Foxgloves...

The Foxglove is a wonderful, statuesque plant; well suited to cottage gardens. The Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea is a large, showy plant — a striking addition to any shade garden. They look best grouped toward the back of a bed, where their blossoms will brighten an otherwise gloomy spot. Flowers in shades of white, yellow, pink, rose, lavender and purple grow on spikes that vary in height depending on the variety. The...
Hollyhocks: Beautiful and easy to grow

Hollyhocks: Beautiful and easy to grow...

Hollyhocks are easy to grow plants that are old favourites and are getting new attention as gardening trends evolve. Hollyhocks are the quintessential cottage garden flower. The resurgence in Hollyhock popularity comes from several factors. Renewed interest in cottage gardens, a desire for drought and heat tolerance in garden flowers and the introduction of many new varieties are all helping fuel their new popularity. The...