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Abigal
2017-07-28
Abigal
If you are looking for a way to add some whimsy or character to your garden, you have a pretty safe bet if you use windows and doors to amp up the pretty. Windows and doors both add a sense of mystery to a garden, a wonder of what surprises lie just beyond where the eye can see. Add some vintage age, and you have a recipe for a delightful space that lures in even the most cynical garden visitor. You can use them as actual gateways to other garden spaces, or as garden decor that only leads to another space in ones’ imagination. (I kinda like those even better!) Take these great ideas and find an inexpensive door in the home improvement center, pick up a vintage window at the salvage yard, or create your own door and window “look” with an element of new construction. But bring in a “passage-way” to your garden, (whether real or implied) and you will have a hard time keeping visitors out! Our feature photo below, is from ‘Paintbox Garden‘ via ‘Houzz’. This would be an easy way to mount a freestanding door as a gate in the garden, by sinking two large wood poles as a doorframe.
These two wood doors were repurposed by ‘BHG‘ to create this fresh take on a garden arbor. You could also use wood posts behind the doors as support here. We would recommend using a quick setting concrete to set the posts into their holes, then screw the doors into the posts.
  These next two ideas are doors in the garden from ‘Gardening with Grace‘. The first shows an old door simply leaning against a fence as pretty decor, the second shows a very vintage door being hung from the roof overhang with two simple eye hooks. Easy! (You get doors and windows from these two ideas!)

  From ‘Flea Market Gardening‘, this pretty chalkboard door is from Gail Brunkes. We love this door, not only does is make a pretty focal point in the garden, it’s a great way to share your thoughts with visitors! We like how she used hinges to add on a second door, creating more of a garden screen. This could easily be moved around the garden to shield a garden bed out of season or a not so pretty view when all the leaves fall. And the branches and wreath? Love this! You can buy chalkboard paint at any craft store…
  Wanna know something cool to do with windows? Build a greenhouse that looks like one from an old English garden! This is a DIY tutorial on how to build a greenhouse with windows from ‘”Global Garden Friends’.
  Lovin’ this repurposed window garden shelf tutorial from Debbie at ‘Refresh, Restyle’! Easy project and the garden tool handles made me smile, I love the whimsy.
  Want a cute garden decor piece? Love birds, like I do? Then try this quick and easy tutorial from Teri at ‘Hometalk‘. She got the window frame for free, then cut and painted the birds herself from plywood. Could you find some precut versions at the craft store?
  From ‘Goessling Design‘ via ‘Houzz’, this homeowner had a window like structure made to act as both an arbor and a patio fence as well.
  We saved the most amazing for last! From ‘Country Living‘, this “chic shed” from Donna Jenkins, owner of ‘Tinkerhouse Trading Company‘ is awwwww-some! Sorry, I just ran out of words cool enough for this garden! The greenhouse shed is made up entirely of windows, and there are a couple of vintage doors making this one of the most enviable gardens we’ve seen this season! Check out the whole article,and watch for the opening of her online shop. Photos by Gridley and Graves.

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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
Check out these 18 Flowering Ground Cover Plants, you’ll find some best low growing plants on this list, they’re not only easy to grow but looks beautiful too.1. Bigroot Geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum)
This old fashioned tough and aggressive perennial ground cover is a good choice for gardeners who want to grow low maintenance plants. The plant barely grows up to 1-1.5 feet tall and loves the sun. Blooms appear when the weather warms up in colors like pink, red or pale pink with interesting variegated foliage. You can also plant it in groups under the trees, the bigroot geranium is a drought tolerant plant and best grown in temperates under USDA Zones 4 to 8b. 2. Spotted Dead Nettle
Dead nettle (Lamium maculatum) is notable for both its variegated foliage and its dense clusters of flowers, which appear in a variety of colors, including white, pink and purple (depending on the cultivar). This low growing plant can be grown diversely in different climates (USDA Zones 3-10), providing it cool, moist soil and shade to part shade. However, it must be noted that dead nettle can be invasive and considered as a weed by many gardeners. 3. Moss Rose (Portulaca)
This pretty little plant with needle-like foliage and tiny colorful flowers looks absolutely stunning. It is an annual or perennial (*in warm tropical and subtropical climates) ground cover that spreads densely. The blooms come in yellow, pink, red, white, orange and many more colors. Moss rose is very tolerant of poor conditions and dry soil. 4. Helianthemum
Also called ‘Sun Rose’ or ‘Rock Rose’, this subshrub comes from the family Cistaceae and barely grows up to 1 feet tall. Providing a well-drained soil and full sun (part shade in warmer climates) it blooms happily. The showy flowers of this genus come in shades of orange, pink, yellow, scarlet, and white. There are some varieties available that bloom for a long time from spring to fall (autumn). Grows in USDA Zones 5-9, this plant usually dies back in the colder regions when the winter perks up, whereas in warmer zones it remains evergreen. 5. Lilyturf (Liriope)
Lilyturf is neither a grass nor a lily. This showy and tough groundcover has lush and deep green, grass-like foliage ordered in slightly upright tufts. Spikes of violet or lavender color flowers appear from late summer until the fall. Lilyturf (USDA Zones 6-10) requires full sun in colder regions but in warm subtropical or tropical climate, you can grow it in dappled shade. It can be grown between tall shrubs and underneath the canopy of trees, also use it for edging walkways or as and a low border accent. Liriope ‘Muscari’ and Liriope ‘Spicata’ are two most popular varieties. 6. Sweet Woodruff
Sweet woodruff is an excellent ground cover if you want to add fragrance to your garden. Grows best in part shade to full shade and on well-drained soil, this plant can grow up to a height of only 8-10 inches (When in bloom). It starts to bloom prolifically from mid-spring, sweet woodruff leaves also release fragrance when crushed. 7. Creeping Thyme
Thymus serpyllum is a low-growing aromatic flowering herb that is perennial and hardy in USDA Zones 4-9. Just like other thyme varieties it is edible too. This tiny plant barely grows up to 3 inches tall. It is deer resistant and an amazing alternative of grasses. 8. Brass Button
If you’re searching for a lawn substitute on which you can set foot without thinking much then consider growing brass button. It also forms yellow-golden flowers that appear from spring to summer. Brass buttons are hardy in USDA Zones 5-10 (but evergreen only in Zone 8-10), growing in temperates to subtropical climates both. 9. Creeping Phlox
This ground cover has pleasant flowers that appear in pastel hues. Growing this sturdy, low-maintenance plant is possible in USDA Zones 3-8, it is the plant that can be used in landscaping to hide the unsightly slope or other difficult areas as it rambles between rocks or cascades down. It can also be used as a bordering plant around the flowerbeds. 10. Sedum
The genus ‘Sedum’ has a diverse group of ornamental succulent plants, you can grow low growing sedums as a ground cover in full sun and well-drained soil. Yellow flowers appear in summer. The best thing about sedums is there are about 400 species of them around the world that can be grown diversely in every climate. 11. Campanula Portenschlagiana
Campanula portenschlagiana or ‘Dalmatian Bellflower’ is a beautiful annual or perennial plant that forms a mat of small rounded leaves. The flowers are star-shaped, blue-purple in color that blooms from spring through summer. Relatively cold hardy but requires shelter when temperature dips below much. It grows in full sun and in the part shade too, on a fairly loose, well drained and alkaline soil. 12. Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley is one of the easiest and best flowering ground covers. Its fragrant little bell-shaped white flowers grow well in shade and have long blooming period. Growing lily of the valley plant is possible in cool temperate zones in USDA Zones 2-9. 13. Vinca minor
One of the most popular groundcovers, it is a hardy plant in both cold and warm climates under USDA Zones 4-10a that spreads quickly. It blooms prolifically, is easy to grow and tolerates poor soil and drought. Provide it full sun in the cold climate and part shade in warm climates. 14. Veronica ‘Goodness Grows’
This low growing beautiful perennial blooms from summer to fall. Good for country style or cottage style garden and also suitable for containers. With its spiky blue blooms, it looks good with bright green foliage. Veronica ‘Goodness Grows’ requires full sun and regular but moderate watering. 15. Firecracker (Russelia equisetiformis)
A warm climate plant that grows best in warm temperates, subtropics, and tropics (USDA Zones 8b-11). This drought tolerant plant is loved by nectar-feeding species of birds, and by butterflies. Fluffy, errant and wispy stems and foliage cascade down and camouflages the unsightly areas. It is suitable for slopes, borders, retaining walls and containers too. 16. Lamb’s Ear
One of the best flowering ground cover plants on our list due to its thick attractive silver-grey-green foliage that forms gentle and velvety rosettes, not only the foliage, its purple colored flowers that appear from late spring are appealing too. This excellent edging plant only grows up 12 inches tall in part sun to full sun under USDA Zones 4-9. 17. Society Garlic
Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) is also known as ‘Pink agapanthus’. With its edible garlic-flavored purple flowers and clump forming grass like blue-grey foliage, this tough and low maintenance ground cover is a good option for those who live in warmer climates. Suitable for warm temperates, subtropics and tropics under USDA Zones 7-11. 18. Ajuga
Ajuga, which is also called ‘Bugleweed’ is a genus of perennial or annual flowering plants. It becomes an excellent ground cover, sometimes invasive. Many of its species are very popular, especially ‘Ajuga reptans’ that spread through its runners, having attractive foliage that forms a dense carpet-like mat and deep blue flower spikes. It is possible to grow ajuga in both cold and warm climates (USDA Zones, 3-10).
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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
Sometimes you don’t want to build a whole “fire pit” adventure in your backyard, but you still want that fire factor. No problem, we found some easy DIY table top fire bowls for you that fit perfectly in any garden space! Whether you don’t want to smoke out the neighbors, or you just don’t have the space, fire bowls can be used on the patio any time of year. Fire is an element of nature that is a natural in a garden space, and allows you to enjoy the outdoors long after the sun goes down. Think “campfire” without the firewood hunting! (If you do want to go all out, learn how to build a fire pit!)  Our feature photos below show us how to make a tabletop fire pit from ‘Dunn Lumber’, They use easy to find gel fuel, and they even have a budget tip for the fuel at the end! All of the supplies needed you can get at most home improvement stores.

  Mike from ‘Modern Builds’ shows us how to make his modern concrete fire bowl in video! This is a great tutorial for those of us who really need to be walked through a project visually, and honestly I think most of us fall into that category!
  Also from Mike at ‘Modern Builds’ is this DIY concrete tabletop Tiki torch. Also in video, this tutorial was a little different, and we love different!
  Karen at ‘The Art of Doing Stuff’ made this awesome DIY personal fire pit for cheap. She made this for under $25, and we’ve seen similar ones for over $150…
  ‘BHG” made this really simple backyard fire pit with a galvanized metal bowl, fire glass and gel fuel. Be sure if you use a metal container you remember it can get hot really fast.
  Kim at ‘Today’s Creative Life’ made this DIY tabletop fire bowl from a flower bowl, gorgeous blue fire glass and gel fuel.
  Now that you have Kim’s flower pot tutorial down, we will wrap up this post on DIY tabletop fire pits with this inspirational photo from ‘Pinterest’. Using a terra cotta flower pot with a base, this fire pit is an easy DIY!
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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
Learn how to grow black pepper (peppercorn), growing it is difficult but you can try this. Black pepper is the most popular, most expensive and most essential spice of the world that much pricey that it is also called “Black Gold”.
USDA Zones — 10 – 11 Difficulty — Hard Other Names — Blanc Poivre, Extrait de Poivre, Grain de Poivre, Hu Jiao, Kali Mirchi, Kali Mirch, Kosho, Krishna, Marich, Maricha, Pepe, Pepper, Pepper Extract, Pepper Plant, Peppercorn, Pfeffer, Pimenta, Pimienta, Pimienta Negra y Pimienta Blanca, Piper, Piper nigrum, Piperine, Poivre, Poivre Noir, Poivre Noir et Blanc, Poivre Noir et Poivre Blanc, Poivrier, Vellaja, White Pepper. Growing Conditions for Black Pepper Pepper plant is native to South India, and is extensively cultivated there and other tropical regions like Brazil, Myanmar and Indonesia. Pepper plant is tropical, moreover, it grows mostly in the Southern states of India and these states have very humid climate (almost 90% of pepper cultivation of the world done there). It means black pepper loves extremely humid climates where temperature never falls below 60 F (16 C). It is a vine with beautiful heart-shaped leaves (like betel leaf), it grows on a support from hanging aerial roots and produces small spike like white flowers in summer before setting fruits. How to Grow Black Pepper PlantPropagation Sowing pepper seeds can be done, but only fresh seeds are germinated, seeds are viable for very short period. To propagate it from seeds fill the container with a quality potting mix that contains a good amount of organic matter. Use your finger to poke three holes, each 1/2 inch deep and about 1 to 1.5 inches apart. Drop a seed in each hole, then cover it with soil. Water the seeds often and keep the soil moist. Pepper corn can also be propagated from cuttings. Planting Mix compost and sand to soil before planting. Make hole in soil and plant the seedlings or plants at the same depth as it was grown in previous pot. Pack the soil firmly around the base of plant to hold it in the right position and water thoroughly. If planting in pots, use a pot that is large enough as black pepper plants have extensive root system. Requirements for Growing Black Pepper
Location While planting pepper plant always remember to choose a location that remains humid and temperature mostly be maintained constantly around 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (24 – 30 C). However, pepper plant can tolerate temperature between 50 F – 104 F (10 – 40 C) Soil Black Pepper plants do best in fertile and medium clayey soil that retain slight moisture. Good drainage is always the most essential need while growing black pepper, waterlogged soil can damage the plant. Soil pH level could be anywhere between 5.5 and 7, add lime if the soil is too acidic and sulfur if alkaline. Sun Look for dappled shade, a spot that receives daylong filtered sunlight is optimal as the plant can be damaged if exposed to too much direct sunlight. If planting in a sunny area must use a shade cloth that filters the sunlight to at least 50%. Watering Be sure to give the pepper plant plenty of water to keep the soil slightly moist always, not allowing the soil to dry out between watering spells. Black Pepper Plant CareHumidity Peppercorn plant loves humidity, the more the better. For this, mist the plant often with soft water. If you’re growing black pepper in pots place them on saucer filled with water, this will also increase the humidity level. Fertilizer Apply 10 kg cow manure or compost per year on a mature plant so that the soil remains rich in nutrients. Fertilize it with 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer according to the product’s instruction in the beginning of growing season. Application of epsom salt is also beneficial. *It is best to get your soil tested before fertilizing. Mulching Do mulching with organic matter to prevent moisture and weeds. Harvesting
The black, white or green peppers are actually harvested from a single plant. The color depends on the different degrees of maturation and how the black pepper is processed. Pepper fruit is harvested before maturity and dried in the hot sun. After drying it becomes wrinkled and black. To learn in detail about harvesting and processing read this guide. Pests and diseases
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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
Learn how to grow star anise in this article. Star anise is a spice widely used in South East Asian cuisines, growing star anise is easy in subtropical climates. It is adorned with beautiful flowers and fruits that are star shaped.
USDA Zones— 8 – 11 Difficulty— Moderate Other Names— Anis de Chine, Anís Estrellado, Anis Étoilé, Anis Étoilé Chinois, Aniseed Stars, Anisi Stellati Fructus, Ba Jiao Hui, Badiana, Badiane, Badiane de Chine, Bajiao, Chinese Anise, Chinese Star Anise, Eight-Horned Anise, Eight Horns and Illicium verum. It belongs to the family of Illiciaceae, dicotyledonous angiosperm species. It is a tropical evergreen tree, tall between 5-10 m. Star anise has large glossy green foliage, its white flowers are beautiful and of great decorative value. Star anise fruit has eight carpels that together form the star-shaped fruit (hence called “Star anise”). Propagation Star anise is propagated by seeds or cuttings. How to grow star anise from seed: Seeds are propagated best when temperature range around 65 – 70 F (18 – 20 C). You can sow seeds in pots and or directly outside. Water the seeds frequently to keep the soil moist and make sure the pot has drainage holes in the bottom to drain excess water. Growing Condition Star anise is native to Vietnam and China and grows in warm subtropical climate. It is a frost tender perennial. Star anise only grows in areas where the temperature does not fall below 15 F (-10 C) . If you live in a cooler area below USDA Zone 9, plant star anise in a container so that you can keep it in a greenhouse or indoors in winter. Requirements for Growing Star AnisePosition Star anise requires dappled shade, partial sun but if you’re growing star anise in a much cooler climate, plant it in a warm and sunny location. Choose location in a way that it is not exposed to cold and dry winds. Soil Provide soil that is humus and compost rich. Soil texture should be loamy and well drained. Slightly acidic to neutral soil is optimal. Watering For growing star anise, do regular watering and keep the soil slightly moist but reduce the watering in winter. Star Anise CareFertilizer Spread a 3-inch layer of compost or aged manure on the ground surrounding the tree in the spring. This is the only fertilizer it requires. If soil is poor, apply slow release fertilizer all purpose fertilizer in the spring. Pruning When the plant is young pinch and prune it if you want to make it bushier. There are no special pruning requirements, however, you can always prune off dead, diseased and weak branches. Harvest Star anise tree takes at least 6 years to fruit if grown from seeds. These fruits (wrongly called seeds) are picked unripe while they are still green, later on these fruits are sun dried until their color change to reddish-brown, seeds can be removed once the fruits are ready to be stored. Pests and Diseases There are not any specific pest or disease that bothers it. Star anise itself has anti bacterial and pest repellent properties. Uses Star Anise is widely used in Asian cuisines to flavor dishes especially meat and curries, it is also used in desserts and beverages. Together with fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon and pepper it is considered as one of the “Five Chinese Spice”, used for its strong taste and spicy flavor. It is an essential part of Chinese cuisines and also used in variety of Indian recipes. It’s addition to other popular Indian spices makes a special spicy ingredient, which is called “Garam masala”. Warnings While growing star anise, don’t confuse it with Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum) or “Shikimi“, which is a poisonous plant and native to Japan. Its seeds or fruits are somewhat similar to those of star anise and are only slightly smaller and looks like cardamom, having a more rounded shape and have a small hook.
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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
Learn How to Grow Cardamom, one of the most expensive spices in the world. Growing cardamom is moderately difficult but you can learn how to do it by reading this article. Cardamom is one of the world’s most expensive spices after saffron and vanilla. It has a sweet, burning taste and a very distinctive spicy odor. Cardamom because of its variety of uses gained a reputation as the queen of spices (king, however, is black pepper). USDA Zones — 10 – 12 Difficulty — Moderate to Hard Other Names — Amomum cardamomum, Bai Dou Kou, Black Cardamom, Cardamome, Cardamomo, Cardomom, Cardomomi Fructus, Ela, Elettaria cardamomum, Green Cardamom, Huile Essentielle de Cardamome, Indian Cardamom, Lesser Cardamom, Kardamom, chhoti elachi, lachie, illaichi and elam. Cardamom Types Commonly, you can find two types of cardamom: Green (originating in India and Sri Lanka) and black (in Nepal and Himalayan states of India). Characteristics
Cardamom (Elettaria cardammommum) is a perennial plant. It has rigid and erect aromatic leaves, which forms the aerial part of the plant’s stems. These stems are between 2 to 4 meters high and forms a canopy of leaves around the plant. Tiny cardamom flowers are beautiful and are usually white in color with a yellow or red strips over them. Cardamom fruits are called capsules. Inside the fruits there are seeds of the plant, which are actually used as spice. PropagationFrom seeds You can propagate cardamom from seeds. You can try seeds you get from glossary store but those seeds are generally treated and not fresh. For best results buy seeds from seed store or online. Read this to learn how to grow cardamom plant from seed. From Rhizomes The easiest way to propagate cardamom is from division. For this, cut the rhizome with a sharp knife and carefully separate it from the plant. Replant it under the similar conditions. Beware that this techinique will also transmit cardamom mosaic virus from mother plant to new plant, if it is infected. Growing Conditions Growing Cardamom is difficult, it requires specific growing conditions: Tropical, hot and humid climates are suitable for its growth. It grows in humid or very humid subtropical forests. Where temperature ranges mostly between 18 to 35 C. Humidity level for growing cardamom is usually near 75%. Requirements for Growing Cardamom (Elaichi)
Position Plant cardamom in a location with partial shade or filtered sun light, away from full direct sun as it grows up to 2 – 4 m in height under the canopy of much higher trees. Soil Sandy, loamy soil that is rich in organic matter and manure is optimal. It requires slightly acidic to neutral pH level around 6 – 6.8. It can also tolerate acidic soils down to 5.5 – 6. Key to growing cardamom is right substrate, which should be well-drained in a way that water should drain out easily, but soil must remain moist constantly. By moist it doesn’t mean damp or waterlogged soil, the clay texture of soil is also not recommended as it kills the plant. Watering Cardamom grows in rainforest, these areas mostly receives rainfall 200 days annually. So it is essential to keep the soil constantly moist, don’t let the soil to dry out ever. In summer or when the plant is setting fruits, increase watering. Fertilizer Supply organic fertilizer that is high in phosphorous and apply it twice a month during the growing season. Also apply 5 kg aged manure or compost per clump annually. Application of neem cake is also recommended. Harvesting and storage Cardamom starts to bear fruit from the third year after planting. Fruit harvesting must be done manually. You can start collecting fruits when they begin to green, dry and easy to break. After harvesting, dry the pods for 6 – 7 days and store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight to be preserved for long time. Pests and diseases It is generally not attacked by pests. However, some of the pests and diseases that attacks it are: Cardamom mosaic virus: It is the most serious disease of cardamom. It is a viral disease transmitted by aphids. To prevent this disease keep your plant healthy and never let aphids infect it. Rhizomes rot:  Its symptoms includes chlorosis of leaves, lower leaves become yellowish, premature fruit drop and decay of the rhizomes also happens. It can be caused by high planting density that prevents aeration or by water logged soil. Other pests and diseases that might infect or attack it are cardamom thrips, capsule rot and nematodes. Problems If the leaf tips turn brown, you either have underwatered it or humidity is low, to increase the humidity level spray the foliage. If overwatered, the roots begins to rot and plant starts to wilt. Brown spots can occur on leaves if plant is grown under too much sun. Yellowing leaves are usually a sign of too little fertilization or deficiency of iron. Also read: How to Identify Plant Problems from Leaves. Uses True cardamom or green cardamom belongs to the genus Elettaria but there is also a plant from the genus Amomum costatum known as Nepal cardamom or black cardamom. Both of these cardamoms have distinctive uses: Green cardamom is more intense and superior and can be used in many dishes, whereas black cardamom is long and thick and is not used in sweet dishes and desserts.
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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
These 13 great edible flowers not only look great but also taste good and rich in nutrients. Start using them to add color and flavor to your food and improve your health. 1. Violet (Pansy)
Violets are as satisfying to the eye as they are to the palate, which is the reason they are on our list of great edible flowers. You may have even observed them blended into cocktails and cold drinks. You can also dress up your salad or use it in stuffings or to flavor the desserts. Learn about the interesting pansy flower recipes here! They can help with a cough or a headache and are even known to calm pain, especially the esophageal assortment. Violet flowers also purify the blood. Click here to learn more! 2. Chamomile
If you’ve ever sipped a cup of chamomile tea to relax or quiet a resentful stomach, you’re as of now mindful of exactly how relieving chamomile can be. Like dandelion, it’s an individual from the daisy family, and the flower has a flavor that may help you to remember apples. You can chomp on a couple of raw flowers or dry them and utilize them to brew a calming tea. Learn about the plants you can grow for beauty therapies Some of its medical advantages incorporate ADHD, relief from bloating, stomach infirmities and insomnia. In any case, the individuals who are allergic to ragweed are encouraged to dodge chamomile. 3. Rose
Among the majority of the edible flowers out there, the rose is a standout amongst the most well-known and it also has great culinary uses. You may also have tasted different foods flavored with rose, for example, rose tea, rose water, rose jelly, rose milk and even rose ice cream. Take a look at this Indian Rose Milk recipe, it’s too delicious! Not just culinary uses, roses can also help your body in various ways. Rose hips, which are the base of the flowers, can be utilized to oversee indigestion, arthritis, fevers, urinary issues and constipation. Rose petals are rich in various vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, E, C, D, and B. 4. Clover flowers
If you consider clover as a weed, you should not! This useful flowering plant has many medicinal and edible uses. The sweet, anise-like taste makes it unique. Serve raw petals in a salad or utilize to make a tea. Brightest and healthiest flowers must be picked; it can taste intense once it begins turning chestnut. Learn how to grow clover! Local Americans utilize the flower for cough and cold, and it also helps in a condition like varicose veins known as venous inadequacy. This natural blood purifier is supportive with hot flashes and uterine fibroids. If you want to know more about the clover health benefits, click here. 5. Saffron
Saffron gives a great taste and color to dishes. Also, the saffron is rich in minerals, for example, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium and manganese. It has various vitamins, for example, folic acid, niacin, and vitamins A and C. It has generally been utilized as an antioxidant, antidepressant, and antiseptic. 6. Tree Peony
Peonies, which is local to China, is more than only a delightful flower to look at. It really conveys with it a large group of healing properties. Peonies can be added into salads or you can boil the petals and make a tea. It holds a large group of advantages, particularly for those with diabetes or high cholesterol, it also prevents blood clotting. This bloom has one of the highest convergences of phenolic mixes, which are anti-inflammatory and may lessen the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Click here to learn more! 7. Japanese Honeysuckle
The Japanese honeysuckle grows wild in the U.S. or in many other parts of the world, it’s essential to remember that there are various species of honeysuckle with fluctuating levels of safety and advantages. The yellowish blossom petals of the honeysuckle have sweet nectar-like flavor. Remember that only the blossoms are eatable; the bloom’s dark berries are very noxious so continue with care. Learn about the 5 recipes that use Honeysuckle flowers as an ingredient! The blossom has been reported to help with issues, for example, flu, depression, blood impurities, tick bites, infections and even gout. Their cancer prevention properties are well-known too. 8. Marigold (Calendula)
Its (all marigold flowers are edible) merry orange color looks beautiful when it crowns a dish of rice or pasta, and its peppery taste is satisfying in soups and eggs. It can be used in place of saffron. Calendula is known to heal skin and lessen inflammation, helping wounds, cuts, ulcers and eczema. 9. Nasturtium
The beautiful, bright, and mildly fragrant nasturtium flowers not only makes your hanging basket charming, you can also pick them fresh to use in salads or garnish your recipes with them to add color. Their mild peppery, sweet, and mustard-like flavor gives a unique taste to the dishes they add into. Adding nasturtiums to your food not only add color, but they are a good source of Vitamin C and other nutrients. Thus, boosting the immune system and helps in fighting against flu, cough, and cold. 10. Bee Balm
Bee balm is a great medicinal plant. Growing this plant in your garden has many benefits, not only its flowers attract bees and hummingbirds but the entire plant above the ground is edible. Bee Balm leaves and flowers and stems are used in alternative medicine as an antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant. Learn how to grow bee balm here! The flower petals are a great addition to a fruit salad, you can also steep the flower heads in liquid, strain to make a delicious sorbet or even jam. 11. Lavender
Lavender Cupcakes Lavender is a great culinary and medicinal herb. Also, it is one of the most used ingredients in cosmetic industries. In all the lavender cultivars, English lavender is most used for culinary purposes due to its sweet fragrance. Learn how to grow lavender here Renee’s Garden has a good article on edible and culinary uses of lavender. Click here to read! 12. Jasmine
Jasmine Spritzers We don’t need to inform you that jasmine is the most fragrant flower in the world. Its intense heady scent is just too good to smell and apart from having many cosmetic uses, jasmine flowers have many edible uses too. Read this informative article to learn about Jasmine flower’s medicinal uses. Learn about the plants you can grow in your kitchen In foods, jasmine is used to flavor beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, and puddings. Puddings and dairy desserts with the use of jasmine flowers taste so delicious. 13. Hibiscus
The showy hibiscus blooms are so attractive to look at. If you’re growing this beauty in your garden you already know that. It’s said that all Hibiscus cultivars’ flowers are edible but many hybrid varieties are available so there could be a risk. However, Hibiscus-rosa-Sinensis, Hibiscus sabdiriffa, and other tropical cultivars are edible. Hibiscus tea is something you can make from hibiscus flowers. It has great effects on health too.
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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
Add a vertical touch in your container garden by growing climbing plants for containers. Must see these 24 best vines for pots. The climbing plants in pots can bring a real touch of nature to any place, and they are a good way to add some privacy, too. These plants will create a nest of greenery where you can relax and rejuvenate and harbor in the mild soothing fragrance and lively colors. 1. Ivy
Ivy is one of the best climbers for containers. Its ability to adapt to all types of position makes it an excellent choice for beginners. It can grow up to 80 feet high, and its evergreen foliage remains green even in winters. Plant it in a container that is wide and shallow rather than narrow and deep. 2. Morning Glory
Morning glories are a good option and one of the best creepers or vines for containers. This old-fashioned plant is easy to grow. 3. Clematis
Clematis is the perfect plant to add vertical height and interest to any container garden. Plant clematis in a large container. Fertilize this plant regularly and make sure to always water it thoroughly and deeply. 4. Virginia Creeper
Virginia Creeper’s foliage turn into a beautiful red in the autumn. You can also grow it in a pot, even on a balcony. It improves privacy! To grow this, find a really big container and provide sturdy support of a trellis. 5. Climbing Hydrangea
Climbing hydrangea is a great option, if you live under the USDA Zones 5-8 and have a lot of room as this vine can grow up to 70 feet long. It is shade tolerant and thrives best in semi-shaded positions. This plant needs a large pot of about of the size of the half of a whiskey barrel. 6. Trumpet vine
This big (up to 40 ft.) and a fast growing vine is considered as a weed in some parts due to its invasiveness. Despite the fact, this plant is famous for its trumpet-shaped flowers that come in shades of yellow to red and attract hummingbirds. Trumpet vine is more suitable for warm temperates, still it can acclimatize and grow in cooler regions if the protection from cold is provided in winter. 7. Bougainvillea
The bougainvillea is not a vine but a climbing shrub, it is easy to grow, colorful and controllable. You can grow it to give a tropical touch to your container garden. As bougainvillea is a tropical plant, the protection in winter is required in temperate zones. 8. Honeysuckle
There are about 180 different varieties of honeysuckle available as vines and creepers and can be grown diversely in a variety of climates (USDA Zones 3-11). Most of the honeysuckle varieties are evergreen in warmer climates. When growing honeysuckle, place the plant in full sun and do a regular watering. Occasional feeding with balanced fertilizer is enough. 9. Wisteria
Wisteria is one the most popular vines and it grows best in moderately cool climate. It can become huge, however, by providing solid support to the wisteria vine and some space you can grow it in a container, too. Also, it is required that you transplant this plant time to time into one size bigger pot. You can learn how to grow wisteria in a pot here. 10. Common Jasmine
Truly the most fragrant flower. Even its heady fragrance is sometimes too much for some people. The Jasminum Officinalis is easy to grow in containers and requires well-draining soil and warmth (hardy in USDA Zones 8-11) to thrive. The plant usually blooms in summer but in tropics, jasmines are evergreen and in flower most of the year. 11. Confederate Jasmine
Confederate jasmine is a robust plant. It has moderate watering needs and doesn’t mind the hot and humid weather. Similar to other jasmines, it also likes warm climate and exposure to the sun. The beautiful star-shaped flowers appear in clusters. This vine is suitable for containers as it only grows up to 20 ft. long. 12. Climbing Rose
Climbing roses bloom prolifically, many varieties have a pleasant rosy scent. Consider the overall mature size of the variety that you are going to grow and the time you can devote to it, as roses require care and maintenance. Prune the plant on time and regularly remove the faded flowers to keep it in an attractive appearance. Also Read: How to Make a Container Rose Garden 13. Mandevilla
Mandevilla is an eye catcher. With proper care and an optimal location to enjoy the graceful, funnel-shaped flowers of this plant appear all summer. However, Mandevilla requires warm climate to thrive but you can still grow it as an annual in cooler zones. 14. Cup and Saucer Vine
Cup and saucer vine is a fast growing abundant flowering plant that is native to Mexico. It blooms prolifically but to do this the plant needs an optimal bright location. In temperates, you can grow it either as an annual or protect the plant from winter by keeping it indoors. 15. Passion Flower
One of the most beautiful privacy protection plant for a container garden. If you prefer an exotic flair and extraordinary flowers, the passion flower is a right choice for you. It is important that you provide it sufficient sun. The passion flower is slightly frost resistant, but it should spend its time in a favorable spot in the winters. 16. Black-eyed Susan
Black-eyed Susan is a perennial vine that requires a sunny place and a trellis to climb on. This period flowering climbing plant can reach a height of over two meters with good care! Thus, the Black-eyed Susan is ideal if you want color and privacy in your container garden. 17. Dutchman’s Pipe
If you are looking for an unusual plant for your container garden, plant the dutchman’s pipe. The lush, large and heart-shaped foliage also provide interest apart from flowers that have a mildly unpleasant odor. Growing this unique plant as a perennial is only possible in warm subtropical or tropical climates. Everywhere else (as the plant is not frost tolerant) it must be grown in a greenhouse or indoors. 18. Butterfly Pea
Butterfly pea is a tropical vine and grows best in USDA Zones 10 and 11. In a cold temperate zone, grow this perennial as an annual. Plant it in a medium to a large sized container with a trellis to climb on from the initial stage. 19. Moonflower
Moonflower is a fantastic night blooming plant with large trumpet-shaped fragrant flowers. Place the pot near your patio or bedroom window to enjoy its fragrance in the night but make sure the place receives morning sun and light afternoon shade. Deadhead or remove the spent blooms to encourage more flowers. 20. Asarina Scandens
Asarina, which is also known as climbing snapdragon is perfect for growing in containers as it seldom exceeds the height of 8-10 feet. Many hybrid cultivars are available in the shade of different colors. You can also use this vine in hanging baskets or as a groundcover. Asarina is more a warm climate plant and often grown as an annual in temperates. 21. Canary Creeper
Let this annual vine ramble up on a trellis, and it will award you with its showy yellow flowers that look unmatchable. The canary creeper has long blooming period from summer to fall and even more in warm subtropical regions where it is perennial (USDA Zone 9 and higher). 22. Sweet Pea
Grow sweet peas in warm zones in fall and winter. In temperates, plant this fragrant vine in spring or summer. When growing in containers choose bush type varieties. 23. Sweet Autumn Clematis
Sweet autumn clematis vine forms masses of amazingly fragrant flowers from late summer to fall (autumn). You can grow this vine diversely in both the cold and warm climates (USDA Zones 4-9). Also, in subtropical and tropical climates if shade from afternoon sun is provided. 24. Snail Vine
This beautiful tropical vine has rare snail-like fragrant flowers that are white in the beginning and later unfurl to lavender pink. However, it’s easy to grow snail vine in non-tropical zones, but the plant dies in winter and returns again in the spring.
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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
Check out 44 Best Shrubs for Containers. You might know some plants and some may surprise you but one thing is sure– You’ll like to have some of these shrubs right away in your container garden. Whether you have a small patio garden, a roof top garden, a balcony garden or a big backyard garden this list of best shrubs for containers will provide you so many options to choose from. Best Shrubs for Containers1. Abutilon (Flowering Maple)
USDA Zones— 8 – 11 Climate— A subtropical shrub that can also be grown in cold climates, keep it indoors in winter. It is also called “Indian Mallow” or “Flowering Maple”. Abutilon is a beautiful shrub that grows around 1 m tall when grown in containers and have beautiful hibiscus and hollyhock-like flowers. 2. Andromeda
USDA Zones— 5 to 9 Climate— It grows in temperate to subtropical climates. Growing requirements are similar to Azalea, which means it requires acidic soil in order to grow. “Pieris Japonica” or “Lily of the valley shrub” is a great bush for container gardens. With some attention and care, it can grow up to 2 m tall. 3. Anisodontea
USDA Zones— 9 – 11 Climate— Beautiful shrub, suitable for both warm tropical climate and temperates. In colder regions you can grow it from summer to fall (autumn). This charming South African shrub grows in full sun and requires dry soil to thrive. A balcony, terrace (roof) or patio facing south or West is perfect for this shrub. It pleases the eyes with its almost continuous flowering. 4. Aster
USDA Zones— 3 – 8 Climate— Suitable for cool temperate zones with mild summers but can be grown in tropics in winter Aster comes in a variety of colors and blooms prolifically. It is an easy to grow plant that blooms in summer and fall. Both annual and perennial varieties are available. 5. Aucuba Japonica
USDA Zones— 7 – 10 Climate— Subtropical and mildly temperate. In colder zones, grow it indoors. Also called “Gold Dust” due to its speckled foliage. It is one of the best shrubs for containers. You can grow it for its beautiful foliage as its flowers are not as aesthetic. It is a low maintenance perennial plant that can grow up to 2 m (8-10 f) tall. 6. Azalea
USDA Zones— 4 – 9 Climate— Climate with adequate rainfall and moist summer. Azalea is definitely one of the most profusely blooming flowering plants. It requires moist soil, partial sun and acidic soil in order to thrive. 7. Bougainvillea
USDA Zones— 9 – 12 Climate— Tropics, subtropics, grow it as a houseplant in colder regions. This beautiful ever blooming perennial shrub is so vibrant and colorful and almost require no care in tropical and subtropical areas. It requires full sun and dry soil to thrive and it is not susceptible to many pests and diseases. 8. Brugmansia
USDA Zones— 9 – 11 Climate— Brugmansia is a tropical evergreen shrub but it is also easy to grow in cold climates. To overwinter it, keep it indoors when the temperature starts to dip down below 50 F (10 C). Brugmansia flowers smell well in the night and attracts pollinators. Growing Brugmansia in a pot is easy. It is also called “Angel’s Trumpet”, and it is often confused with datura. 9. Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
USDA Zones— 5 – 11 Climate— Butterfly bush can be grown in both temperate and tropical zones, wooly butterfly bush grows well in tropics. More commonly known as the “Butterfly Bush”, buddleia offers abundant flowering panicles with white to red through pink to purple or blue colors. Grow a dwarf variety in a large and deep pot. Remember that due to its rapid growth, it requires regular pruning and fertilization. 10. Boxwood
USDA Zones— 5 – 11 Climate— Boxwood is the most versatile shrub, it grows almost everywhere in all the continents. The most adaptable and easy to grow shrub, boxwood is landscapers’ favorite and without a doubt one of the best shrubs for the containers. 11. Calamansi
USDA Zones— 9 – 11 Climate— Like all citruses, calamansi is a tropical fruit tree. You can also grow it in cooler zones in containers and keep it indoors in winters. It has rather a bushy growth and doesn’t not exceed a height of 2 m. Thus, a suitable shrub for container gardening. Also Read: How to Grow Calamansi 12. Callistemon (Bottlebrush)
USDA Zones— 8 – 11 Climate— Bottlebrush grows in climates with mild winters, easily in tropics. You can grow bottle brush in cooler zones in the pot but it requires care in winter. A Beautiful shrub that attracts pollinators and looks exquisite in its bright red blooms, it also comes in other colors like purplish pink, lemon yellow or white. 13. Camellia
USDA Zones— 6 – 10a Climate— Camellia grows best in the climates with mild summer. In temperates to subtropics. It is a beautiful flowering shrub but when grown in pots, it becomes demanding. Camellia requires humus rich acidic soil and regular maintenance. You can read a helpful article on growing camellias in pots here.
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Abigal
2017-05-22
Abigal
Want more flowers in your garden? Here’re 7 tips you should know to keep your plants blooming.1. Use rich soil
Soil that is light and rich in compost or manure provides plenty of nutrients constantly to the plants. A soil that is rich in organic matter also encourages bacterial activity that promotes soil fertility. Add some compost or manure to the soil when planting your plants and go adding them time to time. 2. Deadhead often
Most plants grow better and have more flowers if their wilted and faded blooms are plucked often. When you see the wilted flowers, remove them, so the plant can direct its energy on other flowers and they will be receiving more nutrients. Wilted flowers waste energy and sap. They also attract insect and pests. Also, by cutting off the spent flowers you prevent plants from seeding. 3. Fertilize the plants
To have more flowers, feed the plants regularly during the growing season with half strength liquid fertilizer, a flowering fertilizer should be used that has more phosphorus than nitrogen, as phosphorus is the element that promotes more flower buds. Also, you can mix time-based fertilizer in the soil at the beginning of the growing season. 4. Provide more sun
Light is essential for the plant’s growth, direct sunlight for several hours a day can be a prerequisite for many plants that come to flower, however, shade loving plants tend to reduce the number of flowers when exposed to more sun. 5. Nurse the roots
To have healthy plants and abundant blooms– nurse the roots, and remember that it is through them the plants absorb nutrients and water from the soil. When you perform the transplant or when you dig soil around the plant be careful not to cut or damage the roots as if being damaged plant would take a while to recover or it may die. 6. Apply mulch
Plants growing in a mulched soil are usually more vigorous, less prone to pests and diseases. 7. Do moderate watering
Excess watering tends to favor the development of foliage but can also produce the absence of flowering. Similarly, the lack of water can cause the plant to drop the flower buds. The best way is to do moderate watering (avoiding both overwatering and underwatering) during the flowering season.
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