Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lawn Edging Ideas For Your Landscape

Gardens, undoubtedly, are an important part of every house. A well designed and maintained garden adds to the beauty and outlooks of your house making it more attractive. It provides you the way to interact with nature, as along with the greenery and flowers, you also get a way to attract beautiful birds. Also, it will help to you pursue a new hobby of gardening. No doubt that the entire garden should be designed in creative and thoughtful way, but edging is the thing where you need to focus little more. Lawn edges are created to define boundaries between different types of flowers and especially, to keep the paths and garden separate.
When it comes to lawn edging, lots of choices are available to you. From natural plants’ to rocks, there are a number of things in-between that you can use for lawn edging, which include wood, bricks, metal, plastic, concrete and some others. Each of these materials provides you different methods of edging, like you can use bricks to create horizontal edging or diagonal brick edging. But, plant edging is the way by which you can create a blooming focus on different aspects of your garden. Along with giving natural and soft look to your garden, plants edging also make the installation and maintenance easy.  
Here are some ideas for having an effective and attractive edging for your lawn.
  • If your garden is large and contain different types of flowers, then along with creating the edging at the borders of garden, it would be better if you create edging for separating all the flower species from one another. For simple and soft looks, you can use the same plants for creating edges on the garden border and in its inner area. For this, you can use any of the hardy perennial plants, which fits your choice and the looks of your garden. 
  • For giving an attractive look to your garden, you can use different small perennials to define the outside and inside borders of your garden. There are mainly two ways. First is using one plant species for defining the outside bordering of garden and another for separating all the flower species inside it. No matter which plants you use for edging, this pattern will give just attractive view and will clearly show all the different species.
Another way is using different plants for bordering different flower beds of your garden. This method requires you to be creative because a perfect combination or contrast of colors and size will make perfect edging pattern.
  • Size is another factor to mull over. No doubt that everyone has his own choice and liking, but it would be better if the edging plants are little higher than the grown plants. It will depict the clear separation. Also, there should be some combination between the heights of all edging plants. For an instance, the plants used for outside edging can have different height from that of inside ones, but the inside edging plants should be of same height. Though their height can be reduced by cutting, but you should choose the plants with same height growth.
  • While choosing edging plants, you should consider the colors that all the plants in your garden are having. For more simple looks you can choose the evergreen shrubs that don’t produce flower as it will give green color throughout the year. And if you are interested in making it colorful, then choose the plants by keeping in mind their changing colors.
  • You are also required to make a choice between narrow and wide edging. Though it depends on available area and size of your garden but wide edging is considered as the best to give a warm look to your garden. It will not only make it attractive and simple, but will also create clear separation.
All these ideas are really going to help you in creating perfect edging for your garden, but if you think that you are not much creative and lack in ideas, then you can consult a garden designer for this purpose or simply can search on internet for having different ideas. However, here we are providing you the list of some shrubs and plants that you can use for lawn edging.
  • Small perennials
Small perennials are best to use for edging if most of the shrubs or flowering plants in your garden are low in height. One of the best small perennials that you can choose is coneflower which is further divided into many types. All the types produce flowers of different colors which include pink, purple pink, white, yellow, bright red, orange and rosy pink. An advantage of using these plants is that you can change the edging colors by keeping the plant species same.
You will find many options when looking for hardy perennials, thus choosing the one or two becomes little difficult. While choosing any of these hardy plants, ensure that they show same growth the year around and need low maintenance. Some of the hardy perennials that you can add to your option list are Patriot Hosta, Japanese painted fern, Monarda blue stocking, ornamental grasses, Oregano hot and spicy, orange mint, achillea moonshine and others.
As you are required to keep the edging height low and same, it is recommended to choose the low growing flowering shrubs. You cannot cut them from the top as will destroy them and will make them unable to produce flower. So, you are required to choose the one with low growth rate and better resistant for different climatic conditions. Here are some options- Spirea Blue Kazoo, Drift Roses, Rave Hydrangea, Nadina Firepower, Hypericum St Johns Wort and more.
Whether you are going to select the plants for your garden or for creating its edges, there is a lot of variety to choose from. Before making any choice clearly know about their physical features, climatic conditions and other aspects of these plants.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Best Choices for Landscape Shrubs

Having a beautiful and attractive nursery at home is one of the biggest dream of every nature lover but our biggest problem is from where to collect suitable variety of plants and how to know which one is best for our house depending upon soil type and weather conditions. Don’t worry! Now you simply think about your dream and Greenwood Nursery will help you to fulfill all your desires with its online shopping facility for plants. One of the best things to know about www.greenwoodnursery.com its facility of selecting plants after entering information about your soil type, light availability and some other important contributing factors so that you work on most suitable plants as per your location. We all know that plants need friendly weather conditions to survive so why not to go for right selection of indoor as well we outdoor plants so that they can survive for long time.

Here we are talking about landscape shrubs and as per experts the best time to plant them is between the month of October and April. Although container grown type plants can be easily planted at any time of year but it becomes much easier to survive for plants in the season of winter or autumn because during this time we need not to worry about their water requirements as like in springs and summer. Landscape bushes always appear attractive in small gardens of home and they can provide elegant appearance to your little nursery.

For a plant lover, it would always be difficult to list out his favorite plants because he loves them all equally due to their wonderful appearance and beauty but when we talk about Viburnum Shrub it naturally brings a smile on our face as it is most versatile pick for green nursery concept. The colorful flowers over Viburnums with superb fragrance usually attract lots of birds towards them and surely they will keep your garden full of life with ultimate blessings of Mother Nature. Other beautiful option for your home nursery can be Burning Bush Shrub because they are simply the excellent choice for those gardeners who really have very less time to spend for caring about their plants. This plant can provide most lovely look to your little home based garden with perfectly pointed leaves and tiny flowers that will slowly turn into dangling amazing red barriers, one of the favorite item for most of birds. These shrubs can be planted over any type of soil, including alkaline and they will serve you with most appealing natural shape.

If you live in the area of moist soils with cold temperatures then Willow Shrub is one of the most suitable options for your home nursery. Willows are actually dioecious and various male and female flowers of this shrub grow on different plants and goes on multiplying with fast speed. One can also create hybrids of these shrubs to make their garden more attractive and unique. You can also order to Buy Rose Plants Online at www.greenwoodnursery.com because here you will surely get some of the best collections of season that can make your home look beautiful and amazing.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Best Perennial Shrubs That Will Grow in Most Gardens

Are you trying to find eye catching low maintenance perennial shrubs for your garden this summer? Keep reading this article where we are going to discuss all you need to know about the perennial flowers for sun which can form the backbone of any garden. Perennial shrubs play a vital role in the landscaping design of a property. These plants with their multiple stems not only give a stunning visual but also provide privacy when planted in groups. One of the reasons for the immense popularity of perennial shrubs is due to the fact that they require almost zero maintenance. Yellow perennial flowers would help to give your garden a number of attractive focal points and boost the esthetic appeal of your garden. A symbol of wealth strength and optimism, yellow perennial flowers would give your garden a whole new character. For instance the Caragana Siberian Peashrub is a deciduous shrub which not only gives pretty yellow flowers in spring and summer but also serves as a windbreak screen.

The beautiful show off forsythia shrub is yet another good choice for those looking for bright yellow flowers from summer till fall. Adaptable to almost all kinds of soil, these plants are known for their tolerance to pollution.  The Hypericum sunny boulevard shrubs are small perennial shrubs which gives pretty yellow flowers from July to September. Those of you looking for a super attractive ground covering perennials need to take home a white creeping phlox which would give your garden a stunning white flowering ground cover. The snowcap Shasta daisy is yet another perennial shrub which would definitely change the look of your garden for better. The pure white blossoms of the Shasta daisy would attract bees, butterflies and humming birds to your garden. Being heat, drought and humidity tolerant, this plant is really easy to grow. The Monarda blue stocking aka the Bee Balm is a blue flowering perennial which gives pretty violet flowers and attracts bees and small birds. As ideal butterfly garden plants, the Bee Balm thrives well in full sun or light shade. One of the prettiest summer flowing perennials you can find, the Bee Balm grows well on unevenly moist soil.

Both novice and experienced gardeners would acknowledge the charm and beauty of the summer blooming spirea shrubs. The summer blooming spirea shrubs come with big clusters of white blossoms on their arching branches. Growing the spirea shrubs is really easy and these plants thrive well in almost any growing zone. Depending on the kind, these bushes generally grow up to 6 feet in height. Make sure to plant the bushes in a location which would be capable of accommodating its size. Ideally they should be planted in areas which receive a lot of sun. Planting them in shades would lead to stunted growth and limited number of flowers. Though these plants don’t require much care or maintenance, you can always add mulch around the plant for moisture retention. The summer blooming spirea bushed needs to be prunes during the winter or spring. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Gardening as you Age - Simple Changes to Make in Your Garden to Stay Safe



Gardening is one of those hobbies that you can do throughout your lifetime- but much like a favorite sport, we find ourselves having to make simple changes in gardening as we age to stay safe.

Gardening keeps you healthy in the mind and body, and can help prolong vitality better than most other activities. It’s been shown that gardening is excellent, gentle exercise that offers cardiovascular strengthening and of course, muscular strengthening. The gentle, low impact physical stress that gardening offers is wonderful, especially for aging bodies. So, even though bodies change, gardening is one hobby that as you get older happens to be far more beneficial than it is harmful.

But that doesn’t mean our bodies can go like they used to. Here are some ways you can make gardening easier on your body as you age, which can help you avoid injury most importantly, but will also help you enjoy more- after all, you’ve earned it!

Extreme temperatures are dangerous for everyone, but as we age our bodies are less able to recover from heat stroke and dehydration as well as our bodies could when we were younger. You may notice an emphasis on shade gardens and moon gardens with the older gardening crowd, and this is because of a natural gravitation away from hard work in the heat. Creating bigger gardens that receive shade and gardens that take advantage of the evenings and nights are a fun challenge for those with experienced green thumbs too. We have a very wide selection of plants that are shade lovers, with more information on creating shade gardens here. 

Consider creating more shade in your garden by planting more trees too. Moon gardens are simply gardens with plants that bloom at night that carry heavy scent, like jasmines and Brugmansia. White flowers gleam in the moonlight too. Moon gardens are also excellent for lesser known pollinators, like moths and bats. Many beautiful moon gardens around the world also use water features as part of their allure. Installing landscape lighting makes gardens and water features magical at night.

Accessibility is important as we age too. At some point, getting around an expansive garden and having the energy to do it all becomes impossible. Focusing on smaller garden beds, especially raised ones on patios, make gardening for those with mobility concerns a possibility. This is a necessity for those who live in assisted living facilities of course, but this is also a consideration if you’re aging at home. 

Patio and container gardening doesn’t have to be limited to annuals and vegetables either. You can create a container or patio garden out of more permanent shrubs and trees easily. Here are some simple container garden ideas that aren’t ordinary container solutions. Using perennials, small trees, and even installing a small water feature using containers is a great start.

And finally, taking a cue from the old art form of Tai Chi (my mom still does this...in her mid 80's)- everything done at a slow, steady pace makes for great results that come in an enjoyable, healthy way. Take your time doing things in the shade. Make lots of wonderful drinks to enjoy as you go along. Pet the cat, watch the butterflies. This is what gardening has always been about!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Plants That Make the Transition from Spring to Summer


Many assume that once the growing season starts, plants are on constant display. If you live in an area where winter brings constant snow and lack of foliage, any live growth might seem like a display and this might be true. But the reality is, there are natural lulls of excitement in most gardens across the country. One time where a lull often occurs is in the late spring and early summer. This is because the plants that explode with growth early on begin to fade in the late spring, while the later season bloomers are still developing for their summer show. But there are some wonderful exceptions.
For a great show and a seamless transition from late spring into summer, try adding some of these plants to your landscape.
·       Roses: Throughout most of the country, roses are wonderful landscape shrubs that really shine in the late spring through the rest of the summer. Many overlook roses for landscape plantings, as roses have gotten a reputation for being difficult to grow and maintain. This just isn’t true for many of the wonderful new landscape-ready roses available now.
o   The Knockout series of roses are a wonderful example. We especially love the double pink Knockout shrub roses. With minimal care, this disease resistant and dense growing shrub will bloom profusely from June until frost, which carries the garden from the spring display into the warm days of summer. We also carry Red, and a bicolor of yellow and white blooming in the series. You can also grab all three colors in our collection at a great price.
o   The Drift series is another disease resistant and landscape ready rose shrub- and at a smaller size, they make a wonderful perennial for the front of the border for easy color that transition from spring into summer seamlessly. Apricot is a lighter pink version of the Drift family and has a more old fashioned appearance. The flowers are more than double, like the old English roses. This color is also harmonious within most landscape schemes and fits in well just about anywhere.
o   If you have a bigger landscape and need some beautiful late spring coverage fast, try a rose from the OSO Easy line. One of the most popular is the super fragrant pink Oso Easy spreader rose. This rose is great to plant on difficult slopes where it can spread out and cover. Spreading to almost 10 feet but with a very short height of less than 2 feet, this is a perfect groundcover choice too. Plus, this rose requires no pruning (every few years some rejuvenation pruning would be good but it’s not a necessity) and is highly resistant to disease. Try mixing this rose among a backdrop of Munstead lavender on a difficult sunny slope, and enjoy the mix of beautiful fragrance from the spring throughout the summer.
o   The Julia Child rose is a wonderful cherry bright yellow heavy petaled rose that is named after the famous chef Julia Child. Much like her life spent bringing Americans the wonderful world of French cooking, this wonderful rose brings home gardens the flavor of exquisite color and performance. Unforgettable, this small to medium-sized shrub is a great performer in the landscape. While many of the great landscape roses we carry spread, the Julia Child rose grows more upright than out, adding another dimension to the landscape that also brings late spring color when early spring fades and carries the landscape into summer.
·       Mentioned above, lavender is a wonderful companion in the garden with roses, and many types of lavender are also excellent for late spring, early summer blooms. In fact, there are several kinds of lavender, all with different bloom times. For example, Mediterranean or French lavenders tend to be earlier spring bloomers and last into the middle of spring. For lavenders that bloom during the transition from spring into summer, look to English lavenders.
o   Hidcote is one example of English lavender that blooms in the late spring and carries what is considered one of the best sources for pure lavender fragrance. Hidcote is grown as a crop where it’s made into oils and other products that are used in bath products, cleaners, natural medicines, perfumes, and other products that require the best lavender scent. In the garden, Hidcote is a smaller growing lavender which is perfect for the front of the perennial border. Its compact growth is excellent for formal edging.
o   Munstead is a larger lavender than Hidcote but carries the same excellent quality in fragrance, and is also perfect for edible use as well as other uses. Try Munstead in a more natural setting that’s dry and drains fast. It’s also highly attractive to bees, making it an essential in the garden.
o   For a more extended bloom time among your lavender plants while enjoying the late spring English types, try our lavender collection. It includes Hidcote, Lavender du Provence, and Lavender Grosso.
·       There are some blooming trees that will put on a great show after the cherries and crabapples have finished. One of the best is the Kousa Dogwood. Happy in areas where it’s a little more shaded, this dogwood brightens up a dark corner with its late spring display of big white blooms. On top of the spring show, its trunk and stem form is a wonderful architectural addition to the landscape, and the fall brings beautiful color of purples and reds. And finally, bright red berries persist into the winter, which feed birds and make the winter landscape merry. A landscape must!
·       And finally, this amazing daylily mix can be grown throughout the country- from the coldest parts of the north down into the warm south. We include a wide range of colors in bloom in this mix which also means a great extension of blooms from these daylilies when planted in a big mass. Starting in late spring and continuing through summer, this mix is very impressive!

There are other plants that make the late spring transition a wonderful one, and we hope you enjoy these suggestions too. Add these to your landscape and you’ll quickly enjoy a long season of constant life and color!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vinca Minor Ground Cover is a Versatile Evergreen Ground Cover Plant


Vinca Minor ground cover is one of the more versatile ground cover plants. This fast growing ground cover grows in either sun or shade. The dark green evergreen leaves provide a lovely backdrop for the periwinkle blue blooms in spring. The hardy strong growing Vinca Minor is a good choice groundcover for hillsides, in shaded areas, poor soil, and other barren areas. Also referred to as creeping myrtletrailing periwinklecreeping myrtlevinca minor can be contained in specific areas by using edging. Rejuvenate old vinca ground cover plants by cutting it back by about half. Bag the clippings so that they don't fall and root in unwelcomed areas.

Vinca Minor is available in 3 inch pots. Buy vinca as bare root plants and save. Our 50 plant bare root bundles are affordable garden plants. Cover more area with these discounted ground cover plants.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mail Order Trees and Shrubs


Our mail order trees and shrubs are shipped at the right time for planting in your yard. We schedule orders to ship based on average temperatures of the delivery area so your plants get off to the best start possible.
Mail order nurseries are able to carry a larger selection of varieties of trees and shrubs than traditional brick and mortar garden centers. Your mail order trees and shrubs are often bare rooted and will ship in late fall or spring. Some mail order nurseries, such as GreenwoodNursery.com, also offer potted or container grown plants as well as a great selection of perennialsornamental grassesground cover plants and other specialty plants

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