Monday, 7 July 2014

'Angelina' Sedum - A Perfect Ground Cover

'Angelina' Sedum make great ground cover in a garden. It spreads quickly and if thick enough, can reduce weed growth. Sedum requires low maintenance and is reasonably hardy. It tends to look and grow well in rock orientated gardens as it folds into the surrounding environment. 

One of the best things about 'Angelina' is how fast it roots. It is super easy to propagate and roots within 1-3 weeks (without special care).

As it is an unusual plant, it adds diversity and color to a garden. Another key thing to remember about Sedum is that it attracts butterflies to your garden.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Growing Cacti Outdoors

While sharp and pointy, cacti are great for adding a bit of diversity in your garden. As in most parts of the world, they are not common, therefore can change your whole garden.
Growing cacti outdoors is easy! While they do need a well draining soil and lots of sunlight, once setup, they require nearly no attention. A commonly used soil for cacti is very high in gravel or ground rock. This allows the water from rain/watering to drain and not sit within the root base. Working rocks into your garden with the cactus can really create a unique look. Check out my post on Rock Garden Ideas for a larger picture on what you can do.

Another important thing to consider is sunlight. It is easy to get too protective over your garden and leave the most exposed and seen area as it is then hide the cactus 'experiment'. This isn't always the way to go as the cactus needs light, therefore some exposure is good.

Considering the size in the near and far future is an important concept to think about. While your chosen cactus may only be 3 feet high in a year, in 10 it could be much bigger. I have seen lots of people plant them just under cover to only have to dig them back up once they've got too big.

There are a few things to consider but once the final plans are done, cacti in your garden can really make it that little bit better.

Have a good weekend!

Pallet Furniture Friday #1

Pallet furniture adds a rustic but friendly look to your backyard. It is super cheap to buy and even cheaper to make! A small collection of pallet furniture follows. Enjoy!

It is amazing how something as common and simple as a pallet can be used to create unique pieces of furniture. Yes, some of the ideas are a bit extreme. But it doesn't hurt to try!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Garden Rock Ideas - With Pictures!

An awesome way to add some diversity to your garden is by involving rocks. Here is a quick post with 6 great rock garden ideas. Enjoy

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Snake Plant - A Great Indoor Plant
The Snake Plant is a great plant to have indoors or in a sheltered spot outdoors. It is also known as 'mother in-laws tongue'. With a thick grass like look, they add a bit of diversity to nearly any home. They have an amazing yellow border and a thick green stem. The average height for these plants is 60-100cm high and the growth rate is medium.

These plants are extremely hardy and drought tolerant which makes them a perfect plant for beginner gardeners or even small children. They only need watering once the soil is dry.

When picking a plant, look for one with no brown spots. If healthy from the beginning, they tend to stay healthy unless care is not taken. 

A great part of these plants is the propagation ability. They grow new groups of plant which can be snapped off and planted. This means it is possible to turn one plant into several!

Overall, the Snake Plant will make a great addition to your house as an indoor ornament or an outdoor plant.