If you can’t get enough of beautiful terraces then here are some more small urban garden design ideas for you. I’ve gathered as much good pictures as I could find and hope to hear your thoughts about them. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Do you wish your garden looked like one of these gardens?
Trumbull CT Landscape Designer John Holden walks you through the foundation planting of a charming cape in Trumbull Connecticut. This video is loaded with front yard landscape design ideas and foundation planting landscape design ideas. Grab some popcorn, mute the cell phone and enjoy the show!
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Spring is almost ready to pass the torch onto summer. Garden plants are flourishing, but something’s missing. Adding a few colorful and fun plants to the landscape or garden plantings will spice things up and make the neighbors a little jealous that they didn’t think of it first.
There are many ways to add excitement to a dull garden, but the best ways to add color are small shrubs, perennials and colorful ground covers. Many of these plant varieties are available at Greenwood Nursery Online Plant Nursery.
Most perennials are fast growing and will begin to show their form within the first season. With the right pruning and dead heading, they will push their growth and quickly become a garden staple. Proper care is the way to get the best results in any garden for that matter.
Blue flowering plants against red, yellow or purple flowering plants are quite striking. The soft blue of the Blue Star Creepers, Russian Sage Little Spire, Emerald Blue Phlox or lavenders make the red of the Monarda Fire Ball even more brilliant. Fill in some larger gaps with Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush for sunny areas.
Plants like the Jeepers Creepers Trailing Tiarella are spreading but safe, as they don’t attach to the ground. This is an excellent substitute for English Ivy.
With lots of green in the garden, a couple of red or pink flowering plants are all that’s needed. Autumn Leaves Heuchera, drift roses, strawberry seduction yarrow, Double Red Knockout Roses, Fairy Rose, or pineapple sage.
Strategically placed yellow leafed or yellow flowering plants will warm up any landscape giving it a finished touch. Yellow leafed plants such as Golden Tiara Hosta, Yucca Color Guard, Heuchera Electric Lime, Golden Japanese Ogon Sedum, Sedum Angelina, and the Autumn Brilliance Ferns are subtle but make a huge impact. Yellow flowering plants such as the Autumn Colors Rudbeckia, Black-eyed Susan’s and Heliopsis Summer Sun.
Just a few plant additions in a single color scheme can pull together any landscape. Go from a dull landscape to a landscape full of surprise with blooms popping out of previously vacant spaces. Flowering garden plants will be your landscape secret weapons.
Selecting plants for bordering or edging a garden or path can be just as frustrating as accessorizing a room or an outfit. You want the overall picture to look pulled together with your choices. I like to divide plants for this purpose into two divisions: compact and spreaders. These plants grow in the 3 foot and under height range. Compact plants are just that. They will grow within a defined space only getting slightly larger over the following years. If the area needs a strong barrier, consider a low growing shrub or grass such as Hameln Grass, Spiraea Magic Carpet, Cotoneaster Coral Beauty, Hypericum Blue Velvet or the dwarf Nandina Firepower as they will work hard year round to keep the garden defined.
Spreaders and drapers will creep into the garden mixing with the other plants or spill over the edge of the garden bed. They will work well in any garden, but can really show their talents when planted along the edge of a multi level garden. Along the edge or border of a garden is a key spot to introduce additional colors and textures. If the primary color of the garden or landscape is green, for example, edge the bed with contrasting color plants such as Heuchera Plum Pudding or Black Mondo Grass. If the garden is alive with lots of color, then going low key would be more effective with something like an ornamental grass, liriope, thyme, lavender plants or dwarf boxwoods.
Here’s a listing of plants that I have complied for these 2 divisions:
Grass Hameln, Chives, Heucheras, Aster, Hostas, Ferns-such as Autumn Brilliance, Spiraea Magic Carpet, Lavenders, City Line Hydrangeas, Liriope, Armeria Dusseldorf Pride, Veronica Royal Candles, Cotoneaster Coral Beauty, Barberry Crimson Pygmy, Hypericum Blue Velvet, Nandina Dwarf Firepower, Daylilies, Sedums, Grass Black Mondo, Grass Acorus Minimus, Grass Acorus Gramineus Ogon, Potentilla Gold Drop,
Wooly Thyme, Red Creeping Thyme, Creeping Phlox, Creeping Rosemary, Elfin Thyme, Hypericum Calycinum, Drift Roses
This listing of plants should give you many ideas of what size, colors, and type of plants you can use for edging your garden or bordering your landscape. Don’t feel limited to these varieties.
Be creative with plants. They offer so much color and texture. That’s part of the fun and the learning experience of gardening.
After a long hot summer, it all begins to change. September reveals cooler weather. The air develops a crisp note. Leaves on the trees are just starting with their hibernation process, which will leave us with their magnificent fall foliage.
Here are my picks for the top 8 trees for the best fall color:
Planting one or more of these trees in your landscape will provide you with great splashes of fall color.
The leaves on the Kousa Dogwood change from a glossy green to a purple/red shade. With its more compact growth, it is an easy tree to add to any garden or landscape.
When we think of fall foliage, many of us think of the orange and golden colors of New England. This is mainly due to the amount of maple trees in that region especially the Sugar Maple. Another U.S. native tree with gorgeous red to orange fall color is the Sourwood.
Need to add some yellow into your fall landscape? A poplar or birch will be the perfect addition.
For foliage in variations of red, plant Japanese red maples, scarlet red maples or a pin oak for the deepest red fall leaf color.
Share your favorite plants for fall color with your comments then visit Greenwood Nursery to purchase your fall color trees.