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Tips for Curing a Dull Landscape

June 3rd, 2012

 

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.

English: Layers of waterwise plants create a l...

English: Layers of waterwise plants create a lush, high mountain landscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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Greenwood’s Favorite Ground Cover Plants

May 11th, 2012

Greenwood’s favorite Ground Cover Plants:

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Species: Vinca major Family: ' Image No. 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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Selecting and Planting Ground Cover Plants

May 19th, 2011

purple wintercreeper

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Ground cover plants are often forgotten in garden or landscape design until a problem occurs such as erosion. For erosion issues consider evergreen ground cover plants such as?vinca,?ivy or?wintercreeper. To add color, select flowering ground covers such as?creeping phlox,?drift roses, or?ground cover sedum.

Typical spacing for ground cover plants is 12 to 18 inches apart. Bare root plants can be planted 6 to 8 inches apart for a quicker fill in. See box below to estimate how many plants you will need.

When planting on sloped areas, use an independent sprinkler, the type that attaches to a hose. The sprinkler will need to run until water soaks down several inches. The time for this will vary so it is best to check the soil each time it is run. How often to water will depend on local factors, but in many cases can be done every 3 to 5 days after planting for the first 6 to 8 weeks for the plants to fully establish a newer root system and begin growing.

Checking the soil allows you to monitor and make the proper adjustments. If the soil is extremely dry after 3 days, you may need to water every 2 days instead. Rainfall isn’t dependable and often just runs down the surface of the ground without being absorbed into the soil.

Mulching around ground covers can be difficult, especially on sloped areas. For sloped areas, I recommend putting down a thin layer of straw. The straw will protect the young new plants from the sun’s heat, heavy rainfall, which can wash bare root plants out of their holes and down the hill, as well as keep the soil cool and moist. Straw decomposes and helps to build up the soil. Once the plants have fully established and are beginning to grow, any remaining straw can be removed and mixed into other areas of the garden or landscape.

Uses for?Ground Covers:

  • Erosion control
  • Defining spaces
  • Traffic barrier
  • Transition areas
  • Small spaces
  • Where grass won’t grow

Considerations when selecting a?Ground Cover:

  • Height – tall or low
  • Sun or shade
  • Clay or sandy soil
  • Moist or dry area
  • Flowering or insignificant flowering
  • Seasonal or evergreen

Use our navigation filter?on the left hand side of the?ground cover page to narrow down ground cover selections based on the above criteria for your needs.

 

Determining the Number of Plants Needed:

Square feet of planting area Spacing (in inches)
6 in. 8 in. 9 in. 12 in. 18 in
100 400 225 178 100 45
200 800 450 356 200 90
300 1,200 675 535 300 135
400 1,600 900 712 400 180
500 2,000 1,125 890 500 225
600 2,400 1,350 1,068 600 270
700 2,800 1,575 1,246 700 315
800 3,200 1,800 1,425 800 360
900 3,600 2,025 1,602 900 405
1,000 4,000 2,250 1,780 1,000 450

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