Design Build Plant Organic Garden – Companion Planting

June 13, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Organic Gardening


Your favourite host Diva Dan gives inspiring tips on designing a compact companion planting organic vegetable garden.

Heart’s Ease Landscape & Garden Design Williamsburg, VA

May 3, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Flower Gardening


www.heartseaselandscape.com Heart’s Ease Landscape & Garden Design PO Box 711 7884 Richmond Rd. Toano, VA 23168 757-566-9088 Peggy Krapf has been a landscape designer in the Williamsburg, Virginia area since 1993. She holds a Landscape Specialist Certificate from George Washington University; is certified by, and is an active member of, the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD); and is a Virginia Master Gardener. An award winning landscape designer, Peggy has served as a Landscape Exhibit judge at the Maymont Flower and Garden Show; sat on the Board of Directors of the VSLD; and has taught landscape design classes throughout the area, including the Professional Horticulture Conference of Virginia and Virginia Master Gardener training programs. Her designs have been on tour during Historic Garden Week of Virginia, and have won “Best Landscaping” awards in several “Parade of Homes”. Peggy’s landscapes have been featured in Hampton Roads Gardening Magazine, Builder Magazine, the Daily Press newspaper, and have been photographed for Southern Living Magazine. She is also a popular speaker for local garden clubs and horticultural events.

Vegetable Gardening & Plant Care : How to Design a Specialty Vegetable Garden

April 18, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Flower Gardening


There are a variety of options when designing a specialty vegetable garden, as an individual can decide between a variety of herbs, edible flowers and other vegetables. Create a vegetable garden that will complement Mexican food with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on vegetable gardening and plant care.

Vegetable Gardening & Plant Care : How to Design an Ornamental Kitchen Garden

April 13, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Flower Gardening


The goal of an ornamental kitchen garden is to have beautiful color and to use herbs and edible spices. Discover which vegetables and herbs create beautiful flowers with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on ornamental gardening and plant care.

Garden Design- a Way to Design Your Dream Garden

February 25, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Featured, Garden Design

Every one knows about global warming. Countries from all over the world are getting worried about it. Scientists are spending their time in researches on how to control the global warming. Pollution is to be considered as the main reason for this. If people plant more and more tree, it can be controlled. But in the blind race of competition no one has enough time to complete extra works like planting, garden developing and the list goes on. They have an option in the form of garden design to control global warming. People can make it done by any expert designer because creating garden design is a way to make environment green and it is also a way to control the pollution. They are helpful to make homes and nearby surroundings beautiful and attractive.

Generally gardens are the greatest attractions in any landscape. If more and more gardens are designed, they will be helpful to decrease the pollution and also the danger of global warming because trees and plants absorb carbon-di-oxide and many other harmful gases. Gardens are maintained in parks, theme parks, amusement parks, hotels, restaurants and various other places. To make gardens attractive and environmental friendly, garden design is required.

For garden design, few elements of garden designing like water features, water fountains, garden pools, garden planting, garden buildings, garden furniture, landscape materials are required. These are the elements that play a big role in making the garden look fabulous. By using various plants, you can design gardens with themes. You can include some miniature models of famous monuments or buildings in your garden’s pavilion to make it look unique. Garden fence is a vital element for garden designs because by it you can manage your planning. It can be built from wood or stones. Vinyl fencing is also an option to make garden fencing look attractive and it is also very easy to maintain. The main advantage of vinyl fence is it is available in the market in readymade form so that you can save both your time and energy.

There are numerous garden designers available in the market but you are supposed to select one who should keep a sound knowledge of horticulture and architecture. Finding the expert garden designer is not a big work. Search over the internet and there are a great number of websites related to garden design. You are to select one according to your requirements. Compare rates from different sites then place an order because different designers have different rates. Therefore you should read terms and condition of the selected site carefully.

Landscape Design

February 21, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Featured, Garden Design

Learn about designing a garden based on your landscape. Author Sarah Susanka describes how to incorporate natural features into landscape design. Landscape design means envisioning your view as your building and designing your home. Landscape design allows your land to dictate the garden design.

Location Is Key In A Rain Garden Design

February 21, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Garden Design

A rain garden design is an environmentally positive approach to gardening. Soil and plants have the ability to process chemicals, various wastes like oil and even pet waste. However, the way our cities are design allow the water to drain into a river or some other reservoir, perhaps even untreated. A rain garden design, however, traps water and forces it through the root systems of plants and flowers that essentially filter the toxins out and process them into a non-dangerous state. There are many factors to consider when designing an effective rain garden that will determine its effectiveness at processing waste. One of them is the location of the garden, which is the focus here.

First of all, many people interesting in a rain garden design feel the best place to put one is where all the rain collects already. Many landscapes have an area such as this. One side of our yard would always develop into a small pond every time it rained hard. Our yard sloped down to the back of the neighbor’s garage. Many would think that because that’s where all the water is going, that would be the ideal place to grow a rain garden. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This is one of the last places to consider a rain garden design.

The ideal rain garden design needs an area the is exposed to sunshine most of the day. The area in my yard where the little pond would form during rain storms was shaded most of the day. Without the sun, the drying cycle would not be optimal. Direct sun will help to kill pathogens, which is one of the most beneficial functions of the rain garden design. Furthermore, direct sun will promote healthy and robust flower and plant growth.

Secondly, an ideal rain garden design will ensure that there is no structure within ten feet from any structural foundation. Foundations are susceptible to damage from flooding and saturation. So, the location of your rain garden design should be sunny and away from you house, garage or any neighbor’s house and garage.

Finally, the area you choose for your rain garden design should be as flat as possible and should drain well. You want the area to collect rain water, but you also want it to be able to drain quickly. Furthermore, stagnate water in the summertime attracts mosquitoes which isn’t only a bother but can also increase your and your families chances of contracting mosquito born viruses, which is becoming a greater concern these days.

As was mentioned above, location is only one consideration. This article should have gotten you thinking about which location in your yard would be ideal for a rain garden design. You will want to further consider the plant and flower species you choose and how water will be funneled into the garden during rain storms.

Jonathan writes on gardening topics for Elegant Garden Design.

Avoid the Most Common Garden Design Problems in Mesa, Arizona

February 21, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Garden Design

Are you planning a new garden design in Mesa, Arizona? Currently encountering some gardening problems? This article will provide you with remedies to the top 5 most common gardening problems in this day and age. Whether you’re designing your garden for beauty in your backyard or for vegetables that will feed your family, the following information will be beneficial to you.


Avoid the 5 Most Common Gardening Problems in Mesa, Arizona:


1. You don’t need a “green thumb” to raise crops or grow plants. The “green thumb” requirement is nothing but a myth. Peopler aren’t born with gardening skills! Rather, they acquire proper gardening knowledge and they implement what they learn. When we use the words “green thumb,” we don’t mean “talent,” or “flair.” We use those words as a label that refers to developed skills rather than acquired at birth. To solve the “green thumb” problem, which some people consider the most common of gardening excuses, anyone can learn how to grow and cultivate plants.


2. Be certain you have the appropriate landscape for your garden. This is not a precise rule on how to arrange your lawn or backyard to accommodate your garden, save for this: plants you wish to grow should be cultivated in an area where they can enjoy space. At full maturity, plants shouldn’t be close to one another, so much so that their foliage can already be regarded as the same. Plants need their own freedom to grow. Promoting space will ensure that they won’t have to fight for the nutrients they receive, and that diseases won’t spread quickly among the developing crops.


3. If you don’t have enough space for your desired garden, which is another popular problem in the long list of things that keep people from gardening, there are other options for you. In fact, that problem is pretty easy to address! The answer: try container gardening which will allow you to grow plants at home even if you’re living in an apartment or condominium.


4. Put a stop to pest invasion. If pests are left unimpeded, they will destroy your garden quickly. Pests can be eliminated through a variety of methods. You can try to attract useful insects that will feed on the particular pests. Or, you can grow companion plants that will repel the inhabitation of these creatures. You can also try commercial pesticides that will eliminate these pests without harming your plants.


5. Get rid of weeds! Stop thinking about pulling them out one by one or tilling the soil regularly. You won’t get rid of the roots and the weeds will just grow back. Try using mulch or putting a protective cover over your soil. This will deprive weeds of sunlight and they won’t be able to grow and reproduce.


Here’s some information about a popular desert plant that will make a great addition to your garden design in Mesa.


The Red Fairy Duster, also called Calliandra Californica, is a brilliant, puff-like flower that can bloom almost all year long, with peak bloom time occurring in the late spring. Its spectacular bloom makes it a colorful, accentuating shrub for the garden.


The Red Fairy Duster loves full sun. Supplemental water in the summer will increase blooming significantly. Its flowers are favored by hummingbirds and its small, dark green leaves lend this plant to a lush and almost tropical feel that can be used in a desert oasis landscape.


The Red Fairy Duster can grow to be both 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall, but it is particularly easy to maintain. Pruning is not necessary and watering should be done twice a month in winter and once a week in summer. The Red Fairy Duster is susceptible to frost and is both pest and disease resistant.


If you are still unsure about what will work in your garden design and landscaping in Mesa, there are plenty of online resources that can help you. For instance, many local landscaping companies have expertise in garden design and plants that thrive in the area. Hiring a professional garden design and landscaping company in Mesa, Arizona might just be your best bet. They can work with you to pick out the best plants that fit your taste, lifestyle and budget – and they can even help you maintain it!

Rain Garden Design Tips and Tools

February 21, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Garden Design

Patricia Pennell of raingardens.org shares secrets of design

The Best Season for Garden Design

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Garden Design

Garden Designs can take a long time to do. Remember that there are many design principles that need to be taken into account when landscaping your garden. A common problem occurs in that people visit a nursery and see something they like. Impulsive purchases for their garden might not match the theme and style of their home. The resulting garden may very well be less than can be expected when using a proper design.


The trick is to plan your garden properly before you go to the nursery. Having a good idea about the size and layout of your garden and what you would like it to become, will help you buy the right things at the right time. However, if you have a professional garden design, all the guesswork will be taken out of purchasing items for your garden. You will not have to think about where to put things, whether they will fit into the space, or into the style and flow of your garden.


It is best to time your garden design well in advance of spring. This provides you with enough time to finalize the design and to accomplish any hard landscaping.


Most nurseries and garden suppliers realise that people generally tend to spend less time and effort on their garden during autumn and winter months. As a result of this, they provide many special offers and price cuts on their stock. This is very good news for someone who has taken the time and the opportunity to time their garden landscaping.


Having a prepared garden plan has many great advantages. A good design will have a complete key and plant list, which will aid in purchasing the correct items and quantities. During the autumn and winter months, return to the nursery regularly with this list. If you are designing your own garden, you should also try to create a complete key and plant list. Different plants and other garden items will be sold as special offers at different times. The impulsive buyer, who tries to do everything at once, often misses out on wonderful deals, or buy something that they don’t really need.


Any good design would have some form of hard landscaping. Hard landscaping includes items such as walls, pathways, gazebos, greenhouses, water features and fountains. They are essential elements of your garden. Installation of hard landscaping could be the most labour intensive activity involved in landscaping your garden. In many cases hard landscaping also has a negative effect on existing plant life surrounding the item during installation. Pretty plants can easily be damaged during installation.


Some hard landscaping items can take a considerable amount of time to install, especially so if you are doing it yourself. Don’t waste the precious spring and summer months installing things that can be done during fall and winter.

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