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In order to add interest and attraction to a rock garden, ornamentation plays an important role. For decorating a rock garden, you will need items made of stones or other natural materials so that they can go well with the overall theme and look of rock garden. Here are some suggestions for decorating a rock garden:

  • As I have said, items made of stones look really beautiful in a rock garden so I will first suggest you to use garden statues to decorate your rock garden. How to choose the right statue? You can select a garden statue in a color that matches with color of other rocks. A statue in a contrasting color also works well. Moreover, while selecting statue, make sure that it goes well with theme and mood of your rock garden. For an Asian style garden, statues of Buddha are the best while for an English-style garden, you can choose from traditional robed figures. If you want to give your rock garden a fun-filled style, you can use statues of animals like that of frogs and rabbits.

  • Another great suggestion is to use reflective items to decorate your rock garden as they create interest and attraction when light reflects off them. If you have sharp rocks in your garden, you can use gazing ball to give a contrasting look. Moreover metal wind chimes can also be used as they will provide music in addition to reflection.

  • To attract birds to your garden, you can go for bird friendly decorative items. Bird bath is the best for this purpose. Select a bird bath according to style of your garden. You can either use a hanging bird bath or a pedestal-style bird bath to be placed on a flat rock. Along with bird baths, hang bird houses and decorative bird feeders with trees. Bird feeders contain seeds for birds so they should be placed at a location where they can not create mess and clutter in your garden.

  • Finally, I will suggest you to decorate your rock garden with some water feature. What else can be better than a fountain? Fountains come in different varieties. They are made of stones or metal. While selecting a fountain, ensure that it is not too tall to mar the look of other items in your garden. You can also add a waterfall to your rock garden as sound of falling water will attract birds and will create a restful ambience. Besides building a waterfall, also dig a trench to make a stream so that it can wind through rocks.

These were some great, easy and practical suggestions which you can follow to decorate your rock garden. Follow all or any of these and make your rock garden the most beautiful part of your house.

Are you looking for a list of flowers that can be grown in greenhouse? If yes then you don’t need to worry as I am going to provide you name of some flowers which can be easily grown in greenhouses. Just look at this list and choose any of these flowers to grow in greenhouse.

African Violet

 African violets have different types and come in a variety of colors including pink, lavender, red, blue and purple. African violets do not grow by seed propagation so they are reproduced through leaf cuttings. They can thrive in a soil low in nutrition but require a lot of humidity. In greenhouse, you can easily provide them with required amount of humidity as conditions in greenhouse are controlled. But you must keep in mind one thing. To provide these flowers with humidity, do not make leaves wet as it may cause leaf spotting.

Chinese Hibiscus

This is a tropical flowering plant which is very sensitive to cold conditions. These plants produce flowers in elegant colors like pink, red, yellow and white. Its leaves are green and glossy and have tangled edges.  Chinese hibiscus requires well-drained and rich soil as well as a lot of water to grow well.

Roses

Roses need a lot of protection and care in winter so gardeners living in cold regions can grow roses in greenhouse. Roses in greenhouse can either be grown in pots or ground but in both cases they require quick draining soil. Although roses require full and bright sunlight for at least 8 hours a day, they can be grown in greenhouse under artificial lights. For growing roses in greenhouse, you will require maintaining temperature between 70 and 80 F. Roses should be watered once a week and fertilized monthly with rose fertilizers or fish emulsion.

Lilies

Lilies require protection from cold and wet conditions so they can be grown in greenhouse by providing them with warmth to keep them blooming for longer period of time. Lilies can be grown in quick draining soil in either ground or pots. Make sure that soil also contain compost and is completely packed around lily bulbs to reduce air pockets. Lilies required to be watered with 1 to 2 inches of water a week. To supplement natural daylight, use lights in greenhouse to provide lilies with 6 to 8 hours of light.

Chenille Plant

Chenille plant grows up to 5 to 6 feet tall and produces 6 to 8 inches long leaves. Flowers of this plant create almost 18 inches long drooping clusters in bright red color but flowers appear only on female plants. Chenille plants can tolerate any type of soil provided that soil provides the plant with good drainage.

Orchids

Orchids are both cold and warm sensitive. They mostly like to be grown indoors so are best to grow in greenhouses because in greenhouses, their specific lighting and temperature conditions can be fulfilled easily. Orchids should be grown in those greenhouses which have opaque windows so that they can filter light to protect orchids from burning. Temperature requirements are between 70 and 80 degrees F during day and between 50 and 60 degrees F at night. To maintain this temperature, you can use fans and heaters. Orchids should be watered only when they become dry but you can mist greenhouse after every three days to maintain humidity level.

Butterflies not only add beauty to our garden but they also provide services of pollinating flowers. During their entire life cycle, butterflies need a variety of plants. To fulfill their needs, you are required to provide them with right plants. Here in this article, I am providing you a list of some perennials which you can grow in your garden. These perennials will surely make butterflies flock to your garden.

Bee Balm

As its name suggests, bee balm attracts bees but at the same time, this perennial attract butterflies. These plants produce pink, purple or red flowers which are arranged in whirling clusters. Being hummingbird magnets, these perennials do best when they are provided with moist soil.

Black-eyed Susan

Blooming from summer to cold, black-eyed susan is a popular perennial as well as an exceptional resource of nectar for butterflies. Butterflies including swallowtails and monarchs are especially attracted towards these perennials.

Garden Phlox

This perennial produces flowers in clusters which grow atop of dark green leaves on vertical stems. They are very attractive and fragrant and need full sun to thrive. Garden Phlox provides nectar to butterflies in summer and fall. Grow these plants and you will see different kinds of butterflies in your garden.

Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower is drought tolerant as well as handles poor soil conditions. It produces yellow and red bi-color flowers from May to frost. You can easily grow these flowers as they require low maintenance. They attract swallowtails, whites and sulphurs.

Butterfly Weed

This perennial produces bright orange flowers which especially attract monarch butterflies. Reason is that these perennials not only produce nectar but also act as host plants for caterpillars. These flowers attract swallowtails, spring azures, giant swallowtails and of course monarchs.

Blazing Star

Blazing Star can prove to be an interesting addition to a perennial garden as it attracts butterflies with its jazzy purple spike of flowers. These perennials attract buckeyes butterflies.

Coneflowers

These perennials produce flowers in different colors including white, orange, yellow, oink and purple. These flowers have a brown center and are produced abundantly on sturdy stems. Butterflies love these drought tolerant perennials. They require partial shade or full sun to thrive.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush produces flowers clusters which act as butterfly magnets. They prove to be excellent perennials when grown around patios and decks. These drought tolerant flowers require full sun to grow. Flowers grow in different colors like yellow, white, pink, blue and purple.

That is a list of some perennials which are popularly known for attracting butterflies. Grow these in your garden and enjoy watching different kinds of butterflies.

Despite of hot summer, many flowers bloom in August. If you also want to add colors to your garden in late summer, you can have a number of options of beautiful and bright flowers that can bloom in sleepy and hot August. You can not only grow these flowers for garden beauty but also for making bouquets. Here are names of some flowers which bloom in August.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a hardy perennial which grows in variety of colors, sizes and fragrances. Actually they are tropical flowers which require ample sunlight and moisture to grow well. These flowers start blooming in late spring and continuously bloom through July and August.

Lilies

There are different types of lily flowers which bloom in August including water lilies, tiger lilies and gold band lilies. Tiger lilies generate orange flowers having black spots. This lily blooms in delayed July and beginning of August. Gold band lily produce exotic white blooms. All varieties of lilies need enough space to grow and protection from summer sun.

Turtlehead

Growing in humid areas, turtleheads are small flowers which bloom from July to September. They mostly produce flowers of white and pink color.

Hydrangea

These are ever green bushes which produce flowers in different colors including white, purple, blue and pink. They are easy to grow bushes and can grow 3 to 10 feet tall. They require morning sun to grow but they should be protected from noon and afternoon sun.

Dahlias

August proves to be the peak blooming season for dahlias. Dahlias come in colors like white, orange, yellow, red and purple. They can tolerate all types of soil and require full sun to grow.

These were some flowers which bloom in August. If you are interested in growing these flowers, plant them at proper time and watch them blooming beautifully in August.

Climbing roses are of different types. We all know climbing roses for their strong fragrance but there are some varieties of climbing roses which do not have smell but they bloom all summer. On the other hand, there are some climbing roses which have smell but they do not bloom all summer long. Here I have made a list of those climbing roses which you can bloom all summer to add beauty, color and height to your garden.

Golden Showers

Golden Showers are climate dependent and grow up to 15 feet tall. They generate masses of scented flowers having golden yellow color. Golden Showers are capable of tolerating poor soil conditions and shade so are somewhat easy to grow.

Climbing Blaze

Climbing blaze is also known as blaze rose. It is one of the most famous types of climbing roses which can grow 15 feet tall in a few numbers of years. Producing roses of scarlet color, they can bloom all season long.

Handel

It is a showy rose which produces clusters of big pink fragrant flowers. Its branches may grow up to 12 feet and have dark green and shiny foliage. Handel is not completely disease resistant plant but with proper garden hygiene, it can be protected.

William Baffin

William Baffin is also a type of climbing rose which produces pink colored double blossoms which continuously bloom throughout summer season. If proper care is taken of this rose, it can grow as much as 10 feet tall. This type of climbing rose is also resistant to common diseases of roses like dark spots and rust.

New Dawn

New Dawn produces soft and bright pink buds which later fade to ivory color since the rose blooms completely. This disease resistant rose grows as a climber but if it is pruned heavily, it starts growing like a shrub.

Darlow’s Enigma

This climbing rose has clusters of tiny and fragrant flowers. It can also be grown as a shrub and can grow up to 8 feet but if it is grown as a climber, it can grow mush larger.

Rhode Island Red

It is a hardy and disease resistant climbing rose which produces flowers of red color. This beautiful climbing rose can delight you with its striking flowers from earlier June until frost.

These were some climbing roses which you can grow in your garden. Remember that climbing roses need same care as needed by other types of roses. If you want them to produce blooms continuously, they will need to be watered and fertilized regularly.

You will find several flowering bushes and shrubs around you which produce blue flowers. Do you want to know names and details of such bushes? If yes then you are reading the right post because I have made a list of bushes which produce blue flowers.

Wedgewood Blue

Wedgewood blue is a flowering bush that is a variety of lilac bush. Although lilac refers to a color having a purple shade, blooms of this shrub are of blue color having a lavender margin on their boundaries. You need a sufficient space to grow this bush as it grows 6 feet in height 8 feet in width. Its leaves are thin and have a spade like shape. Flowers on this bush bloom in the month of May and at this time of year blooms are at their full swing.

Russian Sage

Russian sage is a perennial shrub that grows between 3 and 5 feet in height. This shrub produces light blue fragrant flowers. Found in central Asia and Russia, this flowering shrub is not only grown for its beautiful flowers but people also use these flowers as herbal remedy.

Nanho Blue

Most of the people know this shrub with the name of butterfly bush. Having more than 100 varieties, these bushes are rich in nectar so they are ideal to grow if you want to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. This bush can grow up to 10 feet and produce small flowers having indigo blue color. These flowers beautifully hang in bunches from the end of stems.

Nikko Blue Hydrangea

These bushes produce cluster of flowers with four petals. Growing up to a height of 10 feet, nikko blue produces deep azure flowers. This deep blue color depends on the acidity of soil in which this bush is grown. A highly acidic soil turns the flowers to blue color. These bushes start growing from late spring and continue growing until early fall.

That was a list of flowering shrubs which produce blue blooms. If you wish to see flowers in blue color in your garden, you can grow anyone of these.

Do you want to see monarch butterflies in your garden? If yes then you will have to grow those flowering plants in your garden which attract monarch butterflies. Do not you know about those flowering plants? Don’t worry. In this post, I am going to provide you with the names of those flowers which you can grow to attract monarch butterflies. These flowers include Purple Coneflowers, English Lavender and of course, Milkweed.

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower is a perennial plant which can grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet. As its name suggests, this flowering plant produces flowers of pink and purple color in months of June, July and August. You can plant purple coneflowers in either sunny or partial shaded area. These flowers require moist and fertile soil to grow. Although these are drought tolerant, they still required to be watered during hot summer months.

English Lavender

English Lavender is a flowering shrub and an evergreen perennial. It naturally grows on dry and rocky grassy hills and if you want to grow them in your garden, you will require a sunny location for this purpose. It can be grown easily as it can tolerate different types of soils and humidity levels. Growing up to 2 to 4 feet tall, this plant produces pink, purple or blue flowers throughout summer season.

Milkweed

These plants are necessary to grow in your garden if you want to attract monarch butterflies. The reason is quite obvious. Monarch butterflies lay eggs on milkweed and at the same time, these plants are a major source of nectar. Milkweed can be grown in all types of soils such as dry, moist or wet. It requires sunny or partially shaded area to grow well. It can also tolerate dry weather conditions but still it requires to be watered during hot months. There are different varieties of milkweed plant which you can grow in your garden such as:

Scarlet Milkweed: Scarlet milkweed produces red or orange flowers and can grow up to 3 to 4 feet high.

Common Milkweed: Common milkweed is a beautiful plant as it produces flowers in burgundy color. These plants can be naturally found in fields, along roadsides, waste grounds and woods.

Swamp Milkweed: They grow almost in the same areas in which common milkweed grows and they produce flowers in white or pink color.

 Butterfly Weed: Being shorter than other types of milkweed, it can reach to a height of just 18 to 24 inches. They produce yellow or white blooms and are found in those areas in which we find common milkweed.