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Summer tropical flowers are beautiful and can add colors to your garden. These flowers come in different colors, sizes and shapes and you can plant any of them. Summer season is approaching so if you are interested in growing these flowers in your garden, you must start gathering information about them. I have made a list of some summer tropical flowers which I will share with you. You can select any of them to grow in your home garden.

Blue Flag Iris

These long-lasting and aromatic flowers come in vivid and deep colors. Blue flag iris grows from four to seven feet tall at ripeness forming three to five feet large bunches of greenery. I have also planted these flowers in my home and I can assure you that they are very easy to grow and require very low maintenance. They can also adjust in moist soil conditions. As they are durable flowers so you will also find them in different and stunning floral arrangements. Although blue flag iris is native to Greece but it has adapted very well with other climates as well.

Anthurium

The most common and popular variety of Anthurium is pink flamingo anthurium which belongs to arum family. The facts that make these flowers favorite are their fresh colors, shape and long life. Anthurium has several species having flowers of different colors ranging from pink to dark ruby-red. As far as size of these plants is concerned, it also vary from specie to specie as some are 12 to 18 inches in height and some others are 3 to 5 feet tall. All species of these plants have ever-green and heart shaped leaves having a large size.

Moss Verbena

This is my favorite tropical flower plant that produces beautiful and delicate flowers having white, red and pink colors. Moss verbena grows quickly and helps in filling bare spots of garden. I have planted moss verbena in my garden because they attract butterflies and give a more natural and beautiful look to my garden. These flowers don’t only beautify gardens but are also used to beautify different events as they are use as fillers in bouquets.

Ginger

Actually ginger is native to Asian region but now it is also cultivated in Florida, the Caribbean and West Africa. Ginger also belongs to the family of cardamom and turmeric and hence its roots are used in making different medicines. If you will grow these in your garden, they will make your garden look elegant due to its flowers which have different colors including pink, white, red and yellow. Growing from 1 to 6 feet tall, it grows rapidly to form bunches. It also provides long-lasting cut flowers.

These are some of the most beautiful summer tropical flowers which you can grow in your garden this summer.

Perennial plants are versatile and are available in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes therefore amateur gardeners love to grow these plants in their garden. Like others, these plants also need special care and handling if you want them to bloom healthily and beautifully. If you are also looking for some tips for perennial plants care, then this post may prove very useful for you as I am going to give you some tips and instructions regarding perennial plants care:

  • Perennials should be grown in well-drained soil. If you have grown them at a location where it becomes a pool after rainfall then you are required to change their location.
  • Perennials are required to be watered regularly especially when it is their first growing season. Most of the perennials require to be watered once a week up to a depth of eight inches. The best time for watering perennial plants is morning time so that their leaves can become dry before evening.
  • Different perennial plants require different light requirements so I would like to suggest you to plant them at a location where they can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. But there are some varieties of perennials like ferns which require sunlight early in the morning and shade in afternoon.
  • As far as fertilizing is concerned, perennials should be fertilized in early spring before their new growth appears. Every 100 square feet of planting area requires about one to two pounds of grainy fertilizer.
  • You also require pulling weeds around the plants on regular basis. In order to control growth of weeds, you are recommended to apply 1 or 2 inches of organic mulch like shipped bark around plants. Mulch actually preserves dampness and controls growth of weeds.
  • Spent blooms should be removed as it will extend blooming time.
  • Last but not the least; you should keep flower beds neat and clean as dirty flower beds can attract pests to attack plants.

These were some very useful tips which you should follow for proper care of your perennials to have healthy and beautiful blooming plants in your garden.

Red and pink roses are mostly liked by the people but white roses have their own beauty that gives a sophisticated look to your garden. White roses look really great when blended with roses of other colors. You can select different white garden roses for your garden as they come in a number of varieties. Here I will explain its some varieties for your information and knowledge.

White Meidiland

This white garden rose is easiest to grow as it is highly resistant to pest attacks and diseases. It grows beautifully on slopes and that’s why it proves to be an excellent ground cover. Its specialty is its four inch wide blooms that appear throughout the year. These qualities of white meidiland make it beloved flower of gardeners.

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral has been named after a cathedral in UK. It is majestic flower that produces blooms early in its season and constantly produce blooms. These flowers have a pale color in their center and grow on medium sized shrub. This beautiful shrub is four feet wide and is four feet in height.

Glamis Castle

This medium sized shrub has twig-like branches and shaggy foliage having   a height of four feet and width of 3.5 feet. With a fair myrrh fragrance, it gives double full blooms having white and cream colors. These are beautiful looking flowers giving a royal touch to your garden.

Rosa Kent Towne & Country

Being smaller in size, this rose plant grows to a height of two feet only producing white semi-double blooms. They look even more beautiful when they are grown on their own roots and are liked by most of the gardeners because they can easily tolerate harsh winter.

Milwaukee’s Calatrava

This is my favorite flower too as it has sweet fragrance. It produces white flowers with light pink color on edges. It is also a disease-resistant flower that grows to a height of four feet. Its blooming season starts from the end of summer and continues to fall.

Alba
Being a highly fragrant flower, it is the most care-free rose in rose family as it is a strong plant and needs little pruning. Moreover it is also resistant to common diseases. As far as its blooming period is concerned, I would like to inform you that it produces plenty of blooms in June and continues and blooms off and on until fall.

These were some beautiful varieties of white garden roses. You can grow any of these in your garden to add color, fragrance and classiness to your garden.

Marigolds are attractive and good looking flowers that can enhance grace and beauty of garden. They are very easy to grow and the best thing about these flowers is that their seeds can be preserved to plant these flowers and there is no need to buy them every year. I have done some research on the methods of preserving marigold seeds and the best method which I found is explained below:

Things you will Needs to Dry Seeds

The things that will be required for drying and preserving seeds include:

  • Dead Seeds heads of marigolds
  • Paper bag
  • Oven

Method

Method of preserving marigold seeds is as follows:

  • Picking Time: Marigold seeds are picked during fall season, so choose a sunny morning to pick the seeds but remember to do this after the dew has dried.
  • Seeds to Be Picked: Now pick a bunch of seeds from plant that are fleshy and hard. Don’t pick spongy seeds.
  • Placing Them in Tray: Place these seeds in a tray spreading them in one layer.
  • Drying the Seeds: Place seeds in a warm and dry place. This process can take place in an oven that makes the drying process faster. Temperature required to dry them is 140 degrees. It is very important to let the seeds dry because if they don’t get dry, they will be eaten by bugs and insects and your effort to preserve seeds for next season will go in smoke.
  • Storing the Seeds after Drying: After drying the seeds, put them in a paper bag and keep it in a cool and dry place. Do remember to keep them covered to protect them from spiders and mice as seeds are delicious food for them. An interesting fact about the marigold seeds is that each seed has further 150 seeds so picking a few handfuls of seeds would be more than enough for your garden.

Here the process of preserving marigold seeds is completed. Now they are ready to be separated and planted in spring season. Seeds that should be picked must have bright black section, so pick seeds carefully, dry them and then plant them in your garden.

The garden sheds are not only used for the gardening purpose but also they can be used in different ways for different purposes. In most of the gardens, garden sheds are treated as a neglected place. But it is a fact that garden sheds can be used in a variety of ways. Here in this article, I am going to share with you some ideas to use the apparently useless garden sheds.

Home Office

The first very useful way to use a garden shed is to make it a home office. Most of the people have such businesses and jobs that require some work to be done at home. So they can use garden shed as a place where they can do office work. It will provide peaceful surroundings to work in. It will also serve as a quiet place where you can do your work with full attention and concentration. To make it functional throughout the year, you can reinforce the walls with wood and add windows. In addition to it, you can also install heating and cooling systems.

Greenhouse

A garden shed can also serve as a greenhouse. For turning a garden shed into a greenhouse, all you need to do is to add lights and heat so that the plants can grow well during winter season. Some sheds have designs having windows in them which allow the sunlight to enter in for the healthy growth of plants.

Playhouse for Kids

A garden shed can be transformed into a playhouse or dollhouse for kids. It will be cost effective as well. To make it attractive for the kids, the inner walls of the garden shed can be painted with their favorite cartoon characters. To decorate the exterior of the garden shed, you can grow hollyhocks, sunflowers or pink coneflowers.

Place to Entertain Guests

Some people love to do parties and entertain their guests but find inadequate space inside the home. For such people, garden sheds can be used as a place where you can entertain your guests in a cozy and peaceful environment. If your shed is made in a way that it can be used only in winter season then you can make some minor adjustments to use it throughout the year. For this to happen, add a ceiling fan and a table lamp to use it throughout the year. To decorate a garden shed for the purpose of entertaining guests, you can décor it by using different items like beautiful and trendy furniture, vintage items, and fresh-cut flowers can also be placed on window sills. A mini-refrigerator can also be added to entertain your guests with cold drinks and other food.

Place for Potting and Repotting

Garden sheds can also be used as a place where a plant-lover can pot and re-pot the plants. For this, shelves and counters can be made. It will also help to keep the chaos out of the house. Here you can also store the items that are used for gardening like shovels, fertilizers or potting soil.

Party Place for Teens

Teens are fond of throwing parties. When a party takes place inside the home, a lot of clutter and mess is created which mothers usually dislike. In that case, garden sheds are proved to be the best place for arranging a party. You can add the party items like music systems, speakers, furniture in garden shed and your teens can enjoy a wonderful outdoor party in a healthy and beautiful environment.

These were some ideas to use garden sheds in different ways. Follow these ideas and make a good use of your garden shed.

 

Blue butterflies are one of the most attractive and charming butterflies. The reason is their unique color because most of the people think that butterflies have some common colors like brown, white etc. Blue color in butterflies is considered to be very unique and rare and most of us are ignorant that there is a special species of butterflies that are blue in color. Surprisingly, blue butterflies are in abundance in the world except from some of the endangered species. Here in this article I am going to describe some types of blue butterflies for your further information and knowledge.

The first type of blue butterflies is Mission Blue butterflies which are found in California. Male and female butterflies have different colors and patterns. Female butterflies are of brown color having small spots of blue color on the internal portion of wings while the males are totally blue in color and have black trim on the top of wings. On the inner side of the wings, male butterflies have white and black spots. Both male and female butterflies look very attractive and beautiful flying in the garden.

Eastern Tailed Blue butterflies are found in the eastern areas of United States. Arizona, California and Washington are some places where they are seen too. Eastern tailed blue butterflies like to eat asters, wild strawberries and clover plants.

Karner Blue butterflies are among one of the species of blue butterfly that are in danger of extinction because they are facing lack of food and loss of habitat. These butterflies look very beautiful in their blue color. Male and female butterflies differ in color. Male butterflies have silvery blue color having dark black color on the edges of the wings. The color of females is a mixture of gray and brown. But at the top of the wings, there is orange and blue color that makes the butterflies look attractive.

There is another type of blue butterflies that are found in the United States along with the coast of Pacific. These butterflies are named Pacific Dotted Blue butterflies. You can see these butterflies flying in the deserts, mountains, coastline, rock-strewn slopes and hills.  The male butterflies have beautiful lilac blue color of their wings while females are brown. On the inner side of wings both males and females have off-white color.

Fender’s Blue butterflies are featured with silvery blue color and they can be seen in Oregon. Their major source of food is a wild flower named Kincaid’s Lupine. It is also endangered specie and the reason behind this is loss of main food and locale.

These were some common types of blue butterflies. Some of its species are safe while others are in a great danger. Extensive efforts on a large scale are required to save the endangered species so that they can continue to attract us with their magnificent beauty and unique color.

 

Marigolds are among one of the flowers that have long life. These are very beautiful looking flowers having eye-catching colors like yellow, orange and red. Their blooming season starts from the mid-summers and ends with the first frost of fall season. Planting marigolds is almost effortless provided that their growing requirements are fulfilled. Here I am giving some instructions and tips regarding the plantation of marigold flowers:

Select Sunny Location

Marigolds thrive in full or partial sun so you should find a place accordingly.

Start Planting Process

You can start the planting process after the last snow fall of the season. If you want to grow them before the last frost then you can plant them indoors in such containers having potting soil. After the frost, you can change their place by replanting them outside in your garden. This whole process will help these flowers to produce blooms early in the season.

Select Area having Rich Soil

Now you will have to select a location having rich soil. Before planting the flowers, you will have to add fertilizer to the soil if it is poor in terms of richness. After adding manure, your next step is to dig the manure in soil using a shovel.

Sow the Seeds

Now the next step is to sow the seeds in the garden. The distance between the seeds and giant marigolds should be at least one to two feet. After sowing the seeds, they should be covered with a thin layer of soil. You can use trowel for this purpose.

Douse the Seeds

Next step is to drench the seeds with water using a water jug or pipe.

Keep the Soil Humid

Once the seeds start to germinate and plants are established, you should make sure to keep the soil damp. But here one thing should be kept in mind that soil should not be saturated with too much of water.

Add Mulch

In order to control the growth of weeds and to keep the moisture preserved around the plant, you should add mulch.

Water during Dry Weather

Another important tip is that, during the dry weather, water plants once or twice a week.

Remove Finished Blossoms

When your plants start flowering in mid-summer, you must deadhead the finished blossoms. It will help the plant to grow well and improve the look of marigold flowers.

Continue Periodic Watering

Episodic watering should be continued on weekly basis until after the first frost.

These were some important steps that must be followed for the successful plantation and healthy growth of marigold flowers.

 

Orchids are one of the darling flowers of amateur gardeners and growers. They add to the beauty and grace of gardens as well as rooms if they are grown indoors. They are bright and attractive flowers and very easy to grow. But at the same time, they need special care especially when they are blooming. Most of the orchid growers are unaware of caring for them while they are blooming. Keeping this in mind, I am giving you some tips and instructions about taking care of blooming orchid plants.

Important Tips

  • You should feed the blooming orchid plants properly. You can feed your orchids once in a week with orchid food. But remember that the particular food should not contain urea. You should also consider about the method of feeding orchid plants. It’s very simple. All you have to do is to make the orchid food thinned and diluted first so that its strength and concentration may reduce.  Then you can give this food to your plants while watering them.
  • Orchids don’t like direct sunlight. Moreover the blooms of orchids become withered and are burnt in direct sunlight. So it is necessary to place them at a location that doesn’t receive direct sunlight.
  • While flowering, the orchids should not be moved. They should be placed in a moderately warm location approximately above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If orchid plants are given stress and exposed to chilly air, their blooms will start falling earlier than normal blooming time.
  • Watering is another important factor to be remembered while taking care of blooming orchids. The best time to water blooming orchids is morning time. But remember that they should be watered only when the soil becomes dry. The frequency of watering should be once in a week but it all depends on the climate you are growing orchids in. Over-watering can spoil the plants. The best method is to touch your finger with soil. If it is dry then it means that plants require water.
  • Always use moderately warm tap water while watering the orchid plants. Remember not to drench the soil with water. The amount of the water should be enough to just moist the soil.
  • When orchid flowers begin to wither, remove them. The usual blooming time of orchid flowers is about one to four months.
  • After blooming, trim the plants. There are some types of orchids that bloom again after pruning while some bloom only once.

These were some important instructions related to care of blooming orchid plants. I hope that they will guide and help you a lot.

 

Growing a rooftop garden is an option for those people who don’t have a yard or enough gardening space. Creating a rooftop garden may prove somewhat tricky but if you have a strong roof which can support containers then it may prove a superb place to grow a garden. Growing a rooftop garden can also be turned into a money-saving process because you can not only grow the flowers but also different types of vegetables in your rooftop garden. So if you are interested in creating a rooftop garden then follow these simple steps.

Selection of Area

Firstly you should be careful enough in selecting a suitable area for your rooftop garden. You should select that area of your roof that receives the most sunlight as your rooftop garden will require sunlight. It is also important to consider that the selected rooftop is not slanted and it can support a garden. You can also add additional supports if you are not sure about the strength of your roof.

Arranging Gardening Tools

Now after selecting a suitable area for your rooftop garden, the next step is to collect and arrange all the necessary gardening tools like gloves, bucket, water container, rain barrel, brooms, shears etc.

Plastic Sheeting

Now lay down the plastic sheeting on the roof where you will put the garden containers having flowers and vegetables plants.

Collecting Containers

You must also select and collect garden containers and boxes for growing the plants. For this purpose, you can select terra cotta pots or a small child’s wading pool can also serve the purpose.

Filling the Containers with Soil

After placing the containers and pots on plastic sheeting, the containers should now be filled with soil. Now plant the seeds of flowers and vegetables which you want to grow in your rooftop garden. Planting the seeds would be done in the same way as planting the seeds in ground. Water them regularly for their best growth.

Mulching the Containers

Next you will have to compost the top of containers and pots with organic mulch like leaves or tree barks. Adding a 2 or 3 inch layer of mulch would be sufficient for the soil to preserve enough moisture.

Watering the Garden

Watering the garden is necessary for its healthy growth. As this would be a container garden so it will require water on frequent basis. It is recommended to water the rooftop garden everyday except it rains.

Fertilizing

Plants need fertilizer to get essential nutrients and minerals. So regularly provide them with proper fertilizers. But keep in mind that excessive fertilizing can rot the plants so you should be aware of the fertilizing methods and know that what quantity of fertilizer should be provided to the plants.

Decorating the Garden

To make your rooftop garden look prettier and elegant, you can add different decorative elements in your garden like a sculpture or some light furniture.

I hope that you will find the above steps quite easy and helpful in creating and maintaining your rooftop garden.

 

A rain garden is built in an unoccupied space that can capture rain water. By building a rain garden you can have such a beautiful garden that grows and flourishes by using rainwater. As the storm water contributes a lot in polluting the natural water bodies like ponds and streams, building a rain garden can be proved very helpful in removing that storm water. Building a rain garden is not as difficult as it seems to be. Follow some simple steps and build your own rain garden.

Important Steps to be followed

  • The first step is to choose a suitable location. Keep in mind that the distance between rain garden and your home should be approximately 10 feet as it will stop flooding in your house. Try to choose a naturally low space in your yard. You should also make sure that you have chosen a sunny location for your rain garden.
  • If you have selected a low space to make a rain garden then there is no need of a drainage area. But make sure that the selected area should receive rain water during rainfall. The problem occurs when you have selected a roof or hard surface for capturing water. In that case, you will have to measure a drainage area and multiply it with number associated with the type of soil.
  • Now you have to create a design of your rain garden. The best way to do this is to make a design on the paper so that you can create the best appearance of your garden.
  • The most important step is to choose the plants for your rain garden. It is recommended to choose native plants as they can adapt to the environment and climate. Make sure that the plants you have chosen for your garden are able to grow in both wet and dry areas as rain garden will be filled with water frequently.
  • Now keeping in mind the design of your garden make the boundary and shape of your rain garden.
  • The next step is to dig the garden approximately 4-8 inches deep. Now prepare the soil and adjust it with 2”-3” of manure and mix it well with the soil.
  • Place the plants according to the design you have made for your rain garden. The distance between plants should be at least one foot. After planting every flower and plant, step back and have a look at your garden to ensure that they go well with the design you have made for your garden.
  • You should use frayed woodchips that can’t drift or scatter.  Next you should apply mulch two to three inches deep to keep the wetness in the soil. It will also help to keep the weeds out.
  • Watering the garden is a vital step. If it not rains for two weeks after you have built the rain garden, then it is recommended to water it every other day until it looks that your garden have started growing at its own.

I hope that above mentioned steps would be very helpful for you to build your rain garden.