Showing posts with label Tips From the Garden~ WINTER GARDEN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tips From the Garden~ WINTER GARDEN. Show all posts

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tips From the Garden~

Tips From the Garden~





WINTER GARDEN
In this post I thought I would give you some Idea's for plants, bush and trees that would give your garden a uplift during the winter time. My garden becomes rather bleak and bare which is very difficult because I love to garden so much, so I wanted to find someway of making the Garden fun during the winter months...I hope these tips will help you give your gardens that up lift during thoughts long winters and lift you spirits during the long cold winter blues. I am also thinking of giving you an Garden tip every Saturday so keep and eye out for those Tips For the Garden:oo
What I found is, there are many varieties of long lasting berry hollies that are an must - have for any garden to help with the winter blues. The Hollies that I found; either an plants, bush or trees have these beautiful dark green glossy leafs, sometimes blues and their varieties of variegated forms. There are others that have striking bright berries that will brighten any one's winter blues.
I found a couple of wonderful Holly's that I think you all would love in your Gardens and they would look great in the summer too. I have made a list for you so It will be a little easier for you all my dear friends and followers;oo
1-English Holly [Ilex aquifolium] This holly has the classic 'Christmas appearance, with its glossy green leaves
and either red or sometimes yellow or orange berries.
2-Japaneses Holly Watanabeana [Ilex Crenata] This beautiful bush holly with its smooth leaves works well to line to a path or try a taller evergreen variety as a backdrop as beds and borders. There are also the
columnar varieties like the 'Sky Pencil' to that can serve as sculptural points of interest especially in areas where you wish to draw more attention..
3-Blue Hollies [Ilex x meserveae] These beauty's have the blue-green leaves that heighten the plant with its either yellow or pink flowers.
Most of the Hollies will thrive in the Zones 5-9 with some even growing in zones 4. If you need to know more about Zones of plants, flowers and much more, I did a post on Zones which I will put a link here;
This way you can check anytime you need what Zone you happen to live in... wendyjargonncom.blogspot.com/search/label/Spring%20Flowers%20For%202014
Another interesting fact about hollies is, they will grow best in well-drained pots or soil slightly with enriched acid soil or organic matter. And of course compost type of enriched soil too.[note I will do a post on another Tips From the Garden- to show you about composting].
It is also helpful for your Hollies to keep thick mulch of either pine needles or other woody material around the plant each year to help maintain the soils acidity and to keep the roots cool and moist.
My favorite of all the Hollies would be the Chinese Hollies [Ilex cornuta]. Why you might ask? Because they are partially the kind that can self-fruit and will produce berries without a male variety Hollie next to it. Just like most Berrie plants - like that of the Blue berries you have to have another right next to it for them to produce lotssss of berries. [I found this out myself with my own blue Berrie bushes] I works the same with all other hollies too, for the exception of the Male Chinese Hollie - Ilex cornuta - which will produce those bright  red berry's during the winter months that will give your gardens that snap you'll love. Besides you'll also find new friends too. Many winter birds will come around that usually hadn't, that love to feed on these lovely red berries. Well I hope that you all will find some Tips for your gardens and I will see you all again for Saturudy's Tips From the Garden:o Much love to you all my dears Friends and Follower..

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