Why have rock gardens fallen out of fashion?

Rock garden
Rock and grow: texture, colour and the soothing flow of water are essential elements of a rockery  Photo: Clara Molden

Apart from a brief moment in the Sixties, rock gardens have been dismissed by recent generations as verging on the edge of horticultural bad taste. But why? The Victorians and Edwardians loved them, and I have always found their minimalist and naturalist look attractive.

Rock gardens have long offered a stage for those with large-scale ambitions. Just look at Lady Broughton, who created an acre mountain valley in her garden

Gardening Tips For Monkey Grass

The landscape of an certain property, may it be a family house or commercial establishment, is probably the most attracting view of most of. It is important that we design it appropriately because it enhances the beauty on the building. Imagine a home without getting a garden and a managed landscape. Such would become a lifeless structure. in addition, in designing the panorama, right materials and plants really should be installed. Many plants would suit a garden as well as a landscape but a basic yet beautifying monkey grass would do just fine.
What is a monkey turf? Monkey grass, or this ophiopogon japonicus, has generally been used a landscaping decoration. Aside from as being a landscape decor, monkey grass also serves for herbal medicine. Its other name is… Continue reading..

Thorny problems: how can I deter mosquitos?

Water butt in garden
Fish in a barrel: do goldfish in a water butt deter mozzies?  Photo: Alamy

Mosquitos, water butts… and goldfish

Q: I recently read that storing water in a water butt increases the risk of mosquitos transmitting potentially deadly diseases such as malaria. Also, that water butts in urban gardens were found to contain many more mosquito larvae than in rural areas. Do you have any tips on how to deter them?

Ros Midgen, via email

A: I know that mosquitos are

Managing Indoor Plants through a Grow Cabinet

With the assistance of grow cabinets, you could successfully grow any type of plants that you want. Furthermore, flowers could surely be produced and your plants can even provide the foods that you need without any interference from the climate. Grow cabinets can use various methods like ebb and flow, aeroponics and hydroponics to give you the plants that are in perfect condition.
However when using a grow cabinet, you must also consider a few factors to let your plants grow successfully. It is vital to provide the appropriate type of environment when using grow cabinets. Talking about the environment, the size should be greatly considered which is reliant on the largeness of your plants. The number of plants that you want to manage should also be… Continue reading..

Get A Jump On A Gardening Idea For Spring Time By Starting Now

As fall winds down, with crops ripening and being harvested, perennial flowers and bushes being put to bed beneath a blanket of mulch and the yard cleaned up of debris from the past year, winter is creeping closer. With its arrival, many would think that the year is finished, as far as plantings and so forth. However, a gardening idea for spring time is born as you sit next to the cozy fire, thumbing through seed and garden catalogs.
Looking at last years accounting of gardening activities, successes and failures, you make a new plan for a new year. It can’t be started too soon, some gardeners say. If you had access to a digital camera, you may have snapped pictures of the beauty surrounding you outside, to be… Continue reading..