How to make your garden better

Use Raised Beds

Planting in raised beds is an easy way to expand your growing space. If you are clever about the species that you select, your plants will grow up out of the raised platform and then cascade elegantly down the sides. There are many styles of raised beds from which you can choose.

Mulch the weeds away

Instead of weeding on your own, you can create a mulch from compost, straw, wood, chips, and leaves. Having a mulch can save you time and money and prevents weed from appearing without the extra work.

Plant vertical

This tip is especially useful for those who have a small garden and have to make do with the little space available. You can plant varieties of vegetables that will grow vertically or trail upwards. All you have to do is provide them with vertical frameworks upon which they can twist and turn as they grow vertically.

Easy-to-grow flowers for your garden

Fuchsia

Easy to grow patio plants when grown from plugs, and best loved for adding colour to hanging baskets and containers. Fuchsias come in all colours and shapes, from trailing to upright you could even try the climbing fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ for an ambitious display. For a really professional look, pinch out the very tips of each stem while the plants are still young to encourage lots of bushy growth. Fuchsia erries are edible, but not always tasty!

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Cheerful nasturtiums prefer cooler temperatures and continue blooming well into the fall. They are favored by aphids and make a great trap crop. But they are also one of the more delicious edible flowers (leaves too), so do not sacrifice them all.

Impatiens

Whether you are looking for a stand-out flower for a decorative container or a splash of color in the ground, vibrant impatiens grow wonderfully all summer long. They thrive best in shade, but can tolerate some partial sun in cooler climates. Plants reach about a foot tall and come in variations of red, purple, orange, white, salmon and pink.

Tips on how to create a great landscape in your garden

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Natural Look
Create a modern rustic look in your yard. You don’t have to have fancy fences and plants to make an outdoor space wonderful.
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Dress up your driveway
By carefully sculpting the landscape and choosing the right plants and materials, you can hide an unattractive driveway. With only a few steps, that less-than-picture perfect portion of your home can be transformed into a gardener’s paradise.
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Prevent crepe murder at all costs
You should prune your crepe myrtle like you prune your dogwood—in other words, just about never. The older it gets, the less pruning it will need.

About

Laura Bracken

a founder of GardenAviary courses

If you don't know how to establish your first garden, then you need to visit our online courses!
These online courses are intended for beginners and intermediate students. So whether you’ve just bought your first house, have decided to try out a new hobby, or are interested in growing plants for a profit, this course will cover the fundamentals that you need to grow plants. This online gardening course consists of ten lectures and workshops. Here, you will learn the most popular gardening techniques, growing media and pots, tools and equipment, and so on.

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