Shrubs in mixed borders

The flower borders require constant attendance from early spring to late autumn. There are bulbs to be planted and replanted, or herbaceous perennials that require dividing every 2 to 5 years. Then there is fertilizing, mulching, watering, thinning, pruning, deadheading. Besides, many herbaceous flowering plants look good only for a certain period of time, while they are in bloom. After the flowers fade, they only sit there providing with greenery or go dormant until the next season.

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Building a dry-stone wall

Do you often dream of mountains and rock gardens, while your own garden looks like a plain sheet of paper? If so, then maybe you should consider erecting a dry stone wall by yourself. All you will need for such an undertaking are some stones of various sizes, either natural or dressed, gravel and planting soil for the rock garden plants.

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Gardening in numbers

Planting a well-designed grouping of plants can be a challenging task, especially when dealing with the fast growing trees or shrubs, which increase twice in size in 5 or 10 years. The slow-growing conifers and deciduous trees with an annual growth rate of only 1 to 2 centimetres, or those which are generally kept in shape by regular clipping, lend themselves far better to such planting schemes.

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Pines: pruning and training

Healthy pines, growing in a sunny location, have a shape which is characteristic of the genus. Their crowns are sparse, which is natural. Pines do not become any denser when pruned, since they have no dormant buds; they also do not respond to rejuvenating in the way that deciduous trees would. Only dry or damaged branches can be pruned out.

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