If you’re like a lot of people… you know the aloe plant as an indoor plant growing on window sills, small and cute succulents with fleshy leaves. Best known of all is the Aloe vera plant, trusted for its healing properties for sunburn, bites, minor cuts and skin irritations.
For me, this small front garden using just two plants has me thinking about a scene in nature. Here in California it could be a grassy meadow with an oak tree (see the photo below.) So when I saw this, my associative mind was excited by the representation. But I was also excited by the 2-plant choices.
For a bright show of color in spring few plants can beat these California natives – with the electric blues of Ceanothus or California lilac; or the bright orange of the state’s flower: Eschscholzia californica or California poppy. There are so many varieties of Ceanothus, differing in forms from ground covers to trees. Some are […]
April showers bring May flowers and also flowering cherry trees. The impact of this flowering tree is strong, and so is the association – just think of all the cherry blossom festivals around the world – and in Japan, tracking the timing (when the cherry tree blooms) goes back 1,200 years!
When done right Red heats up like no other color in the garden. This fiery color, has the ability to move your eye towards it, and in a small garden setting this is especially powerful. HOW DOES THE COLOR RED AFFECTS YOU PHYSICALLY?
1. Increases enthusiasm. 2. Stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. 3.Encourages action and confidence.
SPRING is showtime for the blooming flowering cherries. These trees have a powerful impact on people when they’re in bloom, more so than I’ve seen with any other flowering tree! Last week I had to wait my turn to get some “one on one time” (and photos) with the cherries, swarms of people were doing the same!
1. Generally the thinner the leaf the wetter the conditions the plant can tolerate.
2. Succulent plantings…to figure out how close to plant them in the ground, you’ll want to know both growth rate and the plant’s ultimate, mature size.
If the front of your house or building melds into the sidewalk without any sort of setback, what can you possibly do to green your place up?
Is it possible to include a tiny little garden?
If not, are there other ideas to warm up, spruce up the front of your house?
Yes, and especially if you have some front setback. Take a look at a few different situations to get your creative juices flowing.
A: You do if you’re planning on putting both plant and potting soil directly into the pot for the plant to grow. You don’t, if you just want to use the planter as an attractive catch pot used to display floral arrangements and plants.
The nice thing about Billbergia is that is it an extremely tough plant. It makes an excellent container plant, which you can grow as a house plant, OR, outdoors if you live in a mild climate.