Brambles are easy to grow and make great hedges. They need full sun but will still bear a reasonable amount of fruit in light shade. Raspberries are available in many colors including red, gold, black, and purple. There are thornless varieties of raspberries and blackberries that make picking much easier.
Alpine strawberries are better behaved than their traditional counterparts. They do not send runners all over the place but grow as neat little mounds instead. They blossom and bear a large flush of fruit in the spring and continue to repeat blossoming and fruiting throughout the growing season. The plants make a tidy edging plant for flower beds. Kids love picking these tiny treasures; even though the berries are small they pack a lot of flavor. Take a morning walk with bowl in hand and collect some for your breakfast cereal, if the kids haven't already eaten them all.
A Feast for the Eyes
You can sneak some vegetables into the flower border as well. 'Bright Lights' or 'Rainbow' chard have beautiful yellow, gold, and red stalks and veins; red-leaved, bronze, or freckled lettuces such as 'Lollo Rossa', 'Bronze Arrowhead', and 'Flashy Troutback' are very attractive plants; and 'Red Russian' kale has blue-green leaves with red veins and edges. All add interesting foliage colors and textures to the garden.
If climbing vines are needed to act as a screen or cover an arbor, try kiwi or grapes. They may take a few years to reach fruiting size but it will be worth the wait. If you want a quick cover, pole beans will do the job, giving you flowers to enjoy and awesome beans for dinner. For extra color try yellow 'Golden Gate', speckled 'Rattlesnake', or purple Italian heirloom bean 'Trionfo Violetto'.
You get the idea. It is okay to mix things up. Vegetables look great planted among the ornamentals and need not be banished to the back yard. Think edibles to make your landscape productive and pretty.
Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.
1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.
2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?
3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.
4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.
5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.