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Three Top Choices For Beautiful Gardens And Landscaping

Three Top Choices For Beautiful Gardens And Landscaping

Posted by Tammy Sons on 15th Oct 2015

Ferns Make Excellent Border Plants

Landscaping in a yard not only makes your house look beautiful and raise your curb appeal, but it also increases the worth of your home. Proper plant and foliage placement can make all of the difference in the appearance of the beauty of your yard. 

To form beautiful and nearly maintenance free borders in your yard, ferns are an excellent choice.


One choice of fern is a Christmas fern. This variation of evergreen fern grows from 1 foot to 3 feet tall. It spreads to a distance of 1 to 3 feet, grows moderately fast, and desires a medium moisture soil. It requires part shade to full shade, and it thrives in growing zones 3 through 8.


The Hay scent fern can grow to 1 to 3 feet tall and spreads an impressive distance of over 30 feet. This fern is a very aggressive grower, and invasive to surrounding plants. It requires little water, with a moisture level of low to medium. Maintenance of this plant is small. This highly successful variation is hearty in zones 3 through 8.


The New York ferns are a variety that has a growing height of 1 to 2 feet tall. The growth pattern is random due to the spores that it drops from the bottom of the leaves. This plant grows in colonies of individual plants. The environment that this variation thrives in is a moist wooded area with filtered sunlight. Maintenance of this plant is medium, giving the landscaper the ability to remove individual plants were not wanted. This variety of fern grows best in zones 2 through 8.


The Glade fern is a beautiful variety of fern with tiny leaves on expansive branches. It will grow to a height of 3 feet, and the plants grow in clumps that are asymmetric. It is a deciduous plant that thrives in rich, moist wooded areas. The maintenance of this variety is low to moderate with easy removal of unwanted individual growth. This plant is heartiest in zones 3 through 8.

When planning borders for your landscaping needs, ferns are an excellent choice. Christmas Fern, Hay Scent Fern, New York Ferns, or Glade Fern will all make a bold and luscious border for any yard. These near maintenance free plants will add a constant touch of green as well as tropical beauty to any landscape border.

Hummingbird Flowers

Every flower gardener wants a pretty garden. However, some gardeners aren't satisfied with strictly plant life in their garden. They want regular visitors to add to the aesthetics and the atmosphere of the flower beds. Beautiful, colorful, flitting little hummingbirds make a perfect addition to any garden plot or flower bed. The trick is in attracting the little darlings to us. The best way to fill your hummingbird flower bed or garden or sacred outdoor space with these little beauties is by first planting some other beauties.

Designing a flower garden for hummingbirds can be endless, creative fun. Hummingbirds are attracted to a variety of plants and flowers in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some of the favorites are petunia and bee balm. The nectar-bearing flowers that hummingbirds want are often divided into color groups, making it easier to design a flower garden.

Hummingbirds are said to be highly attracted to shades of red. The most popular red flowers are the daylily, columbine flower, and cardinal flower. Combining these red favorites with any of the vast arrays of other hummingbird flowers creates beautiful landscaping as well as a haven for the little birds. To add a splash of white, use viburnum, which flowers white although its berries are red. For more orange, grab some red hot pokers, also called torch lilies. The torch lily plant is a tall, thin stalk topped by red, orange and yellow flowers. Give a hint of mysterious, dark appeal to your special garden by planting some black velvet petunias or brighten up your palette with splashes of pink bee balm and blue lupine.

Considering the varying heights of each flower will add another layer of artistic creativity to the process of laying out a wonderland of beauty and buzzing. For instance, delphiniums grow anywhere between two feet to six feet, a tall plant with vibrant flowers, while blue hill sage will only grow to just over a foot. The sage would be covered by the delphinium if planted to close together. However, Liatris and verbena both grow to the same three to four feet in height making them well complementing of one another.

Live Moss Provides a Nice Backdrop in Your Garden

Live Moss is a great way to add the beauty of a rainfall forest to your existing garden. This lush, green-carpeted ground cover filters the air, purifies the rain and adds a mystical tranquility to your yard. It is often used in fairytale gardens, as borders, plant around stepping stones, to fill in gardens, on concrete walls, and as backdrops to highlight plants such as ferns, woodland flowers and ground covers that enjoy the same environment. Cushion Moss, Carpet Moss, Sheet Moss, and Rock Cap Moss provides some of the most versatile backdrops to use in your garden.

Cushion Moss

This is a light green moss with a silvery-white hint to it. It has tiny leaves and grows in a round, cushion balls. It grows 3 feet wide and up to 3 inches tall. It does not have roots or flowers and can be found in soil, rotting logs, and around the base of both live and dead trees. This moss helps prevent erosion and provides shelter for insects and animals such as water bears. Use in shady areas and as a backdrop for existing garden plants.

Carpet Moss

This moss carpets the ground. Its leaves grow parallel to each other and taper into a serrated-looking point at the end. It turns golden green in the spring and dark green as it ages. This moss is great as a ground cover in gardens and as a backdrop to highlight garden plants.

Sheet Moss

This medium-green, low growing moss is peeled from the back of rock and soil surfaces. It thrives in the shade and is just perfect for moss paths, between stepping stones and patio stones, and low traffic areas. It is the perfect highlight for evergreen ground covers and delicate wildflowers.

Rock Cap Moss

This thin and frilly, exotic moss is fast growing and can cover a rock, forming a cap, in no time, which suggests its name. It stays lush and dark green year round and can grow in some different climates, such as cold winters and hot summer months and thrives in a variety of soils like sand, clay, and loam. This works great in gardens with rocks and boulders to create a unique backdrop for your garden. 

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