Design Ideas
The edible garden: a trend and a new business opportunity Print
Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00
Oregano (Oreganum vulgare), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Lemon Thyme (Thymus citriodorus) grown in an attractive basket at a convenient height for frequent harvest.

Vegetables have been relegated to a forgotten corner of the garden center for a long time. No more. The edible garden is not just trendy, it’s a trend that you can piggyback on!

A salad made from lettuce and Hemerocallis flowers is not only tasty, it is also visually pleasing. The flowers of single varieties can be filled with cream cheese and served as hors d’oeuvres. The flowers are crunchy and have a slightly sweet taste.
Quick Fix Garden Strategies Print
Monday, 30 March 2009 19:48
How the pros use colour

A row of humble daylilies is an effective way to add curb appeal to this cottage. Notice how the eye is drawn away from the road and along the length of the driveway.Each spring, gardeners are given a clean slate to fill with color. There are so many choices that we often end up with a hodgepodge of colors or, afraid to make a mistake, we just stick with something we've tried before.

How do the experts use color to pull a garden together?

Successful designers seem to have a gift for simplicity.

We've all heard the saying "less is more," and this same principle is equally effective in the garden as dramatic, cohesive and elegant gardens often rely on various hues of just one color. Some are virtually all green, or include only white and blue accents. New gardeners are often confused about where to start when it comes to color as there are so many choices available. A simple theme helps to maintain focus. Once decide, it will be the variety of shapes and textures of the plant materials that will provide visual interest.
Flower shapes can inspire Print
Thursday, 31 January 2008 19:00
Echinacea 'Orange Meadowbrite' offers a circular, fresh, daisy-like form.According to experts, we recognize up to 10,000 things by their shape alone. Form is powerful, often stirring deep emotional reactions. In a garden, we first see color and then form. Spend a little time studying the shapes and forms in a garden and one quickly notices that straight lines are very rare in nature - it is the human hand that adds straight, rigid lines to the composition.

In both art and nature, form can be classified into three basic shapes-the circle, square and triangle. Each is unique in character and stirs a variety of images in our minds. In the spirit of modern designers such as Piet Oudolf, the following compilation of simple flower shapes and descriptions illustrates their remarkable ability to inspire.